The Morning Roundup: It Can't Get Much Worse Than Last Week! | News
News
INDY Week's news blog

Archives | RSS

Monday, March 28, 2016

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

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

click to enlarge nc_legislature.jpg
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 that installed bigotry firmly into the North Carolina General Statutes.

The NBA and the NCAA have released statements denouncing the bill, as well as both the Hurricanes and the Hornets, leaving the Panthers as the only team among the state's professional franchises who have yet to make a statement. Keep pounding, I guess.  

Governor Pat McCrory's spin machine was playing the full court press this weekend, as the same eighteen-point "fact check" via both the McCrory campaign and the administration, which the Twitter pages of North Carolina's bureaucratic departments tweeted out a link to.


Wonder who told them to do that?

Meanwhile, the ACLU, Lambda Legal, and Equality NC will formally announce today in a 10 AM press conference that they're challenging HB 2 in court. Considering that HB 2 is "in complete contravention of Supreme Court precedent," and the Supreme Court struck down a very similar law in Romer v. Evans in 1996, it seems like they have a strong case. 

2. The West is Berning

Riding a high wave of support from a bird, Senator Bernie Sanders dominated Saturday's caucuses in Washington, Hawaii, and Alaska, winning by at least 40 points in every race.

Sanders is still behind by about 270 delegates and is in no way "currently winning the Democratic primary," but he's won six of the last seven races (if you include Democrats Abroad) and he's promised to take it all the way to the convention. Although the next couple of contests in Wisconsin and Wyoming favor Sanders, the end of April—with primaries in New York (April 19), Pennsylvania (April 26), and Maryland (April 26)—is likely going to have the biggest say in whether or not Sanders can keep former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from winning the Democratic primary outright. 

But for now, this is what Sanders supporters are doing.
In case you were wondering, Clinton and Sanders have both come out strongly against HB2.


3. UNC is back in the Final Four!


North Carolina was the only number one seed to survive this weekend, as they beat sixth-seeded Notre Dame last night 88–74 in the East Regional Final to head back to the Final Four. Brice Johnson led the way with twenty-five points and twelve rebounds. They'll play number ten Syracuse (which had a brilliant come-from-behind upset of number-one-seeded Virginia last night) on April 2 in Houston.

roy_williams.gif

The other two teams in the Final Four will be a pair of number two seeds: Oklahoma, which stomped out number one Oregon, and Villanova, which defeated number one Kansas. As a long-suffering Sixers fan, I am 100 percent convinced any of these teams could beat at least one NBA team.

That's it. Here's to hoping the legislature doesn't take any more civil rights away this week.

Tags: , , , , , ,

Pin It

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in News



Twitter Activity

Comments

I should also add that it was professor Daniel Sherman who penned the letter that we all signed after some …

by elin o'Hara slavick on UNC Faculty Members Call for the Removal of Silent Sam (News)

The anthropology department had posted a similarly strong letter previous to ours. The progressive faculty network also signed a similar …

by elin o'Hara slavick on UNC Faculty Members Call for the Removal of Silent Sam (News)

Most Recent Comments

I should also add that it was professor Daniel Sherman who penned the letter that we all signed after some …

by elin o'Hara slavick on UNC Faculty Members Call for the Removal of Silent Sam (News)

The anthropology department had posted a similarly strong letter previous to ours. The progressive faculty network also signed a similar …

by elin o'Hara slavick on UNC Faculty Members Call for the Removal of Silent Sam (News)

Hello my brothers and sisters,do you want to become a member of the great Illuminati brotherhood,so you can be rich

by Helen Paul on Local Businesses Band Together to Support Houstonians Reeling from Harvey (News)

I take anything I read in the INDY with a grain of salt, especially regarding alleged views on the police …

by MJKopechne on Durham Candidates Talk Gentrification, Policing, and Civil Rights at People's Forum (News)

Great idea! Especially involving young people. What has been done since? …

by Martha C. Brock on Parks Guru: Ideas for Dix Should Arise on Site, Not Be Manufactured in Traditional Political Settings (News)

© 2017 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation