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Friday, July 1, 2016

The Morning Roundup: The HB 2 ‘Fix’ Won’t Appease the NBA, Appears DOA

Posted By on Fri, Jul 1, 2016 at 8:13 AM

1. Well, that went nowhere fast. Earlier this week—around the same time the legislature moved $500,000 in disaster relief money to its HB 2 defense fund and irony died—word leaked that Republicans were considering tweaking the law so as to keep the NBA from pulling its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte. Because, you know, making marginalized people suffer is all well and good until it pisses off sports fans. The proposed fix would basically require trans people to carry a state document indicating that they had undergone gender reassignment to use the facilities in schools and government buildings (nothing...

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Friday, June 10, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Delete Your Account

Posted By on Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 8:35 AM

And we’ll begin with Barry Bamz slow-jamming the news with Jimmy Fallon. To be honest, I’m not sure when—or if—we’ll see another president so effortlessly adept at pop culture. Surely won’t be Hillary. Although this was pretty astute use of social media.  (Here, by the way, is the inevitable Vox explainer on what “Delete Your Account” means.) Which brings us to the Roundup:  1. Democratic elites rally around Hillz.  Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Elizabeth Warren—probably the three biggest ostensibly uncommitted names in the Democratic Party—all came out yesterday to endorse Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, shortly after the...

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Wake County Judge Michael Denning: 'China Wouldn't Be So Bad If It Weren't for All the Chinese'

Posted By on Mon, Jun 6, 2016 at 4:25 PM

Little-known fact: There is another primary election tomorrow, June 7. The INDY made its endorsements last week. You can peruse those here before you go vote.  One of the races is for judge in Wake County Superior Court District 10C—the northwest part of the county. We've endorsed Becky Holt, who has worked in the Wake County District Attorney's Office for twenty-seven years. One of the other candidates—Tuesday's nonpartisan primary will narrow the race from five candidates to two—is Michael Denning, who is currently a judge in Wake County District Court. Denning was elected to the bench in 2010, and ran unopposed in...

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Friday, May 27, 2016

The Morning Roundup: The End of Days Is Officially Nigh

Posted By on Fri, May 27, 2016 at 8:29 AM

1. The Four Horseman are suiting up. We’ll begin with an item that, while not really being “news,” is nonetheless kind of mind-boggling: Donald Trump—the orange-hued reality-TV insult comic, the animated incarnation of those conspiracy chain emails your aunt sends you—will officially be the Republican Party’s nominee for president. Of the United States.  God help us all.  The New York billionaire shrugged off signs of discord in his party hours after sewing up the number of delegates needed to clinch the GOP nomination, a feat that completed an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and set the...

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Friday, May 20, 2016

The Morning Roundup: We Are Governed by Morons

Posted By on Fri, May 20, 2016 at 8:54 AM

Happy Moogfest Friday, everyone! There’s a lot in the news this morning, so let’s jump right in.  1. We’ll begin with Congress, home to many a moron.  Yesterday Republicans in the House decided, in a very close vote that required a ton of arm-twisting, that it’s just hunky-dory for federal contractors to openly discriminate against LGBTQ folks.  Democrats shouted “Shame! Shame!,” but seven Republicans switched their votes under pressure from House leaders Thursday and defeated a measure to protect gay rights. “They literally snatched discrimination from the jaws of equality,” Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney said.The final vote was 213-212 after...

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Friday, May 6, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Bathroom Segregation Now, Bathroom Segregation Forever!

Posted By on Fri, May 6, 2016 at 8:26 AM

Greetings and salutations, fellow Friday enthusiasts! Let’s jump right in.  1. Bathroom segregation now, bathroom segregation forever.  So House Speaker Tim Moore, who has a long history of hating on the gays, has decided that no, North Carolina will not answer the Department of Justice on HB 2 by the Monday deadline.  The department sent state leaders a letter Wednesday saying that the law violates the Civil Rights Act and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 – a finding that could jeopardize billions in federal education funding. Those laws ban employment discrimination and discrimination in education based on...

