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This very troubled man says he apologizes for talking about hitting children who display behavior that he deems inappropriate for their gender and that his words were taken out of context.

To which we reply: Watch the whole stomach-turning “sermon” below and see if you agree. The hitting stuff comes rather late — around the 45 to 46 minute mark, but there’s plenty of other truly disturbing (and just plain laugh-out-loud dumb) statements as well.

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You can also read a “retraction” and hear an interview that Harris gave to WRAL on the church website.

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If anyone is looking to sublet some office space in the legislative building, you may want to contact Speaker Tillis – he has a few empty desks that he might be willing to part with. Not that I’m implying anything else is for sale in his office.

Yes, Tillis is probably a bit lonely in his big, fancy office this week after the resignation of his Chief of Staff and Policy Adviser, both for having affairs with different lobbyists who represent a range of different interests under consideration at the General Assembly.

Sound shady to you? Speaking as a registered lobbyist, it sure sounds shady to me. Read More

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It’s hard to say what’s more remarkable about the absurd little essay released yesterday by the head of the Pope-Civitas Institute about the marriage discrimination amendment: its utter intellectual vacuousness or the fact that it all but calls out the director of the John Locke Foundation and Congresswoman Renee Ellmers by name.

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Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger’s son was probably the headline grabber at this morning’s pro-Amendment One press event at the Legislative Building, but another speaker at the event probably even better symbolizes how incredibly extreme the main supporters of the amendment are.

Paul Wright is a former judge from Mount Olive who’s running a far right campaign against Pat McCrory in the Republican gubernatorial primary.

Check out this guy’s website to see just how amazingly extreme he is (featured endorser: nationally known immigrant hater Tom Tancredo) and, as an aside, how long it’s been since he had a family photo snapped!

This is the best the the amendment supporters can do? This is the guy they trot out to explain why all of the lawyers and law professors raising questions about the “only domestic legal union” language are wrong??

Maybe the “yes” camp isn’t as strong as it appears.

 

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One of the most powerful people in North Carolina politics and lawmaking resigned last night. Charles Thomas, the Chief of Staff, close confidant and roommate of the Speaker of the House quickly resigned after being confronted by Raleigh’s News & Observer about a romantic, extramarital relationship he’s apparently been engaged in with a lobbyist for one of the state’s most powerful special interest groups.

It seems likely that more information will come out today, so there’s no reason to speculate further about or dwell on the details.

But it does seem worth noting that this episode provides another reminder of something we all should remember: Humans are imperfect — especially when it comes to our intimate and personal relationships with other humans.  As such, we need to tread very lightly when it comes to such matters.

Let’s hope that, if anything comes out of this episode it’s this: All North Carolinians are reminded that no one has a monopoly on morality in this area and that we would all do well to bring an extra measure of humility to any discussions thereof. Hopefully, this will even include those people — like the man in question — who’ve been seeking to impose one narrow version of morality when it come to intimate personal relationships of late in the matter of a certain constitutional amendment.