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Monday numbers

54—number of days since Gov. Pat McCrory signed HB2, the sweeping anti-LGBT and worker discrimination bill passed by a special session of the General Assembly the same day (N.C. General Assembly) 8—number of substantive sections of HB2 (Ibid) 5—number ...
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The Follies of another week of McCrory misstatements on HB2

This was another week that HB2 dominated the headlines, primarily because competing lawsuits were filed by the U.S. Justice Department and Gov. Pat McCrory and state legislative leaders asking the courts to decide if the discriminatory provisions in ...
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Lawmakers seek massive expansion of voucher scheme that discriminates against LGBT students

If a handful of right-wing legislators have their way, taxpayers in North Carolina may soon be spending $125 million a year funding private and fundamentalist religious schools that can refuse to admit gay or transgender students—or even students ...
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The evolution of Gov. Pat McCrory into right-wing culture warrior

One of the many repercussions of HB2, the sweeping anti-LGBT bill signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory in March, is that it has forced McCrory to finally take a side in the debate about North Carolina’s future. ...
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Monday numbers

2—number of days since Gov. Pat McCrory said that when he took office North Carolina had the fifth highest unemployment rate in the country (“McCrory accepts GOP’s nomination for re-election, WRAL-TV, May 7, 2016) 13—current rank of North ...
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The follies of another week dominated by HB2

Unhinged McCrory, more bad news from business leaders, and the feds weigh in -- The sweeping anti-LGBT law HB2 dominated the news in Raleigh for another week,as backroom discussions about changing the discrimination law that’s damaging North Carolina were interrupted by a letter...

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Senator Burr’s absurd blockade of a judge in his home state

An African-American has never served as a federal judge in the Eastern District of North Carolina and Senator Richard Burr apparently intends to keep it that way, judging by his knee-jerk opposition to President Obama’s latest nominee to ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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)

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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.

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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 ...
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