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NC GOP Lawmaker Who Wrote Anti-LGBT Bill Blames Charlotte Mayor For PayPal Canceling 400 New Jobs

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PayPal CEO Clearly Stated Decision to Cancel Expansion Was ‘A Result’ of HB2, So Who’s Not Telling the Truth?

Republican State Representative Dan Bishop says Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts, and not his anti-LGBT bill, is to blame for PayPal’s decision to cancel a planned $3.6 million expansion in North Carolina that would have created 400 new jobs. 

Bishop is the lead sponsor and author of HB2, the anti-LGBT bill that voids all local LGBT nondiscrimination ordinances in North Carolina and removes local power over minimum wage and employment discrimination laws – handing control over to state lawmakers. On Tuesday, he told the News & Observer PayPal’s decision to cancel their planned expansion was “not about HB2.”

“It is instead about a frenzy that the mayor and her allies on City Council have whipped up,” Rep. Bishop told the newspaper. “I think she might consider that she stop calling in airstrikes on her own position.”

Rep. Bishop is lying, plain and simple. And that’s easily proven. As NCRM reported Tuesday, PayPal CEO and President Dan Schulman on PayPal’s website wrote that HB2 “perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal’s mission and culture. As a result, PayPal will not move forward with our planned expansion into Charlotte.”

Schulman clearly wanted there to be no question about his decision or about the reasons for it.

Our decision is a clear and unambiguous one,” he wrote.

It really cannot be any clearer than that. There’s no room for interpretation. Schulman was 100 percent clear and specific. Someone’s lying, and it’s either the CEO who made the decision, or the politician who authored the unconstitutional bill.

Given Rep. Bishop’s performance in an interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd on March 25, it’s apparent he’s comfortable twisting truth and spreading falsehoods, especially about HB2.

But Bishop isn’t the only one playing fast and loose with the truth. The News & Observer also quoted a joint statement by top North Carolina Republican state lawmakers.

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore called it “a radical bathroom policy” by the Democratic mayor and City Council.

“The governor warned her the legislature would take immediate action to protect North Carolina families,” they said in a joint statement. “If Jennifer Roberts, (state Attorney General) Roy Cooper and the far-left Political Correctness Mob she’s unleashed really care about the economic future of her city, they’ll … start telling the truth about this commonsense bathroom safety law.”

Christopher Sgro, Executive Director of Equality North Carolina told The New Civil Rights Movement these comments “absurd.”

“Statements from Representative Dan Bishop, Senator Berger, and other extremist legislators claiming that fault for the backlash to House Bill 2 lies with Charlotte are absurd,” Sgro told NCRM via email today. “These are the same legislators who manufactured a crisis, wasted $42,000 of taxpayer money to stage a political stunt, and rammed through negligent legislation in under 12 hours without a second thought to consequences.”

“Charlotte spent almost a year crafting and considering a non-discrimination ordinance which mirrors those in 100+ other cities across the nation,” Scro continued, calling their efforts “a best practice,” and the North Carolina General Assembly’s “a worst possible practice.”

“It is not the fault of Charlotte’s leaders that Mr. Bishop and a few others did not carefully consider their actions. What Bishop and Berger are claiming is akin to a child breaking the cookie jar and blaming it on the dog. The loss of Paypal and potential loss of many, many other businesses is squarely on the backs of the legislature and Governor McCrory. They’ve made a mess of North Carolina, and they must fix it in the short session of the legislature by repealing HB2,” Sgro concluded.

NCRM Wednesday morning emailed Rep. Bishop, offering him the opportunity to change or clarify his statement. NCRM did not receive a response by the time this article was published.

 

Image: Screenshot via Dan Bishop/YouTube

 

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Trump Asks Supreme Court to Intervene for Him in Classified Documents Case

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Donald Trump on Tuesday petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in his classified documents case, and reverse a ruling from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals that allowed the U.S. Dept. of Justice access to the more than 100 classified and top secret documents federal agents recovered from his Mar-a-Lago residence and resort.

Trump is asking the nation’s highest court to order a special master to continue to inspect the 103 classified documents, despite the special master emphatically stating the government, not Trump, gets to decide what is classified and what is not, especially when Trump refused to provide a list of what he considered declassified.

The lawsuit, which is a massive 240 pages, mostly made up of other documents including the now infamous FBI photo of the classified documents on the Mar-a-Lago rug, is addressed to “The Honorable Clarence Thomas, Circuit Justice for the Eleventh Circuit,” and refers to the former president as “President Trump.”

The lawsuit also mentions the contents that federal agents took, including “89 empty envelopes,” while not noting they were classified document envelopes.

