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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

Re: “Special Session Update: McCrory Signs SB 4, HB 17 Passes

Earlier this week the NC General Assembly convened an important special session to fund much-needed assistance for North Carolinians still struggling after Hurricane Matthew. Unfortunately, after addressing the needs of hurricane victims, the NCGA convened an additional special session and filed 28 surprise bills addressing a wide range of issues. We neither endorse nor oppose any particular bill that was introduced; there was insufficient time to study each bill and its potential consequences. Rather, we oppose the introduction of numerous unanticipated, non-emergency bills in a special session. This process does not allow adequate time for either lawmakers or the public to fully review and comment on proposed legislation.

League members spent four days observing Senate and House sessions. We visited the office of every Wake County senator and representative, had meetings with some, and sent emails to all of them. They are all aware of our position. North Carolinians deserve better than what we witnessed this past week.

Dianna Wynn
Communications Coordinator
League of Women Voters of Wake County

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Posted by Dianna Wynn on 12/17/2016 at 11:41 AM
Posted by theseatree on 12/17/2016 at 4:58 AM

Re: “It's Time for North Carolina Democrats to Fight Fire with Fire

Even better will be a coordinated attempt to disrupt the GOP members' places of business. Google their hometowns and protest them there as well. Hit them where it hurts-none of these clowns will be able to ignore us if we are everywhere. Protest outside of their homes-take the fight to them. Do not meekly stand by and wail about fairness, they do not care. Protest them where they worship, where they shop where they live. if they are entitled to wantonly impose their shit on our lives then they can reap what they sow.

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Posted by dudeoflife on 12/16/2016 at 11:05 PM

Re: “It's Time for North Carolina Democrats to Fight Fire with Fire

The legislature and McCrory should all be indicted with racketeering and subverting the will of the voters.

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Posted by Baruch on 12/16/2016 at 9:57 PM

Re: “Durham Artists Movement Is a Safe Space and a Strong Voice for Artists Who Need It Most

The quotes from the artists read like the vapid gobblygook newspeak of a freshly graduated business consultant. One who, without real world experience, waxes poetic about "...synergizing to maximize strategic metric actualization..."

So, in plainspeak, what does DAM *actually* do? I still don't know.

Posted by ProudlyAfilliated on 12/16/2016 at 8:00 PM

Re: “It's Time for North Carolina Democrats to Fight Fire with Fire

@MX46 - At least Cooper would stack it with intelligent people who care. Not heartless individuals who have outdated agendas. It is 2016, not 1916. We should be moving forward as people, not driving back everything we have worked so hard to change.

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Posted by Raleigh Guy on 12/16/2016 at 3:51 PM

Re: “It's Time for North Carolina Democrats to Fight Fire with Fire

Sorry Indy. You're about 6 years too late on this... While you guys have been sippin' your PBR in your tight pants and too-small t-shirts, the Teapublicans have been ruining the State. But better late than never, I suppose...

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Posted by twatts1000 on 12/16/2016 at 2:18 PM

Re: “It's Time for North Carolina Democrats to Fight Fire with Fire

At least MX46 will agree that Breitbart is awful...

Posted by twatts1000 on 12/16/2016 at 2:16 PM

Re: “It's Time for North Carolina Democrats to Fight Fire with Fire

Anyone who ends a statement with "Sad" is a brainwashed Trumpster.

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Posted by heartNC on 12/16/2016 at 1:33 PM

Re: “It's Time for North Carolina Democrats to Fight Fire with Fire

This editor and the idiots protesting must have short memories. Including Cooper. Sad

http://www.hcpress.com/front-page/ncgop-ca…

The Indy has turned into the local Democratic version Breitbart. It's awful.

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Posted by MX46 on 12/16/2016 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Accused By an Ex-Cop of Excessive Force in 2014, Three Durham Officers Escaped Discipline

100 percent sure there is a bulk of this story missing. officer shows up, says make my day and tased a kid then his partner slams mom for asking why? this is reminiscent of Denzel Washington link to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27LHUqQiGgA

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Posted by Daryl Mac on 12/16/2016 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Accused By an Ex-Cop of Excessive Force in 2014, Three Durham Officers Escaped Discipline

The print version emphasizes threats;
victims, witnesses,
complainants, and family members of complainants
should not be threatened.
Today is the 225th anniversary of the passage of the Bill of Rights;
Article the 1st, our first right and DUTY
is to "petition for redress of grievances" (i.e. to complain).
[The word "petition" means more than just agreeing with
someone else's written complaint.]

Cops who threaten complainants should be fired, and
threatening complainants should be prosecuted
as civil rights violations, &
the department should be sued.

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Posted by Chris Tiffany on 12/15/2016 at 7:51 PM

Re: “Amy Adams’s Authenticity Elevates Tom Ford’s Glam Pulp Fiction in Nocturnal Animals

4 Stars for NOCTURNAL ANIMALS? What a joke! The unnecessarily explicit -- and ultimately pointless -- opening scene of nude, grotesquely fat women trying to gyrate provocatively at an art opening will have many members of the audience reaching for the barf bag or walking out altogether. That stomach-turning scene doesn't connect with anything else in the movie -- it's inserted simply for its shock value -- and it makes an otherwise riveting revenge story unrecommendable, IMHO. Only a Tom Ford fan boy, such as Glenn McDonald, would send his unsuspecting readers to such a deeply flawed film, without warning them that they might not make it through the first five minutes without tossing their cookies.

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Posted by robertm748 on 12/15/2016 at 6:05 PM

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