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Monday News: Exporting bigotry

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HERE'S HOW BILLS IN N.C. AND TEXAS MEASURE UP (Texas Tribune) -- Since Texas Republicans unveiled their so-called “bathroom bill” in early January, supporters have described the bill as similar to a law passed by North Carolina yet different in important ways. "We're doing what North Carolina did — we're fighting back," Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said Wednesday at an event hosted by the Family Research Council that also featured North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest. "Our bill is a little bit different than their bill, but our objective is the same. That's to provide common sense, common decency, privacy and public safety to women."
http://news4sanantonio.com/news/local/heres-how-the-bathroom-bills-in-north-carolina-and-texas-measu...

Sunday News: Leave, Forest, leave

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LT. GOV. FOREST PREDICTS HE’LL BE GOVERNOR IN 4 YEARS (New Bern Sun Journal) – Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest predicted that, in four years, he would be governor. Forest, speaking at the Craven County Republican Presidents Day Dinner, outlined a plan to do “virtual press conferences,” following President Trump’s lead “to get the message out to the people we want to get it, so you can know what’s going on in Raleigh.” He said he planned to spend a lot of time in Washington DC seeking help for the state, and that he plans to “go into the communities that politicians don’t usually go into…” impoverished communities, he said, to work on improving educational opportunities.
http://www.newbernsj.com/news/20170218/new-bern-gop-celebrates-reagan-political-victories

Saturday News: The HB2 bleeding continues

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COOPER DETAILS "DAMAGE" OF HB2 ON NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND (WRAL-TV) -- "This could have been a different weekend," North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper wrote on Medium Friday, marking the beginning of the NBA's All-Star Weekend in New Orleans. The game and the parties that accompany it are a tourism and revenue driver, one pulled from the Tar Heel State in the wake of House Bill 2. Data provided to the Charlotte City Council in 2015 suggested that the All-Star Game would bring in approximately $100 million, including $60 million in visitor spending alone.
http://www.wralsportsfan.com/nc-gov-details-damage-of-hb2-on-nba-all-star-weekend/16535547/

Friday News: 31 flavors of hate

N.C. RANKS 11TH WITH 31 HATE GROUPS (Route Fifty) -- California had the most hate groups of any U.S. state with 79 in 2016 while North Carolina ranked 11th with 31, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s annual census of extremist organizations. The Montgomery, Alabama-based nonprofit defines hate groups as those with “beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people.” “2016 was an unprecedented year for hate,” Mark Potok, senior fellow and editor of SPLC’s Intelligence Report, said in a statement. “The country saw a resurgence of white nationalism that imperils the racial progress we’ve made, along with the rise of a president whose policies reflect the values of white nationalists. In Steve Bannon, these extremists think they finally have an ally who has the president's ear.”
http://www.routefifty.com/2017/02/state-hate-group-numbers/135525/

Thursday News: A Day Without Immigrants

SOME BUSINESSES CLOSE FOR ‘DAY WITHOUT IMMIGRANTS’(Raleigh News & Observer) -- The three Compare Foods grocery stores in Durham will close their doors on Thursday as part of “A Day Without Immigrants,” a movement that has grown out of a reaction to a recent uptick in deportations and raids by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “A Day Without Immigrants” calls for Hispanics and their supporters to boycott stores, avoid restaurants and not send their children to schools on Thursday. A rally is also planned for Moore Square in downtown Raleigh at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, according to Que Pasa.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/durham-news/article132937604.html

Wednesday News: Christian ethics?

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COACH ACCUSED OF EMBEZZLING NEARLY $400,000 FROM SCHOOL (AP) -- State officials say the basketball coach and athletic director at Trinity Christian, a Fayetteville Christian school is accused of embezzling nearly $400,000 from the religious organization. The school has the largest number of students receiving state-funded vouchers – 164 – and received $342,294 this year. Heath Curtis Vandevender is accused of embezzling and converting to his own use state withholding taxes totaling $388,422 while he was vice president at Truth Outreach Center from 2008 to 2015. The center also is known as Trinity Community Services in Fayetteville.
http://www.wral.com/coach-accused-of-embezzling-nearly-400-000-from-school/16528933/

Tuesday News: Beyond the pale

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BERGER AND MOORE'S STATEMENT THREATENED COURT, NC BAR SHOULD REVIEW (Capitol Broadcasting Co. editorial) -- It is one thing to disagree with a judicial ruling, but quite another to accuse judges of acting outside the law. Even more outrageous, lawyers like Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore threatened the judges - and the entire judicial branch of government - with retaliation. Specific rules govern the conduct of public officials who are also lawyers and we have no doubt that Berger and Moore are well aware of these prohibitions against using their position to influence judges; making reckless statements concerning the integrity of judges; or threatening, bullying or harassing judges with the intent to intimidate them. The N.C. Bar should review the legislators' conduct.
http://www.wral.com/editorial-berger-and-moore-statement-threatened-court-n-c-bar-should-review/1652...

Monday News: Sorry doesn't cut it

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N.C. GOP’S WOODHOUSE APPOLOGIZES AFTER RETWEETING ARTICLE CALLING TRANSGENDER STUDENTS ‘PERVS’ (Charlotte Observer) -- A North Carolina Republican Party leader apologized after retweeting an article from a conservative blog that calls transgender students sexual perverts and mentally ill. “Justice Department Kills Obama’s Pervs-In-The-Girls-Bathroom Rule,” reads the headline on the article on Red State. “I should not have re-tweeted this article,” he said. “I did not read it close enough and I am sorry.”
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article132217719.html

Sunday News: Wayne Goodwin chosen as NCDP Chair

NC DEMOCRATIC PARTY ELECTS WAYNE GOODWIN AS CHAIR (WRAL-TV) The State Executive Committee of the N.C. Democratic Party voted Saturday to elect Wayne Goodwin as chair. Goodwin will serve as chair for the 2017-2019 term. He served four terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives before serving as Insurance Commissioner for eight years. After the meeting, Cooper spoke about restoring more balance to the state house. "What we have to do is get good people to run for office," Cooper said. "It's hard to attract good people to run for the legislature."
http://www.wral.com/nc-democratic-party-elects-wayne-goodwin-as-chair/16522802/

Saturday News: Berger protects Berger?

NAMES OF APPEALS JUDGES WHO ISSUED ORDER IN ELECTIONS BOARD CASE A SECRET (WRAL-TV) -- The clerk for the North Carolina Court of Appeals says "policies and procedures" don't allow him to list the three judge panel who ruled in the controversial case. That's despite that fact that Phil Berger Jr., who was elected to the court in November, is the son of Sen. Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, one of the named defendants in the case. It's unclear whether the younger Berger participated in the decision. A Superior Court panel blocked implementation of that law, but the Court of Appeals panel lifted that block late Thursday. The court order was signed by Horne without the names of the judges attached.
http://www.wral.com/names-of-appeals-judges-who-issued-order-in-elections-board-case-a-secret/16520764/

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