In her remarks on Monday, Ms. Lynch, a native of North Carolina, seemed to go further than other administration officials in casting the quest for transgender equality as a civil rights movement. She did so with grace and conviction.
“This is about the dignity and respect we accord our fellow citizens and the laws that we, as a people and as a country, have enacted to protect them – indeed, to protect all of us,” the attorney general said. “And it’s about the founding
ideals that have led this country – haltingly but inexorably – in the direction of fairness, inclusion and equality for all Americans.
"This community is often wanting special status."
McCrory has rejected LGBT anti-discrimination measures every chance he’s had in his 25 years in public office. He voted down a Charlotte ordinance in 1991 as a city council member, opposed another one in 2004 as the city’s mayor, and now, as governor, he just made it illegal for localities to pass these kinds of protections.
“We have laws in our Constitution which forbid discrimination based on race, gender and religion,” McCrory said after opposing the 1991 measure. “Beyond that, no other group should be given special status, and this community is often wanting special status.”
He hasn’t just opposed anti-discrimination measures. As the mayor of Charlotte, a post he held from 1995 to 2009, McCrory defended a local YMCA for rejecting a gay man’s application for membership. The club turned away local resident Tom Landry in 2006 when he tried to join with his partner and son. Landry wrote to McCrory about it, and he wrote back, “Thank for letting me know about your situation in trying to secure a membership at the YMCA. The YMCA has every right to set their membership criteria, but as you found, Charlotte has many options for health club memberships, including the Jewish Community Center.”Well, now, wasn't that nice? Let Pat McCrory be your bigoted city guide!
All together now: "Lighten up, Francis."
“Attorney General Roy Cooper has refused to defend North Carolina against business bullies and threats from federal bureaucrats,” said Civitas President Francis De Luca. “Instead of doing his job to defend a common sense law in our state that was passed in a bipartisan vote, Cooper has been colluding with business interests to commit economic blackmail against our state. Therefore it is plausible that he has been complicit in the recent federal blackmail from the Obama Administration. We hope to better understand his collusion with the business community against the economic interests of North Carolina and the extent of any collusion with the federal government against state interests.”
Wow, the defendants must have done some really shitty stuff.
Under an order signed by Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald W. Stephens, while the lawsuit is underway the company and its owners are barred from: making or collecting on loans in North Carolina; repossessing, selling or placing liens on any car owned by a North Carolina consumer; destroying records; and spending or transferring any money. Cooper is seeking a permanent ban on the defendants’ illegal lending business, cancellation of previous loans and liens, and refunds for North Carolina consumers.
Yep, that qualifies.
As alleged in the complaint filed with the court, at least 700 North Carolina consumers took out title loans from the defendants. In addition to charging annual interest rates of 161 percent to 575 percent, most of the loans included payments on interest only for the first 11 months and a final balloon payment larger than the original loan amount.
The lawsuit contends that when consumers couldn’t make the onerous payments, the defendants repossessed their cars illegally. The lender sent borrowers a GPS tracker to install on their cars and placed a lien on their car titles. If a consumer paid late or missed a payment, the defendants used the GPS tracker to find and repossess the consumer’s car.
The president of the University of North Carolina system said in a letter Monday that the university is caught between conflicting federal and state mandates, a statement that comes as the university tries to navigate a high-profile fight over transgender rights.
“We hope that the Department of Justice appreciates that the University is in a difficult position,” Margaret Spellings wrote, with a university system founded by the state and required to comply with state and federal laws. “In ordinary circumstances, these obligations are not in tension."
There would be real consequences for two very important components of a university system’s operations should federal funding dry up, said Andy Carlson, senior policy analyst with the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association. Federal funding is typically provided to institutions of higher education for financial aid and research. If research dollars were withheld, he said, “that would be incredibly impactful to the universities in that system,” particularly the state flagship in Chapel Hill.
I said from the very beginning, I would support the nominee of the party,” Foxx told the Winston-Salem Journal. “Not to support the nominee is to deny that the people have a choice in this, and the people, it appears, have chosen Mr. Trump.”Representative — please. Stop gushing over the guy. It's a little embarrassing. (Wince)
Those are wise words for us all on this turbulent Tuesday, are they not? Let's focus, people! Focus!
Sen. Richard Burr, potentially in trouble in North Carolina, told a crowd that “having our preferences is no longer an option” and that the nominee is going to be Trump. So will he campaign with Trump? “I’m going to be focused on my own reelection,” he told the Raleigh News & Observer.