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The Morning Roundup: TFW Federal Judges Poke a Big Hole in Your Discriminatory Law

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click to enlarge McCrory hears the news about Gavin Grimm. - MARK BINKER'S TWITTER
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Hello again. Let's get down to business. 

1. Clinton, Trump win New York primaries. Trump got more than half of the vote, and will take home at least eighty-nine of the state's ninety-five delegates, and possibly more. John Kasich won one district—the one Trump lives in—and picked up two delegates. Ted Cruz, who has previously expressed a distaste for the state's "values," got shut out: zero delegates. 

"We don't have much of a race anymore," Trump said afterward, not totally incorrectly. 

Clinton bested Sanders, 57-42. Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island will hold their primaries next Tuesday. 

2. Transgender bathroom rule overturned—in Virginia. A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that a Virginia school's bathroom policy, which barred a transgender teen named Gavin Grimm from using the bathroom of his affirmed gender identity, is discriminatory. This has implications here in North Carolina. From the AP:  
Maxine Eichner, a University of North Carolina law professor who is an expert on sexual orientation and the law, said the ruling — the first of its kind by a federal appeals court — means the provision of North Carolina's law pertaining to restroom use by transgender students in schools that receive federal funds also is invalid.

"The effects of this decision on North Carolina are clear," she said, adding that a judge in that state will have no choice but to apply the appeals court's ruling.
From the ACLU: "Today’s ruling makes plain that North Carolina’s House Bill 2 violates Title IX by discriminating against transgender students and forcing them to use the wrong restroom at school."

From Senate leader Phil Berger, who maybe actually even believes what he's saying but who really knows: "People need to wake up: Roy Cooper, Barack Obama and two unelected federal judges are on the verge of completing their radical social reengineering of our society by forcing middle school-aged girls to share school locker rooms with boys."

From McCrory: "I strongly disagree with both President Obama and Attorney General Roy Cooper's objective to force our high schools to allow boys in girls' rest rooms, locker rooms or shower facilities. I think that's bad precedent and I don't think it's the traditional way we do things." OK. 

In another setback for McCrory, a new Elon poll found that Roy Cooper—McCrory's Democratic challenger in November's gubernatorial election—has extended his lead in the race. Cooper is now ahead 48-42.  

3. Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, Raleigh City Council formally oppose HB 2. The approximately 2,200 firms that comprise the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce—which represents two-thirds of private-sector employment in Wake County—released a statement on HB 2 yesterday. They don't like it. 
"HB2 has already harmed business growth in Wake County and the state of North Carolina’s reputation," it reads. "This legislation is a threat to our mission as an organization devoted to growing our region’s economy."

"This legislation is bad for business and bad for North Carolina. We must eliminate the issues this legislation creates. The Greater Raleigh Chamber will work with Gov. Pat McCrory, legislators, and other elected leaders to find a solution that is in the best interest of our region and state while strengthening our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equality."
Also in Raleigh, the city council adopted a resolution in support of the chamber's opposition. 

4. "It's poop." So says Upper Neuse riverkeeper Matthew Starr, of the contaminants in the creek water coming from the Kingsmill Farm, which lies on the Durham side of the Wake-Durham County line. ABC11 has been investigating environmental concerns in the area. New tests indicate more problems: 
"It's just so much fecal bacteria," Starr said. "I mean, the standard is 400 and you're looking at 60,000, which is generally as high as the tests will go. So, you could be talking more. And not to mention, this creek runs into Falls Lake. It supplies over a half million people with drinking water. It has over a million visitors. So it's not only an environmental issue, it's you, it's me, it's us."
You, me, us—all drinking Durham poop water. 

5. Nothing matters because we're all going to die soon. You want to talk grim

6. No, wait, it's all good: Today is 4/20, brahj. Have a grateful day. 

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