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  • F/A-18F Mishap off coast of North Carolina (Collision)

    05/26/2016 10:16:58 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 14 replies
    US Navy ^ | May 26 | Staff
    NORFOLK, VA. (NNS) -- Two F/A-18F Super Hornets assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211 flying off the coast of Cape Hatteras were involved in an in-flight mishap at approximately 10:40 a.m. local time. The flight was part of a routine training mission. All aircrew have been recovered and are en route to medical facilities for evaluation. The F/A-18F is a two-seat aircraft. VFA-211 is based at Naval Air Station Oceana. A safety investigation will be carried out to determine the cause of the accident.
  • 2 F/A-18s crash off North Carolina coast

    05/26/2016 9:35:14 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 26, 2016
    Two F/A-18 fighters crashed Thursday off the coast of North Carolina, defense officials told Fox News. The Coast Guard said four people were recovered and have been rushed to a hospital,...
  • Progressives on Parade

    05/26/2016 7:20:25 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 24, 2016 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Colleges and universities should consider inviting conservative commencement speakers if only to give overworked liberals a break. For one thing, this administration is in danger of overexposure on Graduation Days in a way that no Republican government need ever fear. Here is a partial listing of peripatetic progressives doing the college commencement tour, culled from lists compiled by The Daily Caller, The Huffington Post, Graduation Week.com, the Young America's Foundation and Campus Reform.org, a project of The Leadership Institute: • President Obama--Rutgers and Howard; • Michael Bloomberg--University of Michigan, Scripps College; • U. S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia--Washington University at...
  • On HB2, our Attorney General seems more interested in making the law than enforcing it

    05/25/2016 12:18:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | May 25, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    Was there some change in the definition of the role of the Department of Justice which I missed recently? The last time I checked, that agency was part of the executive branch and was entirely separate from the nation’s legislative activities except in terms of enforcement. If that’s still the case, somebody might want to mention it to our Attorney General at the next staff meeting. She showed up in North Carolina this week, ostensibly for the purpose of checking in on police protocols (perfectly reasonable) but decided to wax poetic on the state’s lawmakers. (Fox 8) U.S. Attorney General...
  • Trump, Burr Have Small Leads in North Carolina

    05/25/2016 10:37:03 AM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 7 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | 05/25/2016 | Tom Jensen
    Raleigh, N.C. – PPP's new North Carolina poll finds Donald Trump leading Hillary Clinton 43-41 in the state, with Gary Johnston at 3% and Jill Stein at 2%. Trump's 2 point lead represents a 4 point improvement from our March poll of the state, when Clinton was ahead by a couple points. The movement has come completely among Republicans. In March Clinton was up 79-13 among Democrats, and now she's up 79-12 among Democrats. In March Trump was up 49-32 among independents, and now he's up 45-27 among independents. But in March Trump was only up by 63 points among...
  • Black pastors rally in support of HB2, saying LGBT rights are not civil rights

    05/25/2016 9:52:41 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 9 replies
    About 40 preachers, mostly African-American, rallied on the State Capitol grounds on Tuesday to take offense at comparing the fight for LGBT protections to the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
  • NC school district does away with valedictorians: ‘Competition has become very unhealthy’

    05/24/2016 9:55:25 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 34 replies
    EAG News ^ | 5/20/2016 | Victor Skinner
    CARY, N.C. – The Wake County school board believes the decades long tradition of naming class valedictorians and salutatorians creates “unhealthy competition,” so they voted to end the practice. Board members voted unanimously Tuesday to ban high school principals from recognizing the top students with the titles and move to the Latin system that uses designations including cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude starting in 2018, The News Observer reports. “We have heard from many, many schools that the competition has become very unhealthy,” board chairman Tom Benton told the news site. “Students were not collaborating with...
  • These Are the Radical DOJ Lawyers Suing North Carolina Over Transgender Bathroom Use

    05/24/2016 12:14:56 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 22, 2016 | J. Christian Adams
    PJ Media published the Every Single One series in 2011. The series documented the Obama administration’s hiring of radical lawyers to fill the career ranks in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. Every single one of the new attorney hires were radical leftists or partisans . Since 2011, the situation has only gotten worse. Much worse. The Civil Rights Division exercises enormous power over the everyday lives of Americans: they are involved in employment, education, housing, religious liberty, abortion, prisons, policing, and much, much more. The radical beliefs of these radical lawyers have turned into radical administration policies....
  • Dave Matthews Band Pledges Proceeds from NC Concert to Fight Trans Bathroom Bill

