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Former Lt. Governor Steps Down From ABC Post PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 10:41
Former Lieutenant Governor Jim Gardner has resigned as chairman of the state Alcohol Beverage Control Commission. 
 
Gardner, who appointed by former governor Pat McCrory, submitted his resignation in a letter to Governor Roy Cooper according to the Raleigh news and Observer. 
 
Gardner wrote to Cooper that he was proud of the underage drinking prevention program "Talk It Out," the stronger enforcement of existing alcohol laws and the modernization of the commission's operations. 
 
Sports Official Says Cooper's HB2 Proposal Would Put NC Back In Contention For Championship Events PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 15:42

Scott Dupree, the executive director of Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, said in a statement that Governor Roy Cooper's HB2 proposal would satisfy most, if not all, major sports organizations that have pulled events from North Carolina because of the p[passage of HB2

"I think if the Governor’s  proposal from this morning is adopted by the legislator, North Carolina will be back in the game with the NCAA, the ACC, the NBA and others. There may be other proposals that could get us back in the business of hosting major events, but I am confident the Governor’s proposal would almost certainly do it,” Dupree wrote.

 

 
Supporters and Opponents Of HB2 Pan Cooper Compromise PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 14:13
Opponents and supporters of HB2 had negative reviews of Governor Roy Cooper's three pronged compromise to repeal the controversial law that requires transgenders to use the public restroom of their birth, not identity. 
 
Cooper's proposal would:
  • Repeal HB2
  • Toughen penalties for sexual crimes committed in bathrooms and dressing rooms.
  • Force local governments to give 30 days’ notice before it votes on nondiscrimination ordinances, similar to the Charlotte ordinance that spawned HB2.
Chris Sgro of Equality NC, an HB2 opponent,  said in a statement:
 
"Today’s proposal was unnecessary. Charlotte and other cities have in the past carefully considered protecting LGBTQ citizens against discrimination. We all know that transgender people do not pose a public safety risk and should be protected from discrimination, not made the targets of it as HB2 does. Let us be very clear about what’s going on. Tim Moore and Phil Berger are acting against the best interest of our state and the LGBTQ community,” said Equality NC Executive Director Chris Sgro. “They are treating our economy like a political football and trying to cast blame on everyone else for their failure to actually repeal HB2 in December. At this point, we all know what the answer is -- full repeal of HB2. Only a full repeal of HB2 will fix our state, allow businesses to come back and allow for the safety of LGBTQ North Carolinians. Every day that Berger and Moore play politics with our state, is a day LGBTQ North Carolinians live in danger and one that our state cannot prosper.”
 
Tammi Fitzgerald of the NC Values Coalition, an HB2 supporter, said in a statement, 
 
"The Governor’s “compromise” is simply a re-branding of Roy Cooper's Bathroom Plan to allow grown men unrestricted access into girl's bathrooms, locker rooms and changing facilities, which increases the risk of sexual assault and compromises the privacy and dignity of all women."
 
"Once a man is given free access to women’s bathrooms by repealing HB2, increasing his criminal penalties for sexual assault is like granting thieves free access into the privacy of your home with a promise to only prosecute them if you witness them stealing. A repeal, as outlined by Cooper, is also an invitation to city leaders, who are anxious to pass Charlotte-type ordinances, to force Cooper’s bathroom plan on the entire state and force business owners to choose between government coercion to participate in events and speech which violate their beliefs or suffer frivolous and costly lawsuits."
 
"Governor Cooper needs to explain to the people of North Carolina why he values political correctness over respecting and protecting the privacy and safety of women and children."
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 14:15
 
Court Refuses Cooper's Request To Delay Senate Confirmation Process PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 13:29
Senate confirmation hearings for Governor Cooper’s cabinet appointees will proceed according to a superior court three-judge-panel.
 
Cooper has named and installed cabinet secretaries on an acting basis, but has not formally informed the Senate of his appointments.  Instead, he has challenged the Senate confirmation law passed in a December special session arguing in a lawsuit that the measure is unconstitutional.  Cooper asked the court to hold up the confirmation process until his lawsuit is resolved and the judges agreed to temporarily block the proceedings. 
 
However, judges Jesse Caldwell, Todd Burke and Jeff Foster lifted the temporary restraining order finding that since the unconfirmed cabinet appointees were on the job, the governor had not suffered any harm. If any of the governor’s cabinet choices are rejected by the Senate before the governor’s lawsuit is heard, the judges said Cooper could come back to the court for relief. 
 
Cooper’s lawsuit is expected to go to trial in March.
 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 13:32
 
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