Advised by Former Clinton Aide, NBA Ignores Changes To #HB2, Pulls Out of Charlotte

After several months of making threats to move the 2017 All Star game out of Charlotte if lawmakers didn’t repeal HB 2, the NBA has finally decided to actually do it.

The statement alluded to the reported meetings being held in secret between lawmakers and the NBA officials.

“Since March, when North Carolina enacted HB2 and the issue of legal protections for the LGBT community in Charlotte became prominent, the NBA and the Charlotte Hornets have been working diligently to foster constructive dialogue and try to effect positive change.”

The NBA apparently has ignored the fact that the right to sue for discrimination in court has been restored, which was allegedly one of their earlier main complaints. Read the full NBA statement.

The NBA  statement issued offered no specific reasons for the move beyond disliking “the climate created by HB 2”.

“While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2.”

In closing, the statement said that the NBA looks “forward to re-starting plans for our All-Star festivities in Charlotte for 2019 provided there is an appropriate resolution to this matter.” In other words, if North Carolina repeals HB 2, they will come back.  This is politically driven economic blackmail.

Not a single media outlet has asked these NBA officials if their locker rooms are ‘open’, where their transgender players are or if their own players agree with open bathrooms.

Rainbow Backboard $Nor has a media outlet covered the NBA’s about long history of politics and capitalism over human rights.

As SisterToldjah at IJ Review writes,  “The NBA is content with punishing North Carolina for a bill protecting women and children while it rakes in billions from expanding operations in countries with brutal human rights records against men, women, and children. The NBA’s sudden concern is not genuine; it’s a product of pressure by the left-wing outrage machine.”

Given the political machinations engaged in by the NBA to date over HB 2, it seems unlikely  that it was a coincidence the NBA statement was delivered on the eve that Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination. It was also was announced  yesterday that Trump would be coming to Charlotte on July 26th.

Governor, Lt. Governor Respond

Both Governor McCrory and Lt. Governor Forest quickly issued responses to the NBA.

“The sports and entertainment elite, Attorney General Roy Cooper and the liberal media have for months misrepresented our laws and maligned the people of North Carolina simply because most people believe boys and girls should be able to use school bathrooms, locker rooms and showers without the opposite sex present. Twenty-one other states have joined North Carolina to challenge the federal overreach by the Obama administration mandating their bathroom policies in all businesses and schools instead of allowing accommodations for unique circumstances. Left-wing special interest groups have no moral authority to try and intimidate the large majority of American parents who agree in common-sense bathroom and shower privacy for our children. American families should be on notice that the selective corporate elite are imposing their political will on communities in which they do business, thus bypassing the democratic and legal process.”Gov. Pat McCrory 7/21/16

The Governor’s campaign also issued a statement, further tying the NBA’s blackmail style maneuver to political reasons. The statement points out the man advising the NBA is Bill Clinton’s former White House political adviser:

“It is no surprise that the NBA has chosen to politically target North Carolina during an election year since Doug Sosnick, Bill Clinton’s former White House Political Director, serves as the NBA’s chief political advisor. While it would be front-page news if Karl Rove were advising an organization on how to inflict economic damage on a state to benefit the Republican’s election prospects, this is standard operating procedure for the Clintons, who get away with it thanks to their friends in the media.”

Lt. Governor Dan Forest responded last night, publishing a  statement slamming the NBA for ‘blackmail’ and refusing to apologize for defending women in children in North Carolina.

The Lt. Governor’s statement came to a close with a sentence that provides a  priorities reality check for the NBA, We will never value a dollar over a woman’s or child’s safety and security.”