    05/24/2016 10:38:19 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/24/16 | Daniel Nussbaum
    Dave Matthews Band will donate the proceeds from their upcoming concert in Charlotte to five organizations fighting North Carolina’s recently enacted transgender bathroom law. Unlike other artists who have cancelled concerts in the state in opposition to the law, Dave Matthews Band will go ahead with its scheduled May 27 show at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte. In a brief statement on their website, the band announced that a portion of proceeds from the performance would go to five organizations working to fight the law: the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Lambda Legal, ACLU of North Carolina, Equality NC...
  • Republicans seek to combine North Carolina LGBT lawsuits

    05/23/2016 8:05:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 23, 2016 4:37 PM EDT | Jonathan Drew
    North Carolina’s Republican leaders are seeking to combine separate lawsuits over a state law limiting protections for the LGBT community — moves that could help steer the cases to a judge who twice ruled against the federal government in recent years. Three federal judges are currently assigned to five dueling lawsuits over the law, which requires transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates in many public buildings. The law also excludes gender identity and sexual orientation from statewide antidiscrimination protections. Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore asked on Monday to combine...
  • Keep the Feds Out of Your Children's Bathrooms

    05/23/2016 10:40:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 23, 2016 | James Lewis
    Obama has asserted, by pure fiat, on no legal, medical, scientific, or commonsense grounds whatsoever, that he can dictate how children use school bathrooms around the country. This is an obnoxious and dangerous abuse of federal power, and it looks suspicious. What is Obama's motivation? Adults may not remember the deep shame and embarrassment children often feel, as early as age four, around toilet training. Sibling rivalry can get pretty intense. Being called a "poopy kid" by your brother or sister might look pretty harmless to parents, but young children can experience it as a sink-through-the-floor feeling of overwhelming shame....
  • Meet The Moms Fighting the Government Over Their Children’s Bathroom Privacy

    05/23/2016 10:42:15 AM PDT · by milton23 · 6 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 5/23/16 | Kelsey Harkness
    A group of North Carolina parents are joining forces to fight the Obama administration over its policy that forces public schools to allow transgender students into restrooms, showers, and locker rooms that are opposite from their biological sex. “It’s not safe for my daughter,” Tammy Covil, a mother from Wilmington, N.C. told The Daily Signal. The parents, part of a nonprofit called North Carolinians for Privacy, allege in a lawsuit filed May 10 against the Department of Justice and the Department of Education that the federal government is forcing them to choose between their children’s privacy and educational future.
  • A Former Transgender Person’s Take on Obama’s Bathroom Directive

    05/20/2016 4:28:35 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 5/16/16 | Walt Heyer
    ....Obama, the titular head of the LGBT movement, has added to the firestorm of confusion...by threatening schools with loss of federal funding unless they allow students to join the sex-segregated restroom, locker room, and sports teams of their chosen gender, without regard to biological reality. ....As someone who underwent surgery from male to female and lived as a female for eight years before returning to living as a man, I know firsthand what it’s like to be a transgender person.... What has arisen is a new breed emerging among young people that falls outside the purview of the LGBT: the...
  • Mother lets son drive golf cart at resort, gets jailed for child abuse

    05/22/2016 9:57:33 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 110 replies
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | May 21, 2016 | Mark Washburn
    On the second day of her dream vacation on exclusive Bald Head Island, Julie Mall went with her family to the beach to catch the sunset. Her 11-year-old son asked to drive the golf cart back to their $1,000-a-day rented cottage. It was dusk, no traffic on the path and his father would sit next to him. A two-block, 30-second ride. She said sure. What could go wrong? In the next four hours, Mall says she was pinned to the ground by police, repeatedly accused of being drunk, frogmarched barefoot aboard a ferry in handcuffs, jailed in leg irons and...
  • Toiletarianism — Safe Spaces Flushed

    05/22/2016 5:53:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2016 | Paul Jacob
    resident Obama and other politicians are taking a wide stance over the nation’s public restrooms. Important bathroom policy will finally be determined at the highest levels. In early May, public school educators nationwide received a legalistically-worded joint letter from the Departments of Justice and Education explaining how to legally treat transgender students under Title IX of the Civil Rights Act. CNN boiled it down to “Fall in line or face loss of federal funding.” Friendly federal “guidance” comes after dueling lawsuits between the Feds and North Carolina over that state’s House Bill 2, which establishes statewide restroom regulations. Those regs...
  • Charlotte Observer:Girls must overcome ´discomfort´ at seeing male genitals in locker room

