Odds stacked heavily against overturning HB2

The politics of fear and hatred are very effective:

Could, as a Democratic legislator asked on Twitter, state Republicans push back against anti-LGBT measure H.B. 2 in the same way many have against Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy? The short answer is, “Not likely.”

“I am hard-pressed to see how rural social-conservative Republicans let this be overturned, or done away with. It’s just — I don’t see the numbers that are there,” said Michael Bitzer, Catawba College provost and professor of politics and history.

Setting aside for the moment the reality we're in an election year, and most of those GOP lawmakers don't have the spine to jeopardize their "safe seat" by doing the right thing, there's also an ego issue to deal with. After dutifully following their masters' lead and voting for something they couldn't possibly have taken the time to fully understand, to now reverse their position would prove that initial vote was reckless and irresponsible. Again, they don't have the spine. They would be admitting *two* mistakes, one of which calls their actual qualifications to serve into question.

Saturday News: Poor, Pitiful Pat edition


MCCRORY GETS TESTY: WON’T ADDRESS HB2 IN ANNOUNCING BUDGET (WCNC-TV) – Gov. Pat McCrory reacted testily, when reporters sought to ask him about HB2 during his news conference releasing his 2016 state budget adjustments. “I think I’ve, um, given plenty of comments on that question and videotapes and TV and radio interviews and my comments remain the same,” McCrory said.

BLAMING THE CHAIR: MCCRORY AND THE ‘PATSY’ (Huffington Post) -- Embattled Gov. Pat McCrory recently missed his chair and got paddled by the floor. Although we all make mistakes, not McCrory. He blamed it on the chair: This blunder and blame shifting is typical McCrory. By now, it almost seems standard procedure. McCrory makes a mistake and then he directs the blame elsewhere. Pat blames a patsy. Let me give three more examples of what I mean.

Gun-loving anti-abortion zealot resigns from NC Legislature

A dash of good news in an otherwise depressing news cycle:

Republican N.C. Rep. Jacqueline Schaffer, who championed gun and social legislation during two terms in the state House, resigned Friday, citing business responsibilities. Republican Scott Stone, who won the GOP primary to replace her, said he wants to fill out her term.

Before being elected in 2012, Schaffer worked in Washington as counsel for government affairs with the American Center for Law and Justice, a conservative legal group also founded by (Pat) Robertson. It specializes in constitutional law and promotes traditional values.

I was going to say, "Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out," but I've been trying to refine my approach to commentary, so I won't say that.

Van der Vaart just babbling nonsense these days

Is he angling for a gig on right-wing talk-radio?

The state environmental department is also fighting federal overreach to keep energy prices low and prevent bureaucrats in Washington, DC from taking control of private property and farmland through costly, unnecessary regulation. We have successfully stopped federal takeover of the state’s electricity system and millions of acres of private property. Decisions about how to protect our resources should be made in North Carolina, not Washington, DC.

Bolding mine. Really? The Federal government tried to take over our whole electricity system and you stopped them? When did that happen? And about those millions of acres they tried to steal: The entire state only boasts 31 million acres, kindly tell us which of those millions of acres you thwarted them from acquiring. Never thought I'd say it, but Skvarla was a jewel in comparison with this twit.

Friday News: Dear Mom & Dad...

UNC TO OUTSOURCE ITS BOOKSTORE TO BARNES & NOBLE (Raleigh News & Observer) -- $30 million deal ends 100 years of UNC management; Outsourcing the store had been controversial; UNC says contract will quadruple money for scholarships

UNC PICKS BARNES & NOBLE TO MANAGE STUDENT STORES (UNC News) -- UNC-Chapel Hill Selects Barnes & Noble College to Manage UNC Student Stores 10-year, $30 million deal to quadruple contribution to need-based scholarships; Deal retains all full-time employees; Expands Bull’s Head Bookshop .

Bigotry "pledge" falls flat on its face

Revealing the religious right's true motives in the process:

The Keep NC Safe Coalition says a pledge sent to the state lawmakers looking to drum up support for House Bill 2 was inadvertently sent out. The pledge initially asked lawmakers not to repeal the bill or add sexual orientation or gender identity as protected classes under state law.

Late Wednesday afternoon, the pledge was withdrawn after officials say the pledge was mistakenly sent out Tuesday night.

The truth is, social media got a hold of this piece of garbage and it went viral, because the wording made it abundantly clear their goal was to keep LGBT folks from receiving any kind of protection from being discriminated against. And if you think the whining about HB2 pushback from Republican leaders is bad, check out what Mark Creech thinks:

Thursday News: Burr's political homophobia


BURR BACKS SENATE’S POTENTIAL FIRST OPENLY GAY REPUBLICAN, BUT CANCELS EVENT (McClatchy Newspapers) -- — North Carolina’s Richard Burr apparently has a pick in a crowded Republican Senate primary race in Maryland, where 14 candidates are vying for retiring Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s open seat. Burr had plans to host a campaign event at a Washington, D.C., law firm this week for Chrys Kefalas, an openly gay attorney and former speechwriter in the Obama administration, but the fundraiser was canceled, Kefalas’ campaign said, without explaining why.

HB2 toll continues to rise: 1,000 jobs lost in Raleigh

A punch in the gut for those who work in technology:

The head of the Greater Raleigh of Chamber of Commerce is calling for the repeal of North Carolina's anti-LGBT law, HB2, and revealed Tuesday that a technology company that had been planning a 1000 job expansion into the area has now canceled its plans as a direct result of HB2.

"The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce opposes HB2 and calls for its immediate repeal," Giuliani, whose group includes more than 2300 member companies, says in his statement.

Cue the hammer-headed GOP damage control team to dig around and find out Giuliani is either a Democrat, or gave some money to a Democrat back in 2006. Or something, anything, they can concoct to divert attention from the economic bleeding going on.

Phil Berger's true colors beginning to run

It doesn't get more bitter and resentful than this:

“People need to wake up: Roy Cooper, Barack Obama, two unelected federal judges and the liberal media are on the verge of completing their radical social reengineering of our society by forcing middle school-aged girls to share school locker rooms with boys.”

It appears our poor Bergermeister is facing battles on four different fronts, if you were to take this complaint literally. Make that five fronts: I forgot about the radical and subversive gay peoples. But seriously, there has to come a point when even a genetic aberration like Phil Berger would sit back and say, "Maybe, just maybe, I could be wrong." Or not. I'll let Rob finish this one:


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