by Ken Fine
Even as his path to the presidency narrows, a defiant Donald Trump is insisting he is "winning" and urging his supporters to defy what he is calling an establishment conspiracy to deny the White House to his populist movement.2) Secretary of Commerce dismisses impact of HB 2.
Trump, in the middle of a three-day swing through battleground Florida as thousands began voting there in person, hammered the "disgusting" media on Monday for its "phony polls" that he claimed were the latest signs of a "rigged election."
"The media isn't just against me. They're against all of you," Trump told cheering supporters in St. Augustine. "They're against what we represent."
Major sporting events like the NBA All-Star Game have pulled out of North Carolina over House Bill 2, and prominent business leaders have criticized the bill for damaging the state’s economy. But state Commerce Secretary John Skvarla says the bill’s business impact isn’t anything to worry about.Shocking stuff ... coming from a guy who was appointed by Pat "Are We Really Talking About This" McCrory.
“It hasn’t moved the needle one iota,” Skvarla told the Observer Monday during a visit to Charter Communications’ training center in Matthews.
North Carolina is in the “best position” it’s ever been in, financially and operationally, Skvarla added, citing the state’s taxes, regulation, quality of life, workforce and environment that make it an attractive place for companies to relocate.
Over the last year, when companies announced plans to grow their footprints in North Carolina, state leaders have presented them with an unusual gift: An oak bowl carved from wood from the state capitol grounds.Who needs the millions—and dignity—HB 2 cost us anyway? We got the BOWL, baby. BOOOOM!
So when PayPal unceremoniously canceled its plans for an expansion in Charlotte over opposition to House Bill 2, state officials did what any jilted ex might: Asked for their stuff back.
“We reached out to them and said, ‘Give us the bowl back.’ That is a North Carolina artifact from the North Carolina state capitol made by North Carolina artisans for companies that are coming into North Carolina,” N.C. Commerce Secretary John Skvarla told the Observer Monday.