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Late Wednesday afternoon, the pledge was withdrawn after officials say the pledge was mistakenly sent out Tuesday night.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

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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.
http://courier-tribune.com/news/north-carolina/gop-s-burr-supports-senate-s-potential-first-openly-g...

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:

Wednesday News: Coop surges edition

OOPER LEADS MCCRORY 48-42 (Elon Poll) -- Support is growing for Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper in his bid to unseat incumbent Republican Gov. Pat McCrory in the gubernatorial election, according to the latest Elon University Poll. Cooper leads McCrory 48-42 percent among registered voters – his largest lead since the Elon University Poll started asking about the match-up. Nearly 43 percent said they approved of the job the attorney general is doing while 49 percent disapprove of the way McCrory is handling his job. About 37 percent approve. It is the lowest approval rating for McCrory observed by the Elon Poll since April 2014.
http://www.elon.edu/docs/e-web/elonpoll/041916_ElonPoll_FullReport.pdf

4th Circuit Court may have just destroyed HB2

I don't always use the word "Boom!", but when I do, it usually precedes GOP tears:

“The Department’s interpretation resolves ambiguity by providing that in the case of a transgender individual using a sex-segregated facility, the individual’s sex as male or female is to be generally determined by reference to the student’s gender identity,” Judge Henry Floyd wrote in Tuesday’s majority opinion.

The three-judge 4th Circuit panel reversed a lower court ruling in Virginia, saying the judge had used the wrong legal standard in denying the student a preliminary injunction that would have allowed him to use the bathroom at his high school in Gloucester County, Va. Floyd also ruled that the boy’s discrimination lawsuit could move forward and sent the case to the lower court to be reheard.

Okay, so it's not the final ruling, and the boy in question could eventually lose. Still though: "Boom!"

Tuesday News: Pat's black friends edition

MCCRORY FINDS HB2 SUPPORT AT ‘AFRICAN-AMERICAN BUFFET RESTAURANT” WITH MOSTLY CAUCASIAN PATRONS (Raleigh News & Observer) -- When Gov. Pat McCrory defended House Bill 2 on NBC’s Meet The Press, he told a story about a recent lunch stop where he met supporters of the bill. “It’s black-owned,” said Yvette Jones of her restaurant. “But the majority of (customers) are caucasian.”
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article72...

Civitas teams with fossil fuel industry to obstruct NC wind farm

Once a puppet, always a puppet:

In this project – the first utility-scale wind farm in North Carolina and one of the first in the southeastern United States – the libertarian-leaning Civitas Institute has found perhaps the only industry that it thinks needs more regulation.

Civitas is backing a Perquimans County couple who has filed suit against the state Department of Environmental Quality, raising doubts about the farm’s impact on property values, the risk it might pose to creatures of the air and the noise it might produce. The call for more regulatory review is a way for Civitas to try to raise objections to the farm, even though it, and perhaps other farms, might prove a tremendous economic resource for a part of the state that needs one.

Don't make the mistake of assuming the faux-Libertarians who work for Art Pope really care about "prosperity" reaching more people, even those who desperately need it. That's just a slogan. In addition to Civitas' attorney, there's another guy on the legal team, and he's the climate-change-denying lawyer who went after the UVA professor's e-mails in an attempt to ruin him:

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