NC GOP Bait and Switch worked. #HB2 stays

While watching the live feed from Raleigh while the GOP lawmakers blamed the failure of the body to rescind HB2 I was struck by three things.

One, the GOP was blaming Democrats for HB2, which they have opposed all along and two, how both sides main problem was that they were called back for an additional special session.

Neither GOP nor Democrats made any mention of the transgender lives ruined or lost due to stigma caused by HB2.

Both GOP and Democrats hung their heads like dogs caught in the garbage whenever HB2 was mentioned.

A local TV station ran this poll…

The NY Times reports

Republicans, who control both houses of the legislature, could not agree on a way to repeal the law, commonly known as House Bill 2. The legislation curbs legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and requires transgender people in public buildings to use the bathroom that corresponds with the gender on their birth certificate.

The failure to reach a deal in a one-day special session, even after Charlotte, the state’s largest city, fully repealed the ordinance that set the law in motion, was yet another moment of political dysfunction in a state that has become accustomed to it. The session comes just days after Republicans stripped significant powers from Governor-elect Roy Cooper, a Democrat, who is to be sworn in on New Year’s Day.

It also foreshadowed what could be four acrimonious years of governance here.

“We came here to solve a problem that apparently nobody had any clear idea as to how it was going to be solved,” said Senator Daniel T. Blue Jr., the chamber’s Democratic leader. “It’s one thing if, during the regular session, we waste time and do this kind of stuff.”

Kelli Busey
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Kelli Busey an outspoken gonzo style journalist has been writing since 2007. In 2008, she brought the Dallas Advocate on-line and has articles published by the Reconciling Ministries Network, The Transsexual Menace, The Daily Kos, Frock Magazine the TransAdvocate, the Dallas Voice and The Advocate. Kelli, an avid runner is editor in chief at Planet Transgender which she founded in 2007.

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