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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

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.
http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/bid-redistribute-nc-sales-tax-money-praised-panned-2830125

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.
http://www.dailyadvance.com/news/locals-oppose-tax-bill-2830461

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.
http://www.twcnews.com/nc/triangle-sandhills/news/2015/03/27/republicans-gather-in-nc-for-leadership...

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.
http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/unc-discusses-renaming-hall-named-purported-kkk-leader-2828275

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.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article16431374.html

Daily dose: McCrory inks up Veto stamp version

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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.”
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article16...

Daily dose: McHenry's S&M fetish edition

McHenry, Scalise Go Forward, Move Ahead With ‘Whip It Good’ PAC (Roll Call) -- When the House Freedom Caucus comes along, you must whip it. When a close vote’s held open on the floor too long, you must whip it. Whip it good. These might not be the actual words to the infamous 1980 masterpiece by Devo, but GOP Reps. Patrick T. McHenry of North Carolina and Steve Scalise are welcome to borrow from HOH’s mediocre parody lyrics when touting their new fundraising operation, which is named for the song’s seminal refrain. Over the weekend, the majority whip and chief deputy whip launched a joint political action committee called “Whip It Good,” which will raise money for their respective congressional campaigns and leadership PACs.
http://hoh.rollcall.com/scalise-mchenry-shape-it-up-start-whip-it-good-pac/?dcz=emailalert

Daily dose: Taking Tata to the woodshed edition

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Fox's Gen. Tony Tata (Raleigh News & Observer) -- N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata has cashed in trading on his status as a retired Army brigadier general. Despite no significant experience in education, Tata was hired as superintendent of Wake County schools. That didn’t end well. Tata gained a reputation for bullying staff and couldn’t get the buses to run on time and left with $250,000 in severance pay. Soon after he landed his current post. Upon announcing Tata’s appointment, Gov. Pat McCrory said that despite Tata’s lack of experience with state transportation issues, he had run complex operations as a general. Tata is working his one-star again on FOX News. The public learned all it needed to know about Tata’s judgment of military leadership when he publicly declared that Sarah Palin would be a better commander-in-chief than Barack Obama.
http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article16130225.html

Daily dose: Pledging racism and misogyny edition

N.C. State Suspends Fraternity for Offensive Notebook (Inside Higher Ed) – N.C. State University has suspended the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and banned alcohol at fraternity events (except those of historically black fraternities) after the discovery of what appears to be a "pledge notebook" with offensive statements. Among the quotations in the notebook: “if she’s hot enough, she doesn’t need a pulse” and “that tree is so perfect for lynching.” A man who answered the phone at the fraternity house referred questions to the national fraternity office, which issued this statement: “These statements are inconsistent with the values of Pi Kappa Phi and will not be tolerated.”
https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2015/03/23/nc-state-suspends-fraternity-offensive-notebook...

Daily dose: Part-time Tata strikes again edition

NC Transportation Secretary blasts Iran talks (Raleigh News & Observer) -- N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata, who recently faced criticism for taking to the book tour trail outside of the state while North Carolina was facing major snow and ice storms, is back on national TV – this time Fox News -- criticizing President Barack Obama’s nuclear talks with Iran. Tata, who’s become a regular commentator on Sean Hannity’s show, said he doesn’t think the United States should be in negotiations with Iran. When Perry Woods – who’s worked on campaigns for Raleigh city councilors and Wake County school board members offered up an opinion and told him to “focus on your day job,” Tata, who has benefitted from a series of GOP political appointments since retiring from the U.S. Army, called Woods a “radical left pol hack” who “hates freedom of speech.”
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article15...

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