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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 28, 2016

The Ongoing Chronicles of Kay Daly: Kay Daly Is Unapologetically Getting Into It With Montel Williams

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 4:41 PM

Lifelong conservative activist (but like, New York conservative) and television personality Montel Williams has taken an interest in North Carolina politics recently. Kay Daly has taken an interest in Montel Williams.   And Montel Williams has taken an interest in Kay Daly.  Here's Kay Daly:  Now celebrity talk show host Montel Williams has gone ballistic and pledged to spend $100,000.00 of his own personal fortune trying to defeat me because of my Judeo-Christian views. Montel has called me a “bigot,” a “horrid woman,” “unbelievably moronic,” and my personal favorite: a “wacky tea bagger.” This is the same "Weirdo Williams" whose...

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Duke University President Stepping Down Next Year

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 4:15 PM

Duke University President Richard Brodhead announced plans Thursday afternoon to step down when his term ends on June 30, 2017. Brodhead, who took the office in 2004, made the announcement at a meeting of the Board of Trustees and the Academic Council. From Triangle Business Journal: Since Brodhead took office as the university's ninth president in 2004, Duke has seen extreme highs and lows. He led the university through a case in which lacrosse players were accused, and later exonerated, of raping a local Durham woman at a party, something that was recently chronicled in the ESPN 30 For...

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Migrant Workers Sue Sen. Brent Jackson, His Son, and His Farm for Labor Violations

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 11:56 AM

Seven former workers at Jackson Farming Company, the Sampson County farm owned by State Senator Brent Jackson, have filed a  lawsuit in federal court against the farm, Jackson, and his son Rodney alleging gross violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act, and are seeking unpaid wages and damages.  Former worker José Alberto Aguilera-Hernandez says that Rodney Jackson confronted him on October 27, 2015, demanding that he pay $2,400 to replace a gas pump piece broken during a  workplace accident. Aguilera-Hernandez refused, was fired on the spot, and was forced to leave the farm. Jackson...

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The Morning Roundup: This HB 2 Referendum Thing Might Really Happen

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 8:47 AM

It's Thursday and all is well! Here's your news. 1. When Sen. Tom Apodaca suggested it, we rolled our eyes because come on. But North Carolina Republicans—realizing just how severe a disaster HB 2 is and not being successful in shifting the blame for it onto the Charlotte mayor and city council—really seem to be considering putting this thing to the people. Here's N.C. Senate majority leader Harry Brown speaking to The N&O: The good news is is if HB 2 goes to referendum in November, we can vote it down while voting out some of these numnums in one...

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

N.C. State Christian Student Group Sues University Over Speech Permit Policy

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 1:48 PM

A group of Christian students at North Carolina State University filed a federal lawsuit against school officials Tuesday over the university's policy requiring a permit for any kind of student speech or communication that takes place on campus.  The lawsuit claims that public universities can't require permits for speech on campus and can't enforce speech rules selectively. It asks the court to invalidate the university's speech permit policy as being unconstitutional.   Last September, according to the lawsuit, school officials told members of Grace Christian Life that they needed a permit to speak with other students about religion, or...

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The Morning Roundup: Buck Newton Gets His George Wallace On

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 8:36 AM

It is Wednesday, April 27. Here are some things to know on this #blessed day.  1. Trump, Clinton clean up in the Northeast. On the Democratic side, Clinton won four of five states—Sanders got Rhode Island—and further extended her delegate lead. Donald Trump ran the table on the Republican side, winning all five states up for grabs—Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, and Pennsylvania—and picking up a shit-ton of delegates. The smart people agree that the last chance to possibly stop Trump from getting the delegates he needs to secure the nomination is for Cruz to win Indiana next week. Cruz is...

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

No One Will Confirm That Publix Is Coming to Downtown Raleigh

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 10:33 AM

Last week, downtown Raleigh citizens group the Downtown Living Advocates (DLA) posted this image to its Facebook page with the caption "The rumor is apparently true. Glenwood South will be home to a Publix Grocery Store. Residents rejoice!"  On Facebook, residents did rejoice at the prospect of a grocery store finally coming to downtown, to be located in a warehouse on its northern end on North West Street which is currently the home of the Southland Ballroom and ThemeWorks . North Hills developer John Kane and real estate veteran J. Cross Williams purchased that property and other buildings at the...

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Update: Cerelyn Davis Will Be the Next Durham Police Chief

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 7:02 AM

WSOC in Charlotte is reporting that Mike Smathers was not offered the job of Durham police chief. Smathers, a major in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, was one of two finalists for the position, vacated last year by Jose Lopez.  The other candidate is Cerelyn Davis, the deputy chief in the Atlanta Police Department. Presuming she has not withdrawn her candidacy, it seems fair to conclude that Davis will be the next chief of the Durham Police Department. (We have an e-mail out to the city's public affairs office, and will update when we hear back.)  Davis started out as an...