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Monday, May 2, 2016

The Morning Roundup: In Which the NCGOP Ditches #NeverTrump for #OKFineTrump

Posted By on Mon, May 2, 2016 at 8:48 AM

Good Monday morning, fellow worker bees. As you make your way back to the mine, here are some stories we’ve been watching. But first, if you haven’t already, you really need to check out Mandy Locke’s ongoing series in The News & Observer. Locke, one of the best investigative reporters around, is digging into the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office. It’s not pretty. Here is part 1 and part 2. Onward.  1. N.C. Republicans impeach Hasan Harnett. Harnett, the NCGOP’s first African-American chairman and a tea party favorite, was deposed Saturday at a meeting of the party’s executive committee.  The North Carolina Republican...

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Friday, April 29, 2016

The Morning Roundup: McCrory Can’t Believe We’re Talking About This

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 8:16 AM

Beleaguered by the still-mounting HB 2 backlash, Governor McCrory sought out some friendlier quarters, this time Fox News’s The Kelly File. As has become Republican practice, host Megyn Kelly didn’t talk about all the controversial things HB 2 did—eliminating workplace discrimination lawsuits, overriding living wage ordinances, etc.—instead choosing to focus on the only issue they think matters (and have not-terrible polling on): which bathroom transgender people decide to use.  Kelly pressed McCrory several times on the rhetoric surrounding HB2. "What is the fear about the transgender situation in the bathrooms?" she asked. "Mine is not a fear," McCrory responded....

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Friday, April 8, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Here’s Some More HB 2 Stupidity, You’re Welcome

Posted By on Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 8:47 AM

Lots of news to get to on this beautiful Friday morning. But first, a quick reminder: Full Frame is in full swing, and there are lots and lots of flicks worth checking out.  OK, let’s go:  1. Stop fighting, guys!  The Democratic presidential primary has gotten ugly—not ugly on the level of Donald Trump’s hands, but ugly by the standards of what to now has been a mostly high-minded contest. The metrics of the race haven’t changed—Bernie is doing better than anyone thought; Hillary still has a basically insurmountable delegate lead—but the tone has, with the candidates going back and...

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Morning Roundup: “Some Have Called Our State an Embarrassment”

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 8:20 AM

Happy Wednesday, all. Except it’s not a happy Wednesday for Pat McCrory. Actually, it hasn’t been a very happy week for him at all—ever since the legislature rammed through and he signed HB 2—what with the denunciations from business leaders, the protests in the streets, condemnations from various city officials, the “fact-check” that went nowhere, and the decisions of several state and municipal governments to ban publicly funded travel to North Carolina.  So Pat, under fire, released this five-minute video yesterday, railing against “politicians who have exploited differences and divided people”—by which he presumably does not mean the Republicans who...

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Friday, March 25, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Welcome to the Fallout, Day 2. We’ve Really Screwed the Pooch Here, Haven’t We?

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 9:03 AM

Morning, everyone. Let’s dive right in.  1. Did the General Assembly really not see this coming?  It’s a question worth asking. As the INDY has reported on this here blog Wednesday, it was readily apparent to anyone with eyes and a brain what would happen after the legislature rammed through the knuckle-dragging House Bill 2. Indeed, it’s happened in other states that ginned up anti-LGBT legislation. The response was utterly predictable, at least to everyone outside of 16 Jones. Businesses don’t like this—especially businesses seeking young, urban employers, which are basically the ones powering the entirety of the state’s economy right...

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Could Donald Trump, Who Loves the Poorly Educated, Take Richard Burr Down with Him?

Posted By on Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 2:06 PM

As Donald Trump has inched closer and closer toward the nomination, the possibility that he could take the whole damn Republican Party down with him in November has become even more likely, so much so that archconservatives like Erick Erickson are plotting to drum up support for an "independent conservative" to keep Trump from winning, which would effectively hand the election to the Democratic nominee. But according to a new poll on North Carolina's elections, a Trump nomination could have trickle-do effects as well: it seems Senator Richard Burr isn't in a great position to keep his job if Trump drives...

