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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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The top ten things about HB2 that happened over the weekend

1) Gov. Pat McCrory claimed in a nationally televised interview on Meet the Press that the reason he doesn’t support protecting all LGBT workers from being fired because of their sexual orientation is that he doesn’t think that “government should be the HR director for every business.”

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The Follies

HB2 and the chill at UNC

The toll of the damage to North Carolina from Gov. Pat McCrory’s sweeping anti-LGBT legislation continues to mount.

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Seven questions McCrory STILL hasn’t answered about his anti-LGBT law

Two weeks ago in this space, we listed seven questions that Gov. Pat McCrory should answer to clear things up for people who are concerned about the new anti-LGBT law or confused about why McCrory signed it just hours after the General Assembly passed it in a rushed special session.

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HB2 is not just about bathrooms—and there’s a lot of hate behind it

The folks supporting the sweeping anti-LGBT bill passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory keep saying it is all about bathroom safety, that allowing transgender people to use the public restroom that corresponds to ...
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Monday numbers

28---percentage of laid off workers in the United States who receive unemployment benefits (“The Legacy of House Bill 4: North Carolina’s Unemployment Insurance Program Is No Longer Working Presentation,” National Employment Law Project and North Carolina Justice Center, April 7, 2016) ...
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McCrory still under siege two weeks after signing sweeping anti-LGBT bill

In case you are wondering how things are going for Gov. Pat McCrory two weeks after he signed a sweeping anti-LGBT bill that has prompted widespread outrage and opposition from more than 120 CEOs of major corporations, his ...
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Seven things you might not know about the alleged Carolina Comeback

Here is something about Gov. Pat McCrory’s alleged Carolina Comeback that you don’t hear every day. Most of the jobs created in North Carolina in the last few years would have been created anyway, without the policies of ...
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Monday numbers

12—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) 72—number of House members who voted against ...
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The Follies

McCrory backs up and then lashes out as opposition to anti-LGBT law grows Pressure continues to mount on Governor Pat McCrory and his decision to sign the sweeping anti-LGBT bill passed by the General Assembly in a rushed ...
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A carefully orchestrated mix of fear, fundamentalist ideology, and political expediency.

Fifty years from now when historians look back at this era in North Carolina, the current controversy over the sweeping anti-LGBT legislation signed by Gov. Pat McCrory will be seen as a watershed moment in this decade of ...
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