Archive for March, 2016

Cooper’s refusal to defend state brings intense scrutiny

| March 31, 2016 | 3 Comments

by Donna King, Jones and Blount, March 30, 2016. The heat is on N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper as leadership from both chambers of the N.C. General Assembly call for his resignation. This after his announcement Tuesday that he would not defend the state in a lawsuit over House Bill 2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act. […]

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Economic reality in NC depends on where one lives and works

| March 31, 2016 | 1 Comment

by NC Budget and Tax Center, published on NC Policy Watch, March 31, 2016. The Budget & Tax Center’s county-by-county economic snapshots provide a quick-reference resource for journalists, local officials, service providers and citizens in all 100 counties throughout the state For years now, politicians, economists and advocates have debated the true breadth and depth […]

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New slogan for NC?

| March 31, 2016 | 6 Comments

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, March 30, 2016. The way things are going, Pat McCrory will have to change North Carolina’s new branding slogan from “Nothing Compares” to “Nobody Comes to NC.” While the Governor and his media minions are freaking out over the Hate Bill 2 media frenzy, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is […]

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Elon law professor explains why NC’s new statute is unconstitutional

| March 31, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Enrique Armijo, Elon University Law Professor, published in Charlotte Observe, March 30, 2016. In 1992, Colorado adopted a statewide solution to what it viewed as a local problem: Cities, towns and counties were amending their discrimination ordinances to protect homosexuals and other LGBT residents within their borders. Colorado voters responded by approving an initiative […]

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Below-average state

| March 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, March 31, 2016. North Carolina is a state where most of its parts are below average. A couple of recent reports dramatically illustrate our uneven circumstances. First from the Census Bureau, which released its 2015 county population estimates last week. Although North Carolina’s overall population grew by 5.3 percent from 2010 […]

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North Carolina bathroom law could be decided in Virginia

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by Larry O’Dell, Associated Press, published on WRAL.com, March 31, 2016. The fate of North Carolina’s new law aimed at restricting restroom use by transgender people could be determined in Virginia, where a school board has ordered a teenager to stay out of the boys’ room.1 The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond […]

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Corporate hypocrisy on HB2 and “Equality” before the law

| March 30, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Brian Balfour, Civitas Review Online, March 29, 2016. Several corporations have come out this week publicly blasting North Carolina’s passage of HB 2 – decrying the “discrimination” and how the bill goes against their “fundamental belief in equality.” Companies included in the public scolding include Red Hat, American Airlines, Apple and PayPal. Moreover, the High Point […]

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Old news

| March 30, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, March 28, 2016. A close examination of newspaper ads shows why newspapers are dying: Those of us who get the print edition are about to die. Here, in order, are the ads on one random day: A half-page ad about reverse mortgages for seniors. A full-page ad for hearing […]

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7 Questions for Governor McCrory over his anti-LGBT law

| March 30, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, March 29, 2016. Governor Pat McCrory this week defended the sweeping anti-LBGT law he signed last week by blaming the media for biased reporting and calling the growing opposition to the discriminatory legislation “political theater.” McCrory spoke briefly with reporters after a groundbreaking ceremony for […]

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Legislative leaders seem to wield limitless power

| March 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Patrick Gannon, The Insider, published in Rocky Mount Telegram, March 30, 2016. Last week’s special legislative session was about bathrooms and safety and gay and lesbian and transgender rights. But in the big picture, it was about power. And right now, N.C. General Assembly Republicans hold all of it in the capital city. The […]

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