House Bill 2 dominates editorial pages (May 10, 2016)

Posted June 2, 2016

CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE (Salisbury Post) -- The crossfire of lawsuits between the U.S. Attorney General’s Office and North Carolina’s Republican leadership would be comical if it were not so dangerous. Innocent bystanders are bound to get hurt. The bystanders are the people of North Carolina who want state government to focus on spurring job growth and improving public education — people who want the state to be known for its industry and higher education. Instead, we have a so-called “bathroom law” that is scaring jobs away and teaching children to be afraid of the wrong people.


MCCRORY’S FAMILIAR, DISTURBING DEFENSE OF DISCRIMINATION (Charlotte Observer) -- N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory’s lawsuit against the Department of Justice defends HB 2; McCrory says HB 2 treats transgender people the same, despite denying them a choice of bathroom; There’s only one way to make that logic work.


MCCRORY FUMBLES HB2 RESPONSE (Raleigh News & Observer) -- In the matter of HB2, Gov. Pat McCrory continues to present his dithering as resolve and it keeps making the situation worse. First, he signed the bill into law without consulting with the affected parties or the public, then he played the statesman by calling for discussion of it. Now, he’s posing as standing firm even as he reveals his uncertainty about how civil rights law works.


U.S.A. V. MCCRORY (Greensboro News & Record) -- Now our state is in a legal battle with the U.S. government. It is not going to end well.


D.G. MARTIN: FINDING OUR WAY OUT OF A LOCKED BATHROOM (Winston-Salem Journal column) -- I believe that a panel of people of goodwill representing both supporters and opponents of HB2 could come up with a solution that would be acceptable, maybe not perfect but acceptable, to a large majority of North Carolinians and would be viewed as nondiscriminatory by the gay and transgender communities.


PUT POLITICS ASIDE; READDRESS HB2 BEFORE FURTHER DAMAGE OCCURS IN N.C. (Wilson Times) -- Use of the word “overreach” is one of those tricks of semantic tomfoolery. It at once states something seemingly obvious without saying exactly what it may or may not actually mean.


WITH HB2 LAWSUIT, THE CIVIL WAR RETURNS TO NC (Raleigh News & Observer column) -- While Democrats will continue to accuse Republicans of violating transgender civil rights, Republicans will likely tell North Carolinians that the federal government’s response to HB2 is part of a larger fight over the size of government. Attempting to change the HB2 dialogue from civil rights to states’ rights would be nothing new for Southern conservatives. The question of whether the American Civil War was fought over slavery or states’ rights is one that continues to fire up the general public.


EVA CLAYTON: EASTERN N.C. DESERVES TO HAVE A FEDERAL JUDGE (Raleigh News & Observer column) -- When I heard that President Obama had nominated Patricia Timmons-Goodson to fill the long-vacant seat on the U.S. Eastern District of North Carolina federal district court, my heart rose. “Finally,” I thought.


SO FAR, THE AIR FORCE BEATS CONGRESS AND OVERSIGHT (Fayetteville Observer) -- The battle to save the 440th Airlift Wing at Pope Field was long ago lost, but it seems no power on earth that can thwart the Air Force's determination.