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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Revel in the Secondhand Embarrassment of This HB 2 Debate on Twitter Between Mike Hager and Montel Williams

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 6:50 PM

Folks, your House Majority Leader. [embed-10] [embed-11] [embed-12] [embed-13] [embed-13] [embed-14]The system works. ...

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The Ongoing Chronicles of Kay Daly: Kay Daly No Longer Running Against Renee Ellmers, Still Bashing Renee Ellmers

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 5:17 PM

It’s been a while since we posted an update on our favorite would-be North Carolina congressman, Kay Daly. What’s Kay Daly been up to??! You’ll recall that Kay Daly was one of five-to-seven Republican challengers for Congresswoman Renee Ellmers’ seat in North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District. Then a, uh, “redistricting musical chairs” happened, and Kay Daly is no longer in the 2nd district. So what did Kay Daly do? Kay Daly was one of seventeen Republicans to file to run for Congress in North Carolina’s newly created 13th Congressional District. Of course she was! But you don’t have to...

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Here Are the Twenty Highest Paid Employees of the City of Raleigh

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 12:35 PM

Yesterday, the INDY requested the salaries of the City of Raleigh's highest paid employees.   Here they are: 1. Tom McCormick, city attorney: $259,000 2. Ruffin Hall, city manager: $231,426 3. James Green, Jr., assistant city manager: $180,285 4. Marchell Adams David, assistant city manager: $167,500 5. Perry James III, chief financial officer: $164,625 6. Tansy Hayward, assistant city manager: $161,600 7. Cassandra Deck-Brown, police chief: $160,000 8. D. Darnell Smith, chief information officer: $157,500 9.  John T. McGrath, transportation field services manager: $156,786 10. Diane Sauer, parks, recreation and cultural resources director: $149,767 11. Robert Massengill, public...

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The Morning Roundup: A Virginia Transgender Teen's Case Could Decide the Fate of HB 2

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 8:47 AM

Good morning, everyone! It's Thursday again and here are your headlines. 1. The fate of North Carolina's probably unconstitutional dumpster fire, House Bill 2, could be decided in Virginia according to this story from the Associated Press. After a school board in Gloucester, Va. ordered a transgender teen named Gavin Grimm to stay out of the men's restroom at his school, Grimm sued, alleging that the board's policy which forces him to use the women's restroom or a single-occupancy unisex restroom violates Title IX of the  federal law that protects students from sex discrimination in schools.  The 4th U.S. Circuit...

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Look Out, Lawmakers: Protesters Are Ready to "Shut Shit Down!" Over HB2

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 5:45 PM

Surrounded by around a thousand trans, gay, lesbian, non-gender-conforming and other supporters of human rights and decency, Olive Fadole took a turn at the mic that was plugged into a small guitar practice amp, and said what was surely on the minds of those who attended the Chapel Hill rally on Tuesday evening.       "I am beyond disgusted. I will not stand for this fucking hate law. Fuck you, Pat McCrory." In a gathering that blocked portions of Franklin and North Columbia streets for a few hours, protesters against the new HB2 law gathered around 6 p.m. at the...

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ICE: Wildin Acosta Will Not Be Deported Monday, Despite Reports

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 5:21 PM

A spokesperson for U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement in Georgia denies a report today from WNCN that nineteen-year-old Wildin Acosta, formerly of Durham, will be deported back to Honduras on Monday. "There is a false statement," says Bryan Cox, southern region communication director for ICE. "He is not scheduled to be removed. I've seen that release. An activist group is making that claim. There's no truth to it, whatsoever." (WNCN later updated its report.) The group Cox refers to is Alerta Migratoria NC, an immigrants' rights group that is advocating for Acosta, a Riverside High School student who was picked...

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The News & Observer's Parent Company Is Making Cuts to Its Corporate Technology Division

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 12:32 PM

Unfortunate news over at The McClatchy Company, the Sacramento-based parent company of The News & Observer and several other daily publications across the country. McClatchy has signed an agreement with global technology provider Wipro to help improve its technology capabilities and speed up its digital transformation according to Chris Hendricks, McClatchy's vice president of products, marketing and innovation. The co-sourcing agreement means realigning McClatchy's corporate technology resources across the company, and "duplicative jobs and resources are being reduced," Hendricks wrote in an email to the INDY.  Hendricks said all McClatchy markets were affected by the move, but the company is not...