    05/19/2016 7:52:31 AM PDT · by Nachum · 258 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 5/17/16 | Rick Moran
    A shocking editorial in the Charlotte Observer counseled young girls to get over the "discomfort" they feel at the sight of male genitalia when transgender facilities are allowed in North Carolina. The newspaper assumes the law will eventually be repealed or declared illegal. While that may or may not happen any time soon, it is the justification for this position used by the Observer that reveals the true nature of this battle of the bathroom. (snip) So, biological men enter the bathroom used by biological women and this is not threat to the privacy of women? What spaceship brought this...
  • ‘She loved being a mother’: Pregnant woman executed for refusing abortion, family says

    05/18/2016 9:07:59 AM PDT · by NRx · 44 replies
    WaPo ^ | 05-18-2016 | Peter Holley
    ...One of the things Candace Pickens was going through in recent months, relatives said, was a volatile and abusive relationship — one she managed to keep hidden from some of the people who knew her best in and around Asheville, N.C., where she lived. Her boyfriend, Nathaniel Elijah Dixon, had a violent history that included attempted robbery and allegations of domestic violence against another woman with whom he had a child, according to the Citizen-Times. In addition to Dixon’s extensive criminal history, police think he has possible ties to a Los Angeles street gang. When Pickens recently discovered that she...
  • Ben & Jerry unveil new flavor, voter registration push in NC

    05/17/2016 8:47:13 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 46 replies
    WRAL ^ | 5/17/2016 | uncredited
    DURHAM, N.C. — Ice cream innovators Ben & Jerry were in North Carolina Tuesday to launch a drive to increase voter registration and participation. Ben & Jerry's co-founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield visited North Carolina Central University in Durham to launch a national campaign that includes a new ice cream flavor, Empower Mint. The liberal entrepreneurs are working with the North Carolina NAACP and others in an effort to promote the importance of Congress reauthorizing the Voting Rights Act and working to remove the influence of big money in politics. "We're here today with Rev. Barber and many others...
  • Target, Transgenderism, and Transformation

    05/17/2016 8:16:45 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 16, 2016 | Alex Nitzberg
    Target Corp. (TGT) stock has plunged approximately 12% less than a month after the organization declared that its transgender customers and employees could utilize "...the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity." Over 1.2 million people have signed the American Family Association’s "Boycott Target Pledge," in a massive display of consumer backlash against the retail chain. Walmart stock has also declined about 6.9% during the same period making it unclear at this point whether Target's depressed stock is related to their social policy or some other factor. Target issued its pronouncement just about a month after...
  • Trans punk rocker burns birth certificate at N.C. protest concert ("#genderisover" barf alert)

    05/16/2016 1:16:39 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/16/2016 | James LaPorta
    DURHAM, N.C — As the sound of 430 people clapping in unison began to reverberate off the brick walls of the Motorco Music Hall in perfect metronome timing, Laura Jane Grace stepped out onto the stage with guitar in one hand and birth certificate in the other—a document that she would immediately set on fire.The room erupted into a fury of cheers as Grace and her band, Against Me!, sang out their battle cry, “We’re ready for a revolution,” in protest of North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which requires transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds with the assigned...
  • Transgender woman claims she was escorted out of NC bathroom, may not have happened

    05/15/2016 1:19:29 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 64 replies
    Fox8 ^ | 5/6/16
    A transgender woman claims she was escorted out of a public North Carolina restroom by security – but surveillance video shows it might not have happened. Alexis Adams told WTVD last week that she was “humiliated beyond belief” and “bystanders were stunned” as security escorted her out of the Transit Center Thursday. “I couldn’t think. I couldn’t speak. I was speechless,” she said. “It was embarrassing. I was outed in front of everybody.” The Durham woman said she wanted to make a statement by going into a woman’s restroom and snapping a selfie in the mirror. She said a custodian...
  • US man admits to ripping off woman's hijab on flight

