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Cooper tries again to broker a deal to repeal HB2

Step 1: Repeal House Bill 2, North Carolina’s sweeping anti-LGBTQ legislation.

Step 2: Strengthen penalties for individuals who perpetrate crimes that violate the safety, security and privacy of people in public bathrooms or dressing rooms.

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Trump’s coattails fail to help McCrory; HB2 anger motivates split-ticket voters

North Carolina was a legitimate swing state this year, having gone narrowly to President Barack Obama in 2008 and narrowly to his Republican challenger Mitt Romney in 2012.

The state leaned conservative this year, part of a series of swing state Republican flips that put presidential candidate Donald Trump over the top in the electoral college.

But that doesn’t tell the whole story.

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Featured Articles Policy Watch Investigates

Investors representing $2.1 Trillion push for full repeal of discriminatory HB2

Major investors representing more than $2.1 trillion in assets gathered in downtown Raleigh Monday to deliver a message to Gov. Pat McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly. Fully repeal HB2, they said, before the damage to the North Carolina economy becomes irreversible.

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Featured Articles Fitzsimon File

The NC GOP revealingly digs in as the damage from HB2 continues to mount

The official response by the North Carolina Republican Party to the decision by the NCAA to move seven championship events out of the state next year because of the anti-LGBT law HB2 was startling and offensive.

GOP spokesperson Kami Mueller said the NCAA decision was “so absurd it’s almost comical” and was looking forward to the “NCAA merging all men’s and women’s teams together as singular, unified, unisex teams.”

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The Follies of McCrory’s shocking and underreported positions on LGBT rights

Gov. Pat McCrory thinks transgender people are sick and mentally ill and that they need treatment, not protections from discrimination.

And he is sure that allowing them to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity puts thousands of women and children across North Carolina at risk from sexual predators, even though that hasn’t happened in the more 200 cities that already allow it.

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Featured Articles Policy Watch Investigates

McCrory’s HB2 timeline: Tracking the Governor’s oft-changing stance and explanations

As the battle of HB2 continues it is instructive to look at Gov. Pat McCrory’s shifting positions on the law, its necessity and the arguments used to justify it.

Whether he was voicing concerns about “public safety” and protecting “long established values and norms,” defending “state sovereignty” or contending that that transgender people are actually mentally ill, the Governor’s explanations for the law (and, indeed, his position on the law itself) have changed frequently and sometimes dramatically over the last six months.

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HB2 injunction reveals state’s anti-LGBT position and its controversial allies

Last week's federal ruling blocking part of HB2 for three defendants in the ongoing lawsuit was seen as a victory for LGBT people and their advocates.

In his 81-page ruling, federal Judge Thomas Schroeder concluded those challenging HB2 "are likely to succeed" in arguing HB2 violates Title IX, ?the federal law against gender discrimination in educational institutions.

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HB2 update: Inside the federal courthouse at yesterday’s hearing

With elbow-length winter-white hair, and wearing black shorts and a sleeveless shirt, Hunter Schaefer looked vaguely Nordic. Her celery-thin legs were jammed into thick-soled, black platform shoes, and, like many girls and boys in their early teens, she seemed coltish.

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Stalled: NC school districts avoid immediate changes to policies for transgender students

Seeking to avoid political spotlight , many address transgender students on a “case by case” basis

When leaders in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) issued new rules on transgender students last week, advocates say the system installed the broadest set of school protections yet for North Carolina students, including guarantees that children would be able to use the names, restrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identity.

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Featured Articles Fitzsimon File

The obvious way to begin to repair the damage to North Carolina from HB2

It has now been two and a half months since Gov. Pat McCrory signed HB2, the sweeping anti-LGBT law passed by the General Assembly that has cost North Carolina thousands of jobs and damaged the state’s reputation around ...
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