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Friday, July 22, 2016

Dan Forest Says We "Misunderstand" HB 2

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 3:08 PM

Yesterday, we asked Lt. Governor Dan Forest for a response to the NBA pulling the All-Star Game out of Charlotte, and if he still agrees with his press secretary's comments (in a March 24 email obtained in a public records request) about the NBA: "Hey NBA...Time warner arena can let transgenders (sic) in their bathrooms if they want! Shaking my head." Forest's press secretary sent us the lieutenant governor's rambling statement yesterday. Today, he responded to the other question, and told us we don't understand HB 2.  "In response to your question as to whether I agree with a statement...

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Pat McCrory Has Lost It

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 11:21 AM

The NBA moved the NBA All Star game out of Charlotte yesterday, and Republicans sure are pissed about it. The office of Lt. Gov. Dan Forest sent us a statement riddled with errors and fearmongering after we posted our original story about it yesterday, but it turns out Forest isn't the only one losing his tenuous grasp on reality.  Chris Sgro, the Equality NC director who served in the short session as a state representative from Greensboro, had a pretty interesting interaction with McCrory as he was walking into a press conference in Charlotte. From Sgro's Twitter: "The governor...

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The Morning Roundup: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 8:01 AM

1. The Speech If you missed Trump’s RNC acceptance speech last night, you can find the text of the speech here; but really, to get the whole effect, you need to watch the video—seventy-six minutes (that’s six minutes longer than Bill Clinton in 1996 and the longest convention speech in modern history) of an angry old man yelling about how terrible everything is and what a dystopian hellscape America has become and how Syrian refugees and Mexican immigrants are going to murder your children while Hillary Clinton watches and cheers.  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/22/us/politics/donald-trump-rnc-speech.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=span-abc-region®ion=span-abc-region&WT.nav=span-abc-region Americans watching this address tonight have seen the...

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Charlotte Is Losing the All-Star Game

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 4:29 PM

We sort of knew this was coming when the legislature's plans to "fix" HB 2 fell apart at the end of the session, but now it's (nearly) confirmed: the NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star game out of Charlotte. Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports (emphasis ours): A formal announcement on the NBA’s withdrawal out of Charlotte is expected as soon as this week, league sources said Thursday. NBA commissioner Adam Silver had threatened to move All-Star Weekend out of Charlotte unless a discriminatory North Carolina law aimed at the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community was changed – and time...

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Worst Governor in America Says North Carolina Must Rally Behind McCrory

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 3:28 PM

All these horrible ideas the Republicans in charge of North Carolina have tried to push through these last four years? A lot of them have already been implemented in Kansas, the land of my birth and the home of my kin. Kansas has always been a conservative place, but since Sam Brownback was elected governor, in 2010, Kansas has gone completely off the rails. In 2012, Brownback signed into law a massive tax cut for the rich and eliminated the corporate income tax for small businesses. He literally called it an "experiment" and said it would be a "shot of...

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The Morning Roundup: Vote Your Conscience

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 8:38 AM

Good morning, everyone!  Like a high-speed vehicular wreck that you don't really want to witness, but from which you somehow cannot bring yourself to look away, the Republican National Convention crashes along in Cleveland. Indiana governor Mike Pence accepted the nomination for vice president last night, but the big story of course was that Ted Cruz rambled on in a speech for twenty-three minutes and never actually endorsed Donald Trump for president. At least one of those things was unexpected. "Vote your conscience," said Ted. Here is some video of him getting booed.  Meanwhile, Barry Yeoman, covering the convention...

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Mike Krzyzewski Weighs in on HB 2

Posted By on Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 6:49 PM

Last week, the Duke men's basketball team released its schedule for the upcoming season. The Blue Devils were supposed to play Albany in November as part of the Hall of Fame Tipoff tournament, but that game is no longer taking place, owing to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's banning of non-essential travel to North Carolina by state employees in New York.  Cuomo's executive order is, of course, rooted in the hideous and shameful passing of HB 2 here in North Carolina.  USA Today caught up with Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski yesterday at a practice for the U.S. men's Olympic team,...

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The Morning Roundup: Make It Stop

Posted By on Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Another day has dawned, and there is news to be consumed.  1. Donald Trump is officially the Republican nominee for President of the United States. The final tallying of the Republican delegates was held at the Republican National Convention last night, and the people there agreed that Donald Trump was the best person to lead the country. Then a bunch of people spoke, among them Trump's secret daughter, Tiffany; his son, Donald Trump Jr., who looks like a Happy Madison villain; Chris Christie, whose political career looks to be over; Dana White, the former president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC);...

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Wildin Acosta Case Reopened by Board of Immigration Appeals

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 1:29 PM

The twisting saga of Durham teenager Wildin Acosta took another turn today.  Acosta, a Riverside High School student arrested by Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) outside his parents' house this past January, has been in Stewart Detention Center, in rural Georgia, for nearly six months. (We visited Acosta this spring.) The nineteen-year-old is part of a great wave of Honduran immigrants who have been taken into custody at the U.S.-Mexico border, fleeing violence in their home country. Acosta was a minor at the time he crossed. Federal law grants minors a date in front of a U.S. immigration judge—and, in the meantime, the...