    05/15/2016 8:30:10 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 63 replies
    The Khaleej Times ^ | May 15, 2016 | Agencies
    A 37-year-old man has admitted in court that he ripped off a woman's hijab on board a flight in the US after screaming "Take it off! This is America!". Gill Parker Payne of Gastonia, from North Carolina, pleaded guilty in a New Mexico federal court to a misdemeanour hate crime charge of using force to intentionally obstruct the woman's free exercise of her religious beliefs. Seated a few rows in front of him was a woman he had never met before. She was wearing a hijab, which Payne recognised as a Muslim practice. He stood up, walked down the aisle...
  • NYC Airports: We Can No Longer Tolerate TSA's 'Inadequacy'

    05/11/2016 9:19:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 37 replies
    ABC ^ | May 10, 2016 | David Kerley
    Management of the New York City area’s three major airports is fed up with long lines at security check points, and they have given the Transportation Security Administration an ultimatum: Either shorten the lines or we’ll find someone else to do it. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, tasked with running John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports, is threatening to privatize the process of screening passengers before boarding their flight, according to a document sent from the Port Authority to TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger. “We can no longer tolerate the continuing inadequacy of the TSA passenger...
  • TRANSGENDER RESTROOM GUIDANCE SET FOR U.S. PUBLIC SCHOOLS

    05/13/2016 8:04:19 AM PDT · by traumer · 148 replies
    The Obama administration told U.S. public school districts across the country on Friday to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity, rather than their gender at birth. The new guidance comes as the Justice Department and North Carolina battle in federal court over a state law passed in March that prohibits people from using public restrooms not corresponding to their biological sex. Officials from the Education and Justice departments told schools that while the new guidance does not carry legal weight, they are obligated not to discriminate against students, including based on their gender identity....
  • Exclusive: U.S. plans new wave of immigrant deportation raids

    05/12/2016 11:42:16 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 31 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Thu May 12, 2016 2:09pm EDT | JULIA EDWARDS
    U.S. immigration officials are planning a month-long series of raids in May and June to deport hundreds of Central American mothers and children found to have entered the country illegally, according to sources and an internal document seen by Reuters. The operation would likely be the largest deportation sweep targeting immigrant families by the administration of President Barack Obama this year after a similar drive over two days in January that focused on Georgia, Texas, and North Carolina. Those raids, which resulted in the detention of 121 people, mostly women and children, sparked an outcry from immigration advocates and criticism...
  • North Carolina Fights Back

    05/12/2016 5:47:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 12, 2016 | Cal Thomas
    Standing on principle, not to mention common sense, is so rare these days that when someone does it they make headlines. That's because you can quickly be labeled a "bigot" if you oppose a lot of the sludge dumped on us by the secular left, and few can withstand the onslaught. North Carolina's Republican governor, Pat McCrory, is unafraid. On Friday, the Department of Justice sent him a letter warning that North Carolina's House Bill 2, also known as the bathroom bill, violated the Civil Rights Act. The bill, which requires that transgender people use public bathrooms that match their...
  • College Baseball Team Will Be Denied Shot At Nationals Due to NC Bathroom Controversy

    05/12/2016 5:13:46 AM PDT · by rustyweiss74 · 55 replies
    The Mental Recession ^ | 05/12/16 | Rusty Weiss
    Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) in upstate New York has a solid baseball team this season. In fact, player Kyle Bestle believes “I think we have a real shot at going to the national championship.” It would be the culmination of years worth of work, practice, and dedication to reach the nationals. A dream come true. Alas, it is not to be. Why? Is it because of a player injury? An unfortunate outcome in the qualifying tournament? Not quite. The HVCC baseball team will not be going to nationals because of Governor Cuomo’s ban on non-essential travel to North Carolina,...
  • NC Senator: Congress Should Stay Out of Bathroom Issue

    05/11/2016 2:47:10 PM PDT · by Cyberman · 21 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 05/10/2016 | Niels Lesniewski
    Burr calls NC GOP governor 'off base' for seeking congressional action North Carolina's senior senator said his state's Gov. Pat McCrory is "off base" in calling for congressional intervention to resolve a state dispute over restroom access for transgender people. "I've never seen Congress get involved in judicial matters and this is turned over to the court system now," Republican Sen. Richard M. Burr said Tuesday. "So, I think the governor's off base."... Burr said he would rather see the issue remain in the courts. "That's where they chose to put it,” he said. “I would have preferred that they...
  • Next: Will Court Redefine Man and Woman?