“As part of the 11th Circuit’s decision, the panel allowed the criminal investigation to use the seized documents, something [Judge] Cannon had previously barred,” The Washington Post notes. “Trump’s filing seeks only to reverse the appeals court’s ruling on the special master’s access to the documents, not the part of the decision concerning the investigation.”

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. 

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Biden Will Include DeSantis in His Visit to Support Florida Hurricane Victims

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President Joe Biden will travel to Florida Wednesday to support families devastated by Hurricane Ian, and will include the state’s GOP governor, Ron DeSantis, in his trip, the White House announced Tuesday.

Last week, asked if he would meet with DeSantis, a top detractor of the president, Biden told a reporter who asked, “I’ll meet with everybody who’s around. The answer is yes, if he wants to meet.”

“This is not about anything having to do with our disagreements politically, this is about saving people’s lives, homes and businesses,” Biden also said last week.

DeSantis asked President Biden for financial assistance for his state, battered by what experts say is one of the worst hurricanes in U.S. history. DeSantis voted against relief aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy when he served in Congress.

President Biden and the First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, will travel via Air Force One to Fort Myers, one of the hardest-hit areas of Florida by Hurricane Ian.

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But Fort Myers is also part of Lee County, where officials delayed evacuation orders.

“Lee County, which includes the hard-hit seaside community of Fort Myers Beach, as well as the towns of Fort Myers, Sanibel and Cape Coral, did not issue a mandatory evacuation order for the areas likely to be hardest hit until Tuesday morning, a day after several neighboring counties had ordered their most vulnerable residents to flee,” The New York Times reported. “By then, some residents recalled that they had little time to evacuate.”

“Lee County, which includes the hard-hit seaside community of Fort Myers Beach, as well as the towns of Fort Myers, Sanibel and Cape Coral, did not issue a mandatory evacuation order for the areas likely to be hardest hit until Tuesday morning, a day after several neighboring counties had ordered their most vulnerable residents to flee,” the Times added. “By then, some residents recalled that they had little time to evacuate.”

The St. Louis Post Dispatch blasted the Florida GOP governor, calling his “flip-flop on hurricane relief” a “study in right-wing hypocrisy.”

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“DeSantis’ willingness to shelve his usual attacks on the Biden administration to politely request emergency federal aid in the wake of Hurricane Ian is an inspiring example of constructive bipartisanship — as is Biden’s announcement that the government will bear a big part of the expense,” the Dispatch Editorial Board stated. “It’s interesting, though, that DeSantis took exactly the opposite stance a decade ago when he joined other hard-right members of Congress who argued against generous federal recovery aid when Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Northeast.”

Over the weekend DeSantis was blasted by volunteer relief aid workers who were delayed for hours in distributing “food, water, medicine, diapers, and anything else people needed” so Gov. DeSantis could get a photo-op.

 

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‘It’s a Lot More Nuanced, Peter, You Know This’: Karine Jean-Pierre Forced to Explain to Doocy the Price of Gas

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Fox News propagandist Peter Doocy on Tuesday challenged White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre about the price of gas, suggesting President Joe Biden is responsible for its increase but not its decrease. Jean-Pierre explained what global issues affect the price of gas, while explaining the “historic” steps President Biden has taken.

“You’ve said the President was responsible for gas prices coming down. Is the president responsible for gas prices going up?” Doocy asked.

Jean-Pierre was not about to let that pass to give Fox News a talking point.

“So, it’s a lot more nuanced than that, right, Peter, you know this,” Jean-Pierre pushed back.

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“There have been global challenges that we have all have dealt with – when I say all, meaning other countries, as well, have dealt with since the pandemic. There’s been pandemic and there’s been Putin’s war. And Putin’s war has increased gas prices at the pump.”

“We have seen that over the past several months and what the President was able to do, he took some historic steps. When you think about the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and making sure that he, we were able to do everything that we can to bring that cost down for American families, give them a little bit more of a breathing room and we saw that we saw that every day this summer, over saving American families, over $1 per gallon. And so that is what the President is going to continue to stay focused on the American consumers. How do we continue to keep to keep prices down? That’s why we we did the inflation Reduction Act that’s why we talk about the Chips Act. All of these things are going to help Americans here in this country.”

Doocy rattled off some of the highest gas prices in the nation, asking, “who can afford that?”

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“We understand that,” Jean-Pierre replied, expressing empathy, “that’s why the President worked so hard the past several months, to make sure that he did everything we can to bring gas prices down. We have seen fastest – I know you’re pulling out a couple of areas across the country and I get that, and we understand that there’s more work to do. We have never said we were done here. We have always been very clear that there is more work to do. But we have seen the reality is we have seen the fastest decline in gasoline prices in over a decade. That’s because of what this President has done. And again, prices going down by more than dollar per gallon and these are real savings are talking about $100 per month in savings for average family with two cars.”

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