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Daily dose: Coop takes a stand version

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Cooper would veto religious exemption bills if NC governor (AP) — Attorney General Roy Cooper said Wednesday he supports requiring North Carolina police to wear body cameras and rejects proposals allowing public officials and potentially businesses to cite religion for declining to serve gay couples.
http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/cooper-would-veto-religious-exemption-bills-if-nc-governor-2840861

Cooper would veto gay marriage bills (Raleigh News & Observer) -- NC Attorney General Roy Cooper said Wednesday if he was the governor he would veto two pending bills related to gay marriage.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article17...

Daily dose: The GOP's unpopular agenda edition

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GOP Legislature vs. The People – A new survey of North Carolina registered voters shows a stark divide between the Republican-dominated legislature and the people it represents. Only 31% of North Carolinians agree with the legislature’s GOP leadership The who think business owners should be allowed to refuse service to gay customers. Public Policy Polling’s survey found 56% of North Carolinians say it shouldn't be permitted. Voters think their legislators took the wrong tack on a bill to redraw county commission lines in Wake County while killing a bill to end religious exemptions for vaccinations. Only 12% of voters think the General Assembly should be involved with things like drawing City Council and County Commissioner lines while 73% think that should be left to the local level. A mere 24% of voters think parents should still be allowed to exempt their children from immunization requirements for religious reasons, compared to 64% who think there should not be an exemption. http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2015/04/carolina-state-fans-pulling-for-duke.html

Daily dose: Tarnished golden years edition

McCrory, GOP tax ‘reform’ has elderly facing big bite (Hendersonville Times-News) -- Don Ward spends nearly every hour of the day in his Hendersonville home caring for his 82-year-old wife, Cynthia. Two caregivers help him most of the week. Between the caregivers, insurance premiums, medicine, surgeries and other related costs, Ward's medical expenses totaled $40,000 for 2014. In 2013, when his expenses were about the same, Ward's North Carolina income tax refund was $1,000, which he put in a medical account that took care of expenses such as paying the two caregivers. For 2014, however, Ward will take a big hit and owe nearly $3,000.
http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/20150405/articles/150409951

Daily dose: R.I.P. driver's education edition

Driver's ed in reverse (Greenville Daily Reflector) -- The N.C. legislature’s move to redirect funding for driver’s education is among efforts to shore up the state Highway Fund while furthering a Republican agenda to shift more funding responsibilities to local governments. State Budget Director Lee Roberts, during a meeting with The Daily Reflector Editorial Board, confirmed those motivations behind the shifting of tax dollars away from driver’s education. Included in special provisions being drafted by Roberts is a measure to repeal the 62-year-old general statute requiring schools to provide driver’s education. With no state mandate or funding, most school systems would have little incentive for continuing their driver’s education programs. Losing those programs not only could threaten hundreds of jobs related to driver’s education, it could make roads less safe, cause insurance rates to go up, and it could create hardship for families with young drivers who still would be required to complete an approved driver’s education course under the state’s Graduated Licensing program.
http://www.reflector.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-drivers-ed-reverse-2837437

Daily dose: Chicken hawk makes some noise version

Tillis: After 14 years, U.S. 2017 withdrawal from Afghanistan too soon (AP) — North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis says his visit to Afghanistan makes clear to him the U.S. military must keep a presence beyond President Barack Obama's projected troop withdrawal in early 2017.
http://www.news-record.com/news/government/tillis-u-s-planned-withdrawal-from-afghanistan-too-soon/a...

After Afghanistan trip, Tillis worried about withdrawal (AP) — The U.S. military must remain in Afghanistan beyond President Barack Obama's projected troop withdrawal in early 2017 to discourage prospects for the Islamic State militants to get a toehold here, North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis said Friday following a visit there.
http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/after-afghanistan-trip-tillis-worried-about-withdrawal-2836901

Daily dose: "Good" Friday? edition

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McCrory: Left and right have manufactured religious freedom controversy (Fayetteville Observer) - Gov. Pat McCrory appeared on WFNC radio in Fayetteville Thursday morning and reiterated his effort to prevent North Carolina from being swept into the political maelstrom that engulfed Indiana and Arkansas over religious freedom and gay rights. "Let me criticize both the left and the right: I think it's a manufactured controversy on both sides," McCrory, a Republican, told host Jeff "Goldy" Goldberg on the Good Morning Fayetteville talk show. They are using it for their fundraising efforts, he said.
http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/mccrory-left-and-right-have-manufactured-religious-freedom-con...

Daily dose: Superstition wins over science edition

NC lawmakers say vaccination requirement changes dead (AP) — Three lawmakers say their proposal to update North Carolina's childhood vaccination regimen and eliminate an immunization exemption on religious grounds is dead less than two weeks after their bill was filed.
http://www.news-record.com/news/north_carolina_ap/nc-lawmakers-say-vaccination-requirement-changes-d...

NC vaccine bill dead (WRAL-TV) -- Senate sponsors of a controversial proposal to remove the religious exemption from immunization requirements say they're dropping the bill.
http://www.wral.com/nc-vaccine-bill-dead/14554219/

Daily dose: Branding for bigotry ediition

NC Lawmakers Tap Brakes On Religious Freedom Bill (WUNC-FM) -- North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore says a religious freedom bill is not moving forward anytime soon. The controversial measure filed last week would give private business owners the ability to deny service to someone based on their personal religious beliefs. Opponents say it will lead to discrimination against gays, lesbians, and potentially others in the state. During a hastily called news conference Tuesday afternoon, Moore said he needs to see how the bill would help North Carolina's brand.
http://wunc.org/post/nc-lawmakers-tap-brakes-religious-freedom-bill

Daily dose: How do you like them apples?

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Tim Cook: Pro-discrimination 'religious freedom' laws are dangerous (Washington Post column) -- There’s something very dangerous happening in states across the country. A wave of legislation, introduced in more than two dozen states, would allow people to discriminate against their neighbors. … On behalf of Apple, I’m standing up to oppose this new wave of legislation — wherever it emerges. I’m writing in the hopes that many more will join this movement. From North Carolina to Nevada, these bills under consideration truly will hurt jobs, growth and the economic vibrancy of parts of the country where a 21st-century economy was once welcomed with open arms.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/pro-discrimination-religious-freedom-laws-are-dangerous-to-am...

Daily dose: GOP's war on women continues

NC Values Coalition Supports SB 604 (N.C. Political News) – The N.C. Values Coalition applauded Sens. Randleman, Krawiec, and Daniel for their introduction of The Women and Children’s Protection Act (SB 604). According to the release, SB 604 “corrects deficiencies in DHHS’ proposed abortion clinic rules by implementing mandatory annual inspections, requiring that those who work in abortion clinics be at least 18 years of age, requiring abortion clinics to have a written transfer agreement with a hospital, requiring abortionists to document the gestational age of the baby, and requiring abortionists to document the reasons for performing late-term abortions.”
http://www.ncpoliticalnews.com/?p=13393

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