    05/11/2016 9:04:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 87 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 11, 2016 | Terry Jeffrey
    What if a state department of motor vehicles or a public school insisted that only biological females could use the restroom set aside for females and that biological males had to use the restroom set aside for males? Would that be a rational policy? Would it be just? The U.S. Justice Department is now arguing in federal court that such a policy wrongfully discriminates against people whose "gender identity" does not "align" with their biological sex. The department filed suit on Monday against the State of North Carolina. At issue is the law North Carolina enacted this year that states:...
  • HB2 Could Cost North Carolina Almost $5 Billion a Year

    05/11/2016 8:00:45 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 39 replies
    The Williams Institute ^ | 05/11/2016 | Christy Mallory and Brad Sears
    By adding to an already challenging legal environment in North Carolina, HB2 could cost the state almost $5 billion a year, according to a new report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. "The repeal of HB2 would not only reverse the threat to over $5 billion in economic activity for the state, but would also begin to bring North Carolina some of the economic advantages that come when a state embraces diversity and its LGBT citizens," said Christy Mallory, Senior Counsel at the Williams Institute and co-author of the new report. While prior reports have focused on...
  • Baltimore mayor bans travel to North Carolina, Mississippi

    05/11/2016 6:20:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 11, 2016 7:55 AM EDT
    Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has suspended all city-sponsored travel to North Carolina and Mississippi due to the states’ new transgender laws. Rawlings-Blake made the announcement Tuesday in a letter to city officials, saying she hopes the city’s efforts combined with those of other governments and companies “will push North Carolina and Mississippi” to change. …
  • Ginsburg In 1975: Separate Bathrooms Are ‘In Some Situations Required

    05/10/2016 8:36:05 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 40 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 05.10.2016 | Steve Guest
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2016/05/09/prominent-feminist-bans-on-sex-discrimination-emphatically-do-not-require-unisex-restrooms/
  • Lynch: States Can't 'Insist' a Man is a Man and a Woman is a Woman, If Person Feels Otherwise

    05/10/2016 4:22:44 PM PDT · by xzins · 143 replies
    CNS ^ | May 10, 2016 | Susan Jones
    The U.S. Justice Department is putting the feelings of transgenders -- men who think they are women and women who think they are men -- above the privacy rights of the vast majority of people who don't contest the biological facts of who they actually are. "And what we must not do, what we must never do, is turn on our neighbors, our family members, our fellow Americans for something that they cannot control and deny what makes them human," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Monday. "[N]one of us can stand by when a state enters the business of...
  • I Identify as Barack Obama

    05/10/2016 7:01:08 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 22 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | Selwyn Duke
    It’s always hard coming out. But it’s even harder not being true to yourself. So, inspired by Bruce Jenner and other intrepid souls, I’ve decided to finally start living the life I was meant to: I identify as Barack Obama. Oh, I can hear the cynical statements now. “Duke, your I.Q. is 50 points too high.” “Duke, you can speak fluently without a Teleprompter.” “Duke, you know there aren’t 60 states and can pronounce “corpsman.” “Duke, you’re melanin compromised.” All these things are inconsequential details, the stuff of tiresome prigs -- sort of like genitalia on a man. Given my...
  • Lynch: States Can't 'Insist' a Man is a Man and a Woman is a Woman, If Person Feels Otherwise

    05/10/2016 8:54:49 AM PDT · by PROCON · 103 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | May 10, 2016 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Justice Department is putting the feelings of transgenders -- men who think they are women and women who think they are men -- above the privacy rights of the vast majority of people who don't contest the biological facts of who they actually are. "And what we must not do, what we must never do, is turn on our neighbors, our family members, our fellow Americans for something that they cannot control and deny what makes them human," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Monday.
  • The State of North Carolina Should Say It No Longer Identifies as North Carolina

    05/09/2016 2:35:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 9, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The North Carolina governor is turning right around and suing the DOJ on this bathroom law that they passed. The DOJ, the Obama Justice Department, gave Colorado three days, essentially, to throw that bill out. What people don't know is it's not just North Carolina they gave three days, they gave everybody three days. If the DOJ gets their way, every business 15 employees or more, is gonna have to have unisex bathrooms and anybody can go into whatever bathroom they want depending how they want to identify or want to present that day. The solution here...
  • CNN Uses Misleading Poll to Claim Most Oppose NC Bathroom Law

