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Monday, den 22. April 2013

Thanks in no small part to massive spending by just one Republican donor , Republicans now control the entirety of North Carolina’s government for the first time in more than a century.

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Friday, den 14. September 2012

The words “tea party” are not normally associated with moderation and restraint, but a group known as the Asheville Tea Party is extreme even by tea party standards. The Asheville Tea Party published a lengthy rant comparing President Obama to Hitler (sample quote: “Hitler took control of the banks….Obama took control of the banks. Hitler installed Socialized medicine….Obama’s Administration passed Socialized medicine.”).

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Thursday, den 9. August 2012

In The Campaign , which opens tomorrow , Will Ferrell is Cam Brady, an ambitious, skirt-chasing politician with a $900 haircut and a remarkable amount of self-admiration. So you could be forgiven for thinking that the setting of the movie, North Carolina, was chosen to highlight a passing resemblance to a certain former Senator and vice presidential candidate . Ferrell’s co-star, Zach Galifianakis, is a native of Wilkesboro, N.C., and his uncle, Nick Galifianakis, represented the state in the U.S.

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Sunday, den 8. July 2012

Earlier this week, the North Carolina legislature received exactly the 72 votes needed to override Governor Bev Perdue’s veto of controversial legislation opening up the state to hydraulic fracturing. But the 72nd vote was a mistaken one from Democrat lawmaker Rep. Becky Carney, who recognized it immediately after casting her vote.

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Wednesday, den 4. July 2012

The North Carolina legislature overrode Gov. Bev Perdue’s (D) veto to pass a budget that defunds Planned Parenthood . The lawmakers tried to block state funds to Planned Parenthood last year, but after a judge blocked the provision, they got around a potential legal challenge by not specifically naming the women’s health organization

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Thursday, den 21. June 2012

A bill that would gut North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act was voted out of committee in the state Senate today.

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Tuesday, den 5. June 2012

Emboldened by a recently enacted constitutional amendment prohibiting civil unions and same-sex marriage, North Carolina’s Republican party adopted a platform yesterday that condones discrimination on the basis of “sexual orientation.” The platform’s Article Ill: Individual Liberty states: Government should treat all citizens impartially , without regard to wealth, race, ethnicity, disability, religion, sex, political affiliation or national origin. We oppose all forms of invidious discrimination. Sexual orientation is not an appropriate category . The document also argues that “The ideal environment for raising children is a two-parent family with a mother and father who are married and committed to that life-long relationship” and opposes “adoption by same sex couples.” Currently, the state does not have a ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. (HT: Progressive Pulse )

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Wednesday, den 30. May 2012

Last month, Dr. Robert Spitzer, the psychologist who helped declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder, disavowed a study he published just a decade ago suggesting that ex-gay therapy could be effective. Acknowledging the many flaws in his research, he apologized “to any gay person who wasted time and energy undergoing some form of reparative therapy.” He even published these remarks in a  letter to the editor of the Archives of Sexual Behavior , essentially retracting the study to the fullest extent he can. Nevertheless, ex-gay organizations have continued to use his study and previous remarks defending the study against his wishes. The Mormon ex-gay group Evergreen International insisted it will still use the study, calling it “ good science ,” regardless of Spitzer’s admissions to the contrary. Another ex-gay organization, PFOX, is still using video of Spitzer defending the study, as well as the study itself . In a new interview with Truth Wins Out , Spitzer specifically addressed the PFOX video, but admitted it’s unlikely ex-gay groups will ever subside in their “hateful” efforts: SPITZER: I ask that PFOX stop showing this video. This is quite misleading. I had no way, really, of knowing when I examined any particular subject whether they really had changed or whether they were deceiving themselves or even outright lying when they claimed that they had changed. So, please don’t show this [video] to anyone. The people who are pushing the ‘ex-gay’ idea are so full of hatred for homosexuality, really, that I don’t think they can respond in an ethical way . If people can recognize that being a homosexual is something that cannot be changed and that efforts to change are going to be disappointing and can be harmful, if that can be more widely known that would be very good. If somebody is troubled that they are homosexual, what they ought to do is face up to that and so something so they are more comfortable living with the way they are, because any attempt to change is misguided . Watch the full interview : Spitzer’s study may have been faulty, but the 80-year-old researcher seems to be doing everything he can to make amends for it. Any organization that claims his prior work as valid proof that sexual orientation can be changed is lying with malicious — and harmful— intent.

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Wednesday, den 30. May 2012

Today, 80 percent of ExxonMobil shareholders voted not to extend non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This was one of the largest defeats the proposal has met since it was first introduced in 1999. New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli had led the effort this year, seeking also for the oil giant to offer health benefits to the spouses of employees married in New York. ExxonMobil continues to be the least LGBT-friendly company in the Fortune 500, maintaining the only negative score on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index. A petition is underway to encourage the company to do better by its LGBT employees.

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Tuesday, den 29. May 2012

Photo via Hickory Daily Record Thousands of protesters gathered this weekend outside of the North Carolina church where Pastor Charles Worley preaches. Worley came under fire last week after saying the U.S. should build an electrified fence to create a concentration camp for all gay people and “in a few years they’ll die out.” In the past, Worley has also spoken fondly of the days when gay people would be “hung, bless God, from a white oak tree.” Protesters and counter-protesters from around the country showed up outside of Worley’s church, Providence Road Baptist Church, to either fight or support Worley’s message. Check out the crowd: Fox Charlotte has more coverage from the ground in North Carolina. Churches are not permitted to advocate for political outcomes, and since Worley’s hateful comments were directly aimed at President Obama and Congress, a formal request has been made to the IRS to revoke the tax-exempt status of his church. Some activists are taking a less legal route: There were reports of an attempted arson at the church this weekend.

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