GOP convention could come to Democrat-friendly Charlotte

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) | Charlotte, North Carolina, a Democrat-dominated city whose transgender-friendly bathroom ordinance triggered a statewide political war, is a front-runner to host the 2020 Republican Convention where President Donald Trump seeks an anointing to run for a second term.

Charlotte’s mayor says that would be just fine.

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Charlotte mayor unexpectedly loses Democratic primary

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The two protagonists in the battle over LGBT rights in North Carolina are now out of the political picture after a surprise in a mayoral primary Sept. 12.

Charlotte Mayor Pro Tempore Vi Lyles captured the Democratic primary, defeating Mayor Jennifer Roberts with 46 percent of the vote. Roberts got 36 percent of the vote, with State Sen. Joel Ford finishing third at 15 percent.

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NC state senator responds to critics with GIF of defecating dog

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina state senator who’s running for mayor of Charlotte has had his Twitter use restricted by his campaign manager after he posted an animated image of a defecating dog in response to critics of his LGBT stance.

WFAE-FM in Charlotte reports campaign manager Dakota Cary confirmed the tweet was sent Tuesday by Democratic state Sen. Joel Ford.

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2016 put North Carolina in national spotlight over GOP-backed laws

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – 2016 is the year North Carolina’s identity crisis ran squarely into the national consciousness.

Long perceived as a progressive Southern state, the rest of the nation finally discovered that a takeover of state politics by GOP lawmakers had pushed North Carolina to the far-right. The state found itself in the spotlight over a number of issues including LGBTQ rights, voting rights, redistricting and most recently an unwillingness to let the state’s new Democratic governor keep the same powers that the outgoing Republican governor had.

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NBA says moving All-Star Game back to Charlotte is a ‘high priority’

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Oct. 19 that returning the All-Star Game to Charlotte in 2019 is “a high priority,” provided there’s a resolution to a North Carolina law that restricts the rights of LGBT people.

The NBA recently decided to move the 2017 All-Star Game to New Orleans because it didn’t believe it could successfully host the All-Star Game and related events in Charlotte under the climate created by the law known as House Bill 2. Los Angeles hosts the game in 2018.

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Charlotte City Council won’t consider LGBT ordinance repeal

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The mayor of North Carolina’s largest city applauded the governor Sept. 19 for recognizing the need to repeal the LGBT law prompting boycotts of the state. But she said lawmakers can act anytime they want to, whether or not Charlotte backs down first on protecting people from discrimination.

Feeling pressure from the loss of major events, North Carolina’s Republican leaders offered over the weekend to consider rescinding their law limiting LGBT anti-discrimination protections, but only if Charlotte moves first to repeal its never-enforced city ordinance.

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NBA chooses New Orleans for 2017 All-Star Game

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Friday because the decision hasn’t been announced. An announcement was expected within the day, the person said.

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Charlotte’s gay pride festival to get extra security

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Charlotte, N.C. (AP) – Officials in North Carolina have declared Charlotte’s gay pride festival later this month is an extraordinary event that requires extra security.

City officials say the decision allows them to ban backpacks and regular items that can be used as weapons, such as chains and box cutters at the Aug. 20-21 event. It also allows police more latitude to stop and search people.

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Republican N.C. governor says he won’t back religious exemption bills

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory said March 30 he isn’t backing bills giving exemptions to court officials who don’t want to perform gay marriages and offering other religious protections to businesses.

Appearing on WFAE radio in Charlotte the Republican governor criticized, in its current form, a Senate bill that allows magistrates and some register of deeds workers to refuse to carry out marriage duties based on a “sincerely held religious objection.” Under the bill, the official wouldn’t be allowed to perform any marriage, not just same-sex marriages.

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