Editorial: Vote THEM out to fix our brand, grow NC's economy

Posted October 26, 2016

Commerce Secretary John Skvarla speaks to a legislative oversight panel on Feb. 4, 2016.

A CBC Editorial: Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016; Editorial# 8073
The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting

On Monday afternoon the governor of Virginia announced that CoStar group, a real estate information and analytics company, would be bringing 730 jobs to Richmond for its new research operations headquarters. Charlotte had been the top contender, but CoStar’s objections to House Bill 2 knocked the city out of consideration.

“HB2 is the problem,” David Dorsch, senior vice president of Cushman & Wakefield’s Charlotte Office, told the Charlotte Business Journal. Cushman & Wakefield was representing CoStar nationally and Dorsch said he’d been working with the company in its local real estate search.

Shortly before Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s announcement, N.C. Secretary of Commerce John Skvarla, in Charlotte, declared of HB2: “It hasn’t moved the needle one iota” on economic development or jobs.

Skvarla is a smart, hard-working secretary of commerce who is loyal to his boss, Gov. Pat McCrory. On HB2 his loyalty is misplaced. HB2 DOES HURT North Carolina’s economy. CoStar is just the latest example. The Department of Commerce and Skvarla have no credibility when they ignore reality.

What we have here is a disaster. It has tarnished our state’s once-proud brand. It is reviled as the epitome of legalized discrimination and the world knows it.

North Carolina must repeal HB2. But there is no reason to believe that Gov. McCrory, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and the incumbent members of the General Assembly that support HB2, have any interest in eliminating it. We are left with only one way to begin rebuilding our brands. Vote them OUT OF OFFICE.

North Carolina needs jobs and economic opportunity. This election can make a real difference.


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  • Edward Tilley Nov 8, 11:22 p.m.
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    Looks like "THEM" (they) won!!!

  • Mick Voiland Oct 26, 2:01 p.m.
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    And just how intransigent and closed-minded can NC Republicans be on HB2 even given this bad news from CoStar?
    Enough that many in the GOP (especially its radical right, righteous right. and "values" right members) are saying that the CoStar decision had nothing to do with HB2. And they go on to say that, even if it did, CoStar, PayPal and Deutsche Bank can take their jobs elsewhere. Sad. So very sad for this state!

  • Jon Rey Oct 26, 12:44 p.m.
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    The HB2 law is still being discussed around the world. Just some of the people commenting that I know are past travelers to NC from Ireland, UK, France, Germany, Australia, and Japan. These folks are not willing to travel or establish business inside NC now. Yes, the once very good reputation is now sullied. Also, the environmental disasters in drinking water and the scandals created by the Governor and making the news around in different countries. Talk about corruption in the GOP ranks! Wow. So stop wondering why the state is in such dire straights. You have just two weeks to Fire the current GOP up and down the ticket. Vote for the Democrats on the ballot and start returning the state of NC back to good management and give the state folks that will respect the health of people over Duke Energy business interests. Vote up and down the ballot for the Democrat party.

  • B.c. Jimmy Oct 26, 12:31 p.m.
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    Voting republican

  • Holly Atkins Oct 26, 10:23 a.m.
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    So what you're saying is that because one city makes a law the whole state should counteract that? City of Knightdale doesn't allow roosters in the city...so the whole state shouldn't allow roosters?? Cary doesn't allow building that don't conform to certain guidelines so the whole state shouldn't??

    I'm pretty certain the irony is missed on you when it comes to that.

  • Tina Pace Oct 26, 9:45 a.m.
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    Glad Charlotte lost the jobs... if the Charlotte Council cared about jobs, they would repeal their ordinance. Then HB 2 could be repealed. This is all Charlotte's fault.. glad they are the ones suffering...

  • Danny Basden Oct 26, 9:40 a.m.
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    Funny that many of you hear what you want to hear, HB2 is the problem, and then go off on your own "tin foil hat" rants. Do a little research and you might find that we didn't offer the bribe money needed. Here is a direct quote from the Washington Post, "Florance considered Kansas and North Carolina for the expansion before settling on Richmond, which he cited for its higher education system, lower cost of living and a package of state and local incentives valued at more than $8 million. CoStar will look to hire young researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond as well as the University of Virginia and James Madison University." Kansas doesn't have HB2 so why did they lose also? If you are interested in another side of the story - https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/digger/wp/2016/10/24/d-c-data-firm-costar-group-to-add-730-jobs-in-richmond/ If we would have gotten the "deal" you would have blamed McCrory for the incentives to his cronies...

  • Teddy Fowler Oct 26, 9:28 a.m.
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    North Carolina may be losing a few opportunities due to HB2.... But we lost a lot more under the Democratic Party rule in the past... things are much better nowadays.

  • Holly Atkins Oct 26, 9:06 a.m.
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    Skvarla was appointed by McCrook so he won't have a job after November elections anyway. That being the case, he SHOULD just be honest about the money lost to the state unless he expects to be appointed to a Commission? NOvember 9th can't come soon enough!

  • Alan Womack Oct 26, 8:50 a.m.
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    Skvarla may be hard working, but it's only at lying and toeing the company line. He knows full well the consequences of HB2 to our economy and jobs. He's not stupid. And he cannot ignore all of the actual data published statements by many large companies who have declined to open operations or expand operation in our state as a direct result of HB2. He's probably aware of much more than we are in that regard. So being so disingenuous with the PEOPLE he is supposed to be working FOR is worthy of a Pants On Fire label for that bout of upchuck he spewed to the press.