Charlotte Democrats have their own “Never Trump Moment” in the upcoming Democratic primary. Will they prove that they’re better than the MAGA voters they mocked? Plus, NC Gov. Roy Cooper shows up in a ranking for potential nominees for President?! But why? Is Biden not going to make a re-election bid?

In this hour, Pete introduces the newest member of the WBT team, Beth Troutman. He also discusses Governor Roy Cooper and what he’s done for NC.

In a sweeping guidance announced on Thursday, the CDC eased the mask enforcement for fully vaccinated individuals under most situations. It still calls for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like public transportation and hospitals, but also clears the way for more businesses and schools to open back up. 

“I’m grateful for North Carolinians who are taking this seriously and getting the shot when it’s their time and I’m encouraged that North Carolina will be able to open eligibility to all adults well ahead of the President’s May 1 goal,” said Cooper.

North Carolina residents should prepare today for the strong possibility of power outages due to an incoming winter storm that is forecast to arrive tonight. This storm will bring significant icing that’s likely to result in many fallen trees and power lines.

Starting Monday, Feb. 15, Pre-K, elementary students, and some older with special needs will be put on a rotation between days in classrooms and virtual learning for CMS. This will be the same model for middle and high school students starting Feb. 22.

The proposal would still give parents the all-virtual option for their child, but also gives them the choice to send them to school. It would still require passage through the House and Senate before going to Gov. Roy Cooper's desk, who would like districts to remain fully remote.  

The order comes with some limitations, but gives businesses who hold ABC liquor licenses the ability to sell cocktails to customers to-go. The list of those establishments includes bars, restaurants, clubs, private bars, breweries and distilleries.