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Latest News in North Carolina

  • DLCC Board Member Larry Hall (NC) Featured on The Rachel Maddow Show

    Last night, North Carolina House Democratic Leader Larry Hall, a member of the DLCC Board of Directors, joined Rachel Maddow to discuss the appalling passage of bills to restrict gay couples' adoption rights in Michigan and subject North Carolina couples to local officials' religious tests in order to get married:

  • The Friday Five - May 1st, 2015

    Each day the DLCC’s experts comb through statehouse political news across the country to stay on top of the latest developments. Here are five stories that may have flown under your radar this week.

  • 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?