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The Follies of McCrory’s latest machinations to avoid the blame for the damage from HB2

The stories from Gov. Pat McCrory about HB2 just keep getting more bizarre. McCrory claimed in an interview with the Charlotte Observer this week that at one point this summer he had a verbal agreement with the NBA and legislative leaders to make changes to the anti-LGBT law to keep the league’s all-star game in Charlotte next year.

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More taxpayer funding for voucher schools that openly discriminate against LGBT students and parents

Bible Baptist Christian School in Matthews is one of 336 religious schools and private academies that receive taxpayer funding under the voucher program created by the General Assembly in 2013 and signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory.

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Monday numbers

4---number of days since NBA officials announced that the league was moving the 2017 all-star game out of Charlotte because of HB2, the sweeping anti-LGBT law passed by the General Assembly March 23rd and signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory the same day (“NBA Statement Regarding 2017 NBA All-Star Game, NBA.com, July 21, 2016)

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The Follies of McCrory’s continuing demagoguery on HB2

In April NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league would move its 2017 all-star game out of Charlotte if state officials did not make major changes to HB2, the sweeping anti-LGBT legislation passed by the General Assembly in ...
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Misleading Medicaid rhetoric instead of expansion

One of the most frustrating things about this General Assembly session was once again what lawmakers did not do. They actively chose not to join the 31 other states that have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, ...
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Monday numbers

19---number of months since the State Board of Education voted to allow two virtual charter schools to open in North Carolina in the fall of 2016 as required by a law passed by the General Assembly (“NC approves 2 online charter schools to open this fall,” News & Observer, February 5, 2015)

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The Follies

McCrory claims credit for longstanding bond rating The folks in Governor Pat McCrory’s office can’t seem to get the news releases out fast enough these days. There’s a statement from the governor on almost everything and of course everything positive in North Carolina is the result of his leadership. Thursday the office cranked out a release touting the news that the major bond rating agencies have assigned an AAA rating to the first issuance of bonds under the Connect NC bonds approved by the voters in May. And of course the top rating is because of McCrory. Here’s the quote from the governor in the release. Our pro-growth economic policies, coupled with a long history of responsible financial management, have positioned North Carolina as one of only ten states with a pristine AAA bond rating from all three major rating agencies.”

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Gov. McCrory needs to realize that putting ideology over evidence won’t help struggling students

Legislative leaders say they care about helping struggling schools in North Carolina and the students who attend them—but they don’t act much like they do. Imagine going to the doctor for an ear infection and the doctor tells ...
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Monday numbers

110—number of days since the General Assembly passed the sweeping anti-LGBT bill HB2 in a one day special session (NC General Assembly) 110—number of days since Gov. Pat McCrory signed HB2 just hours it was passed in the ...
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The Follies (of the end of the General Assembly session)

The General Assembly session may be over but the troubling news about what legislative leaders did while they were in Raleigh is still coming out. This week we learned that legislative leaders changed election laws to make sure ...
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Tuesday numbers

884---number of days since a massive coal ash spill at an abandoned Duke Energy power plant near Eden contaminated the Dan River with 39,000 tons of toxic coal ash and 24 million gallons of ash-contaminated wastewater (“Year after ash spill, state of Dan River in dispute, WRAL-TV, January 30, 2015)

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Leaving HB2’s discrimination in place is neither a compromise nor a fix

The last few days at the Legislative Building in Raleigh have been dominated by strong rumors of proposed changes to HB2, the sweeping anti-LGBT legislation passed in a rushed special session in March that has prompted businesses to ...
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The far-right crusade continues despite the election-year headlines

House and Senate leaders gathered behind the podium in the press conference room in the Legislative Building early Monday night to talk to the assembled media about the agreement they had reached on a final budget for the ...
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Monday numbers

3—numbers of days since the Senate Rules Committee approved legislation that included a constitutional amendment capping the state personal and corporate income tax rates at 5.5 percent and requiring lawmakers to deposit two percent of the budget into ...
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The Follies

Legislative leaders joke about undemocratic process Good luck if you are trying to keep with what the people representing you in Raleigh are doing these days. As the session heads towards what may be its final two weeks, ...
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Ending discrimination is more important than adjourning the session

It’s that time of the General Assembly session when legislative leaders are talking about adjourning and leaving town. House Speaker Tim Moore said this week that the odds are 50-50 that the session will end before July 4th ...
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