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Monday, March 21, 2016

The Morning Roundup: The Legislature’s About to Blow a Bunch of Money to Put LGBTs in Their Place (Sigh)

Posted By on Mon, Mar 21, 2016 at 8:45 AM

1. The potty protectors are back on the case. Two weeks after publicly mulling a special session to override Charlotte’s new LGBT ordinance and then deciding not to—these things cost $42,000 a day, and the legislature will be back in session April 25 in any event—Republican lawmakers announced that they will likely convene a special session this week after all. (Not coincidentally, some Bible-thumpers held a fearmongering rally last week demanding that the legislature do just that.) Per WRAL:  Leaders of the state House expect to return to Raleigh this week to respond to Charlotte's transgender nondiscrimination ordinance. Last...

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Friday, March 18, 2016

This Week in the Carolina Comeback: Unemployment Shoots Up All Over the State

Posted By on Fri, Mar 18, 2016 at 12:52 PM

The "Carolina comeback" stalled earlier this year, according to the January unemployment numbers the state reported this morning. State officials found that all one hundred North Carolina counties saw a rise in unemployment from its lowest point during the December holiday season.  The state unemployment rate is 5.8 percent, down slightly from 5.9 percent in January 2015 and up from 5.3 percent in December. (The rates aren't seasonally adjusted, which might explain some of the volatility.) A total of 274,460 North Carolina residents found themselves out of work in January 2016.  The highest unemployment rate in January was 15.5...

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The Morning Roundup: Richard Burr Ain’t Budging from That Indefensible Position That Will Cost Him His Job

Posted By on Fri, Mar 18, 2016 at 8:43 AM

It’s been gorgeous out all week, hasn’t it. Surely that will continue through the week— Oh.  Thanks for nothing, Mother Nature.  On to the Roundup.  1. Richard Burr’s not backing down on SCOTUS. Burr, like most Senate Republicans, is still adamant that he will not consider a Merrick Garland’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court no matter his constitutional responsbilities, because something something voters something something.  This is, by the way, an untenably stupid, incredibly indefensible position.  In the weeks, if not months, ahead, we can expect the Republican Senate leadership to make the fight over the nomination about its timing,...

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

“Awesome” Turnout at Cameron Village: Election Day in Raleigh

Posted By on Tue, Mar 15, 2016 at 4:20 PM

Despite fears that confusion surrounding the state’s new voter ID law would reduce turnout and slow down lines, it appears that voting in at least two Raleigh precincts is going fairly smoothly. At around 1:30 p.m. at the Cameron Village Library, Chief Judge Barbara Abernathy said that around six hundred voters had cast their ballots. “We’ve had an awesome turnout,” she said. Voter Emily McCrary, who named presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and superintendent of public schools candidate Henry Pankey as two candidates she cast ballots for, said the whole process took her five minutes. “I think it’s important,” McCrary said...

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Monday, March 14, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Can I Have My Extra Hour of Sleep Back?

Posted By on Mon, Mar 14, 2016 at 9:10 AM

Lots of stuff happened this weekend: Hillary made an oopsie at Nancy Reagan’s funeral; Hillary apologized profusely and at length the next day; Donald Trump’s Chicago rally turned into a melee (who could have seen that coming?); Trump threatened to send his brownshirts to Bernie Sanders’s rally, and Bernie (or at least his social media team) Berned him well and good (then deleted the tweet, which is a shame); UNC prevailed at the ACC Tournament; and Daylight Saving Time remains a thoroughly pointless and annoying endeavor.  Today is also the last day before tomorrow’s presidential primaries—in North Carolina, Florida,...

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Friday, March 11, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Hillary and Bernie Come to Town, Republicans Play Nice (For Once)

Posted By on Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 8:42 AM

So that Republican debate last night was … civil? Weird. Per POLITICO, GOP insiders generally think Marco Rubio had the debate he needed, but it probably came too late to stop Trump.   Marco Rubio delivered a strong debate performance on Thursday night – but it probably won’t save him in Florida next week against Donald Trump. That’s the verdict rendered by The POLITICO Caucus, a panel of activists, strategists and operatives in key states participating in the presidential primary process this month — including Florida, North Carolina and Ohio, which vote on March 15. A majority of Republican insiders...

