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Re: “A Durham Man With No Criminal Record Was Arrested by ICE for Being in the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time

If he's here without papers he broke the law. Stop portraying illegals as innocents

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Posted by appraisol on 04/07/2017 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Sorry, President Trump, But Your Raleigh Supporters’ Rally Was Definitely Not the Biggest of Them All

Refreshing article. Glad to hear this perspective.

Posted by Acea on 04/06/2017 at 2:41 AM

Re: “Theater Review: The Harrowing Stories of Global Female Activists Dramatized in Seven: A Documentary Play

Thank you for attending and staying for talk back.

Posted by Sean Wellington on 04/06/2017 at 12:23 AM

Re: “Lipstick on a Pig: Fifty-three Weeks of HB 2, and the Day That Gave Us HB 2.0

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars...

If politicians fail to act as LGBT advocates desire, the fault is in the LGBT movement (such as it is) in North Carolina, not the politicians.

Since 2012, the professional LGBT movement in NC has expressly and deliberately made itself a subset of the minority party (Democratic) of state power. Why would rational advocacy leadership do that? And if it did, why would it expect successful policy results to flow from a position of such complete powerlessness?

When you do not serve your mission first, you abdicate any control of your mission objectives.

This outcome was entirely predictable. A new strategy - if not wholesale movement leadership change - is required for new policy outcomes.

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Posted by OrionMaize on 04/05/2017 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Lipstick on a Pig: Fifty-three Weeks of HB 2, and the Day That Gave Us HB 2.0

If those things are what you want, (ie LGBT protection), then my suggestion is that you lobby for them.

I don't think HB2 or the democratic governors replacement bill ever really intended to protect the LGBT community from a legal standpoint, rather I believe somehow it got distorted into some people thinking that was what it was about.

BTW I agree that all should be free of discrimination.

Posted by John Trololo on 04/05/2017 at 7:54 PM

Re: “Lipstick on a Pig: Fifty-three Weeks of HB 2, and the Day That Gave Us HB 2.0

The dems who voted for this fake repeal keep saying the LGBT community now has the protections back that they had before HB2 trying to convince people that there are some locations in NC with job protections and public accommodations regulations protecting LGBT community members. This isn't really true. As this article points out, the pre HB2 protections only protect city employees and employees of city contractors. The citizens of these locations have no protections. There is no place in NC where the LGBT community is protected against discrimination in public accommodation. There is no place in NC where the LGBT community is protected from discrimination in housing. There is no place in NC where the LGBT community is protected is protected from being fired from a job outside of some city employees. No matter how politicians like Duane Hall want to spin it, this being a step forward is just not true. Worse yet, the governor and his Democratic accomplices gave away the only leverage we had. HB2

Posted by FONCitizen on 04/05/2017 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Abandoned mobile homes plague North Carolina

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Thank yoy.

Posted by William Josiah on 04/05/2017 at 12:29 AM

Re: “ACC: North Carolina, Thanks to HB 2 Deal, Will Be Considered for Tournaments

HB2 RIP

You served your purpose to elect Roy Cooper. All the rest was theater.

Posted by MJKopechne on 04/04/2017 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Raleigh State Representative Duane Hall Defends His Vote for HB 142: “This Was the Toughest Vote I've Ever Had”

The above comment is spot on. Cooper and Democrats screwed the LGBT community big time. They weakened us nationally and I feel bad for Gay NC because the only power the LGBT community had was the pressure for the republicans to full repeal. It would have taken maybe another year maybe longer but loss of jobs would have made it a numbers game and now LGBT has nothing to leverage and they will not accommodate the LGBT community after 2020 and Cooper will probably lose his seat and they will make it worse. HRC lost it's influence also. One thing that makes me angry is that people only want to talk about Trans-bathroom access. Gay people who raise children lost all work and community protections. Does anyone realize
That? Good job Democrats!!!

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Posted by natelue on 04/01/2017 at 3:31 AM

Re: “ACC: North Carolina, Thanks to HB 2 Deal, Will Be Considered for Tournaments

This whole thing has certainly exposed Roy Cooper, the NCAA, and the ACC as cynical actors willing to throw LGBT people under the bus to accomplish the goal of looking principled.

Posted by Nate on 03/31/2017 at 10:46 PM

Re: “ACC: North Carolina, Thanks to HB 2 Deal, Will Be Considered for Tournaments

I hope the NCAA makes the right decision, stays out of NC until after Dec 2020 and shames the ACC into re-thinking their decision. Cooper and the dems who voted with him gave up the only piece of leverage the LGBT community had without asking the community just so straight people could have hometown basketball while the LGBT community continues to be discriminated against. Cooper decided he could support discrimination through his full term as governor as long as straight people didn't have to drive out of state for basketball.

