Monday News: HB2 Repeal saga continues


COOPER: 'I'M READY TO COMPROMISE TO ERASE' HB2 (WRAL-TV) -- Gov. Roy Cooper called on Republican legislators Sunday to drop a provision in a proposed HB2 repeal compromise that would allow for a referendum vote on local nondiscrimination ordinances. Cooper issued a news release and posted a video Sunday afternoon calling on House Speaker Tim Moore to “return to the negotiating table.” Cooper, a Democrat, took issue with the provision that would allow opponents of nondiscrimination ordinances to collect signatures to put the ordinances up for a vote in a referendum election. "It subjects the rights of the minority to a vote of the majority. It would be like putting the Civil Rights Act to a popular vote in cities in the South during the 1960s. Except today, it would come with the perils of modern campaigns," Cooper said in the Medium post.

NC FARMERS TO CONGRESS: WE NEED FOREIGN WORKERS (Raleigh News & Observer) -- A delegation of North Carolina farmers and leaders in the N.C. Farm Bureau went to Washington recently to press for immigration reform that will ensure them a legal, stable workforce. Of the 80,000 farmworkers in North Carolina, Wooten estimates that 20,000 are here as part of the H-2A program, which allows foreign nationals to fill temporary agricultural jobs. He said that approximately 40,000 of the remaining 60,000 workers are in the country illegally – although many have been living in North Carolina for more than a decade. Wooten said he believes Congress should pass legislation that enables these workers, if they are abiding by laws and paying taxes, to “come forward and be properly identified and be allowed to stay and continue to contribute to the economy of North Carolina and the nation.”

UNC MAY BAR CENTERS FROM LEGAL WORK (Inside Higher Ed) -- The University of North Carolina Board of Governors may consider a proposal to bar centers on the university's campuses from providing legal representation. Among the centers that would be affected: the Center for Civil Rights at the Chapel Hill law school, which has provided legal help on cases involving school desegregation, voting rights and other issues.

WIND FARM DIVIDES N.C. REPUBLICANS (Wall Street Journal) -- The recent wind-energy push has caused an unusual fight among North Carolina Republicans, with some GOP politicians opposing the project because of its reliance on federal tax credits and potential risks to the military, and rural Republicans embracing the extra income paid by the operators.

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