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Re: “State Rep: Protesters Were "A Group of Malcontent Thugs Who Were Likely Paid"

I was there to witness against the immorality of the actions of some of these legislators. I was born and raised in Fayetteville. I am presently living in Durham. No one paid me, but I want to know if someone paid those legislators to undermine the incoming Governor. Have any investigations been conducted into their financial dealings?

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Posted by Marena Groll on 12/18/2016 at 10:33 PM

Re: “State Rep: Protesters Were "A Group of Malcontent Thugs Who Were Likely Paid"

I'm a Triangle-area mother of 3 who didn't have the time to drop everything and hustle to Raleigh for 4 days last week, but I have learned after several other NCGA special sessions that only nefarious lawmaking comes from these sudden gatherings of our lawmakers (HB2, Voter ID, etc.). None of the 4th special session bills were emergent (or necessary) in my opinion. We the People understand a special session about natural disaster relief. We don't appreciate abuse of power. House and Senate leaders need to stop being so partisan and represent the people's interest.

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Posted by Mary Swann Parry on 12/18/2016 at 9:15 PM

Re: “State Rep: Protesters Were "A Group of Malcontent Thugs Who Were Likely Paid"

Those fools don't get that we're protesting out of passion. There's no money in this. Such weak, silly reasoning.

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Posted by Vivian Brenner on 12/18/2016 at 8:56 PM

Re: “State Rep: Protesters Were "A Group of Malcontent Thugs Who Were Likely Paid"

I was there Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. I was born in North Carolina, grew up here, and now I am raising my children here. I was there because I love this state and its people and I cannot sit by and watch as the elected leaders entrusted to act in the best interest of North Carolinians do HARMFUL things - like when they passed HB2.

I cannot sit idly by when our state legislature completely disregards NC law on open meetings, notice periods, and the prohibition against deliberating and acting on legislation in secret meetings instead of in open session.

My friends who had planned on joining me on Tuesday ended up not being able to go - but they still wanted to help. I asked them to send food - and they did. I personally took delivery of pizza and water that was sent in on Tuesday - and none of it was paid for by the NAACP or any organization. It was paid for by a loose network of friends - all North Carolinians - who cared about what was happening to their state and wanted to help however they could.

I should have been home with my children getting ready for Christmas, but because the NCGA has continually betrayed the very spirit of honest, open dialog and debate upon which our country was founded - well, I felt that there was no choice but to go and bear witness.

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Posted by Aylett Colston on 12/18/2016 at 8:30 PM

Re: “State Rep: Protesters Were "A Group of Malcontent Thugs Who Were Likely Paid"

The tactic is Trumpian misdirection. Say something outrageously untrue, and laugh while people do cartwheels to refute it. All the while what aren't people talking about? The real issue, of course. The clearly unethical attempt (forget legal, I'm talking ethics) to steal the governor's power because they couldn't steal the governor's office. Keep talking about how the Republicans planned the special session for weeks but lied about it. Keep talking about how they cut citizens out of the process. And don't pay attention to those incredibly childish chants of "Well, you did it first" because a) no party in history has ever called a surprise session and stripped power from an incoming governor; and b) even if the Democrats had done it, it was wrong then and wrong now. It's wrong period, no matter who does it. Fight lies. Fight anti-democratic, unethical, self-centered behavior. And show up to vote in 2017.

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Posted by chappa hillian on 12/18/2016 at 8:14 PM

Re: “State Rep: Protesters Were "A Group of Malcontent Thugs Who Were Likely Paid"

....while of course the exact opposite is true. While the protestors were missing work and other responsibilities to be there, only the cockroaches voting in session were being paid.

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Posted by EN Farstad on 12/18/2016 at 2:53 PM

Re: “State Rep: Protesters Were "A Group of Malcontent Thugs Who Were Likely Paid"

I am outraged at these claims. I was at the legislature much of last week. Everyone that I came into contact with (dozens and dozens of people) were there missing work, rearranging childcare plans, or canceling other appointments to volunteer their time and stand up for justice, civil discourse, and the rights of the citizens of our State in the House of the People.

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Posted by irgeffner on 12/18/2016 at 2:31 PM

Re: “State Rep: Protesters Were "A Group of Malcontent Thugs Who Were Likely Paid"

I am outraged at these claims. I was at the legislature much of last week. Everyone that I came into contact with (dozens and dozens of people) were there missing work, rearranging childcare plans, or canceling other appointments to volunteer their time and stand up for justice, civil discourse, and the rights of the citizens of our State in the House of the People.

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Posted by irgeffner on 12/18/2016 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Members of Congress Accuse the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of Not Protecting Red Wolves

I'm a conservation biologist with a background in forensics and DNA, it's a fact the 'red wolf' is a name given to a wolf coyote hybrid. We should redirect the effort to preserve the 'species' to the preservation of habitat and support of apex predators. That will best ensure that the conditions that have produced the hybrid in the past continue to exist with healthy populations of prey and sufficient range.

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Posted by AntonioVivaldi on 12/18/2016 at 7:49 AM

Re: “State Rep: Protesters Were "A Group of Malcontent Thugs Who Were Likely Paid"

I was down at the state house and I saw this bussing they're talking about. One car I saw was loaded up with upwards of four people! Can you imagine! When I confronted them about why they needed to pile up like clown car and they tried to dismiss me saying, "they weren't sure about the parking situation" and "we always carpool to these kinds of things," but I wasn't buying it. Next they'll want me to believe that for the past 4 years they've been building some kind of network of like-minded individuals who have agreed to travel to these types of events together. Absurd!

And on the subject of payment - there's no doubt in my mind that each and every protester was paid to be there. Surely, in the 2 million person population that is within easy driving distance of the state house, there can't be 250 individuals who would dive for 20 minutes to come and voice their displeasure. Only a lackey would do something like that.

I think Speciale is 100% correct - if democrats do something then it's perfectly fine, but if republicans do it suddenly people are all up in arms! I don't just don't understand why, when this kind of inevitable legislation is happening, people have to yell and get angry. Just quietly wait until it's over and hope that things will change all on their own. Activism is just so unsightly.

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Posted by theresamouseinmyhouse on 12/18/2016 at 12:09 AM

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