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UPDATING: 16 Protestors Arrested as North Carolina GOP Lawmakers Attempt ‘Coup’ Over Incoming Democratic Governor

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About 16 Reportedly Arrested Including Local Lawmaker, Reporter

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory fought the election results for a month, but in the end the longtime Republican with deep ties to GOP state lawmakers conceded to his Democratic opponent, Attorney General Roy Cooper. On Wednesday, Republican lawmakers, concluded a special session called by McCrory, and with nearly no notice, opened a new special session to address “emergencies.”

Those emergencies included 28 bills, but were focused on just one: legislation that would strip the incoming Democratic governor of much of his power.

Right now, police are arresting protestors in the state house who are calling the Republicans’ actions a veritable coup. Among those arrested is a local city council person and a reporter.

Police reportedly are threatening to arrest other reporters also:

North Carolina NAACP posted this video minutes ago:

And this tweet:

There’s even a Twitter hashtag: .

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UPDATE II: 5:36 PM EST –
Top North Carolina political reporter Colin Campbell via Twitter says 20-25 arrested, per police:

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5:48 PM EST –

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As of now it appears police have cleared the statehouse, protestors are still gathered outside:

Lawmakers are continuing their session, which some say was constituted illegally:

Here’s a quick video of Chris Sgro, who happens to be both the Executive Director of Equality North Carolina and a Democratic NC lawmaker. He’s reminding lawmakers of what happened to NC with HB2:

Protestors chanting, “Shame! Shame! Shame!”

UPDATE IV: 5:58 PM EST –
It’s important to note a few things. First, Republican lawmakers are Trying to jam 28 bills down the throats of North Carolina’s citizens, all of which have been presented without notice. No time to read or debate – just like they did with HB2.

Second, the session itself right now may be unconstitutional, as the NC GOP has closed the doors to the public. That may violate NC’s Public Meetings law, but we can’t report that with certainty right now.
 

UPDATE V: 6:22 PM EST –
The number of people arrested is being reported as 16 now:

UPDATE VI: 7:22 PM EST – 

NEW: Watch Live Now: North Carolina House Debates GOP Bills Stripping New Democratic Governor of Powers

NEW – HB17 passes. Just one of many: Despite Large Protest North Carolina GOP House Passes Bill Greatly Restricting New Democratic Governor’s Power

 

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Democrats Pass LGBTQ Equality Act With Support of Just Three Republicans

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Democrats have passed the historic LGBTQ Equality Act, legislation that expands the protections of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to protect against sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination. The vote was 224-206. Just three Republicans voted in favor of the bill.

President Joe Biden has said he wants to sign the legislation into law during his first 100 days. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will be in a position to make that possible, should all Democratic Senators support the bill. 60 votes will be needed under current filibuster rules.

The House also passed similar legislation in May of 2019, but then-Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to allow the bill to come to the floor for a vote.

Some news outlets are characterizing the bill as offering “sweeping” protections, but contrary to what most Americans believe, LGBTQ people have no federal law offering them specific protections. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 offers appropriate, not “sweeping” protections.

Recent court decisions, including the Supreme Court’s 2020 Bostock decision, have ruled the Civil Right Act applies to LGBTQ people, but the Equality Act will ensure these protections are realized.

In a sign of the further extremism of the Republican Party, the 2019 Equality Act passed with five more GOP votes than it did today.

Two Republicans who voted to pass the bill in 2019 voted against passing today’s bill.

This is a breaking news and developing story. 

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Right Wingers Outraged Biden Hasn’t Delivered SOTU – Claim It Was Required by Feb. 20 – Capitol Police Issue Warning

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Right wingers on social media are spreading misinformation, falsely claiming President Joe Biden was required to deliver the State of the Union Address, with some claiming a February 20 deadline. Their false claims and the fact-checking responses caused “SOTU” to trend on Twitter Thursday afternoon.

The outrage comes on the same day acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman told the House Appropriations Committee right wing extremists, which she called “militia” members, “have stated their desires that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members” of the House and Senate “as possible.”

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has not yet set a date for what would be a joint session of Congress. The President does not deliver a State of the Union address during his first year in office.

The February 20 claim, which is false, apparently originated or was made popular by this Facebook post, which initiated a USA Today fact check stating it is “false information.”

Despite the ignorance of the MAGA crowd and right wingers, the U.S. Constitution is clear, offering little in the way of expectations for an address to Congress.

Article II, Section 3, Clause 1 states the President “shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”

No date, mode, or even frequency is mandated. Earlier in U.S. history the President wrote Congress a letter.

Here’s a failed Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from New Jersey suggesting the Constitution requires a State of the Union Address. She claims she is “Asking on behalf of the Constitution.”

This MAGAite suggests President Biden is a “fraud,” and “unelected, illegitimate & totally unfit” because he hasn’t delivered a State of the Union address.

A Washington Times columnist falsely claiming President Biden can’t stand up long enough to deliver an address:

Former NRA spokesperson and pro-gun extremist thinks it was supposed to have been delivered “yesterday.”

“Conservative Christian”:

 

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Marjorie Taylor Greene Again Tries to Block LGBTQ Equality Act Vote by Forcing Motion to Adjourn

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The “QAnon Congresswoman” Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) tried to block a vote on the LGBTQ Equality Act once again Thursday afternoon by calling for the House to adjourn, forcing every member to go the the floor to vote.

The move interrupts committee hearings and all other business being conducted by every Representative. The freshman Georgia Republican made the same motion on Wednesday, and received the support of every single Republican when the House voted 214-202 against adjournment in a wholly partisan line vote.

Today’s vote has yet to conclude.

On Thursday Greene, wearing a mask that read “Joe Biden is as useless as this mask,”  suggested she was speaking for the entire Republican caucus who are “very offended” Democrats are “claiming” Republicans “had anything to do” with the January 6 insurrection. On Wednesday a CNN report confirmed that a “close ally” of Greene’s was at least present on Capitol Hill during the attack.

Greene Thursday also lied on the House floor, declaring that “the Equality Act is not about stopping discrimination. It’s about causing discrimination against women and religious freedoms.”

“I would like to motion to adjourn, Madam Speaker,” she concluded.

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EARLIER: Marjorie Taylor Greene Slammed for Attack Targeting Dem With Trans Daughter as House Readies LGBTQ Equality Act Vote

 

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