There is some big and promising HB2 news this afternoon. A conservative Republican state legislator, Wake County’s Chris Malone, has formally endorsed repeal of the law. This is from a statement Malone included in a new campaign flyer (see below):
“HB2 is costing Wake County and North Carolina too much. I call for full repeal of HB2 now. I also support adding anti-discrimination language to state laws. I call upon law enforcement to enforce existing laws banning inappropriate behavior in public facilities. Let’s repeal HB2 and move on to issues that matter to our community and state.”
To make the development all the more encouraging and newsworthy, the flyer specifies that it was paid for by the North Carolina Republican Party.
This is, of course, incredibly encouraging news and would appear to indicate that the GOP and its executive director Dallas Woodhouse (and perhaps even Gov. McCrory) have finally had a major change of heart on the matter. Reporter Colin Campbell of Raleigh’s News & Observer has more on Malone’s new position here.