Original Commentary

Original Commentary

mC_charlotteFF503
Featured Articles Fitzsimon File

McCrory flails again on HB2 while reality sets in at General Assembly

It turns out that the whole controversy about the anti-LGBT law HB2 that is costing North Carolina thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in tourism revenue is all the fault of “the radical left” in Charlotte that ...
Read more 2
wb-503
Featured Articles Weekly Briefing

Time for McCrory and Burr to shut things down for the year?

Under conservative standards applied to President Obama, they would have no other choice

In case you missed it amidst the hubbub surrounding North Carolina’s new and infamous all-purpose discrimination law, HB2, there was other news in the public policy world last week. One of the more important developments for North Carolina took place on Thursday when President Obama nominated former state Supreme Court Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson to fill a decade-old vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the state’s Eastern District. If confirmed, Timmons-Goodson would be the first judge of color to ever serve in the Eastern District (a region of North Carolina in which the African-American population is higher than any other) in the history of the federal courts.

...
Read more 1
Voting-freedom
Featured Articles Progressive Voices

Voter suppression gets a pass

Judge sees no problem in inconveniencing a fundamental constitutional right

A federal judge’s ruling that upholds changes in North Carolina election laws, despite their effect of making it harder for some citizens to vote, seems to rest on his conclusion that, well, there’s no reason to get all upset about a little inconvenience.

...
Read more 1
teacher-positions-400
Featured Articles Fitzsimon File

Monday numbers

19—rank of North Carolina in average teacher pay in 2001-2002 (“After inflation, NC teacher pay has dropped 13% in past 15 years,” WRAL-TV, April 26, 2016) 42—rank of North Carolina in average teacher pay in 2014-2015 (Ibid) 13.5—percentage ...
Read more 0
HB2_Follies
Fitzsimon File

The Follies

McCrory can’t seem to tell the truth about HB2

Another week, another round of falsehoods from Gov. Pat McCrory about HB2, the sweeping anti-LBGT law HB2 he signed last month that is costing the state thousands of jobs and tens of millions of dollars in private investments and tourism revenue.

...
Read more 1
ff-428-mc
Featured Articles Fitzsimon File

McCrory’s mediocre budget fails to divert attention from his pro-discrimination law

Things aren’t going very well for Gov. Pat McCrory these days.  The massive opposition to the anti-LGBT bill HB2 he signed into law last month continues to grow with more corporations demanding that legislators repeal the law while ...
Read more 1
pv-mc-427
Featured Articles Progressive Voices

Selling mediocre

Governor McCrory’s attempt to spin North Carolina’s economic performance comes up short Governor McCrory is trying to convince everyone that, thanks to his team’s leadership, our economy is in great shape. In defending a largely status quo budget ...
Read more 2
McCrory_quest
Featured Articles Fitzsimon File

Seven questions McCrory still must answer a month after he signed HB2

It has now been more than a month since Gov. Pat McCrory signed the sweeping anti-LGBT law HB2 and ignited widespread protests in North Carolina and around the country with corporations cancelling planned expansions in the state and ...
Read more 1
hb2-xgr3
Featured Articles Weekly Briefing

Why McCrory and Berger have already lost the debate over HB2

Regardless of what happens in the new legislative session, North Carolina’s “brand” is badly damaged for the foreseeable future

It’s funny how politics and policy debates work. For five years, politicians with a destructive and reactionary agenda have been taking a wrecking ball to the once forward-looking state of North Carolina to relatively little national note. As was detailed at length last December in the special NC Policy Watch report, Altered State: How 5 years of conservative rule have transformed North Carolina, the list of subjects in which once moderate-to-progressive laws and policies have been razed and reversed is as long as your arm. Taxes, health care, civil rights, the social safety net, environmental protection, reproductive freedom, voting rights, consumer protection, LGBT rights; name the topic and North Carolina has moved backward.

...
Read more 2
FF-leg_numbers
Featured Articles Fitzsimon File

Monday numbers

5---number of days since Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said he supported cutting taxes again in 2016 by raising the standard deduction which would reduce income taxes paid by all tax filers who don’t itemize, not just low-income taxpayers (“NC lawmakers plan higher standard deduction to cut income tax,” News & Observer, April 23, 2016)

...
Read more 0
Berger_McCrory422
Featured Articles Fitzsimon File

It’s not about bathrooms, it’s about a last stand against LGBT rights

Gov. Pat McCrory, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and other supporters of HB2, North Carolina’s sweeping anti-LGBT law, are desperately still trying to convince us that it’s all about bathroom safety, protecting children from sexual predators masquerading as transgender males.

...
Read more 2
srs-hb2
Featured Articles Setting the Record Straight

An attempt at “dialogue” over HB2

Responding to the "bathroom predator" argument

Yesterday, after recording a segment for the Time-Warner Cable news show, Capitol Tonight, I had a parking lot discussion with a John Locke Foundation staffer about House Bill 2. As you may be aware, HB2 has actually been a divisive issue for some North Carolina conservatives. While many on the religious and Tea Party right have championed the law and, indeed, demanded that lawmakers sign a loyalty pledge to never add sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression to any state law or nondiscrimination policy (a demand since "rescinded"), other conservatives are clearly less passionate about the law.

...
Read more 0
education-budget-400
Featured Articles Fitzsimon File

Time to refocus on rebuilding the “infrastructure of opportunity”

State lawmakers return to Raleigh Monday night for their summer session and they have a lot to talk about, HB2, education, teacher and state employee pay, economic development, Medicaid and the state budget for starters. If members of ...
Read more 0