The Lt. Governor’s full statement as it appeared on his Facebook page:

“What is happening here is so much bigger than a basketball game. A sovereign state is being blackmailed by a private business (NBA) who is being threatened by a national LGBT lobbying effort, all to force North Carolina to open female restrooms, showers and locker rooms up to men. All of this was done under the guise of “inclusiveness” and other politically correct buzzwords. But the reality is that had we not blocked the Charlotte Bathroom Ordinance from going into effect, sex offenders and pedophiles would have had full access to our women and children in bathrooms around the state. I enjoy the NBA and wanted them to hold the All-Star game in Charlotte but if that game comes with strings attached, strings that would expose women and children to danger, molestation, assault and voyeurism, then no thank you. Take your business elsewhere, and I have no apologies about saying that and never will. The NBA knows the economic hit North Carolina will take from this decision. I wish the NBA would likewise acknowledge the pain, sorrow and devastation a child or woman feels when they are exploited. We will never value a dollar over a woman’s or child’s safety and security.”

More Economic Blackmail to Come

Now that the NBA has delivered the arguably politically well-timed statement, the Human Rights Campaign is now positioning the PGA of America to start attacking North Carolina.

The statement above is repeated in part in an article at ESPN and it is noted the PGA is not going anywhere, but why? This section of the statement answers that question:

“Since the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte is a private facility not subject to all of the provisions of HB 2, at the 2017 PGA Championship we plan to allow spectators to use the restroom that conforms with their gender identity or gender expression,”

 

This part of the PGA statement also shows a complete lack of understanding of HB 2 and the Charlotte ordinance. It is BECAUSE of HB 2 that Quail Hollow Club can have it’s own policies. HB 2 blocked the Charlotte ordinance, under which businesses had no choice but to follow a ban on single sex facilities.

The Democrats in North Carolina are noticeably silent over corporations using their money in an attempt to manipulate law and elections. Unlike the narrative in 2012, apparently now corporations are people.

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Watchdog Groups File Brief in Support of Upholding NC Voter ID Law

Judicial Watch has joined with the Allied Educational Foundation (AEF) in filing a brief in support of Governor McCrory’s quest that the courts uphold North Carolina’s voter ID law.

Excerpt from the Judicial Watch press release:

Judicial Watch announced today it has joined with the Allied Educational Foundation (AEF) in filing an amici curiae brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in the caseNAACP v. McCrory (No. 16-1468).  The brief argues in support of a lower court ruling that the 2013 North Carolina election-integrity law, which includes, among other provisions, a requirement that voters show a photo identification card before casting a ballot, is valid.

The Judicial Watch/AEF brief was filed in support of North Carolina Governor Patrick L. McCrory, who is asking the court to sustain the decision of U.S. District Court Judge Thomas D. Schroeder, upholding the North Carolina voter law.

The case concerns North Carolina’s adoption of common-sense election integrity measures requiring voter ID, eliminating “same-day” voter registration, reducing the early voting period, and prohibiting voters from casting provisional ballots outside of their voting precincts.  The Department of Justice and other groups represented by the NAACP and the League of Women Voters filed suit, alleging this law was racially discriminatory against black voters in violation of Section 2 of the federal Voting Rights Act (“VRA”).

The Judicial Watch press release goes on to explain that the DOJ is wrong on many points with regards to the VRA:

In their amici brief, JW and AEF explained that the Department of Justice was wrong.  First, Section 2 of the VRA only prohibits state laws that directly cause increased difficulty for voters to exercise their right to vote “because of” or “on account of” their race.  The North Carolina law causes no such injury to minority voters.  Furthermore, JW and AEF explained that state’s voting laws are not illegal under the VRA just because plaintiffs show a statistical “disparate impact” of the law on racial groups, but rather the law must actually deny people an equal opportunity to participate based upon their race.  North Carolina’s requirement that voters show identification does not deny opportunities to vote based upon race.  Finally, JW and AEF explained that the Department of Justice is wrongly trying to resuscitate Section 5 of the VRA, which imposed more stringent limits on states’ election laws but was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 in Shelby County v. Holder.

Judicial watch’s explanation continues, citing that African-American voter registration and voting has been increasing in the state:

Judicial Watch and AEF cite statistical evidence indicating that not only has African-American voter registration and voting not declined since enactment of the North Carolina law; it has actually increased:

Elections since the enactment of SL 2013-381 [the North Carolina election integrity law] have provided real life proof that the challenged provisions of SL 2013-381 do not cause any discernible disadvantage to minority voters.  Rather, both black and white voters adapt to the new rules and continue to turn out to vote at rates higher than under the former voting rules changed by SL 2013-381.

