North Carolina

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Latest News in North Carolina

  • North Carolina Republican calls Sadism, Pedophilia, Bestiality "Types of Sexual Orientation"

    Previous WOTW inductee, North Carolina House Speaker Pro Temp Paul "Skip" Stam (R), strikes again.  Amidst a debate over a charter school bill, Rep. Stam took the opportunity to pass out a handout titled “What Is A ‘Sexual Orientation’?” to his colleagues on the house floor, which included over 30 definitions including sexual sadism, pedophilia, and bestiality alongside homosexual/gay/lesbian.

    Rep. Stam not only disparaged an amendment to the bill that would prevent charter schools from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity, he also equated sexual orientation with a long list of sexual disorders.

    Rep. Marcus Brandon, the only openly gay member of the legislature, responded, “Pedophilia is not a sexuality, and we cannot continue in this body to keep calling things something [they’re] not. It’s offensive to a whole group of people”  

  • "Rebranding" FAIL: N.C. Republicans to kick Spanish-speaking kids out of pre-K

    From April 19, 2013:

    North Carolina Republicans are finally cracking down on free-loading four-year-olds with a new bill to "limit eligibility for the state’s pre-kindergarten program."  New income limits under HB 935 would mean "a family of three could not make more than $19,530 a year to have a 4-year-old qualify for N.C. Pre-K."

    And then there's this:  "Other ways to qualify, such as having developmental needs or being a child in a military family, remain in the bill, although a child with limited English proficiency would no longer meet the guidelines."

    How's that whole "inclusive and welcoming" thing coming along, Republicans?

  • NPR: How North Carolina Republicans are destroying public education

    Last year, North Carolina Republicans passed sweeping changes to the state's public education system, resulting in detrimental effects on teachers and students. The legislative package included ending teacher tenure, eliminating classroom size caps, and discontinuing salary bumps for those with master's degrees. Many teachers in the state have decried such changes, marching on the state Capitol and staging a walk-in prior to the school day. NPR recently discussed the damage this is doing to education in the Tar Heel State:

  • Democrats take lead in several GOP controlled North Carolina Senate Districts

    Last month fifty percent of North Carolina voters described their state legislature as “a national embarrassment,” and polling out today shows that 2014 Democrats are in strong positions to win in several legislative districts where the state’s Republican Governor Pat McCrory won handedly.