Opposition to Trump, HB2 beef up “Moral March on Raleigh”

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A massive crowd attended Saturday’s annual civil rights rally in North Carolina’s capital, beefed up by protesters energized in opposition to President Donald Trump and to a state law limiting LGBT rights and which public bathrooms transgender people can use.

Organizers of the “Moral March on Raleigh,” led by the state chapter of the NAACP, has largely focused on state government during its 11 years of existence, more recently against the conservative-leaning agenda Republicans have implemented.

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NC governor blames state Democrats in live TV debate for passage of anti-LGBT bill

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s gubernatorial candidates clashed Oct. 18 in a live televised debate over the state’s economy, coal ash pits and a law signed by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory that prompted a national uproar over its impact on LGBT people.

In what’s likely to be their final debate, McCrory sought anew to blame rival Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper and a political alliance with Charlotte’s mayor for forcing Republican leaders in Raleigh to pass the controversial law known as House Bill 2.

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McCrory, Cooper blast each other on LGBT law in NC governor debate

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Democratic challenger Roy Cooper blamed each other at every turn Oct. 11 in their gubernatorial debate, in particular regarding a state law McCrory signed limiting nondiscrimination rules for LGBT people that has received national criticism.

McCrory also declined to withdraw his support for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump for crude comments about women. Though Trump “needs to have his mouth washed out with soap,” McCrory said, so does Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton “because teachers always said, ‘Don’t tell a lie.'” He cited Clinton’s troubles with private emails and the Benghazi attacks at the U.S. embassy in Libya.

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Duke Energy CEO says utility avoiding North Carolina LGBT law fight

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CARY, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy Corp. aims to stay out of the fight over North Carolina’s law limiting protections for LGBT people, the company’s CEO said, noting the company is heavily regulated by the state.

“I’m in a regulated industry with responsibility for keeping the lights on, and my focus is there and attracting a workforce that makes us better, and that’s a diverse workforce,” CEO Lynn Good told The Associated Press.

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ACC, NCAA latest blows for North Carolina governor’s re-election

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Gov. Pat McCrory frames the debate over North Carolina’s law about transgender people and restrooms as one of common sense and safety and privacy. Yet try as he might, he can’t shake the narrative from the law’s opponents of bigotry and intolerance.

The NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference delivered the latest blows this week, stripping the state of lucrative championships and leaving the Republican with another bruise as he fights for his political life. Entering the final weeks of the nation’s most closely watched governor’s race, McCrory is trying to reset the focus for voters.

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Gov. Mccrory: NCAA disrespected North Carolina

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Gov. Pat McCrory says the NCAA failed to show North Carolina respect when it moved championships and tournament games out of the state because of a law that governs which bathrooms transgender people must use.

McCrory responded Sept. 13 to the NCAA’s decision. The action was related to House Bill 2, which McCrory signed into law.

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NCAA pulls 7 postseason events out of NC due to LGBT law

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NORTH CAROLINA (AP) – Basketball-crazed North Carolina has lost its next chance to host NCAA men’s basketball tournament games along with several other championship events due to a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people.

And the fallout may not be over.

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