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Welcome to the INDY's Raleigh City Council Live Blog

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 1:07 PM

Happy Tuesday, everyone. The agenda's looking pretty light today, but if you're wondering what's been up with Union Station recently—there's a giant drill, and a family of groundhogs living on the site, per my personal observations—you are in luck. City staff will provide a construction progress update, a "summary of challenges" and a timeline overview.  1:12: Mayor Nancy called the meeting to order, is taking a moment to discuss recent events re. police officer killings in several U.S. Cities. Our hearts and minds are with them and their families, she says. Raleigh has a diverse community that works together to...

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The Morning Roundup: What Have We Done?

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 8:59 AM

Good morning. Burn it all.  1. The KKK in...Oakwood? The KKK did a literature drop in Oakwood on Sunday. From our story posted last night about it: The flyers are attributed to the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, which calls itself "the most active and biggest Klan in America." That group's leader, Chris Barker, told the AP in a recent story that his group has around 3,800 members; the Jewish Anti-Defamation League puts that number closer to 200.  According to the group's website, the phone number listed on the flier is its "national hotline," and is registered in...

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Monday, July 18, 2016

KKK Drops Flyers In Raleigh Neighborhood As Part of Seemingly Coordinated National Campaign

Posted By on Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 5:37 PM

Warning: some of the links in this post redirect to stories with images of racist material.  According to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s map of active hate groups in the United States, there are eight separate organizations operating under the Ku Klux Klan name in North Carolina. One of them dropped flyers in the Raleigh neighborhood of Oakwood on Sunday, as part of a seemingly coordinated literature campaign throughout the United States.  Oakwood resident Jesse Jones, a lawyer in Harnett County who filed the police report, says that his recording system caught a car stopping in the middle of...

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The Morning Roundup: As the Nation Mourns Again, the Republican Party Proceeds With Nationally Televised Suicide

Posted By on Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 8:31 AM

Sigh. It bears repeating — again, and again, and again: Congress should have done something long ago about limiting access to military-style assault weapons that are "good" for one thing, and one thing only: killing lots of people — including cops — quickly.  Oh, and the #Trumpence Convention starts today in Cleveland. Let's talk about that. But first: 1. Here's the latest on Sunday's Baton Rouge shooting spree. From the Los Angeles Times: Gavin Eugene Long, the gunman who killed three police officers and wounded three others in Baton Rouge, La., on Sunday, left a vast and angry online trail documenting his interest...

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Inspiring: This Man Became a U.S. Senator Without Reading the Constitution

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 1:41 PM

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis is tired of being told to do his job, which is remarkable considering he doesn't seem to have any idea of what his job entails.  On Wednesday, Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii tried to confirm a batch of President Obama's judicial nominees. Luckily, our esteemed Senator from North Carolina heroically stopped them. From the Huffington Post: “I’m not sure what version of the Constitution you’re reading that doesn’t say confirming judges is part of your job in the United States Senate,” Warren said. “Of course confirming judges is part of the...

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This Durham 'Day of Rage' Rumor Is a Bunch of Fearmongering

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 1:33 PM

There is a rumor going around, stoked by conservative media outlets, that a national "Day of Rage" is planned this evening in thirty-seven American cities, including Durham, in response to the recent police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. NC Team Trump, for example, is all ginned up about this story, because it seems like an excuse to call the Black Lives Matter movement a terrorist organization. There is a seed of truth here. An internet group (or person, or something) called TheAnonMessage recently posted this call-to-action video to YouTube, announcing a "Day of Rage" on July 15. It has...

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Apodaca Pulls the Ultimate `Dac' Move

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 12:50 PM

Republican Senate Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca announced Friday that he's resigning from the General Assembly, a few months shy of his retirement. From The News & Observer: Apodaca, a Hendersonville Republican, has said he’s considering taking a job as a lobbyist. Resigning early means he can start the clock on a six-month “cooling off period” required for lawmakers who become lobbyists. The legislature won’t return to Raleigh until January. A lobbyist?! Who'da thunk it? More: Apodaca is one of the state’s most powerful lawmakers, and he announced last year he wouldn’t seek another term. “It has been the honor of...

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Hillary Clinton Is Kicking Up Her North Carolina Campaign

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 11:11 AM

The campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, is starting to look towards the general election in North Carolina. The campaign is relaunching its Twitter and Facebook accounts today, and will open up a batch of new offices across the state soon. "Hillary for North Carolina staff, grassroots organizers, activists, and volunteers will use these platforms to recruit campaign volunteers, share ongoing grassroots organizing events, and have conversations with communities about the issues that matter to North Carolinians as well as Hillary Clinton’s vision for an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the...

