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Monday, April 25, 2016

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. 
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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 Monday movement that began three years ago, said he’s planning a “campaign of nonviolent direct action along with other forms of nonviolent protest that will instruct our legislators with respect to the rights of all people.”

“We cannot be silent in the face of this race-based, class-based, homophobic and trans-phobic attack on wage earners, civil rights, and the LGBTQ community,” said Barber, who calls the law “Hate Bill 2.” "Together with our many allies, we will coordinate a campaign of nonviolent direct action along with other forms of nonviolent protest that will instruct our legislators with respect to the rights of all people.”

The supporters of HB 2 will have their own protest:

Meanwhile, the Christian Action League of North Carolina plans to rally supporters of the new law and encourage lawmakers to stand firm against pressure to repeal it.

That event, on the Halifax Mall just north of the Legislative Building, will start at noon with a gospel music concert. One of the leading speakers will be Ron Baity of Return America. Baity made headlines in 2014 when he said that legalizing same-sex marriage would “bring the judgment of God ... don’t be surprised at the plagues.”

Sounds pleasant. Read our preview of the short session for an idea of what's in store.

2. A man died after falling off of the roof of the Durham Hotel.


Yesterday afternoon, a 40-year old man fell off of the roof of the Durham Hotel and died. Wil Glenn of the Durham P.D. tells the Durham Herald-Sun it was an apparent suicide. Awful.

3. Ted Cruz and John Kasich team up to try to take out Donald Trump.

The campaigns of Cruz and Kasich, who are both hopelessly failing at their bid to become the Republican nominee, announced on Sunday night that they were going to cede unwinnable states to each other in order to take out Donald Trump. From the Washington Post:

The campaigns of Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Gov. John Kasich released written statements within minutes of each other Sunday night calling for Kasich to effectively stop competing in Indiana and for Cruz to clear the way for Kasich in New Mexico and Oregon. They called on allied third-party groups to do the same.

"Encouraging," Tim Miller, a spokesman for the anti-Trump Our Principles PAC, said of the Cruz-Kasich deal. "See you in Cleveland."

The twelve-year old they're trying to take out responded in kind.

I can't wait for this election to be over.

4. ICYMI: We talked to Henry Rollins.

Last week, Henry Rollins devoted his LA Weekly column to North Carolina and HB 2, and Indy Week contributor Corbie Hill got a chance to talk to him about it. It's a great interview.
What's the most effective form of protest, as you see it?
Protest? Next time you can, vote. Petition the governors of other states to have a word with McCrory. Make other governors cough up a for or against opinion about HB 2—no equivocating, for or against, answer the question with a single word. Any other answer will be registered as mealy mouthed avoidance. 

Believe me: the shameless can be shamed plenty. Have HB 2 be like a kill switch to a business. If businesses are discriminating against a social group, let everyone know. “Freedom” has consequences. Democracy should not be an easy lift.
Give it a read when you get a chance.

That's it, have a good week.

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