Caught in the middle, UNC system hopes to protect federal funding in HB2 dispute (video)

UNC system President Margaret Spellings made it clear Tuesday the she did not want to lose federal funding and hoped a resolution could be found to the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit over House Bill 2.

DOJ sued the UNC system and the state of North Carolina on Monday,  alleging that the law signed by Governor McCcrory March 23rd violates both Title IX  and Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act.

Following a lengthy closed-door meeting with the Board of Governors, Spellings told reporters their next step would be to hire an attorney to offer guidance in the suit against the Justice Department.

Here’s the full statement Spellings released after Tuesday’s meeting:

Click below to hear Spellings and UNC Board of Governors chairman Louis Bissette discuss the difficult position the university system is in as the state and federal government square-off over the transgender bathroom bill:

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Gov. McCrory asks court to clarify federal law in HB2 showdown (video)

Facing a Monday deadline to respond to the U.S. Department of Justice regarding  HB2, Governor Pat McCrory has announced his office will file a declaratory judgment action asking the federal courts to clarify federal law.

McCcrory said in a press release the action is a result of the Obama administration’s interpretation of federal law.

“The Obama administration is bypassing Congress by attempting to rewrite the law and set restroom policies for public and private employers across the country, not just North Carolina. This is now a national issue that applies to every state and it needs to be resolved at the federal level,” said Governor McCrory. “They are now telling every government agency and every company that employs more than 15 people that men should be allowed to use a women’s locker room, restroom or shower facility.”

“I’m taking this initiative to ensure that North Carolina continues to receive federal funding until the courts resolve this issue,” said Governor McCrory.

McCrory will discuss the state’s lawsuit against the Department of Justice at a 1:00pm press conference at the Executive Mansion.

Last week the U.S. Justice Department issued a letter telling the state that House Bill 2 violates the U.S. Civil Rights Act and Title IX, threatening billions in federal education funding that comes to North Carolina.

On Sunday, McCrory told Fox News Sunday that there had been no problems involving transgender individuals using bathrooms, and that the uproar over the law was caused by “the left wing of the Democratic Party. ” Watch the interview with Chris Wallace below:

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mC_charlotteFF5031. McCrory flails again on HB2 while reality sets in at General Assembly

It turns out that the whole controversy about the anti-LGBT law HB2 that is costing North Carolina thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in tourism revenue is all the fault of “the radical left” in Charlotte that includes Mayor Jennifer Roberts.

That was Pat McCrory’s take Monday on the law that threatens to swallow his governorship. In recent weeks McCrory has also blamed the liberal media, a politically correct mob of elites unfairly smearing the state, and the Human Rights Campaign in Washington.

He even accuses Roberts and Attorney General Roy Cooper of coordinating with companies looking at boycotting North Carolina. [Continue reading…]

* Bonus video: Gov. McCrory faults “political left” as US Justice Department issues warning over HB2 (video)
* Bonus read: Gov. McCrory promises response on Justice Department’s H.B. 2 letter Monday

wb-5032. Time for McCrory and Burr to shut things down for the year?
Under conservative standards applied to President Obama, they would have no other choice

In case you missed it amidst the hubbub surrounding North Carolina’s new and infamous all-purpose discrimination law, HB2, there was other news in the public policy world last week. One of the more important developments for North Carolina took place on Thursday when President Obama nominated former state Supreme Court Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson to fill a decade-old vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the state’s Eastern District. If confirmed, Timmons-Goodson would be the first judge of color to ever serve in the Eastern District (a region of North Carolina in which the African-American population is higher than any other) in the history of the federal courts.

For those of you who are counting, that’s 237 years. [Continue reading…]

BB-TeacherSalaries3. Is it time to scrap the state’s salary schedule for teachers?
Key budget writer ponders better approach to compensate and retain educators

N.C. Rep. Craig Horn, an influential budget writer from Union County who chairs the House education appropriations committee, isn’t sure he likes the current salary scale for teachers, the one adopted by lawmakers two years ago that nixes annual raises for teachers in favor of a multi-tiered approach with bigger pay bumps every five years.

He’s not sure he likes Gov. Pat McCrory’s idea either— a 5 percent average pay increase coupled with a return to yearly salary increases for teachers.

Today, in fact, the only thing that Horn seems sure of is that he’s not sure at all.[Continue reading…] Read more


Gov. McCrory faults “political left” as US Justice Department issues warning over HB2 (video)

Governor Pat McCrory says his administration is still studying a letter from the U.S. Justice Department that found House Bill 2 violates the U.S. Civil Rights Act and Title IX, threatening billions in federal education funding that comes to North Carolina.

The governor told those attending an event hosted by the N.C. Chamber Wednesday that the DOJ letter amounts to federal overreach by the Obama Administration, with the potential to impact every state.

Later in the day, his press office released the following statement from Gov. McCrory:

“A claim by the Obama administration charges that one part of House Bill 2, which requires state employees in public government buildings and students in our universities to use a restroom, locker room and shower facility that match their biological sex, is now in violation of federal law. The Obama administration has not only staked out its position for North Carolina, but for all states, universities and most employers in the U.S.

“The right and expectation of privacy in one of the most private areas of our personal lives is now in jeopardy. We will be reviewing to determine the next steps.”

Click below to watch Gov. McCrory discuss the state’s next steps in defending the so-called bathroom bill. Read the DOJ letter here.

Learn more about House Bill 2 here.

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