Saturday News: McCrory's pity party

From Sporting News: Pat McCrory is a bigot, and that's no PC BS. Credit where it's due: Pat McCrory's dedication to bigotry is impressive. The governor of North Carolina is so far in the tank for a bill that discriminates against his LGBTQ constituents and has cost his state hundreds of millions of dollars that it's almost jealousy-inducing. We should all be so lucky to have something we love as much as Pat McCrory loves putting transgender people in danger.

Sanity prevails. Some die-hard Bernie Sanders delegates from North Carolina have thrown their support to Hillary Clinton. Despite their hopes that Clinton will adopt more of Sanders’ progressive ideas, the prospect of Republican nominee Donald Trump as president is enough to sway some North Carolina delegates traveling to Philadelphia for the Democratic Party convention.

Tweets from State Rep. Chris Sgro: “Just saw @PatMcCroryNC in the hall and told him I'd love a public convo about #hb2. He repeated "publicly?" and laughed out loud. Not joking … .@PatMcCroryNC just shouted at me ‘congrats, you got what you wanted.’ Actually, Governor, we all lost - because of you. #AllStarMove #ncpol”

Find the rest of the news here. It's not too depressing today.

What is the difference between a public servant and a politician?

Sometimes we need to remember that there are men and women of integrity that serve our local communities, state and nation. When our elected officials are discouraged they need to remember those that came before them and set the right example.

"Another friend, former North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Burley Mitchell, said Morgan voted to give the Panama Canal back to Panama in the late 1970s even though he knew it was unpopular back home.

Dan Forest is an embarrassment to NC

Tripling down on McCrory's ignorant attacks on the NBA:

I enjoy the NBA and wanted them to hold the All-Star game in Charlotte but if that game comes with strings attached, strings that would expose women and children to danger, molestation, assault and voyeurism, then no thank you. Take your business elsewhere, and I have no apologies about saying that and never will. The NBA knows the economic hit North Carolina will take from this decision. I wish the NBA would likewise acknowledge the pain, sorrow and devastation a child or woman feels when they are exploited. We will never value a dollar over a woman's or child's safety and security.

Bolding mine. Where do I begin? How about we start with the GOP's refusal to expand Medicaid, leaving half a million NC citizens without medical coverage, many of them women and children. Sorry, costs too much. And then there's slashing environmental protections and dropping the ball on coal ash cleanup. Sorry, costs Duke Energy too much. Oh, and let's not forget, deeply cutting unemployment benefits, literally taking the food off the tables of tens of thousands of women and children. Sorry, it would cost private businesses too much if we made them pay what they should as responsible employers. The list is endless. Wherever a dollar is concerned, women and children must take a back seat to the wealthy who want to buy a bigger boat with their tax cuts.

Friday News: More than just a game

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LISTEN TO THE NBA AND THE COACHES: HB2 IS A LOSER (Capitol Broadcasting Co. editorial) -- North Carolina's top three basketball coaches offer sound reasons why HB2 is wrong. The NBA shows the high cost of legalizing discrimination. HB2 needs to be repealed.
http://www.wral.com/editorial-listen-to-the-nba-and-the-coaches-hb2-is-a-loser/15868277/

NBA MOVING 2017 ALL-STAR GAME OUT OF CHARLOTTE (Charlotte Observer) -- The NBA announced late Thursday afternoon that it is moving the 2017 All-Star Weekend out of Charlotte, in reaction to concerns with the North Carolina law known as House Bill 2.
http://www.wral.com/editorial-listen-to-the-nba-and-the-coaches-hb2-is-a-loser/15868277/

Environmental heroes: SouthWings patrols the skies

Providing a bird's-eye view of potential environmental threats:

SouthWings collaborates with a range of effective conservation and community partners to increase collective, positive impact on environmental issues. Through the power of a first-hand aerial perspective, SouthWings provides an unparalleled way for funders, partners, and other key decision-makers to understand the most urgent environmental challenges in the Southeast.

At the heart of our work is the commitment of SouthWings’ all-volunteer pilot corps, collectively contributing hundreds of hours of time and resources each year to provide a unique perspective on environmental issues that would otherwise not be possible.

Based in Asheville, these volunteer pilots cover the entire Southeast and some Gulf states, and have spotted problems like dangerous algae blooms and other irregularities in rivers and lakes. But flying isn't cheap, so if you've got some extra cash handy, show them some love.

Robin Hayes strands Cruz supporters kicking them off his private plane

Robin Hayes just can't help himself. He lost his job in Congress after telling one too many lies and now he's put his pettiness on full display in Cleveland.

According to the CharO:

When North Carolina Republican Chairman Robin Hayes asked fellow delegate Ted Hicks on Thursday what he thought of the convention speech by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Hicks was candid.

NC's GOP on limited government & local control: Myth vs. fact

THE MYTH: Republicans typically believe that “one size does not fit all” when it comes to decisions by big government and, therefore, local control is better than big-government.

THE FACTS: Actions by the GA and the McCrory administration contradict these professed beliefs. The following are only a few examples of this glaring disparity:

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