Trump Supports Pat McCrory’s Job-Killing, Anti-LGBT Law

Governor Pat McCrory is receiving another pat on the back for his “fantastic record” from Donald Trump.

Trump says that he supports the HB2 law passed by North Carolina Republicans and the governor. The anti-LGBT law cost the state millions in economic revenue, threatens federal education funding, and killed thousands of new jobs from coming to North Carolina. Apparently, that doesn’t concern Trump though, whose own policies would “reduce employment by 3.5 million jobs.”

Trump has built his campaign on hateful, extreme right wing rhetoric; he gets excited about financial trouble such as the housing market and Brexit. It’s unsurprising he’s all in for Party of Trump member McCrory’s signature law and the economic and social consequences that come with it.

 

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Trump and the Western Conservative Summit, A History Of Hate

Donald Trump and the Western Conservative Summit is a match made in heaven: Both have a long history deeply tied to the worst strains of right-wing extremism.

Trump is speaking at WCS today, and we can only expect that his racist, anti-immigrant, xenophobic, and anti-gay tendencies will shine through. Though Donald Trump has been exceedingly clear in his opposition to same-sex marriage— vowing to appoint Supreme Court Justices that would overturn marriage equality–he runs the risk of being outperformed by his opening act, Sarah Palin. Palin has been a staunch supporter of a constitutional amendment banning marriage equality.

Senator Bill Armstrong, who leads the summit, has an anti-LGBT record Trump would be proud of. Armstrong claimed that a pro-gay Republican group isn’t, “a very good fit with our group” and refused to let the Log Cabin Republicans have a presence at the event in 2015, even though they had already paid for a booth.

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Off The Prompter, Off His Rocker: Trump Goes Old School Unhinged In Georgia

Donald Trump was off the prompter and way off-message today in Atlanta, Georgia. For an hour and ten minutes, Trump meandered aimlessly through his favorite talking points: Polls (which are now “false”), anti-immigrant sentiments, eating hamburgers in lieu of state dinners, tent safety, and railing on Republican leadership.

Noticeably missing from Trump’s blathering was any mention of efforts to prevent those on terrorist watch lists to purchase firearms. In fact, the only mention of guns made by Trump was to suggest that more people should carry them in bars (and a brief aside to make some gun sounds.)

Enjoy the “highlights”!

On his poll numbers going up after Orlando shooting YouTube
Making gun sounds YouTube
The LGBT community has been in favor of what he’s saying YouTube
Belgium is a beautiful city YouTube
On the Orlando shooter: “He was born here but his parents weren’t”  YouTube

“If some of the people in […]

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Burr Continues His Bumbling HB2 Backtrack

Senator Richard Burr can’t keep his position on HB2 straight. 

Last week, Burr began backtracking his support for Governor Pat McCrory’s job-killing law after polls showed him in a tight race for re-election. Burr previously claimed HB2 wasn’t affecting North Carolina’s business community (despite the millions of lost economic and tourism revenue) and said the law didn’t discriminate.

He’s continued his bumbling attempt to distance himself this week. Unfortunately, Burr can’t seem to decide why he doesn’t like HB2.

Is it because “it was far too expansive?” Does he not like the “bathroom” part of the legislation? Or does he agree with “every aspect” of the law except for taking discrimination cases out of state courts?

Maybe the reason Burr can’t get his story straight is because he doesn’t actually disagree with the discriminatory HB2. Up until it hurt him politically, Burr was content to stand by the economically damaging law. One look at his […]

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Burr’s Political Posturing On HB2 Is Too Little, Too Late

Senator Richard Burr is attempting to backtrack on his support of Governor Pat McCrory’s discriminatory HB2 law, saying that North Carolina Republicans went “too far” when they passed the anti-LGBT legislation.

Apparently Burr has seen the latest polls because up until this point, he’s been very supportive of HB2 and laws that hurt the LGBT community in general. Burr claimed that HB2 does not discriminate and “doesn’t involve federal issues.” He even went as far as to say that the job-killing law wasn’t affecting North Carolina’s business community.

