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Friday, July 22, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 8:01 AM

1. The Speech If you missed Trump’s RNC acceptance speech last night, you can find the text of the speech here; but really, to get the whole effect, you need to watch the video—seventy-six minutes (that’s six minutes longer than Bill Clinton in 1996 and the longest convention speech in modern history) of an angry old man yelling about how terrible everything is and what a dystopian hellscape America has become and how Syrian refugees and Mexican immigrants are going to murder your children while Hillary Clinton watches and cheers.  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/22/us/politics/donald-trump-rnc-speech.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=span-abc-region®ion=span-abc-region&WT.nav=span-abc-region Americans watching this address tonight have seen the...

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Worst Governor in America Says North Carolina Must Rally Behind McCrory

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 3:28 PM

All these horrible ideas the Republicans in charge of North Carolina have tried to push through these last four years? A lot of them have already been implemented in Kansas, the land of my birth and the home of my kin. Kansas has always been a conservative place, but since Sam Brownback was elected governor, in 2010, Kansas has gone completely off the rails. In 2012, Brownback signed into law a massive tax cut for the rich and eliminated the corporate income tax for small businesses. He literally called it an "experiment" and said it would be a "shot of...

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Mike Krzyzewski Weighs in on HB 2

Posted By on Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 6:49 PM

Last week, the Duke men's basketball team released its schedule for the upcoming season. The Blue Devils were supposed to play Albany in November as part of the Hall of Fame Tipoff tournament, but that game is no longer taking place, owing to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's banning of non-essential travel to North Carolina by state employees in New York.  Cuomo's executive order is, of course, rooted in the hideous and shameful passing of HB 2 here in North Carolina.  USA Today caught up with Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski yesterday at a practice for the U.S. men's Olympic team,...

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Friday, July 15, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Vive La France

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Another day, another terrorist attack. This story is way too damn familiar.  Last night, while a crowd of French people in Nice were watching fireworks on Bastille Day—a French holiday celebrating the day French peasants stormed the Bastille in 1790, a key event in the then-nascent French revolution—an as-yet-unnamed French-Tunisian man with a truck packed with weapons and explosives essentially mowed them over, killing at least eighty-four.  Police told to NBC News that 84 people were now confirmed dead following the attack in the coastal city of Nice. Bastille Day celebrations were transformed into scenes of chaos and carnage...

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

It Begins: N.C. House Candidate Holding Pokemon-Themed Campaign Event

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 3:20 PM

Joe Parrish, a twenty-four-year-old Democrat, seeks to represent District 2 (Person and Granville Counties) in the North Carolina House of Representatives, a position currently occupied by Larry Yarbrough, a Roxboro businessman. Parrish is trying to court the youth vote up in Person County, and what better way to connect with the Youths of Today™ than Pokemon Go?  "I play it myself," Parrish tells the INDY, "and I thought it might be interesting to use Pokemon as a way to reach out to the younger voting public, which is usually a difficult group to reach out to."  On Friday evening, at 7...

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Monday, July 11, 2016

McCrory Signs Dumb and Bad Body Camera Bill into Law

Posted By on Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 4:50 PM

As expected, Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law today body-camera legislation that essentially defeats the purpose of having body cameras in the first place. The bill, HB 972, received Democratic support due to the fact that legislators attached a provision decriminalizing needle-exchange programs to it. It is otherwise a terrible, terrible bill. Here's our quick explainer on it, from last week's roundup of legislative activity, but just to sum up: Everybody is sick of police officers killing people and using excessive force and not being held accountable. Body cameras are a way to hold police accountable. A bunch of local...

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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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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Light Rail Funding Once Again Jeopardized by State Budget

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 12:07 PM

You'll recall that, last year, the Durham to Orange Light Rail Transit project was derailed by a sneaky, last-minute provision inserted into the state budget that capped state spending on light-rail projects at $500,000. The D-O LRT funding plan called for the state to contribute $400 million. Because of the way the budget process works, it's difficult to know who was responsible for slipping the provision into the budget, and because the Republican leadership is spineless and secretive, not a single GOP official stepped forward to claim authorship of it. Democracy, baby! Some Republicans, including Gov. Pat McCrory (who pushed...

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North Carolina House Advances Body Camera Bill That Defeats Purpose of Body Cameras

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 5:08 AM

Communities across North Carolina (and the entire country) have spent a great deal of time over the last year trying to iron out thoughtful policies regarding how accessible police body camera footage should be. It's tricky business, a balancing act of transparency objectives and privacy concerns. But the entire reason these conversations are taking place is because people want more accountability from their police departments; they want evidence that what officers write in their reports lines up with what actually happened on the street. They don't want what happened with Laquan McDonald to happen in their cities and towns.  Both...

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Friday, June 17, 2016

New Southern Baptist Convention Policy Not Racist Enough for North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 9:48 AM

Perhaps you heard that, yesterday, the leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention—the largest Protestant organization in the world, with about fifteen million members—voted that members should cease displaying the Confederate flag.  "We recognize that the Confederate battle flag is used by some and perceived by many as a symbol of hatred, bigotry, and racism, offending millions of people," the SBC's resolution states. "And...we recognize that, while the removal of the Confederate battle flag from public display is not going to solve the most severe racial tensions that plague our nation and churches, those professing Christ are called to extend grace and put...

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The Morning Roundup: Lebron Doesn’t Quit, Bernie Almost Does

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 7:45 AM

Happy Friday, everyone. Let’s make this short and sweet and get to the weekend already.  1. Bernie Sanders didn’t quite concede last night.  The Vermont senator didn’t officially quit or endorse Hillary Clinton, but in a message to supporters released last night, he said he’ll soon be joining the fight to defeat Trump (who, frankly, is doing a pretty bang-up job defeating himself, but the more, the merrier, I guess). “Our vision for the future of this country is not some fringe idea,” he said.  Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Thursday in an address to his supporters that he...

