The offer by Congressman Mark Walker to “explain intellectually” North Carolina’s new law called HB2 to Bruce Springsteen is interesting. This is just after calling Mr. Springsteen a “bully” for canceling a rock concert in protest over the law. If Mr. Walker’s main qualification prior to election was that of being a pastor, using the term “bully” in the context of LGBT issues shows a remarkable lack of sensitivity to what these citizens experience every day. Mr. Walker’s solution is that he is going to a Justin Beiber concert.
What Mr. Walker should intellectually explain to his constituents is why over 130 corporations have written a letter to the governor asking him to repeal the bill. Please explain why he thinks PayPal would bully us by denying us 400 promised jobs. Please explain why 13 conventions are cancelling their Charlotte location. Please explain why a $15 million research grant has been pulled from UNC. Please explain why we would want to inflict economic suicide in the middle of a tepid recovery when our district’s unemployment is higher than the state and the national average.
When he is neither acting like a pastor nor understanding the total repercussions of laws that he endorses, why is he qualified to be our lawmaker?
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HB2 gives our state a national black eye
The Courier-Tribune asked our state lawmakers to respond to questions concerning HB2, and their responses were in the April 5 issue.
The legislators seemed to agree that the outcry over passage of the bill was due to liberalsand the left-wing media. I will let the liberals and the left-wing media speak for themselves, but the way I read and understand the situation, it is the General Assembly that has overreacted to the Charlotte ordinance, and as a result, has given North Carolina a national black eye and wasted $43,000. The state will spend additional dollars defending this legislation in the courts.
The passage of the bill has had enormous economic impact on Randolph County and our state already. The loss of PayPal’s new global operations center in Charlotte with its 400 jobs and average wage of $51,000 is only one of many companies rethinking investments in or travel to our state. Some companies are expected to bypass the High Point Furniture Market this year because of the legislation. This didn’t seem to be a concern to Randolph’s legislators.
The legislators speak of preserving the state’s values. Are they saying that discrimination and demeaning a group of our citizens (the LBGT community) are the state’s values? The N.C. Constitution speaks of equality and inalienable rights. These are the state’s values and mine.
Enforcement of the law seems to be downplayed by the legislators. But this can be a real problem. Will citizens have to carry their birth certificates with them and then disrobe to prove they are in the right bathroom? And taking the law literally, if I see a mother taking a little boy in the women’s bathroom, do I need to call security and have the boy arrested?
The law clearly needs to be repealed.
HB2 gives our state a national black eye
The Randolph County Democratic Convention will be held at the Randolph County Courthouse, 176 E. Salisbury St. in Asheboro on Saturday, April 16, at 9 a.m.
Registration and breakfast (sold by the Democratic Women) will be at 9 a.m. in the lobby area. Candidates will be on hand to meet and greet during breakfast. The convention will be called to order at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 1B. Delegates will hear from candidates, elect delegates to the congressional district and state conventions, and vote on resolutions to be presented at the district and state conventions. The convention will adjourn at 11:30 a.m.
Join your fellow Democrats at the convention and still get out of the courthouse in plenty of time to eat lunch and mow your yard Saturday afternoon. For more information, email email@example.com or call (336)317-1182.
Letter to the Editor by Jim Meredith, Randolph County Democratic Party Chair. Published in the Courier-Tribune, Asheboro, NC April 3, 2016
I oppose HB2. I love my state and have spent most of my life being proud of it. But now, thanks to our legislators, North Carolina is known to the nation as a leader in bigotry. But this bad law does far more than just make us look like homophobes. A lot of economic fallout comes with it.
According to a High Point Furniture Market press release, we need to be aware of the “significant economic damage that HB2 is having on the High Point Market and on the North Carolina economy. Based on the reaction in just the last few days, hundreds and perhaps thousands of our customers will not attend Market this April.”
Until recently, North Carolina was considered a friendly and welcoming state. Tourism is one of our most important economic drivers. Now many tourists who might have come to enjoy the many great attractions our state has to offer, and to spend their money while here, may decide to vacation in “friendlier” and more hospitable places.
HB2 is about a lot more than where people are allowed to urinate. It eliminates local control over anti-discrimination measures and bans cities from setting local minimum wages. It allows businesses to refuse to serve people based on sexual orientation. It eliminates discrimination protections for military veterans.
It is ironic that the party of “small government” finds it necessary to reach into every aspect of our lives. Not only do they invade our bedrooms and our doctors’ offices, but they deny local governments (elected by local voters) the power to make local choices. These legislators think they have gerrymandered themselves into permanent job security.
I believe they have overreached this time. I hope they will reconsider and repeal the bill, and if they do not, I hope the voters rise up this fall and throw the rascals out.
Jim Meredith, Liberty
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The Randolph County Democratic Women will be having their monthly meeting at 9:30 AM on Saturday March 26 at the Headquarters. Bring a breakfast item and a friend. The meeting is open to all Democrats. Special guests will be Democratic candidate for US House District 6, Pete Glidewell and candidate for NC State Senate District 24, John Thorpe.
Immediately following the Democratic Women’s meeting, the Senior Democrats will have their monthly meeting in the front room of Headquarters.
Also immediately following the Democratic Women’s meeting, the Fundraising Committee will have a short meeting in the back room of Headquarters. If you would like to join this committee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Or, if you’d prefer, just show up for the meeting. We’d be glad to have you!
We look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday as we gear up for a busy campaign season!
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One of the stalwarts of our party passed away on Election Day, this past Tuesday, March 15. Somehow that date seems fitting, given not only her political activism, but also her many years as chair of the Randolph County Board of Elections. Maria Bliss was one of the most committed party activists in Randolph County, an impressive leader, a mentor, an inspiring person and a good friend. Maria was passionate about her causes and not just in party politics. She was a school teacher and an ordained Methodist minister. Many of her projects and interests included protecting the environment, helping those less fortunate, and supporting women’s issues.
I learned a lot from Maria in the 11 years I knew her and I don’t believe I would have become chair if she had not urged and encouraged me to do so.
Maria’s memorial service is 2 pm Sunday, March 20 at First United Methodist Church, 224 N. Fayetteville St., Asheboro, NC 27203.
We were graced and blessed by Maria’s time with us, and we are going to miss her.
Democratic candidates Deborah Ross, Kevin Griffin, Ernest Reeves and Chris Rey, who are vying for the Democratic nomination to run for Sen. Richard Burr’s Senate seat, debated on February 25th.
Visit the link below to view the debate at WRAL’s website.
The forum had questions for not only Ron Elmer (D) and Dan Blue, III (D), but also the Republican candidate Dale Folwell. One of these candidates will take the place of our current Treasurer Janet Cowell, who is not seeking reelection. We didn’t realize just how important this office was until we saw this. It may be the best debate for this position before the election.