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The Morning Roundup: They're Back, and This Time It's Really, Really Personal

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 6:32 AM

Good morning, folks.  As of yesterday, "the worst legislature in living memory" is back at work in Raleigh. The NCGA's return was noted, loudly, by thousands.  1. And now, a little story from CBS News.  Reported from right here, in North Carolina. Nope, it's not one-a those Charles Kuralt-style travelogues about mom-and-pop barbecue places frequented by some of the dangedest characters you ever met in your life. Instead, it's a righteous tale about a targeted community and allies that fought back against evil.  Demonstrations encircled North Carolina's statehouse on Monday, for and against a Republican-backed law curtailing protections for LGBT people and limiting public...

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Monday, April 25, 2016

U.S. District Court Judge Upholds NC Voter ID Law

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 11:06 PM

In an opinion issued on Monday night, U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder ruled in favor of North Carolina in a lawsuit brought by the North Carolina NAACP and several churches and plaintiffs, including ninety-two year old Rosanell Eaton.  Schroeder, a George W. Bush appointee, dismissed all claims against North Carolina in a 485-page ruling, including parts of the law that cut the number of early voting days and eliminated same-day registration and voting, and said that the plaintiffs failed to prove that the law violated the Voting Rights Act or the Constitution. The provisions regarding same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting...

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Hey, Phil Berger Has an Instagram

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 3:28 PM

Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger is many things: a lover, a fighter, a winner, and one of the most respected politicians this state—nay, this country—has ever seen. Yesterday, Senator Berger joined Instagram, and was immediately greeted by throngs of his supporters, all immensely grateful for both his leadership and the opportunity to finally show their gratitude to the great man in a public forum.  Instagram is owned by Facebook, whose founder has spoken out against HB 2. Delete your account, Phil....

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Democratic Legislators Officially File HB 2 Repeal Bill

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 1:30 PM

On the first day of the General Assembly's short session, Rep. Darren Jackson (D-Wake), Rep. Grier Martin (D-Wake), Rep. Graig Mayer (D-Orange), and Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-New Hanover) officially filed HB 976, which would fully repeal HB 2. In a press conference afterwards, Jackson said that North Carolina was at a "critical mass." "North Carolina has lost over a thousand jobs and millions of dollars in a little over a month," Jackson said. "We may never know the full impact of the damage being done to our reputation." Rep. Ed Hanes (D-Forsyth), a member from Winston-Salem, said that "tens...

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The Morning Roundup: What Will They Screw Up Next?

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 8:33 AM

Morning, y'all. 1. Your esteemed government is back in session today, and will have some visitors.  Considering how reviled all across the world that Governor Pat McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly have become, and that we saw two special sessions in February and March, it's easy to forget that the legislature hasn't actually been in a real session since last September. Welp, today, they're back for the election-year short session, and a Moral Monday protest focusing on HB 2 will be there to greet them: The Rev. William Barber, head of the state NAACP and architect of the Moral...

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Friday, April 22, 2016

McCrory to Obama on HB 2: "Common-Sense Restroom Norms," Come On!

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2016 at 4:56 PM

Here's Gov. Pat McCrory's response to remarks the president made Friday in London, regarding HB 2. Obama said the discriminatory law "should be overturned." McCrory's statement reads as follows: “Governor McCrory agrees with President Obama that all people are welcome to our state and everybody will be treated well with extraordinary hospitality. However, the governor respectfully disagrees with the political left’s national agenda to mandate changes to basic, common-sense restroom norms.” "Common-sense restroom norms." Well, there's a hashtag waiting to happen. ...

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On HB2, Phil Berger Thinks He Just Dropped the Mic on Obama

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2016 at 4:30 PM

N.C. Senate President Phil Berger tried to cleverly brand President Obama as a hypocrite, regarding his stated opposition to HB 2. "Tried" is the operative word. It was "clever," only if you think a familiar right-wing zinger about Secret Service protection qualifies for that description. Obama made his position clear at a joint press conference in London with British Prime minister David Cameron. The U.K recently issued a travel warning about anti-LGBT laws in Mississippi and North Carolina. Addressing a reporter's question about that, Obama said "the people of North Carolina and Mississippi are wonderful people. They are hospitable people....

