1. HB 2 basically kills championship games in North Carolina, and there's nothing we can do about it (except vote in November to get rid of the people who thought up this crap in the first place).
First the NBA All-Star game, then the NCAA championship games, and now the ACC, which yesterday announced all neutral-site championships would leave the state, too. In North Carolina, you can mess with a lot of things, but you don't mess with sports—especially not college sports. By moving these events out of the state, communities are losing millions of dollars. In Durham alone, the ACC baseball tournament brought in at least $5 million in 2016.
WRAL has a good rundown of all the statements and cities and towns that are losing events with this latest announcement.
Since the passage of HB2, performers, businesses and sports entities have protested by canceling events in the Tar Heel State.
2. Tuesday, Donald Trump released his child care and maternity leave plan. One of the better interviews about ran in Cosmopolitan on Wednesday.
"For the sports event industry in North Carolina, this week has been unprecedented and historically bad, probably the worst ever in terms of lost business and damage to our brand," said Scott Dupree, executive director of the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance.
"Once the NCAA made its announcement on Monday, this ACC decision was inevitable. Looking ahead, I am very concerned about other sports organizations that may be next in line."
Yes, you read that right. Cosmo
had a great, informative, and at some points awkward interview with Ivanka Trump, who at one point called out the reporter for asking "negative questions."
The interview, published in a Q&A, is worth a read. Here's a particularly great exchange:
[COSMO]OK, so when it comes to same-sex—
[IVANKA] So it's meant to benefit, whether it's in same-sex marriages as well, to benefit the mother who has given birth to the child if they have legal married status under the tax code.
Well, what about gay couples, where both partners are men?
The policy is fleshed out online, so you can go see all the elements of it. But the original intention of the plan is to help mothers in recovery in the immediate aftermath of childbirth.
So I just want to be clear that, for same-sex adoption, where the two parents are both men, they would not be receiving special leave for that because they don't need to recover or anything?
Well, those are your words, not mine. [Laughs.] Those are your words. The plan, right now, is focusing on mothers, whether they be in same-sex marriages or not.
It's great to see that some media outlets are throwing Ivanka hardballs. It's especially comforting to see this type of interview coming out of a magazine best known for headlines
like “My Car Turned Me On: Hilarious Tales of Accidental Pleasure.”
3) Hillary Clinton makes her first public appearance post-pneumonia in Greensboro later today.
Man, the Clintons really like North Carolina. You'd think this was a battleground state or something.
The News & Record out of Greensboro
has the details.
4) The latest NC Civitas poll results drop today. But an early look was released yesterday.
We'll take a full dive into the poll when it's released, but the verbatim answers
of why some people are choosing Trump over Clinton were just a tad bit depressing.
Here's a sampling:
- Female Trump supporter from Bladen County: Because we have to have someone who cares about America who isn't more worried about illegals and will help America be great again.
- Female Trump supporter between the age of forty-five and fifty-four in Burke County: I wouldn't vote for a woman to run the country. Females run on emotion.
- Male Trump supporter sixty-five or older in Gaston County: Hillary insulted me with raising taxes.
If you want an emotional roller coaster, definitely take the time to read through some of the comments from the poll.
5) University of North Carolina football player Allen Artis turned himself in to Orange County authorities after a UNC sophomore took out self-sworn warrants alleging she was raped by Artis in February.
Artis, a UNC junior, was charged with two misdemeanors and given a $5,000 unsecured bond.
has the rundown of Delaney Robinson's allegations
"I did everything a rape victim is supposed to do," Robinson told reporters at Tuesday's press conference. "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," she continued. "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."
And with that, let's wrap it up for the day, and continue to hope that the world doesn't end.
Happy Thursday, folks. Here's your daily dose of calamity to keep everything nice and regular.