Read the full press release.

As a point of interest, turn out is expected to be so high for the coming November election that North Carolina’s largest district has decided to enact a two hour delay for opening on election day:

Also happening in Wake County, the Voter Integrity Project (VIP) is suing the Wake County Board of Elections in federal court. VIP asserts that the Wake Board of Elections has not maintained accurate voter rolls and that more voters are on the rolls than live in the county.

Excerpt from VIP’s article announcing the suit:

(RALEIGH) — July 18, 2016. Today, the Voter Integrity Project, filed a federal lawsuit, against the Wake County Board of Elections alleging their office failed to properly maintain the voter rolls, by not using all available government records to keep their voter rolls clear of non-US citizens.

“We’ve been trying to learn why 104 percent of eligible Wake County citizens are able to vote in our elections,” said Jay DeLancy, Director of Voter Integrity Project, “but instead of working together to find solutions, the Board ignored our requests and denied the validity of our research.”

The article is accompanied by documents supporting the suit, such as the Public Interest Legal Foundation Press Release, the Complaint and Exhibit A – Final Declaration.

News of the suit was picked up by the Washington Free Beacon and cites Wake County Board of Elections official, Gary Sims, disputing the claims. Free Beacon reported that, ” Sims claims his calculations showed 96,000 fewer people registered to vote than those living in the county.”

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Lt. Governor Dan Forest Lays Out NC Education Budget Increases, Teacher Pay [Video]

Lt. Governor Dan Forest lays out the education increases in the North Carolina 2016 budget, including raising teacher pay for the third year in a row.

 WATCH:

Education Highlights: 

  • Average teacher salary increase of 4.7% and will average over $50,000.  (More details on the increases here)
  • Over the next three years, that teacher salary average will increase to $55,000, which is an increase of over 20% since the Governor and Lt. Governor took office.
  • NC leads the nation for increased teacher pay.
  • Education budget will increase by over $512 million during the 2016-17 budget year.
  • The current spending on education is $2 billion more on k-12 than was spent in the last year of the Perdue administration, which froze teacher pay.
  • Funding for 450 more first grade teachers to shrink classroom size with the goal of 1 teacher for every 17 kids in K-3.
  • Full funding of teacher assistant positions.
  • No tuition increases for students paying in-state tuition in the UNC university system.
  • UNC system university student fees frozen.
  • Offer of a $1,000 per year tuition rate at several UNC universities.

The video also covers the $3 billion in tax cuts, the state cutting unemployment in half, the creation of 300,000 new jobs, paying off $3.8 billion in debt left behind by the Perdue administration and boosting per capita income at a rate 15% faster than the rest of the country.

Governor McCrory also put out a statement with details on the budget, including teacher pay raises and textbook spending.  Excerpt:

“The highlight of this year’s budget is investing in North Carolina teachers to ensure it recruits and retains the best and brightest to prepare students for future success. Teachers will receive an average 4.7 percent pay increase, bringing average teacher pay in North Carolina above $50,000 for the first time in state history. When considering robust health and retirement benefits offered to every full-time teacher in our state, the budget will boost average total compensation to more than $67,000. Teacher pay in North Carolina is growing faster than in any other state in the country under Governor McCrory’s leadership. Since 2013, North Carolina has invested more than $1 billion in new funding for teacher raises.”

 

Here are a few more NC economic tidbits:

  • NC’s AAA Bond Rating Affirmed By All 3 Credit Rating Agencies.
  • NC Revenue Up, Budget Surplus Increases To $425 Million. In contrast, Virginia announced a $266 budget shortfall which will likely put promised teacher raises on hold.
  • NC Jumps Up 4 Spots In CNBC’s Annual Ranking Of The Best States For Business
  • NC Has Added 25,000 Jobs (since May 2016) and 300,000 since Governor McCrory took office.
  • $425 million dollar surplus, which is $188 million more than originally projected.

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