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NC’s GOP House Speaker Falsely Claims DOJ Told North Carolina to ‘Repeal’ HB2 ‘Before Monday’

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Rep. Tim Moore Lied About What the Dept. Of Justice Is Demanding on HB2

Even before HB2 was drafted, passed, and signed into law in under 12 hours now nearly two months ago, top North Carolina Republican leaders were lying about what Charlotte’s nondiscrimination law did and did not do. 

During the passage of HB2, GOP lawmakers tried to frame it as a necessary “commerce” bill, to make it easier for corporations to operate throughout the state – another lie.

As protests and blowback to HB2 grew and grew, surprising GOP leadership including Gov. Pat McCrory (stunning, given that Indiana went through a similar battle exactly one year prior), talking points were quickly sent out to top Republicans, and were even formatted into a stunningly false and misleading press release published by Gov. McCrory, and repeated by Senate Leader Phil Berger, and the man credited with “authoring” the bill (we now know the credit belongs to an anti-gay hate group), Rep. Dan Bishop.

Bishop repeated those lies in a disastrous example of journalism malpractice with NBC News’ Chuck Todd, where Bishop lied and Todd let him, over and over.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Dept. of Justice officially notified the State of North Carolina, in a letter to Gov. McCrory, that HB2 is illegal. The DOJ, in its three-page letter explaining why HB2 is illegal, demanded Gov. McCrory respond by Monday at 6:00 PM EDT, stating if he will cease enforcing HB2.

The DOJ noted that if the governor missed the deadline, it could withhold hundreds of millions, and possibly billions of dollars in federal funding. 

Enter North Carolina’s grandstanding Speaker of the House, GOP Rep. Tim Moore. Thursday afternoon, Moore held a press conference blaming President Obama, and, spectacularly, stating North Carolina had no intention of meeting the DOJ deadline.

“We will take no action by Monday,” Moore told reporters Thursday, as reported by Colin Campbell of the News & Observer. “That deadline will come and go. We don’t ever want to lose any money, but we’re not going to get bullied by the Obama administration to take action prior to Monday’s date. That’s not how this works.”

“If you take the way the letter is written by the Obama Justice Dept., they’re asking us to repeal a duly-enacted law before Monday.”

That’s a lie.

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“Please advise the Department,” the Justice Department letter states, “no later than the close of business on May 9, 2016, whether you will remedy these violations of Title VII, including by confirming that the State will not comply with or implement H.B. 2, and that it has notified employees of the State and public agencies that. consistent with federal law, they are permitted to access bathrooms and other facilities consistent with their gender identity.”

What that says is, tell us if you will continue to enforce HB2 or not, and what you will do to fix the Title VII violations. 

What that also says is, please tell us whether or not you intend to.

What that does not say is, “repeal HB2 before Monday.”

Moore is lying through his teeth.

In fact, Moore has absolutely nothing to do with the DOJ letter.

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It is addressed to Gov. McCrory, and as the chief executive he has the ability to enforce – or not – HB2, or parts of HB2. This is not a legislative matter at all.

In another press conference today, Moore continued his obfuscation and spotlight preening.

“The legislative process doesn’t work where a response can be given by just a few days,” Moore told reporters. Again, this is not a legislative issue.

He then went on to claim that he doesn’t “believe” Governor McCrory “would have the authority to respond, because it’s a law.”

Balderdash. The letter is addressed to the Governor and he has not only the authority but the legal duty to respond.

“What the Obama administration has asked is that we essentially ignore our law or repeal our law, so I don’t think the executive branch can choose to not enforce that law.”

Actually, the executive branch can. It’s done all the time. There are still a dozen states with unconstitutional sodomy laws on the books – including North Carolina. They are not being enforced. There are literally dozens of state laws on the books across the country that are not being enforced. Gov. McCrory has the ability to not enforce HB2. And he certainly has the authority to respond to the DOJ.

The real question is, why does Tim Moore think this is any of his business?

 

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On the Lamb?: FBI Now Searching for Parents of Michigan Accused High School Shooter – Sheriff Says They’re ‘Missing’

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James and Jennifer Crumbley, parents of accused high school mass shooter Ethan Crumbley, appear to be “missing,” according to Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard.

