Pat McCrory

The GOP's passion for unconstitutional laws

A good find from Watauga Watch.

Struck down, all or in part

2011 law requiring physicians to perform ultrasounds on women seeking abortions and describe the images
2011 law capping enrollment in a pre-kindergarten program
2011 state House and Senate district maps
2011 move to cut off funding for a Planned Parenthood affiliate
2012 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, which voters approved
2013 attempt to phase out teacher tenure for public school teachers already vested in the program
2013 Wake County school board redistricting plan
2013 elections law overhaul including requiring voter ID and reducing early voting
2014 creation of a Coal Ash Management Commission and other panels
2015 Wake County commissioners redistricting plan
2015 law to establish retention elections for sitting N.C. Supreme Court justices

We're waiting.

The two men at the top of the Republican ticket continue to stand by Donald Trump through thick and thin. Pat McCrory and Richard Burr both have endorsed Trump's candidacy, and show no signs of repudiating him, even after his reckless call for a "Second Amendment" solution to stop Hillary Clinton.

Neither man has the courage to disavow Donald Trump. They are betting their political futures that there are enough North Carolina voters who share their bigoted and hateful view of America.

The great unraveling

It would be a mistake to say we have "given" Republicans all the rope they want. Truth be told, they have taken it, pure and simple. In their reckless lust for power, they have crossed every boundary of decency and fairness. In pursuit of domination, they have thrown aside integrity, local control, and personal freedom. They have behaved like bulls in a china shop, stomping adversaries into oblivion, just because they could.

The Politics of the Teachers' March

As a long-time supporter of public education who has followed the far right's efforts to privatize education in North Carolina, I was a low-level participant in the Teachers March on Raleigh. I drove a support car, carrying water, fruit, protein bars and band aids, and accompanied one line of the teachers as they marched to Raleigh on Tuesday and Wednesday. I watched them struggle through the heat and humidity, slogging up hills, wiping away sweat. All they talked about for all that time was taking care of their kids.

Ignorance is the "new" North Carolina

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Parrish Clodfelter, a 79-year-old retiree who lives on a central North Carolina farm, professes opinions about transgender people that might get him fired if he worked for a multinational corporation, though for many here, they constitute simple country wisdom.

“A man wants to change to a woman, he’s got a mental problem,” Mr. Clodfelter said on Wednesday over lunch at Spiro’s Family Restaurant, where posters by the door advertised classes on carrying concealed weapons and a “Hillbilly Sunday” Pentecostal church service.

An important list from Progress NC

New tax hikes approved by Gov. McCrory over the past few years include:

  • Doubling the electricity tax
  • Eliminating the Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Eliminating the medical expenses deduction
  • Sales tax hike on mobile homes
  • Sales tax hike on entertainment
  • Sales tax hike on auto repair contracts
  • Eliminating the small business deduction
  • Eliminating the back-to-school sales tax holiday
  • Increasing the gas tax by $1.2 Billion
  • Eliminating the student tuition deduction
  • Eliminating the mortgage forgiveness deduction
  • New tax on college meal plans
  • Eliminating child care tax credits
  • Eliminating the deduction for college savings plans
  • Reducing tax credits for farm machinery

Other sales tax hikes approved by Gov. McCrory include:

  • Household appliances
  • Doors, windows, cabinets, flooring, roofing, fences, etc.
  • Cars, motorcycles, bicycles, modular homes
  • Office Equipment
  • Clothing and shoe repair
  • Watch and jewelry repair
  • Electronics
  • Furniture
  • Video programming
  • Tire repairs and oil changes
  • Reloading bullets and shells

New or increased “fees” approved by Gov. McCrory include:

  • Doubled annual inspection fee for ice cream shop owners
  • Increasing the fee for the newborn screening program
  • Increased criminal court costs
  • Allowed for more toll road projects
  • Increased drivers license restoration fee
  • Raised learner’s permit fee
  • Raised fee for obtaining a duplicate license
  • Increased fee for driver improvement clinics
  • Increased fees for obtaining copies of license records.
  • Increased fee for initial driver’s license application
  • Raised taxes on car and truck rentals
  • Raised fees for private passenger vehicles
  • Increased fee on private passenger motorcycles
  • Increased fee on house trailers
  • Increased fee for plug-in electric vehicles
  • New fees for late vehicle registration
  • Raised fees on “wreckers”
  • Raised fees for semitrailers and trailers
  • Increased fees on motor carriers

McCrory folds ... too little, too late

Facing the onslaught of a corporate backlash against Hate Bill 2, Pat McCrory today attempted to undo the damage. His "executive order" doesn't mean jack in the grand scheme of things.

In response to McCrory's order, ACLU of North Carolina Acting Executive Director Sarah Preston said "Gov. McCrory's actions today are a poor effort to save face after his sweeping attacks on the LGBT community, and they fall far short of correcting the damage done when he signed into law the harmful House Bill 2, which stigmatizes and mandates discrimination against gay and transgender people. With this executive order, LGBT individuals still lack legal protections from discrimination, and transgender people are still explicitly targeted by being forced to use the wrong restroom."

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