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Gov. McCrory Claims HB2, Which Has Cost State Hundreds of Millions, Is ‘Actually Irrelevant’



Trailing in Polls, Republican Downplays Horrific Anti-LGBT Measure


Republican North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared Thursday that the state’s anti-LGBT House Bill 2, which has cost it hundreds of millions of dollars, is “actually irrelevant.” 

McCrory, who has championed the discriminatory law, made the statement in the wake of a recent poll that showed him trailing Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper, who opposes the measure, by nine points in his bid for re-election, The Washington Blade reports. The same poll found that seven in 10 North Carolina voters believe the bill has harmed the state’s reputation nationally. 

“HB2 is actually irrelevant now because the Obama administration has given a directive through EEOC, through the Justice Department and to our universities basically saying if you do not recognize the concept of gender identity, the redefining of sex from the 1964 Civil Rights Act, you could lose your funding,” McCrory said.

“This is all going to the Supreme Court, so when the media keeps talking about HB2, HB2’s irrelevant because now 21 other states are suing the federal government along with the state of North Carolina,” he added.

McCrory went on to accuse the media of overreacting to the law in response to a “planned and strategic” effort from the Human Rights Campaign. But he stood behind the principle of requiring trans people to use restrooms based on the sex they were assigned at birth. 

“The Obama administration with support of Attorney General Roy Cooper believe there must be a mandate on all of our schools and universities to allow a person who believes they’re of the other gender, but they still have the anatomy of one gender, to able be to use the restroom, shower and locker room of their choice as opposed to what we’ve been doing in the past making reasonable accommodations,” McCrory said.

In other HB2 news, a trial in the federal lawsuits challenging the bill has been pushed back from November until May, the Associated Press reports.


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‘Could Have Killed One of Our Colleagues’: Former Trump Official Rips Him for Hiding Positive COVID Test



Former Trump White House official Alyssa Farah on Wednesday shredded her one-time boss for concealing his positive test for the novel coronavirus last fall.

Appearing on CNN, Farah told Jake Tapper that she was stunned to learn from former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows that Trump had tested positive for the virus days ahead of his first debate with President Joe Biden and decided against informing his staff members.

“Very few things shock me and this revelation shocked me,” she said.

Farah went on to explain that she had not been informed of Trump’s positive COVID-19 test, and accused the former president of recklessly endangering his own staff members.

“This demonstrates a flagrant lack of regard for public health and for the well-being of others,” she said. “At this time in the White House, I had staffers who were pregnant. I had one who is a multi-time cancer survivor. Plenty of people in the West Wing over 65. We could have killed one of our colleagues and instead they decided to not tell anyone, putting every one of us at risk.”

Watch the video below.



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Mark Meadows Retweets Trump’s Denial He Tested Positive for COVID Before Debate – a Fact That Appears in Meadows’ Book



Less than 24 hours after former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows appeared to agree to cooperate with the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, news broke that The Guardian had obtained a copy of his new book, and from it the revelation that three days before appearing on stage with Joe Biden at the Sept. 26 presidential debate the then-president, Donald Trump, had tested positive for coronavirus.

Never mind that a second test showed a negative result – one Harvard epidemiologist says that merely meant Trump was not yet infectious but he was, by the debate, “blazing positive” but decided to go on a potentially infect countless others. That act, the noted disease specialist and professors says, “was a massive, dangerous and likely intentional decision.”

Trump, as usual, especially in recent days, issued a quick statement via his spokesperson, this time denying the revelation in Meadows’ book, a revelation The Washington Post Wednesday afternoon reported it had confirmed with two other former Trump aides.

What is stunning is that, as Politico National Political Correspondent Meridith McGraw notes, Meadows himself retweeted Trump’s statement of denial:

The Washington Post also notes that at least six people close to Trump tested positive for coronavirus shortly after the debate, including Melania Trump, Hope Hicks, Stephen Miller, and Kayleigh McEnany.

“Trump on Wednesday was furious that Meadows revealed the anecdote in his forthcoming book and that it was published via the liberal-leaning Guardian website, according to a person familiar with the former president’s reaction, who requested anonymity to reveal a private conversation,” the Post adds. “Meadows through an emissary has offered to put out a statement ‘clarifying things,’ but that offer was rejected, the person said.”

Which is likely why he decided to retweet Trump’s statement.

Writer and political activist Don Winslow has another take on the day’s events:

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Watch: Stacey Abrams Announces She’s Running for Governor of Georgia



Stacey Abrams has just announced she is running for governor of Georgia. Abrams, the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives for more than six years ran for governor in 2018, losing by a slim margin to then Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp in a race many saw as tainted by his voter suppression actions.

Abrams went on to become a highly-effective voting rights advocate and activist, and many credit her with helping elect Joe Biden president by helping him win the state by registering an estimated 800,000 more voters.


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