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NOW: Activists Rallying at North Carolina Governor’s Mansion and State House to Oppose Partial HB2 Repeal

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State Has Until Noon or It Will Lose NCAA Games for Five Years

Activists are gathering for a rally set to start at 8 AM EDT to oppose North Carolina Republican leadership’s 11th hour compromise bill that would only partially repeal that sweeping and unconstitutional anti-LGBT bill known as HB2. Lawmakers struck a deal late Wednesday night and have scheduled a vote for 9:15 AM on the legislation Governor Roy Cooper has indicated he will sign. NCRM was one of the first to report on the HB2 “repeal” bill Wednesday night.

We Don’t Deal On Discrimination” is the name of the event, hosted by Equality North Carolina and being promoted by the NC ACLU. 

Another rally is set for 9 AM at the North Carolina State Legislative Building.

North Carolina has until noon to repeal HB2 or lose NCAA games for the next five years.

But even under that threat, and even after a report this week found that HB2 will cost North Carolina more than $3.76 billion over the next 12 years – not counting the loss of revenue from the NCAA games, Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore let patriarchy and bigotry control their decision-making, refusing to put forth a clean repeal bill. 

And yet again, just as they did when passing HB2 into law, there’s little if any time for public comment and zero time for public notice. 

One of the worst aspects of the legislation is that it puts in place a nearly 4-year ban on cities and towns implementing or enacting nondiscrimination ordinances. It also keeps in place state “control” of public facilities, meaning the ban on transgender people using restrooms that correspond with their gender identity stays in place.

ACLU attorney Chase Strangio posted this minutes ago:

You know it’s a bad deal when former Governor Pat McCrory supports it:

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‘We’re in Trouble’: Steve Schmidt Issues Dire Warning About Changed GOP After January 6th Insurrection

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Appearing on MSNBC’s the 11th Hour with host Brian Williams, former GOP campaign consultant Steve Schmidt warned that Democrats need to accept that the Republican Party has changed drastically after four years of Donald Trump and the Jan 6th riot — and failure to recognize that simple fact puts the entire country at risk.

Using one of Schmidt’s tweets where he called Trump’s “truth” a “hideous deception” as a jumping-off point, the former Republican warned, “We’re in trouble.”

“Objectively, since the insurrection on Jan 6th, the Republican Party is far more radical,” Schmidt began. “Far more committed to the lie that Trump has told, fully committed to the authoritarian movement.”

“Should the events repeat themselves, the Republican Party is in a much different place than it was this past election with regard to being prepared to subvert the legal and lawful results,” he continued.

“The Democrats have done nothing since coming into office,” he added. “They have done nothing to prevent any of the abuses we have seen, done nothing to harden any of the infrastructures”

He later added, “This is a serious moment.”

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‘Something That’s Under Way’: Trump Aims to Use Russian Tactic to Be ‘Installed Without Winning’ in 2024 Says Yale Historian

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Former president Donald Trump and his GOP supporters are hoping to rely on a tactic that’s common in Russia to return him to the White House in 2024, according to one prominent expert on authoritarianism.

“As someone who follows contemporary Russia, there is a Russian phrase that comes to mind, which is the ‘administrative resource,'” author and Yale University history professor Timothy Snyder told MSNBC on Friday. “What the administrative resource means in Russian is that sure, you have an election, but the people who are running the election are going to determine how the election turns out. What the Republicans are going for is precisely that thing, the administrative resource.”

Snyder then explained how this mechanism works and how Trump and Republicans might apply it during the next election.

“Historically speaking, what we know about a ‘big lie’ is that because of its very scale, it’s not about truth or not truth; it’s about living in a kind of alternative reality,” Snyder added. “What we’re looking at is people who believe in or pretend to believe in this Big Lie, actually carrying out our elections. And the problem with this, or one of them, is that since these people have already claimed that the other side cheated, that basically legitimizes their cheating. In other words, if you talk about the Big Lie now, you’re basically promising to cheat the next time around, and that’s very concerning.”

He concluded by saying that this is a clear and present danger, not merely a theoretical one.

“The scenario for 2024 for most influential people around Donald Trump, which unfortunately means one of the political parties, is precisely to be installed without winning the election,” Snyder said. “I don’t think it’s something that could happen. I think it’s something that’s under way, and the question is, can we accept this reality in time to take the measures we need to take to prevent it?”

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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM

‘Ghoulish’ Lauren Bobert Branded a ‘Sociopath’ for Attacking Alec Baldwin: ‘Grieving Family Just Lost Their Loved One’

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U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, the QAnon Republican lawmaker and gun rights activist who owns a bar named Shooters in Rifle, Colorado, is being criticized after posting a tweet mocking and attacking Alec Baldwin. The well-known actor who spent several years playing Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” shot and killed award-winning cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, apparently by accident, with a prop gun on set less than 24 hours ago.

Boebert dug up a seven-year old tweet Baldwin had sent in support of Michael Brown, the 18-year old Black man fatally shot by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer.

She then added a snide and ugly remark and posted it to Twitter, only too happy to use the pain of Hutchins’ grieving family, friends, and industry as a tool to attack Baldwin:

The outrage was palpable, even from a few on the right, like former Trump White House Director of Strategic Communications:

A Democratic U.S. Congressman weighed in:

This MSNBC correspondent made a keen observation:

And many others:

 

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