In addition to the millions in economic and tourism revenue the state has lost to HB2, the Republicans’ law is putting $4.5 billion in federal education funding at risk. But only now, when it’s politically convenient, is Senator Burr ready to eat his words.

A look at his record on anti-LGBT legislation makes it clear, Senator Burr’s backtrack is political posturing:

SB 1598: Senator Burr signed on as a co-sponsor of SB 1598–the “First […]

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Richard Burr, Blocker Of Judge Confirmations, Says Courts Should Decide HB2

Senator Richard Burr won’t be competing for a profile in courage any time soon. 

Last night, Burr refused to condemn Gov. Pat McCrory’s discriminatory HB2 that is hurting the people and economic well-being of North Carolina, instead saying the courts should decide the law. In and of itself, the deflection might seem harmless, but Burr has a record of preventing the courts from deciding anything.

Burr is currently holding up two important court vacancies: joining his party in Supreme Court obstructionism and perpetuating a decade long vacancy by blocking the president’s nominee in the U.S. Eastern District of North Carolina, the same district that the HB2 suit will be heard. 

It’s time for Senator Burr to stand against job-killing laws like HB2 and do his job and fill the courts.

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McCrory’s Intransigence Puts Education Dollars At Risk

Governor Pat McCrory’s predictable response to the challenge the Justice Department’s letter finding HB2 to be discriminatory in court puts North Carolina at risk of losing up to $4.5 billion in federal education funding. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has already found that denying transgender people access to bathrooms is a form of sex discrimination, prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The Justice Department also found HB2 to violate the Violence Against Women Act and Title IX.  

This year alone, North Carolina K-12 public schools received $861 million in federal funds. Those federal dollars are used to pay teachers, teacher aids, subsidize nutrition programs for low-income students, support economically disadvantaged students through Title I, and assist with disabilities through IDEA.  

While McCrory’s budget director claims that increasing wages for teachers is a “matter of priority,” the Governor continues to demonstrate his willingness to put […]

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Bank Of America & NCAA Not Backing Down On Push Against McCrory’s Anti-LGBT HB2

North Carolina has already lost millions in revenue since Governor Pat McCrory signed HB2 into law five weeks ago, and the hits just keep coming.

Bank of America and the NCAA made headlines this week, calling for North Carolina to repeal the discriminatory law, or else:

CNBC: BofA’s Moynihan to keep fighting controversial ‘bathroom bill’

ESPN: Officials: North Carolina must show proof of discrimination-free zone, or lose NCAA tournament games

Despite the negative effect of HB2 on the state, McCrory as well as Senator Richard Burr continue to defend the anti-LGBT legislation. The Republicans are set on putting their bigoted views ahead of economic security and prosperity for North Carolinians.

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Carolina Walkback: McCrory’s Desperate Political Ploy Won’t Help NC

Facing unrelenting national criticism and the addition of Deutsche Bank to a steady parade of scrapped North Carolina business expansions, Pat McCrory on Tuesday attempted to undo the damage wrought by his signing of HB2. In a poorly cloaked political maneuver, McCrory signed Executive Order 93 which, as noted by the Charlotte Observer and Raleigh’s News & Observer, doubles down on the worse provisions of HB2:

Businesses can continue to discriminate with impunity.

Workers who face discrimination still can’t bring their grievances to a state court.

Municipalities are still forbidden from acting to extend additional protections to their residents. 

The Governor’s decision to sign HB2 has damaged North Carolina’s reputation, but now he’s more worried about salvaging his own his own in time for November than he is in helping North Carolinians or North Carolina’s economy recover from his wrongheaded political priorities.

News & Observer: McCrory spins on HB2 when he should back its repeal

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Sen. Burr Doesn’t Think HB2 Is Having A Negative Effect On Business…

Shot:

Senator Burr Says HB2 Isn’t Hurting Business In North Carolina,
“I continue to have businesses come in my office, talk about their desire to come and move to North Carolina, invest here, create jobs and when they stop, then I’ll question whether some policy we’ve done deters that.”

Chaser:

as of 4/6/2016

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