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Etsy CEO, a North Carolina Native, Speaks Out Against HB 2

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2016 at 12:24 PM

This morning, Chad Dickerson, the chief executive officer, president, and chairman of the online marketplace website Etsy, penned an blog post on Medium about HB 2. Dickerson "spent the first twenty-three years" of his life in North Carolina, growing up in Greenville and later working at the News & Observer in Raleigh. Dickerson says that in a speech he gave in 1990 to his high school, D.H. Conley High School in Greenville, he asked his fellow students to "find those sources of injustice and do something about them."  Twenty-six years later, I feel obligated to follow my own advice and speak...

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The Morning Roundup: R.I.P Prince

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2016 at 9:10 AM

Morning y'all, it's Friday. Hopefully we don't lose any more icons today. 1. Prince passed away at the age of 57 yesterday. Prince, one of the best musicians to ever pick up a guitar, died yesterday at his Paisley Park estate and studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. First reported by TMZ, the singer and guitarist told fans less than a week ago that he was battling the flu. The tributes poured in.  Rest in peace, Prince. 2. Henry Rollins rips Pat McCrory over HB 2.  The motivational speaker, comedian, actor, singer of Black Flag...

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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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Donald Trump Isn't a Fan of HB 2

Posted By on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 at 11:21 AM

In an appearance on the Today Show, cartoon rich guy and Republican presidential frontrunner came out against HB 2. From ABC campaign reporter Candace Smith: Trump was then asked by Matt Lauer if he would allow Caitlyn Jenner to use the bathroom of her gender identity in Trump Tower, to which he responded, "That is correct." Welcome to the P.C. Mafia, Donald. Previously, Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have spoken out against HB 2, while Trump's Republican opponent, Ted Cruz, approves of the law. The other Republican running, John Kasich, said he wouldn't have signed the law. ...

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N.C. Congressional Democrats Call for Repeal of HB 2

Posted By on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 at 10:54 AM

In a letter to Governor McCrory, Senator Phil Berger and House speaker Tim Moore, North Carolina's three congressional Democrats called for a full repeal of HB 2 as soon as the General Assembly goes into session next week. Congressmen David Price and G.K. Butterfield and congresswoman Alma Adams say the law makes it clear to LGBT individuals that the state of North Carolina "considers them second-class citizens by excluding them from state and local nondiscrimination protections." The letter also notes that HB 2 weakens employment protections for millions of North Carolinians and "tramples on the sovereignty" of local governments.  The...

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The Morning Roundup: All HB 2, All the Time

Posted By on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 at 8:28 AM

Happy 4/21 y'all. Let's do this thing. 1. The North Carolina legislature re-convenes Monday and, LOL, the NAACP has a massive, daylong sit-in planned in protest of HB 2. It's the third anniversary of Moral Monday and we have plenty to be outraged about. Here's the schedule of the day's events according to the NAACP Facebook page.  Schedule of the day: 9:30 a.m. News conference and petition delivery at the State Capitol, 1 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601 with Equality North Carolina and Human Rights Campaign 10:30 a.m. Direct action training (email forwardtogether@naacpnc.org for more info) 11:30 a.m. Speak-out at...

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Meet the Democratic Socialist Challenging Phil Berger in Greensboro

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 5:23 PM

When Elon law professor Eric Fink realized that Senator Phil Berger had no Democratic challenger in November, he was flabbergasted. "I'm not a registered Democrat, so I didn't realize they had no candidate, because they usually do," Fink tells the INDY. "It was just after the primary that I learned that there wasn't one."  "When I found that he would be unopposed, and after the final straw of HB 2...I've been saying someone should run," Fink, says. "So finally, I just said, 'you know what?' I'm somebody, and I'm going to run. So here we are." It's not hard to...

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Trans Crisis Hotline's Calls Have Doubled Since HB 2 Was Passed

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 1:23 PM

A suicide hotline that bills itself as the only transgender crisis hotline in the US says that the number of calls it has received has doubled since the passage of HB 2. Executive director Greta Martela of Trans Lifeline, a Chicago-based, California-registered non-profit staffed entirely by transpeople, also tells the INDY  that according to records, the group has taken calls from 249 North Carolinians over the course of the organization's history. Fifty-one of those calls from North Carolina have been in 2016 alone, with twenty-seven calls coming in since March 23, the day the law passed. In 2014, the...

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NC Family Policy Council Asks Legislators To "Keep NC Safe"

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Representative Darren Jackson, D-Wake, a leading voice in the legislature against HB 2 who is introducing his own bill to repeal it, posted a "pledge" last night that was sent to him by the North Carolina Family Policy Council, the NC Values Coalition, and the Christian Action League, three religious right organizations who wield heavy influence over North Carolina Republicans. The Family Policy Council, for example, is this state's branch of the radically anti-LGBT Family Research Council, an organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center classifies as an extremist group, and NC Values' Tami Fitzgerald is the mother-in-law of Sen. Chad Barefoot...

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