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Posted by FONCitizen on 03/31/2017 at 7:36 PM

Re: “Raleigh State Representative Duane Hall Defends His Vote for HB 142: “This Was the Toughest Vote I've Ever Had”

Really? He can't understand how people can think we aren't better off today than yesterday? Because now we have lost the issue on the national stage to use to continue to put pressure on the legislature. Already the ACC has rolled over and said, despite the continued discrimination, they will now bring back sports to NC. The NCAA will probably do the same next week. The leverage the LGBT community had in place to make non-LGBT North Carolinians feel some pain over this discrimination is now gone because of your actions. You have no way of moving the issue forward now. The Republicans got what they wanted. They have control over bathroom FOREVER. They have the right to continue to discriminate for AT LEAST 4 more years. Nothing will stop them from extending that after 2020 either. And, they are getting the sports orgs and businesses to come back to NC. It's a win-win for them and a lose-lose for the LGBT community. Both national and state LGBT organizations worked their butts off to get Cooper elected and this is the thanks we get in return. It would have been far better to leave HB2 in place and leave the pressure it was applying in place with it. Instead, everyone EXCEPT the LGBT community is back to normal while the LGBT community is still being discriminated against. And you can't even guarantee it will get better after Dec 2020.
If you considered this vote to be "tough", it's apparent you don't live with discrimination on a daily basis. The vote shouldn't have been a tough choice at all. You gave up the only leverage the LGBT community had in this fight. And, it wasn't yours to give up especially since you or Gov Cooper didn't bother to ask the LGBT community it they wanted to give up the only leverage they had. You and Cooper made that choice for the LGBT community and you showed a failure of leadership in doing so.

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Posted by FONCitizen on 03/31/2017 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Pat McCrory Celebrates the HB 2 Compromise: It Means the “Human Rights Campaign Lost the Battle”

If you ever wondered whether the GOP's agenda was anything more than "pissing off libtards", these comments ought to clear that up.

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Posted by Nate on 03/31/2017 at 5:43 PM

Re: “Raleigh State Representative Duane Hall Defends His Vote for HB 142: “This Was the Toughest Vote I've Ever Had”

HB2 RIP

You served your purpose to elect Roy Cooper. All the rest was theater.

Grow UP!!

Posted by MJKopechne on 03/31/2017 at 5:14 PM

Re: ““Hey, Roy! I Trusted You. You Let Me Down! You Failed Me”

HB2 RIP

You served your purpose to elect Roy Cooper. All the rest was theater.

Grow UP!!

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Posted by MJKopechne on 03/31/2017 at 4:27 PM

Re: “ICE’s Explanation for Rounding Up Immigrant at Duke Manor Tuesday: He Was There

Gee, somebody have problem comprehending that undocumented means illegal??

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Posted by Baron Gil on 03/31/2017 at 1:15 PM

Re: “The Morning Roundup: HB 2 Deal Passes, Michael Flynn Wants Immunity for Russia Testimony

My response to Gov Cooper on his hate bill 2 victory proclamation:

Are you serious? You call bigotry and discrimination against groups of human beings "welcoming" behavior? ....

You penned your name - in ink - to condoned bigotry, discrimination, and intolerance. You put your name on what would otherwise be republican intolerance, bigotry, and hatred.

Remember the minority and LGBTQ vote that brought you the governor's seat? You badly miscalculated. You just lost your bid for reelection. You turned your back on all except white bigots and bible thumping hate mongers ... we turn our backs on you. You would not survive a military war deployment. Yellow bellies seldom return in one piece. You, governor, are a coward and just signed on to bigotry and hatred.

"Today, our laws are catching up with our [welcoming] people," Cooper said at a press conference after signing a revised version of House Bill 142, the repeal measure."

- which people? Tim moore ? Phil berger? Bible thumping republicans?

Posted by Snowy Day on 03/31/2017 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Roy Cooper Announces He’s Signed Fake HB 2 Repeal, Get Your Air Horns Ready

Hard-core conservatives were never going to compromise. They represent districts where Amendment One passed by over 70% (in some districts, by as much as 85%). There are enough hard-core conservatives in the General Assembly to block anything more progressive than what Cooper negotiated, and they don't care how many jobs in the Triangle are lost or how many sports tournaments go elsewhere. A deplorable situation? Yes, but it's the political reality today.

You don't get to vote in the districts where the hard-core conservatives come from. To get a more progressive policy in the General Assembly, you must change the hearts and minds of voters in those districts. It's tough work. You won't achieve your goal by expecting Cooper to wave a magic wand and do the hard work for you.

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Posted by ct on 03/31/2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Democracy in Crisis: Trump Taking Cues from Russian Propaganda

Hillary Bill and Podesta had more shenanigans going on with the Russians than Trump ever had , such wonderful fake journalism lol

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Posted by Tony Monti on 03/30/2017 at 9:35 PM

Re: “Forest Hills Apartments Residents Speak, People in Power Respond.

Get out of bed and get a job then you will not have to worry about getting kicked out of an apartment

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Posted by Tony Monti on 03/30/2017 at 9:31 PM

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