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.”
PANTS ON FIRE! LT. GOV. FOREST WRONGLY CLAIMS COOPER WILL CREATE 'LOOK, DON’T TOUCH’ POLICY (PolitiFact) -- Lt. Gov. Dan Forest said that Gov. Roy Cooper’s HB2 repeal bill, if it passes, "will create a state-sanctioned 'Look But Don't Touch' policy in our bathrooms" with no laws in place to protect women from predatory men. In reality, there are at least half a dozen laws protecting people from the type of scenarios Forest wrongly said would become consequence-free. Cooper even suggested creating stronger penalties for some of them. … One of Forest’s hypothetical concerns is clearly baseless, and the other is unclear at best. We rate this claim Pants On Fire!
NC LAWMAKERS SEEK IMMIGRATION CRACKDOWN (WRAL-TV) -- Two bills filed in the state House would subject local governments to loss of state funding and citizen lawsuits if they are deemed to be turning a blind eye to immigration enforcement. House Bill 63, titled the Citizens' Protection Act, would, among other things, order the state Department of Revenue to withhold funding from cities found to be in violation of the state's 2015 ban on so-called "sanctuary cities." Another bill sponsored by Cleveland, House Bill 113, would allow a private citizen to take legal action against cities, counties or even law enforcement agencies if he or she believes they are not enforcing immigration laws. That legal action could include fines of up to $10,000 per day if a judge agrees with the citizen.
PROTESTERS, ADVOCATES SPEAK OUT ON ATLANTIC COAST PIPELINE (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot) -- After reading off a litany of environmental concerns about a natural gas pipeline set to run into Hampton Roads, Elizabeth Tumilty choked up. “I have two children. I’d love to leave them something worth living in,” she told a federal official. Tumilty was one of more than 100 people at the Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center in downtown Suffolk on Thursday night at a public hearing on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a proposed 550-mile natural gas pipeline that would carry as much as 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas each day from West Virginia’s shale fields to North Carolina and Virginia.