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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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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Roy Cooper: NC DOJ Will Not Defend HB 2

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 12:16 PM

North Carolina attorney general Roy Cooper said in a Tuesday morning press conference that he will not defend North Carolina's "shameful new law," the discriminatory House Bill 2, in a lawsuit brought against the state by Lambda Legal, the ACLU of North Carolina and Equality North Carolina. Though as state attorney general he is named as a defendant in the complaint, Cooper called the bill "legislation that puts discrimination into law," and said it clearly targets the LGBT community. Cooper said his office could not defend House Bill 2 because it is in direct conflict with the North Carolina Department...

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Novo Nordisk and McCrory Don't See Eye to Eye on HB 2

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 10:28 AM

On Monday, Governor Pat McCrory took questions on HB 2 at a groundbreaking ceremony at the biotech company Novo Nordisk's Clayton, North Carolina facility. McCrory has championed the company as proof of his "Carolina Comeback," but the Danish company has some "concerns" about HB 2.  Novo Nordisk is an international company based in Denmark, a country that has had sexual orientation non- discrimination protections for years and was the first European country to ban the ridiculous practice of sterilization as a penalty for trans folks. The expansion in Johnston County will nearly double their workforce at that site.  In an August...

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Chapel Hill Joins "Weird Little Brother" Carrboro in Condemning HB2 and Those That Voted For It

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 10:03 AM

On Monday night, the Chapel Hill Town Council vote was unanimous, just as it was on Saturday in Carrboro: HB2 needs to be repealed, as soon as possible. Following the lead of it's "weird little brother," as Carrboro Alderperson Damon Seils humorously referred to his town during public comments at Chapel Hill Town Hall Tuesday night, the council approved resolutions to condemn HB2, and those lawmakers, listed by name, that voted for it. You can read both resolutions here.  After the votes were taken, and public comments were made, council members weighed in with some strong opinions about HB2. The...

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The Morning Roundup: Pat McCrory Proves Irony Awareness is for Liberal Wimps

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 8:34 AM

Good Tuesday morning to y'all. In international news, an EgyptAir plane was hijacked en route from Alexandria to the capital of Cairo overnight. Most people on board were released, and the motive appears to be "personal."  Anyway, state  news is still where it's at, if you wanna talk crazy-crazy-crazy. Let's start with the guv'nah. 1. Pat McCrory is irony-impaired as hell. Seriously. After signing the hateful HB2 legislation that was rushed through the General Assembly Wednesday by Republican homophobes as an election-year stunt, the governor now has the brassers to describe opposition to the law as "political theater." No, dear...

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New York City and State, Seattle Employees Banned From 'Non-Essential' Travel to North Carolina

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 8:07 AM

The backlash against HB 2 continues, as the state of New York, New York City, Seattle, and West Palm Beach, Florida all banned "non-essential travel" for state and city government employees to the state of North Carolina after last Wednesday's discrimination parade.  From New York governor Andrew Cuomo: “In New York, we believe that all people – regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation – deserve the same rights and protections under the law,” said Governor Cuomo. “From Stonewall to marriage equality, our state has been a beacon of hope and equality for the LGBT community, and we will...

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Here It Comes: HB 2 Lawsuit Filed in Federal Court

Posted By on Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 12:53 PM

We told you this was coming: this morning, the ACLU of North Carolina and Equality NC announced that they had filed a lawsuit (at about 1:47 in the morning, according to ACLU legal director Chris Brooks) against the state of North Carolina, on the grounds that it violates both Title IX and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.  The lead plaintiff in the case, Joaquín Carcaño, is a twenty-seven-year old transgender Carrboro man. He is employed by the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The other plaintiffs in the lawsuit include Grey McGarry, a transgender twenty-year old student...

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The Morning Roundup: It Can't Get Much Worse Than Last Week!

Posted By on Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Happy Monday, y'all. Here's what happened over the weekend. 1. Pat McCrory is starting to realize that everyone hates HB 2.  The media, from our local N&O to The New York Times, have sharply rebuked the law. The N&O called it "an insult to all the people of North Carolina," while the NYT said it made us "a pioneer in bigotry." The "party of business" also continued to be roundly rebuked as even more companies came out against the "Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act", the complete sham of a bill rammed through the special session in less than twelve hours last week...

