Charlotte tourism group, High Point Market officials worried over LGBT law

March 29, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

The CEO of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority said the state's new law limiting protections for LGBT people has caused some potential customers to withdraw their interest in hosting conventions in the Queen City. Also on Monday, officials from the High Point Market said dozens of customers have cancelled plans to attend the furniture trade show in April. Gov. Pat McCrory blamed the media for failing to accurately communicate the facts of the new law, while the White House said the law is "mean spirited and sends the wrong message." Meanwhile in Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal said he will veto a controversial anti-gay bill in his state.

NC GOP chairman keeps up the fight against party officials

March 28, 2016


N.C. Republican Party Chairman Hasan Harnett says he will keep fighting party officials who last week locked him out of his email account and banned him from party headquarters. Officials said Harnett tried to get someone hack into the party website and divert party funds to a separate site, and made "false and malicious statements about other Republicans and staff." Harnett said people have been "scheming and working against" him since he was first elected. 

Critics say 'bathroom law' undermines all workers' rights

March 25, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

The law overturning Charlotte's anti-discrimination ordinance also prohibits cities from raising the minimum wage or enacting living wages and, in some cases, eliminates workers' rights to sue in state courts over discriminatory practices. Some experts also worry the new law could impact federal funding for education programs.

McCrory signs bill ending LBGT protections

March 24, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

N.C. legislators approved a bill that invalidates Charlotte's ordinance protecting LGBT individuals and prohibits municipalities from adding new legal protections for gays, lesbians or transgender people. The House voted 84-25 to support the proposal, while the Senate approved the measure by a vote of 32-0. McCrory signed the bill late Wednesday. Let's hope the move won't discourage businesses looking to bring jobs to N.C., much in the way filmmakers are threatening to leave Georgia over anti-gay legislation passed there.

Lawmakers hold special session on LGBT bathroom ordinance

March 23, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

State legislators will meet at 10:00 a.m. today in response to a provision in a Charlotte anti-discrimination ordinance that allows transgender people to use the bathroom they prefer. A spokesman for House Speaker Tim Moore said a copy of the draft legislation probably won't be made public until Wednesday.

U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers endorses Trump

March 22, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Ellmers, a Dunn resident, became the first woman in Congress to endorse Trump for president. Ellmers, who ran in her first election in 2010 as a tea party Republican, says she relates to Trump's status as a political outsider. "I wasn't part of the usual path that most elected officials take. ... That's what I see in Donald Trump," Ellmers said.

State lawmakers could meet within a week to address Charlotte LGBT ordinance

March 21, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

State lawmakers could return for a special legislative session to look at repealing a provision of a Charlotte nondiscrimination ordinance that would allow transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice. House Speaker Tim Moore hopes to convene legislators before the ordinance goes into effect April 1.

State coal-ash commission is dismantled

March 18, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

A coal-ash commission established to oversee the state's environmental agency as Duke Energy moves to close its ash ponds has been disbanded. The N.C. Supreme Court in January upheld Gov. Pat McCrory's challenge of legislative appointments to the commission.

Former Charlotte mayor pleads guilty in voter fraud case

March 17, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon pleaded guilty Wednsesday to a misdemeanor charge of attempted voter fraud. Cannon voted early in the November 2014 election two months after he was sentenced to prison for accepting bribes from undercover FBI agents.

NC voters approve $2 billion bond issue

March 16, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

About two-thirds of North Carolina voters approved a $2 billion bond package that will support infrastructure projects and improvements at the state's public universities and community colleges.