    05/09/2016 1:46:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 9, 2016 | Brad Wilmouth
    On Monday, CNN not only continued to misinform its viewers about the contents of the North Carolina bathroom law, but it also used a misleading CNN/ORC poll to dubiously claim that most Americans oppose the law. New Day, CNN Newsroom, and Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield have so far cited the poll claiming that 57 percent of Americans oppose the bathroom law, but the wording of the poll gives the false impression that transgenders are required to use the public restroom of their gender at birth when, as clarified by the North Carolina governor's office, the law still allows transgenders...
  • Krispy Kreme Agrees to Sell Itself for $1.35 Billion

    05/09/2016 12:44:16 PM PDT · by Cecily · 28 replies
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | May 9, 2016 | Kevin Orland
    he investment firm for Austria’s billionaire Reimann family agreed to buy Winston-Salem-based Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. for about $1.35 billion, adding the doughnut chain to a coffee empire that already includes Keurig Green Mountain and Peet’s Coffee & Tea. The firm, JAB Holding Co., will pay Krispy Kreme investors $21 a share in cash, the company said in a statement Monday. That represents a 25 percent premium over the stock’s closing price on Friday. The deal brings a sweet edge to JAB’s sprawling coffee enterprise. Krispy Kreme gained fame with its yeast-raised, glazed doughnuts, and only made a major push...
  • Live at 3:30pm EDT AG LorettaLynch to announce a law enforcement action related to North Carolina

    05/09/2016 10:43:30 AM PDT · by ifinnegan · 282 replies
    USDOJ ^ | 5/9/16 | DOJ
    A "law enforcement action". Will be live-streamed. 3:30 Eastern. https://www.justice.gov/live-stream
  • North Carolina Governor Sues Justice Department Over Bias Law

    05/09/2016 10:07:51 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 9, 2016 | ALAN BLINDER
    Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina on Monday escalated the nation’s clash over transgender rights by suing the Justice Department, which said last week that the state had violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it passed a law prohibiting people from using public restrooms that do not correspond with the gender listed on their birth certificates. In the suit, the governor accused the Justice Department of a “radical reinterpretation” of the law. “The department contends that North Carolina’s common sense privacy policy constitutes a pattern or practice of discriminating against transgender employees in the terms and conditions of...
  • Poll: 6-in-10 oppose bills like the North Carolina transgender bathroom law

    05/09/2016 8:52:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 101 replies
    CNN ^ | 05/09/2016 | By Jennifer Agiesta, CNN Polling Director
    Americans broadly oppose laws that would require transgender people to use facilities that correspond with their gender at birth rather than their gender identity, according to a new CNN/ORC Poll, and three-quarters favor laws guaranteeing equal protection for transgender individuals. Overall, 57% say they oppose laws requiring transgender individuals to use facilities that do not match their gender identity, 38% support such laws. Strong opposition (39%) outweighs strong support for these laws (25%). There's a partisan gap on the question, with Democrats and independents more apt to oppose them than Republicans. But Republicans aren't broadly in favor of them either....
  • NC Governor Files Lawsuit Against DOJ Over Challenge to 'Anti-LGBT' Bathroom Law

    05/09/2016 8:51:17 AM PDT · by deoetdoctrinae · 8 replies
    Good Morning America ^ | 5/9/2016 | MICHAEL EDISON HAYDEN
    North Carolina has filed a lawsuit today against the Department of Justice in an effort to push back against a warning that House Bill 2, a controversial law that critics have called "anti-LGBT," violates the Civil Rights Act. Gov. Pat McCrory is expected to respond publicly at 5 p.m. today after an agreement to postpone his reply could not be reached. ~snip~ McCrory, speaking to Fox News Sunday, spoke in discordant terms about the DOJ's warning, calling the federal government "a bully".
  • NC’s US senators Thom Tillis, Richard Burr call on Republicans to unite behind Trump

    05/08/2016 7:38:46 PM PDT · by GilGil · 27 replies
    The NewsObserver ^ | 5/8/2016 | Colin Campbell
    GREENSBORO — North Carolina’s two U.S. senators on Saturday called on Republicans to unite behind Donald Trump – but they had little to say about the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. Sen. Thom Tillis and Sen. Richard Burr spoke to the state Republican convention Saturday morning, offering pep talks for the coming campaigns. Tillis’ speech didn’t mention Trump by name, but he made his views clear on the Republican leaders who say they won’t support the nominee’s campaign. “Anybody who doesn’t support the Republican nominee ... is a RINO,” Tillis said, referring to the acronym “Republican In Name Only.”
  • NC governor: Feds gave us 'unrealistic' bathroom law deadline [Prayers for NC, for America]