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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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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

McCrory Eats Bowl of Shit, Says He'll Support Trump

Posted By on Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 1:28 PM

If you were making bets on which Republicans might be brave and principled enough to oppose Donald Trump's candidacy for president, Gov. Pat McCrory would not be your Seabiscuit.  Today—just a few days after Trump said that an Indiana judge's Mexican heritage made him unfit to rule in a fraud lawsuit against Trump University—McCrory got backed into a corner and admitted, with the reluctance of a genuine political coward, that he would support Trump in the general election. From the N&O:  Asked by a News & Observer reporter if he’ll support Trump – the presumptive Republican nominee – McCrory said “yes”...

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Morning Roundup: You Might Be Paying More for Health Insurance Soon

Posted By on Wed, Jun 1, 2016 at 7:15 AM

It's Wednesday, a historically average day of the week. News for you:  1. Federal appeals court upholds ruling in favor of transgender teen. In April, the U.S. Court of Appeals found that Title IX protects the rights of individuals like Gavin Grimm, a sixteen-year-old transgender student who sued the Gloucester County School Board over its discriminatory bathroom policy. Grimm's suit argued that the school board's requirement that transgender students use "alternative, private" facilities is unconstitutional. Yesterday, the same court denied a request for an en banc review, which would have meant that all active judges in the Fourth Circuit would review...

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Margaret Spellings Installs AEI Conservative as UNC Senior Vice President

Posted By on Fri, May 27, 2016 at 7:49 AM

So it begins: Yesterday, new UNC president Margaret Spellings announced the appointment of Andrew Kelly to a newly created position called "senior vice president for strategy and policy." The school will pay him $245,000 a year.  A UNC release notes that Kelly was a research assistant at the American Enterprise Institute from 2002-2005, and returned to AEI in 2009 as a research fellow in education policy studies. He is also the founder and director of AEI's Center on Higher Education Reform.   The American Enterprise Institute: Why does that ring a bell? Oh, right: It's a big, conservative think tank...

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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 13, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Pat McCrory, Bully Fighter

Posted By on Fri, May 13, 2016 at 8:32 AM

Another day, another round of HB 2 news.  1. The feds won’t cut off our funding (yet).  Even though the Department of Justice is suing the state for violating the Civil Rights Act, the White House has announced that it will not defund North Carolina while the lawsuits are in progress.  North Carolina won’t lose billions in federal education money while the Department of Justice and state leaders spar over House Bill 2 in court, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday. The department sent state leaders a letter last week saying that HB2 violates the Civil Rights Act...

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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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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Duke University Calls for Legalization of Third-Party Energy Sales in N.C.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 at 1:51 PM

North Carolina is one of only five states with a law on the books that specifically prohibits third-party energy sales. This presents a problem for property owners who wish to buy renewable energy for their homes. Elsewhere, you could pay a solar provider to build a solar system on your property, lease the system from that provider, and buy the energy the system produced directly from that provider. Such power-purchase agreements (PPAs) are especially attractive because they make solar much more affordable for ordinary people. They also appeal to nonprofits, who would be allowed to monetize federal investment tax credits...

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Poll: Cooper Racing Ahead of McCrory in N.C. Governor's Race

Posted By on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 at 1:34 PM

Gov. Pat McCrory continues to fumble around for ways to explain why signing HB 2 wasn't a massive fuck-up. His arguments are bad, he looks like a clown when he tries to present them, and nobody is buying what he's selling.  A new poll from Elon University, out today, finds that an increasing number of voters are turning away from McCrory in his gubernatorial reelection bid. A February Elon poll had Democratic challenger Roy Cooper ahead of McCrory 42-40. That was before McCrory signed HB 2 into law. “Our recent finding is consistent with almost all publicly available surveys in...

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Morning Roundup: The Day the Left-Wing Political Correctness Mob Got a Small Concession from Pat McCrory

Posted By on Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 7:50 AM

Today is Wednesday, April 13. You are still alive. Here are some things going on in the world around you.  1. McCrory issues executive order on HB 2. It sounds good at first. But in reality it's nowhere close to a repeal of the terrible law. The good part: It expands nondiscrimination protections for state employees to include sexual orientation and gender identity. The bad part: It does nothing else. That means transgender individuals are still prohibited from using the correct bathrooms. It also means cities and counties are still prohibited from creating their own jurisdiction-wide nondiscrimination protections. Reactions from...

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Then They Came for Our Pornography: XHamster Bans Access in North Carolina over HB 2

Posted By on Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 6:42 PM

First, it was new jobs. Then we were denied our “Jungleland” singalongs. Now the backlash to HB 2 threatens to interfere with our ability to masturbate using the Internet. Is nothing sacred? Today, the guy who runs porn site XHamster.com announced that the company would be blacking out access for users with North Carolina IP addresses until the discriminatory law is repealed. Here’s the official statement: "We are appalled by the recent events that have transpired in North Carolina. We have spent the last 50 years fighting for equality for everyone and these laws are discriminatory which XHamster.com does not...

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John Kasich Has an Opinion on HB 2

Posted By on Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 11:58 AM

In an ordinary election year, we would no longer care about John Kasich's opinions on the issues of the day. The Ohio governor has only finished first in one primary state—the one where he lives—and has one-fifth as many delegates as the Republican frontrunner (Donald Trump) and one-third as many delegates as the guy in second place (Ted Cruz).  But the Republican establishment is terrified of handing the nomination to the Racist Squinting Man-Pig or Sweaty Fundamentalist Ghoul because polls indicate neither could win the general election. Comparatively, Kasich looks like a guy a blue-collar Democrat might vote for, even...

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