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The Morning Roundup: Vive La France

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Another day, another terrorist attack. This story is way too damn familiar.  Last night, while a crowd of French people in Nice were watching fireworks on Bastille Day—a French holiday celebrating the day French peasants stormed the Bastille in 1790, a key event in the then-nascent French revolution—an as-yet-unnamed French-Tunisian man with a truck packed with weapons and explosives essentially mowed them over, killing at least eighty-four.  Police told to NBC News that 84 people were now confirmed dead following the attack in the coastal city of Nice. Bastille Day celebrations were transformed into scenes of chaos and carnage...

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Duke Energy's Merger With Piedmont Natural Gas Goes Before N.C. Utilities Commission Next Week

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 5:05 PM

It will cost Duke Energy $6.7 billion, but there are lots of reasons why the utility giant wants to merge with Piedmont Natural Gas.  For one, the merger would add a million customers and the state of Tennessee to Duke Energy's portfolio. For two, it would consolidate the electric and gas utilities into a hugely powerful mega-monopoly. And, as usual, it's the ratepayer— who actually prefers clean, renewable energy sources, like solar, over fracked gas and gross climate emissions—that will suffer.  An evidentiary and public hearing on whether to allow the merger will happen before the North Carolina Utilities...

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Who Is Tim Moore Suing?

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 4:31 PM

The N.C. Insider's Patrick Gannon had an interesting story today indicating that Speaker Tim Moore has taken a page out of the Republican nominee for president's playbook. How, you ask? By getting ready to sue the pants off of some poor, unsuspecting North Carolina media outlet for libel. In a phone interview with the N.C. Insider State Government News Service, Moore declined to name the media organization. Andy Munn, a Moore spokesman, confirmed that the speaker’s target was not one of the McClatchy publications in North Carolina, which include The News & Observer, The Charlotte Observer and the Insider, a...

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It Begins: N.C. House Candidate Holding Pokemon-Themed Campaign Event

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 3:20 PM

Joe Parrish, a twenty-four-year-old Democrat, seeks to represent District 2 (Person and Granville Counties) in the North Carolina House of Representatives, a position currently occupied by Larry Yarbrough, a Roxboro businessman. Parrish is trying to court the youth vote up in Person County, and what better way to connect with the Youths of Today™ than Pokemon Go?  "I play it myself," Parrish tells the INDY, "and I thought it might be interesting to use Pokemon as a way to reach out to the younger voting public, which is usually a difficult group to reach out to."  On Friday evening, at 7...

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U.S. District Court Will Hear Case to Temporarily Halt HB 2 Provisions in August

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 1:20 PM

The ACLU filed a preliminary injunction to "seek immediate relief for transgender people" on May 16, and today, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder set Monday, August 1st as the date for when he will hear that case. The ACLU, the ACLU of North Carolina and Lambda Legal released a joint statement applauding the decision. “Every day that House Bill 2 remains on the books, transgender North Carolinians suffer irreparable harm at work, in school, and in other public places, simply because they want to use public facilities safely just like everyone else but this hateful law prevents them from...

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The Morning Roundup: Governor McCrory, Party Pooper

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 8:13 AM

Good Thursday morning, everyone! Here is your news. 1. Yesterday there was to be a delightful anti-HB 2 garden party at the governor's mansion until Governor McNofriends, who did not come to party, instead had to go and spoil all the fun.  "Governor Pat McCrory’s Press Office issued the following statement from Press Secretary Graham Wilson: “It became clear this afternoon that Progress NC had reserved the Executive Mansion for a coordinated political protest instead of the event it has discussed with staff and agreed upon in its contract. These publicly announced plans were in violation of the agreed upon...

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Progress NC Garden Party at Executive Mansion Canceled, Celebrations For Racist Senator's Staffers Still OK Though

Posted By on Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 4:49 PM

The Governor's office has released a statement canceling the anti-HB 2 "garden party" that was supposed to happen at the Governor's mansion tonight, saying that Progress NC was planning a "coordinated political protest" rather than the event that was "agreed up on in its contract." So much for free speech.  Per Colin Campbell: Earlier in the day, Progress NC was forced to cut its guestlist for the party from 230 to just fifty people. Lukas Hodge, who has done photo work for INDY Week, sent this along to us: The Back on May 25, the Executive Mansion was rented...

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Residents Still Oppose Homeless Multi-Services Center and Women's Shelter on South Wilmington Street

Posted By on Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 2:01 PM

A joint county and city proposal to locate a multi-services center for homeless people on South Wilmington Street got some blowback from residents at the Central CAC Monday evening. The proposed center will replace the Oak City Outreach Center's weekend meals service, as well as provide a "one-stop" services center for homeless people seeking resources, plus a twenty-five bed shelter for single women without children. The site the county has been looking at is located right next to the 234-bed Wilmington Street Men's Shelter, which has been operating since 2001. Though Wake County deputy manager David Ellis emphasized at...

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