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Petitions on HB2

I've seen several petitions related to HB2 floating around the Internet. I think it's worth trying to compile a list in case anyone wants to sign or see what supporters of HB2 are up to.

I'll try to update this list, so feel free to leave any I missed in the comments.

Petitions - Con

Petition by NC Democratic Party along with comprehensive list of businesses boycotting NC because of HB2

ACLU, Lambda Legal to sue over HB2

Reports floating around social media indicate that the ACLU and Lambda Legal will be holding a press conference at 10:00 am this morning, announcing that they will be filing a challenge to NC's outrageous anti-gay law.

The ink is barely dry on the thing - this tells me that they didn't have a problem finding clients with standing to challenge the law and probably have a pretty clear idea of what's unconstitutional about it.

Confederate monuments: A call for local action

Once again, the NC legislature, hoping to stir up a few votes for hate-mongers, passed a bill requiring legislative approval for permanent removal of any "monument, memorial, plaque, statue, marker, or display of a permanent character that commemorates an event, a person, or military service that is part of North Carolina's history" on public property. The bill goes to McCrory for his signature.

The GOP will go off the deep end in 2016 - Here's why

If you've paid attention to politics the past few years, you've seen the Koch brothers build up an unprecidented political organization through a network of shady political action committees and dark money - the Kochtapus.

A key player in the Koch effort has been North Carolina's own Art Pope, coordinating with the Koch brothers to place their hand-picked candidates in state and local offices, pushing an agenda to kill public education, remove environmental protections, turn over the functions of government to private companies, and gerrymander the legislature, Congress, the state Supreme Court and even local races to ensure they stay in power.

The ENCSIS Act - A proposal for NC Democrats

With all that's happened with HB 465, I think it's time for the Dems to take drastic action. They need to introduce their own bill.

The Every NC Sperm is Sacred Act would require prostrate and sperm count discussions and exams for all males over 18 and prohibit any state funding being used for condoms or vasectomies. In addition, the law would prohibit vasectomies only when the carrier of the sperm's life is in danger and that records concerning those vasectomies be catalogued at DHHS.

National Organzation for Marriage drops $100K for Tillis

Why would Thom Tillis would spend state funds defending NC's Amendment One after Supreme Court rulings struck down the law as unconstitutional? Why would Tillis spend those funds to hire a flunkie from the National Organization for Marriage to file briefs on the case?

Was it just pandering for extremist evangelical votes?

Atlantic on the political influence and mismanagement of charter schools

The Atlantic has an article about a chain of 120 charter schools throughout the US associated with an Islamic cleric. They're not being investigated for links to terrorism, but because of possible fiscal mismanagement and other serious issues:

...the Ohio State Board of Education has launched its own probe of the nearly 20 Gülen-associated charter schools in its state. As part of the investigation, four former teachers from Horizon Academy (the particular name of the Gülen charter school chain in Ohio) gave testimony. The teachers mentioned issues as disturbing as cheating on state tests, unsafe building conditions, overcrowding, and even sexual misconduct. ...

Washington Post finds voter fraud!

You might recall that one of the items in the budget from the NC legislature put aside $200,000 for investigation of voter fraud. The measure was prompted by the work of the Voter Integrity Project, an outfit that was pushing the idea of widespread fraud to push for voter id and other voter intimidation.

A columnist with the Washington Post did a detailed study and, yes, found voter fraud.

To be specific - 31 cases of voter fraud. Nationwide. Since 2000. Out of one billion votes cast.

Note: these allegations do not include other forms of fraud not prevented by a requirement to show ID at the polls, including absentee ballot fraud, vote buying, vote coercion, fraud in the tallying process, voter registration fraud, double voting, voting by nonresidents, voting by noncitizens, voting by persons disenfranchised by conviction, or fraud in the petitioning process.)

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