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Friday, March 4, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Don’t Worry, Guys, Donald Trump Has a Big Ol’ Penis

Posted By on Fri, Mar 4, 2016 at 8:53 AM

Well, here’s a headline you simply don’t see in a major metro daily’s coverage of a presidential race:  Yes, Donald Trump, accused of having small hands—AND YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS—went into last night’s presidential debate and defended the size of, um, Little Donald.  Trump found himself defending his business record and his conservative credentials on several fronts, lashed out repeatedly at Marco Rubio, and drew groans and gasps when he offered an unsolicited defense of the size of his genitalia. Related:  The debate came just hours after the Republican Party’s 2012 nominee joined a cast of...

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Case for Bernie: 5 Reasons the Vermont Socialist Deserves Your Vote

Posted By on Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Decimated. I’m watching Bernie Sanders following the South Carolina primary, and he’s not putting any gloss on the rout he suffered. Decimated is the word he uses. So here’s where we are, Bernie fans. We had a tie and a close loss in the first two caucus states. We won big in the New Hampshire primary. We lost twice as big in South Carolina. This is all-too-familiar territory for those of us in Wolfpack Nation. Some early-season successes. Blown out by our first tough opponent. What did legendary N.C. State basketball coach Jimmy Valvano advise in such circumstances? “Too...

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Everything You Need to Know About North Carolina’s New Gerrymander

Posted By on Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 5:36 PM

The elections for North Carolina’s congressional districts have already been thrown into chaos by a shotgun court order to redraw the districts, the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and the uncertainty over whether or not state Republicans will be granted a stay. But the effects of the redistricting, should the new map gain final approval from the legislature today, stands to deeply impact the state’s members of Congress—and their challengers. Three members—two of them women—stand to lose the most. Raleigh Republican George Holding, whose 13th district has been completely redrawn, would find himself in Democrat David Price’s...

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Urine Trouble: Drug Testing Welfare Recipients Fails in N.C., Just Like Everywhere Else

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 9:27 AM

North Carolina’s drug testing of welfare recipients has started, and surprise, surprise: the early numbers show that, like in other states that are drug testing welfare recipients, it’s a complete waste of time and money. The drug-testing provision for the Work First program, passed by the General Assembly in 2013 over Governor Pat McCrory’s veto, requires that beneficiaries who have a felony drug charge within the last three years or who are suspected of using drugs during a screening test are required to pass a drug test in order to keep receiving benefits. WRAL reported that, from August (when the...

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Monday, February 8, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Well, That Was … Ugly

Posted By on Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 8:48 AM

1. Let’s get this out of the way. The Panthers lost, and lost badly. The referees were godawful, yes—seriously, how the fuck was that not a catch?—but even a fairly called game wouldn’t have saved the squad that showed up last night. Denver’s defense was unbending, Carolina’s offense was dazed, and Cam Newton kept throwing the ball over everyone’s goddamn head. So, yeah, blerg.  And look on the bright side: Beyonce, the only redeeming part of that train wreck of a halftime show, is coming to Raleigh in May. Now let’s never speak of last night again. Fortunately for...

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Five Things You Need to Know About Amazon’s New-to-Raleigh Delivery Service, Prime Now

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 4:33 PM

Amazon launched its hyperfast delivery service, Prime Now, late last year. The service promises customers will receive “thousands of items” within a two-hour window of clicking the little yellow “checkout” button on their phones. Prime Now is free for those who hold an Amazon Prime account, which costs $99 per year (expedited one-hour delivery can be purchased for an additional $7.99). Yesterday, Raleigh was added to the roster of 25 major cities serviced by the program, so I decided to try it out. Here are five things I learned: 1. It all begins with an app, which takes...

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The Morning Roundup: Is It Sunday Yet?

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 9:05 AM

via GIPHY via GIPHY Greetings, comrades and fellow travelers. Perhaps—but probably not—you, like I, stayed up late (late, at my age, apparently means 11:15) to watch the Democratic tête-à-tête in a little town called Durham … New Hampshire. Who won? you ask. I imagine that depends on which candidate you supported going in. To my mind—which was clouded by the bottle of barley wine I’ll be blogging about later today—Hillary was too aggressive toward the generally likable Bernie, but Bernie came off as a one-trick pony and totally collapsed on foreign policy. And it shouldn’t have taken Hillary 12...

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