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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.

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.

Daily dose: "Good" Friday? edition


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.

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.

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.

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.

Daily dose: How do you like them apples?


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.

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.”

Daily dose: GOP's war on cities edition

Bid to redistribute NC sales tax money praised, panned (AP) — A legislative proposal for the state to take away the local portion of sales taxes highlighted two undercurrents in Raleigh — the increased clout of rural Republicans and their conflicts with Gov. Pat McCrory, a fellow Republican who was formerly Charlotte's mayor.

Locals oppose tax bill (Elizabeth City Daily Advance) -- A plan to shift millions of dollars in sales tax revenue from urban to rural counties has gained little support from lawmakers representing northeastern North Carolina, even though it was an intended beneficiary.

Daily dose: Clown Car Conference edition

GOP Gathers in N.C. for Leadership Conference (TWCN-TV) -- The 2015 Pope Civitas' Conservative Leadership Conference kicked off in Cary on Friday. The two day event provides a chance to meet big names in the Republican Party and discuss current issues. It is also an opportunity for delegates to gauge who they see fit to run in the 2016 presidential race. "We're actually evaluating all the candidates and talking to them all. We're doing a lot of briefings with them because some who are running never been in foreign policy," said Jim DeMint, president of the Heritage Foundation.

Daily dose: Racism 101 edition

UNC discusses renaming hall named for purported KKK leader (AP) — Trustees at the University of North Carolina are hearing opinions on whether to change the name of Saunders Hall - a building named for a confederate colonel who purportedly was an organizer of the Ku Klux Klan in the state.

Duke University investigates report of racist comments (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Duke University is investigating a report that a person on campus, in the presence of a black female student, last weekend sang a racist chant that was the same as the one recited on a video that resulted in the recent closing of a fraternity chapter at University of Oklahoma.

Daily dose: McCrory inks up Veto stamp version


McCrory slams Senate sales tax bill (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Gov. Pat McCrory came out strongly opposed to the Senate’s sales tax redistribution plan on Wednesday, saying it “will cause great harm to the economic engines of this state.” “It will raise taxes on millions of citizens and job-creators throughout the state. We cannot afford to have this bill passed in North Carolina. It will cause harm. It will also decimate the travel and tourism industry in the west, in our cities, and on the coastal beach areas that are dependent upon sales tax revenue, because they’ve made the investment in the infrastructure to bring travel and tourism to their towns.”


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