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Why HB2 is so much more than a "bathroom" bill

Submitted by Emerson on April 5, 2016 - 3:31am

After North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed House Bill 2 into law on the night of March 23, much of the controversy that followed centered on the bill's discriminatory actions regarding bathroom usage by transgender North Carolinians. However the bill does way more harm than that.

You wouldn't know it but HB2 actually includes a non-discrimination policy. It protects people from discrimination based on "race, religion, color, national origin, or biological sex". Nowhere in the bill are there non-discrimination policies aimed at protecting North Carolina's LGBT community.

Details continue to surface surrounding Monday's police shooting

The air in Raleigh, North Carolina remains tense today as accounts of the police-shooting that took place yesterday continue to surface. According to Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown, Akiel Denkins, 24, was fatally shot by a policeman during a foot pursuit near Bragg and East streets in Southeast Raleigh at about noon on Monday.

NCGOP’s options for punishing Charlotte trans bathrooms law

By John Sanford Friedrich

“Also, this action of allowing a person with male anatomy, for example, to use a female restroom or locker room will most likely cause immediate State legislative intervention which I would support as governor,” said McCrory of the city of Charlotte’s new anti-discrimination law.  What ‘immediate interventions’ are possible?

Federal judges rule NC congressional maps unconstitutional. What’s next?

In a recent ruling handed down by a federal court, the drawing of North Carolina’s congressional districts was ruled unconstitutional. The North Carolina General Assembly now has until February 19 to redraw the districts, with special attention on two districts that the court found to be the product of a racial gerrymander—District 1 and District 12.

Guilford’s Rep John Blust, blocking Syrian refugees by way of coal ash and eugenics

“It’s growing tiresome to hear the whining about it now," said Rep. John Blust (R-62 Guilford), responding to fears over coal ash lagoons during legislative debate.

This decisive aspect of Blust’s has now earned him a sliver of the fame secured by Governor McCrory for openly refusing to accept Syrian refugees.  Whereas McCrory has no authority over the matter since immigration is a federal issue, so too does Blust expend his vital energies for naught – a legislator has no authority to control a private college.