1. A North Carolina Republican has at last called for a repeal of HB 2.
State senator Tamara Barringer, a Republican representing Wake County, draws the line at an NCAA freeze-out, apparently. Her statement on HB 2, issued yesterday:
"Whenever legislative bodies rush to judgment on important public policy decisions, there are unintended consequences. With the most recent announcements impacting our state, there are simply too many examples of very sad and unfortunate ramifications and unintended effects of HB2.
"I do not want men or boys legally to be able to share the same locker rooms or bathrooms with my 16-year-old daughter and her classmates or teammates. However, if we want to preserve the proud heritage of North Carolina, it is time for our leadership to consider a substantial and immediate repeal of HB2."
That last bit about the locker rooms is pretty weak, actually, but kudos to Barringer for having the—"courage" isn't the right word; how about "decent political instincts"?—to finally speak out about this abomination.
Others, like the N.C. GOP
and Lt. Gov. Dan Forest
, continue to dig in their heels like buffoons. Deep into the day yesterday, McCrory put out a statement
on the NCAA moving its events out of the state.
"The issue of redefining gender and basic norms of privacy will be resolved in the near future in the United States court system for not only North Carolina, but the entire nation. I strongly encourage all public and private institutions to both respect and allow our nation’s judicial system to proceed without economic threats or political retaliation toward the 22 states that are currently challenging government overreach. Sadly, the NCAA, a multi-billion dollar, tax-exempt monopoly, failed to show this respect at the expense of our student athletes and hard-working men and women."
LOL at these delusional clowns trying to act like the NCAA and the NBA are part of a liberal conspiracy. Their behavior will be studied in psychology classrooms one day.
2. Trump supporter in Asheville punches old lady.
Shirley Teter, a 69-year-old woman who draws breath via an oxygen tank, was punched in the face by a Trump-supporting lowlife. This happened at a rally Monday—where five other Trump supporters were arrested—but more information arrived yesterday via WLOS
"Whenever groups of them would start chanting 'Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump!' I would chant back, 'Dump! Dump! Dump! Dump!' It was kind of comical," Teter said.
After the rally, Teter experienced something she had never seen in all of her protests. Peace teetered over into something else.
"I said, 'You better learn to speak Russian,' and I said, 'The first two words are going to be ha ha.' He stopped in his tracks, and he turned around and just cold-cocked me," Teter said.
She was punched in the face.
She says she fell on her oxygen tank and has sore ribs, a sore jaw, and cut her elbow. She later went to the hospital and is thankful she did not break any bones.
A warrant has been issued for Richard Campbell of Edisto Island, South Carolina, for assault on a female.
3. UNC sophomore alleges she was raped by UNC football player.
At a news conference yesterday, Delaney Robinson, 19, said the university and campus police have failed to adequately investigate her allegation of being raped last year at Ram's Village, an on-campus apartment complex. Robinson's statement:
"I did everything a rape victim is supposed to do. I reported it. I allowed the rape kit to be taken. I gave a statement. I cooperated with law enforcement and the Title IX office. But six months later the University has done nothing. I'm taking this public stand not for me, but for the other students on campus who are not protected, despite what the University tells us. I love this University. It's my home. I plan on graduating. But I expect the University to fulfill its promises to me and to all students."
The player, a junior linebacker identified as Allen Artis, was suspended on Tuesday, according to the team. More on this story at WUNC
4. News and Observer hires new publisher.
Inside baseball for media watchers: Sara Glines will be the next publisher of the N&O, and the first in the paper's history. The daily reports
Sara Glines, 57, is joining The News & Observer from the Gannett newspaper chain, where she was president of the Atlantic Group, overseeing eight daily newspapers plus non-dailies in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania. At the same time, she also was the president and publisher of the York Daily Record, a York, Pa., newspaper with a Sunday circulation of nearly 50,000.
...Glines succeeds Orage Quarles III, who retired in June at age 65 after serving as the paper’s publisher for 16 years...Glines has overseen digital initiatives for nearly 20 years. She is a former editor-in-chief of New Jersey Online, the digital partner of the Star-Ledger. And she spearheaded converting brand-name magazines such as Car and Driver, Woman’s Day and Elle to the web while serving as managing director at Hachette Filipacchi New Media.
Glines takes over September 26.
Enjoy your day.