Wednesday News: The roots of the problem


HB2 REPEAL WILL COME ONLY WHEN BERGER AND MOORE CLEAR THE WAY (Capitol Broadcasting Co. editorial) -- Thanks to extreme gerrymandering, the General Assembly has become an ideological echo chamber where voices of reason are drowned out by shouts of extremism. It is a place where absurd comments from House Speaker Tim Moore and state Senate boss Phil Berger, complaining it’s always the opponents and victims of HB2 who are preventing its repeal, are inexplicably viewed as reasonable. The bill includes a ridiculously low threshold – 10 percent of voters in the previous municipal election -- to get a repeal on the ballot. That would be a mere 4,200 signatures in Raleigh – a city with a 438,000 population. Such a counter-productive process only breeds more divisiveness and trouble. There will be a referendum in every city.

BILL DRAWS CONCERN FOR ALLOWING CHILD BACK INTO SPORTS AFTER CONCUSSION (Winston-Salem Journal) -- A bipartisan House bill is raising concerns among health care providers and sports officials for potentially giving parents and guardians the authority — on their own — to allow their child to return to play following a concussion. A co-sponsor of the bill is Rep. Donny Lambeth, R-Forsyth, and one of the legislature’s leading health care experts. Lambeth served as president of N.C. Baptist Hospital for three years and as chairman of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school board for 18 years.

KEEPING AN EYE ON BUDGET ROLLOUT (WRAL-TV) -- Gov. Roy Cooper is scheduled to roll out his state budget proposal at Durham Technical Community College at 10 a.m. Wednesday. So far, the Democrat has emphasized education spending when he's talked about his budget plans. plans to carry the presentation live online. It's unclear what sort of reception Cooper's administration will get on Thursday when they present the spending plan to lawmakers. Members of the Senate and House budget subcommittees have been sifting through budget materials for the past two weeks during morning meetings.

BARRING UNC CENTERS FROM TAKING LEGAL ACTIONS IS AN EFFORT TO MUZZLE LIBERALS (Raleigh News & Observer) -- A proposal to handcuff the UNC Center for Civil Rights from a Board of Governors member is not surprising, but a terrible idea nonetheless. This proposal would have a chilling effect on all centers at all universities — and perhaps that’s exactly what the conservative Republicans now in control of the Board of Governors have in mind. But the state might very well suffer without this and other centers. The center helped, for example, to stop a waste dump in Brunswick County, and was involved in a landmark decision to guarantee the constitutional right to a “sound, basic education” for all North Carolina public school students. The center’s lawyers also have argued on behalf of citizens who were involuntarily sterilized for decades by the state.

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