Sheriff Bouchard says his office is now searching for the Crumbleys, but they cannot be found and are not returning calls from their attorney.

MSNBC reports the FBI and U.S. Marshals are currently searching for them.

The Crumbleys will face four counts of homicide involuntary manslaughter. Their son, Ethan, is facing murder and terrorism charges, in addition to other charges.

Prosecutor Karen McDonald Friday afternoon detailed the alarming note and drawings that led to school administrators summoning the Crumbleys to the school. Among the words on the note, “the thoughts won’t stop help me,” “blood everywhere,” and “The world is dead.”

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Oakland County, Michigan prosecutor Karen McDonald revealed a teacher was so alarmed by a note she saw on Ethan Crumbley‘s desk the morning of the shooting she took a photo of it with her cell phone and alerted school administrators. Hours later eleven students would be shot. Four of them died.

That note, McDonald revealed, “contained the following: a drawing of a semi-automatic handgun pointing at the words, ‘the thoughts won’t stop help me.’ In another section of the note was a drawing of a bullet with the following words above that bullet: ‘blood everywhere.’ Between the drawing of the gun and the bullet is a drawing of a person who appears to have been shot twice and bleeding. Below that figure is a drawing of a laughing emoji. Further down the drawing are the words, ‘my life is useless,’ and to the right of that are the words, ‘The world is dead.'”

Crumbley, 15, is the accused Oakland High School mass shooter who is now facing murder and terrorism charges and is being charged as an adult. On Friday McDonald announced she is charging his parents with four counts of homicide involuntary manslaughter.

“As a result,” of the teacher finding the note, McDonald told reporters, “James and Jennifer Crumbley were immediately summoned to the school. A school counselor came to the classroom and removed the shooter and brought him to the office with his backpack.”

She says the school counselor had obtained the note but Crumbley “had already altered it.”

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“The drawings of the gun and the bloody figure were scratched out along with the words ‘help me,’ and ‘my life is useless,’ ‘The world is dead,’ and ‘blood everywhere.’ Those were all altered by him”.

“At the meeting James and Jennifer Crumbley were shown the drawing and were advised that they were required to get their son into counseling within 48 hours. Both James and Jennifer Crumbley failed to ask their son if he had his gun with him, or where his gun was located, and failed to inspect his backpack for the presence of the gun, which he had with him.”

McDonald says the parents “resisted the idea of … their son leaving the school at that time. Instead, James and Jennifer promptly left the high school without their son. He was returned to the classroom.”

The mass shooting began shortly thereafter.

Ethan Crumbley is accused of murdering four of his classmates and wounding seven others. The students who died are Hana St. Juliana, 14; Madisyn Baldwin, 17; Tate Myre, 16; and Justin Shilling, 17.

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The parents of 15-year old Ethan Crumbley, the accused Oxford High School mass shooter, have been charged with four counts of homicide involuntary manslaughter, CNN reports. The prosecutor also revealed a disturbing text exchange between Crumbley and his mother.

Crumbley, who is being charged as an adult. is accused of murdering four Michigan high school students and wounding seven others in the deadliest school shooting in at least three years. He faces charges including terrorism and murder.

“The semiautomatic handgun recovered in the attack was bought by the suspect’s father on Nov. 26, four days before the shooting, the county sheriff has said,” CNN adds. “Prosecutors are considering information regarding the purchase of the gun and its accessibility and storage, along with other details. The weapon is a 9mm Sig Sauer SP2022 pistol, authorities have said.”

Friday afternoon Oakland County, Michigan, prosecutor Karen McDonald (photo) in a news conference said the charges against Crumbley’s parents are intended to hold the individuals who contributed to this tragedy accountable,” and to “send a message.”

In a stunning development McDonald told reporters a teacher had caught “Ethan Crumbley searching ‘ammunition’ on his cell phone in class” and reported it to school officials. School officials contacted Crumbley’s mother via a voicemail and via an email “but received no response from either parent.”

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“Thereafter,” McDonald continued, “Jennifer Crumbley exchanged text messages with her son on that day, stating: ‘LOL. I’m not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught.'”

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