Some NC Republicans Beginning to Question HB2, But Not McCrory
Wake County's Sen. Tamara Barringer became the first North Carolina Republican to publicly announce her belief that House Bill 2 should be repealed because of the enormity of the consequences North Carolina has faced since the passing of the bill. Given that Sen. Barringer ignored all of the warnings and voted FOR HB 2, it's a little hard to see her flip-flop as anything more than a move to help her in a tough re-election battle. Still, it's good to see that SOME lawmakers are starting to see the light.
Of course our Governor, Pat McCrory remains unfazed, and continues to defend his discriminatory agenda.
Sen. Mike Woodard, a Durham Democrat, said he wanted HB2 repealed as a “preemptive move” to ensure ACC officials don’t move that conference’s baseball championship from the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, where it has been held in recent years.
Woodard also said the ripple effects of HB2 are now spilling into smaller communities across the state, such as Greenville, which is losing a women’s golf tournament in 2017.
“This General Assembly and its extremist leadership are playing with people’s livelihoods and the well-being of communities all across our state,” Woodard said.
Bills to repeal HB2 were filed in the House and Senate during this year’s short session, but neither received a committee hearing.
Sen. Jay Chaudhuri, a Raleigh Democrat, said North Carolina is losing its economic edge as it is being seen nationally and internationally as an “unwelcome place.”
Democratic Rep. Grier Martin of Raleigh said he was under no illusion that he could convince GOP legislative leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory that they are responsible for economic damage caused by HB2.
“The good news is in order to fix the problem, we don’t have to agree who caused the problem,” he said. “We just have to agree on a solution.