    05/08/2016 12:13:39 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 8, 2016 | By Rebecca Savransky
    North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) said the federal government gave the state an "unrealistic" deadline to respond to a letter informing him that the state's bathroom law violates the Civil Rights Act. "They gave the ninth-largest state in the United States ... three working days to respond to a pretty complex letter and to a pretty big threat," McCrory said on "Fox News Sunday." "We don't think three working days is enough to respond to such a threat." McCrory said he asked for an extension on Friday. The Justice Department sent a letter to the governor that says the...
  • N.C. House: We’re Not Going to Get Bullied by the Obama Administration

    05/07/2016 11:45:22 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 42 replies
    deneenborelli.com ^ | 5/7/16 | Tom Borelli
    The Justice Department determined that North Carolina’s bathroom policy -using the bathroom that matches your biological sex- is in violation of federal civil rights law. Reports speculate the feds might try to restrict funding to North Carolina or pursue legal action if they don’t change the policy, though the Justice Department hasn’t commented either way. North Carolina State House Speaker Tim Moore has made it clear, he will not be intimidated.
  • FIRST OPENLY-GAY CHAPLAIN OF NORTH CAROLINA NATIONAL GUARD SWORN IN

    05/06/2016 7:26:31 PM PDT · by massmike · 30 replies
    http://abc11.com/ ^ | 05/06/2016 | Gloria Rodriguez
    First Lt. Megan Joyner's recent swearing-in ceremony makes her the first openly-gay chaplain of the North Carolina Army National Guard. She'll be able to perform ceremonies such as weddings and military funerals while also doing her most important job: counseling soldiers. But gay advocates say her home state of North Carolina is taking away protections for the LGBT community with House Bill 2. She says it is likely she may be performing same-sex marriage ceremonies for soldiers in the future.
  • DOJ Claims N.C. Transgender Bill Violates Civil Rights Laws

    05/06/2016 2:53:52 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 34 replies
    The New American ^ | 5/5/2016 | Raven Clabough
    The U.S. Department of Justice has weighed in on the North Carolina transgender bill, claiming it violates civil rights laws and threatening to cut federal funds to the state if it did not abandon the measure. Under North Carolina’s law, transgender individuals are asked to use public restrooms that correspond to the sex with which they were born, not with which they identify. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has defended the law as “very common-sense,” but the LGBTQ community claims the law is discriminatory. This week, Justice Department lawyer Vanita Gupta sent a letter to Governor McCrory, indicating that he...
  • North Carolina Officials Say They’ll Defy Federal Deadline on Bathroom Law

    05/06/2016 2:05:50 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 30 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 5, 2016 | ALAN BLINDER and RICHARD FAUSSET
    RALEIGH, N.C. — The Republican leaders of North Carolina’s General Assembly defiantly announced Thursday that they would not meet a Monday deadline to suspend or repeal a state law limiting bathroom access for transgender people, setting up a potential legal showdown over what has become one of the nation’s most explosive cultural issues. “We will take no action by Monday,” said Tim Moore, the speaker of the State House of Representatives, referring to the deadline the Justice Department gave the state to tell federal officials whether the law would stand. “That deadline will come and go.” Though Mr. Moore criticized...
  • Tow truck driver said he refused service to woman because she supports Bernie Sanders

    05/05/2016 9:51:06 AM PDT · by Objective Scrutator · 178 replies
    Fox Carolina ^ | May 4, 2016 | Dal Kalsi
    ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) - A local tow truck driver said he refused to tow a woman’s car after he saw Bernie Sanders stickers on the vehicle. Kenneth Shupe said he was called to pick up a woman stranded on I-26 in Asheville on Monday. When he saw “a bunch of Bernie Sanders stuff” he said he told the woman, “very politely,” that he could’t tow her car because she was “obviously a socialist” and advised her to “call the government” for a tow. "Every business dealing in recent history with a socialist minded person I have not gotten paid,"...
  • North Carolina transgender law violates civil rights law: U.S.

    05/04/2016 3:14:07 PM PDT · by detective · 35 replies
    MSN News ^ | May 4, 2016
    The Department of Justice told North Carolina's governor on Wednesday that a new state law limiting restroom access for transgender people violates the U.S. Civil Rights Act. In a letter to Republican Governor Pat McCrory that was seen by Reuters, the Justice Department said the state was "engaging in a pattern or practice of discrimination against transgender state employees," and it had until Monday to address the issue. McCrory's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.