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Presidential Nominations and Withdrawal Sent to the Senate PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 May 2016 05:20

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The White House has announced new nominations for key positions, as well as one withdrawal of a nominated candidate. The nominees must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

They are:

** NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:

Blair Anderson, of California, to be Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy, vice Peter M. Rogoff, resigned.

Carol Z. Perez, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Chile.

J. Patricia Wilson Smoot, of Maryland, to be a Commissioner of the United States Parole Commission for a term of six years.  (Reappointment)

Robert M. Tobias, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board for a term expiring September 14, 2020, vice Deborah L. Wince-Smith, term expired.

** WITHDRAWAL SENT TO THE SENATE:

Seth B. Carpenter, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, vice Matthew S. Rutherford, resigned, which was sent to the Senate on February 12, 2015.

 
Department of Justice Sues North Carolina Over House Bill 2 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 10 May 2016 04:44

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Monday that the federal government is suing North Carolina over House Bill 2, which Lynch says is discrimination codified in law.

She compared the bill -- which requires transgendered individuals to use the bathroom of their physical sex -- to Jim Crow laws of the segregated South.

“This is about the dignity and respect we accord our fellow citizens, and the law we as citizens and a country have enacted to protect them,” Lynch said. “It is about the founding ideals that have led this country, haltingly, but inexorably in the direction of fairness, inclusion, and equality for all Americans.”

Gov. Pat McCrory had earlier in the day notified the Justice Department that he would seek an injunction to say North Carolina's law is not discrimination and is in full compliance with federal law.

“Right now the Obama administration is bypassing the Congress by attempting to rewrite the law, and set basic restroom policies, locker room policies, and even shower policies for public and private employers across the country,” McCrory said.

 
DOJ To NC: House Bill 2 Violates Title VII of Civil Rights Act of 1964 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 May 2016 05:32

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The U.S. Department of Justice has told the state of North Carolina that House Bill 2 is discriminatory, violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

A letter to Gov. Pat McCrory from Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta said the state is "engaging in a pattern or practice of discrimination against trangender state employees and both you, in your official capacity, and the State are engaging in a pattern or practice of resistance to the full enjoyment of Title VII rights by transfender employees of public agencies."

Gov. McCrory's office issued the following statement.

“A claim by the Obama administration charges that one part of House Bill 2, which requires state employees in public government buildings and students in our universities to use a restroom, locker room and shower facility that match their biological sex, is now in violation of federal law. The Obama administration has not only staked out its position for North Carolina, but for all states, universities and most employers in the U.S.
 
“The right and expectation of privacy in one of the most private areas of our personal lives is now in jeopardy. We will be reviewing to determine the next steps.”

 
Malia Obama To Follow Her Father and Mother To Harvard PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 May 2016 05:56

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - A third Obama will attend Harvard University. This time it is President Obama's daughter, Malia.

This week the President and Mrs. Obama announced Malia will attend Harvard, starting one year from now. As a member of the Fall 2017 class, Malia would graduate in 2021. She turns 18 this summer.

Malia has attended the prestigious Sidwell Friends private school in Washington, D.C.

President Obama attended Harvard Law School from 1988-1991. First Lady Michelle Obama graduated from Harvard Law in 1988.

 
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