Politics As Usual

NC Senate Republicans attach new proposal to controversial anti-masking bill to create a ‘money laundering scheme for Mark Robinson’

By Patrick Zarcone / June 7, 2024 / Comments Off on NC Senate Republicans attach new proposal to controversial anti-masking bill to create a ‘money laundering scheme for Mark Robinson’

North Carolina Senate Republicans were up to their usual anti-democratic tricks again on Thursday when they introduced a surprise proposal to make changes to state campaign finance law – and then attached it to a controversial anti-masking bill.

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Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson believes trans people should be arrested for using public bathrooms, insists they ‘find a corner outside’ instead

By Patrick Zarcone / February 16, 2024 / Comments Off on Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson believes trans people should be arrested for using public bathrooms, insists they ‘find a corner outside’ instead

Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson’s latest comments on transgender people indicates that he would be in favor of bringing back HB 2, a bill that led to billions in economic losses for NC, as well as international embarrassment.

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After delaying passing a budget for 80+ days, NCGOP now turns focus to redrawing district maps in their favor

By Patrick Zarcone / September 29, 2023 / Comments Off on After delaying passing a budget for 80+ days, NCGOP now turns focus to redrawing district maps in their favor

After wasting more than 80 days to agree on a state budget, Republican leaders in North Carolina are now turning their focus to redistricting and trying to figure out the most effective way to gerrymander as many districts in their favor as possible.

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NC Republicans finally agree on a budget – and it’s full of right-wing priorities; teachers, state employees will barely get raises

By Patrick Zarcone / September 22, 2023 / Comments Off on NC Republicans finally agree on a budget – and it’s full of right-wing priorities; teachers, state employees will barely get raises

It took more than 80 days of secretive negotiations and an uproar over a move to tie Medicaid expansion to casino legislation, but Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly finally agreed on a budget on Wednesday afternoon.

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While Republicans take an extended summer vacation instead of working on the budget, North Carolinians are suffering

By Patrick Zarcone / July 21, 2023 / Comments Off on While Republicans take an extended summer vacation instead of working on the budget, North Carolinians are suffering

There is currently no budget agreement between the two chambers and it will likely be weeks before anything arrives at Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk.

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NC Republicans vote to continue cycle of gun violence by making it easier to obtain handguns

By Patrick Zarcone / February 24, 2023 / Comments Off on NC Republicans vote to continue cycle of gun violence by making it easier to obtain handguns

Over the last two weeks, Republicans in the General Assembly have passed multiple gun bills with the apparent goal of making all North Carolinians less safe.

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North Carolinians could send as many as 10 seditionists to Washington in this November’s midterms

By Patrick Zarcone / October 27, 2022 / Comments Off on North Carolinians could send as many as 10 seditionists to Washington in this November’s midterms

There’s a ton at stake in the upcoming midterm elections but the most important issue isn’t getting the attention it deserves. Americans’ rights – such as reproductive, voting and LGBTQ+ – are all at risk this November. Also at risk? Our democracy. Nearly 300 Republicans who in some way supported the Jan. 6 insurrection and…

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Sen. Tillis votes against bill providing health benefits for veterans exposed to toxic chemicals

By Patrick Zarcone / August 4, 2022 / Comments Off on Sen. Tillis votes against bill providing health benefits for veterans exposed to toxic chemicals

Tillis’ refusal to support his own veterans health bill solidifies the need to elect leaders who actually care for the people of our state, and whose actions match their words when it comes to supporting the troops.

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Every NC Republican voted against protecting marriage equality and guaranteeing access to contraception

By Patrick Zarcone / July 28, 2022 / Comments Off on Every NC Republican voted against protecting marriage equality and guaranteeing access to contraception

North Carolina’s Republican U.S. House members proved twice last week that they don’t have the best interests of their constituents or the country in mind when they voted against two important bills.

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Republicans have pushed for almost 1,600 book bans in public schools

By Alanna Joyner / April 12, 2022 / Comments Off on Republicans have pushed for almost 1,600 book bans in public schools

Across the nation, Republicans’ campaign to censor books that highlight race, gender, and sexual orientation have resulted in nearly 1,600 books banned in the past nine months, according to a new report. The report from PEN America, found from July 2021 to the end of March this year, more than 1,586 books were banned in…

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