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Carrboro Passes 'Model Resolution' Against HB2, Condemns State Lawmakers

Posted By on Sun, Mar 27, 2016 at 9:51 AM

The Carrboro Board of Aldermen held its own "special session" on Saturday afternoon to assure citizens that the town was ready to fight against the discriminatory House Bill 2 signed into law by Gov. McCrory on Wednesday. The fight begins with two-and-a-half-page resolution, drafted by Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle and Alderperson Damon Seils. It was approved immediately and unanimously (minus Alderperson Jacqui Gist, who was absent) in front of a packed room in Carrboro's Town Hall at a meeting scheduled quickly after HB2 was passed. Carrboro's resolution begins by praising Charlotte's Mayor Jennifer Roberts and the Charlotte City Council...

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Friday, March 25, 2016

San Francisco Mayor Bans City Employees from Traveling to N.C.

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 4:46 PM

This just in, from WNCN: San Francisco mayor Edwin Lee has banned city employee travel to North Carolina after the state passed House Bill 2 this week. The North Carolina General Assembly on Wednesday overrode a Charlotte ordinance set to take effect April 1 that impacts transgender people and Governor Pat McCrory signed the bill Wednesday night. “We are standing united as San Franciscans to condemn North Carolina’s new discriminatory law that turns back the clock on protecting the rights of all Americans including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals,” Lee said in a statement. “Effective immediately, I am directing...

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North Carolina ACLU: We'll Challenge Anti-LGBT HB2 Law "In a Matter of Days"

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 2:56 PM

The legal director of ACLU of North Carolina says the organization is ready to fight HB2 in court. Chris Brook told the INDY on Friday that “we’ll be challenging the LGBT provisions of HB2 in a matter of days,  as opposed to weeks. It’s impossible to square this sort of discrimination that the legislature engaged in – with HB2 – with the guarantee of legal protection under the law, for all North Carolinians.” On Wednesday, Gov. Pat McCrory signed the bill into law after Republican state lawmakers rushed it through in a hasty "Special Session" earlier that day. The ACLU immediately released...

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Seventeen Republicans Filed to Run For George Holding's Old Seat. Seventeen.

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 1:58 PM

If that didn't register for whatever reason, let me repeat: seventeen Republicans filed to run for Congressman George Holding's 13th District seat in the special Congressional primary. Holding, you'll remember, is running against his Republican colleague, Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, in the 2nd District.  The clowncar of Republican candidates running to replace Holding is headed by Kay "RINO Hunter" Daly, North Carolina Sen. Andrew Brock, NC Reps. John Blust, Julia Howard and Harry Warren, 2014 US Senate candidate Jim Snyder, Guilford County Commissioner Hank Henning, Iredell County Register of Deeds Matt McCall, and, uh...a bunch of other people. Notable Democrats running in the...

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Department of Public Relations: This Is What the Rest of the Country Thinks of Us Right Now

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 12:35 PM

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Public Records Lawsuit Against McCrory Administration Will Move Forward

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

It’s been a bad week for Governor McCrory’s brand. There's the continuing fallout over House Bill 2. And then that pesky lawsuit brought against the administration by a coalition of media outlets (including the INDY) and two nonprofits just will not go away. On Wednesday, a superior court judge authorized attorneys for the coalition to move forward with discovery—that means deposing four public information officers who handle public records requests for various state agencies—in an attempt to find out why the McCrory administration just can’t seem to fulfill these records requests “as promptly as possible,” or at all. Additionally,...

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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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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Required Watching for All HB 2 Defenders

Posted By on Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 11:50 AM

A year old, but still relevant. Watch the whole damn thing. This is why this fight matters.  ...

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The Morning Roundup: North Carolina Now Officially a National Embarrassment

Posted By on Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 8:53 AM

Happy Thursday, all. Here's your news. 1. Following a sham emergency legislative session, Governor McCrory wasted no time last night in signing the most sweeping anti-LGBT (and most sweeping anti-local government?) bill in the nation into law. It could cost the state $4.5 billion in Title IX funding, not to mention all the lawsuits and the lost business opportunities that are sure to follow.  Looks like legal challenges are already under consideration, according to a press release the ACLU sent out last night.  RALEIGH – Today, Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of North Carolina, and Equality...

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Fun Fact: HB 2’s Gonna Cost Us Tons of Money! Hooray!

Posted By on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 at 5:47 PM

This afternoon, after the House voted 84–25 to legislate discrimination in North Carolina, businesses started coming out against the law—even before the Senate passed its own version of the bill.  Red Hat CEO and president Jim Whitehurst, Biogen, and Dow Public Policy all tweeted their opposition to the bills on Wednesday. Whitehurst called it a "clear step backwards," while Biogen said the General Assembly was attempting to "undermine equality." It's worth noting that other states that have tried to pass similar laws or are actively attempting to do so have been hit roundly in the pocket. Indiana...

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