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Nikki Haley: Making Pat McCrory look foolish again on LGBT discrimination law

Gov. Nikki Haley

It’s a sad commentary as to how far things have fallen in North Carolina over the last five years that the state continues to be taken to the cleaners by the more open and forward thinking policies of…South Carolina. But the evidence continues to pile up.

While North Carolina can’t get get Duke Energy to even clean up its own parking lot, South Carolina has long since embarked upon an effort to move all of its coal ash to lined landfills. When the battle over Atlantic Ocean offshore drilling took place, it was South Carolina’s Mark “Appalachian Trail” Sanford who actually helped lead the opposition, in stark contrast to Pat “Drill, baby drill!” McCrory.

And now, it’s happening again. Columbia’s The State newspaper reports that both Governor Nikki Haley and the state Chamber of Commerce are making their North Carolina counterparts look like neanderthals over the issue of LGBT discrimination:

“S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley said Thursday that a proposed law to limit the bathrooms that transgender people can use is not needed.

Haley said her office has not received any complaints about the issue, adding South Carolinians are respectful to people of different backgrounds.

‘I don’t believe it’s necessary,’ the Lexington Republican told reporters. ‘There’s not one instance that I’m aware of.”

‘When we look at our situation, we’re not hearing of anybody’s religious liberties that are being violated, and we’re again not hearing any citizens that are being violated in terms of freedoms,’ she said. ‘Like it or not, South Carolina is doing really well when it comes to respect and when it comes to kindness and when it comes to acceptance. For people to imply it’s not, I beg to differ.’

Meanwhile, the state’s main business group lashed out at the chief sponsor of the transgender-bathroom bill.

The S.C. Chamber of Commerce will campaign actively against state Sen. Lee Bright, a Spartanburg Republican seeking a third term this year, chamber president Ted Pitts said Thursday. The chamber had concerns about Bright’s Senate performance before he introduced his transgender bill, Pitts said. Bright has three GOP primary challengers.

‘Sen. Bright is trying to create a political crisis that doesn’t exist to save his political career,’ said Pitts, a former chief of staff to Haley. ‘Meanwhile, our state has real issues we need to address, including crumbling roads and a (workforce) skills gap. We’ll be working on electing serious senators next year who will be focused on addressing the state’s infrastructure and workforce needs, and limiting government’s role in our lives.’

Several states have passed or are considering anti-gay laws, leading to some outcries from businesses.North Carolina has passed HB2, banning local laws protecting employment and housing rights based on sexual orientation and identity, and Mississippi has passed a law allowing businesses to refuse service to customers based on the business owners’ religious beliefs.

‘This is not a battle that we’ve seen is needed in South Carolina,’ Haley said. ‘It’s not something that we see that citizens are asking for.'”

No wonder Haley is a rising star on the national scene. Meanwhile, McCrory and the NC Chamber’s right-wing boss Lew Ebert wonder why the rest of the nation have made them and the state they’re wrecking the butt of jokes.

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