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13 Conventions Have Canceled or Decided Against North Carolina Because of Anti-LGBT Law HB2

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Anti-LGBT Law Inflicting Serious Economic Damage on North Carolina

The image at the top from the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority shows just how much tourism adds to the local economy. A lot. But since Governor Pat McCrory signed HB2, an anti-LGBT bill, into law last month, well over 1000 jobs have been moved out of state, and well over 100 companies have expressed concern or anger, warning they may move or cancel plans to expand, costing the state millions of dollars.

Sadly for the good people of North Carolina, it just got worse.

The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) says that the city has lost 13 conventions – four definite cancellations, another nine more “lost possibilities” – because of HB2, according to local NBC affiliate WNCN. HB2 is the expansive anti-LGBT law Republicans forced through the General Assembly and Gov. McCrory signed in the space of 12 hours. 

Not only have 13 conventions decided against coming to Charlotte, but “there are at least 29 groups who say they are hesitant or concerned to bring their events and/or organizations,” the CRVA says.

WNCN’s Xavier Walton offered details on Twitter.

He calculates a total potential loss of $8.9 million in hotel room bookings alone. That does not include meals, transportation, shopping, sightseeing, etc. 

It’s clear HB2 is costing taxpayers literally millions of dollars.

Also announced today, Bruce Springsteen just canceled his show scheduled for Sunday in Greensboro, North Carolina, citing HB2 as the direct cause. “It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards,” he said.

And Paypal earlier this week announced it is canceling a $3.6 million expansion that would have created 400 new jobs. Red Ventures, a North Carolina based internet marketing company also announced it is reconsidering an expansion that would have added 500 jobs. 

TV studio Lionsgate canceled shooting a new Hulu comedy in North Carolina, citing HB2. That’s 100 jobs that went to Canada, not the Tar Heel State.

The list goes on and on.

“We have not taken away any rights that have currently existed in any city in North Carolina,” Gov. McCrory claimed, defending HB2. That’s false. He’s claimed HB2 is just good “common sense.” Voters in November will get to decide.

 

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Trump’s Mental Decline Compared to Reagan’s Hidden Alzheimer’s in Brutal MSNBC Assessment

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On Saturday morning a deadly serious MSNBC panel took up Donald Trump’s increasingly erratic behavior of late, which led one panelist to sincerely suggest the president needs to be evaluated by mental health officials because she believes the White House is covering for him.

Speaking with host David Gura, MSNBC legal analyst Maya Wiley admitted that she is no doctor, but that there are signs of the president’s decline that reminded her of how Ronald Reagan’s White House hid his Alzheimer’s from the public.

“This is the man last week said he was the second coming, the ‘chosen one,’” Wiley began. “It is very, very difficult to not have a conversation about whether or not he’s competent to serve as president. I say that because there were actually objective measures this week.”

“So there’s the possibility, of course, he is just a president without a platform and, therefore, he’s not going to stick to one position and he’s going to waiver based on whoever is influencing him because he doesn’t stand for anything,” she elaborated. “That’s one narrative. The other possibility is, as we saw with Ronald Reagan, who actually did have Alzheimer’s and it was kept under wraps. I just don’t understand why we not actually ask and have a confrontational conversation about whether or not there’s something more going on here with his health, because there are certain statements and behaviors that simply require some analysis because he is the leader — supposedly the leader of the free world.”

“I just want to say that it’s both those things, I don’t know which one is true,” she cautioned. “I’m not making a statement of fact, but this week was a new chapter in bizarre.”

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Former Dem Senator Hilariously Nails Perfect Impression of ‘Pouting’ Trump at G7 Because Nobody ‘Likes Him’ There

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During the “Overtime” segment of HBO’s Real Time, former North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) made fun of Donald Trump before he arrived at the G7 summit in France, saying he will pout his way through the weekend because the other world leaders loathe him.

With host Bill Maher asking how the Trump will conduct himself, Heitkamp immediately went into a very recognizable arms-crossed pout, which caused the audience to burst into laughter.

After the two posed as Trump and German leader Angela Merkel from the last get together, Heitkamp had a few things to say about the president.

“Pouting, the president will pout,” she smirked. “Because people don’t like him. and he knows they don’t like him. And when people don’t like him, he pouts.”

“It’s embarrassing, it’s not just ridiculous,” she added. “And it’s dangerous, it’s dangerous with everything that is going on.”

Host Maher added, “He shouldn’t even go, he doesn’t even want to be there.”

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‘A Monumental Fraud and Failure’: Trump Had a Plan to ‘Blow Up’ the G7 and Give the ‘Middle Finger’ to Our Allies: Report

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President Donald Trump’s plan was to bully our G7 allies on a range of issues by touting the strong U.S. economy. As The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent wrote Friday morning, “Trump will proclaim his ‘America First’ agenda a smashing success, and throw that in the faces of our European allies.”

That plan will have to be changed now that his trade war with China just exploded.

China imposed tariffs of $75 billion of U.S. goods on Friday. Trump launched a tweetstorm causing the DOW to drop more than 600 points (at several times during the day more than 700 points.)

The president apparently found wiping out the value of millions of Americans’ 401(k)s amusing:

And just an hour after the markets closed, Trump once again took to Twitter, announcing he is increasing tariffs against China on $250 billion of goods.

“Trump’s appearance [at the G7] will in reality demonstrate that the very nationalist agenda he will be touting is, thus far, a record of deep fraudulence and failure, covered up with lies,” Sargent added. “Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda, particularly the trade war with China, is a key reason the U.S. economy is now at greater risk of tipping into recession.”

“It’s important to appreciate just how heavily Trump’s political mystique relies on the constant middle finger he gives to allies and international leaders. It’s central to the story he told in 2016 and the one he’ll tell in 2020.”

Last year President Trump promised winning trade wars is “easy.”

Read the entire piece at The Washington Post.

 

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