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McCrory, Cooper discuss teacher pay, HB2 in Wilmington

Posted April 15
Updated April 17

— Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper, his Democratic challenger in the November election, took the stage in front of the North Carolina Association of School Administrators Friday afternoon in Wilmington to discuss teacher pay.

McCrory has proposed raising the average teacher salary to $50,000 a year, but Cooper called it a political move.

"That doesn’t mean three years of a little bit of progress, and a promise of 5 percent during an election year," Cooper said. "It means a real plan for North Carolina."

McCrory said he’s been working on a plan for longer than Cooper suggested.

"Between 2013 and 2014 and 2015, in years in which there were no elections, North Carolina passed the largest pay raise in the U.S.," McCrory said. "That was a 7 percent average pay increase."

McCrory also defended House Bill 2 on Friday in Wilmington, calling it common sense.

The measure, which McCrory signed into law hours after the General Assembly approved it in a one-day special session last month, requires that people use the public bathroom that matches the gender on their birth certificates, excludes gay and transgender people from protections against employment and public accommodations discrimination and bars cities and counties from extending such protections to them.

"This is not about discrimination, it is about common-sense etiquette, and I’m going to fight for that common-sense etiquette," McCrory said.

Cooper said there is a lot more at stake than good manners.

"Federal funds are at risk with House Bill 2, as well as good-paying jobs and our economy," he said. "The governor and the House and the Senate need to get rid of it."

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  • Rudy Bizzell Apr 18, 6:01 p.m.
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    2 goverment employees trying to bribe other goverment employees.

  • Sam Nada Apr 17, 10:25 a.m.
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    I stand by my characterization of your use of one complex situation as justification for a "biological" bathroom law. The right is using ignorance and the promotion of unjustified fear as an excuse to discriminate against individuals they don't approve of. HB2 is an excellent example of the consequences of that mentality. Dealing with sexual identity issues is not simple, and there's not one, simple, perfect solution. As a society we need to strive for equality and respect for everyone. When the NCGA passes laws that do that I will support them. HB2 is not that law.

  • Sam Nada Apr 17, 10:04 a.m.
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    "Comparing this issue to race is disingenuous, nobody can claim to identify as another race and get away with it. Would you seriously approve of letting white people check off that they were black on college applications in order to benefit from affirmative action?"

    It's not disingenuous at all. It's actually very appropriate, as race is not binary. Many people identify with and pass for a race they are not 100% genetically. There was a long history of religious justification for racial discrimination. The majority, certainly in parts of the country, vehemently objected to laws mandating racial equality, but the Constitution and the better angels of our nature could not be ignored. Freedom from discrimination on the basis of sexual identity is a human right. Equality under the law for every citizen is a Constitutional right. The GOP in the NCGA and the governor have acted irresponsibly, and we are all paying the consequences. This will get fixed, and the sooner the better.

  • Sam Nada Apr 17, 9:50 a.m.
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    "It is worth noting, a lot of the opposition to letting anyone use the female locker rooms isn't coming from right wing knuckle dragging troglodytes, it is coming from women in general."

    You've made an assertion, where's your evidence? How do you know "women in general" oppose allowing bathroom use based on sexual identity? And even if the majority would prefer "biological" sex to be a legal requirement, not long ago the majority was against same-sex marriage. Opinions can change rapidly once people become more informed about an issue. Beware the tyranny of the majority.

  • Mary Meadows Apr 17, 1:38 a.m.
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    Just because I pointed out a case that directly relates to a specific portion of HB2 that I feel needed to be addressed does not make me appear uniformed and ignorant. I do not agree to HB2 as a whole. My position is that it is a direct result of Charlotte ruling that was poorly written. HB2 should have addressed bathroom/locker room only. All other items should have been handled separately. I didn't see issue re: bathrooms before law changed and was driven due to sloppy Charlotte ruling. I think entire HB2 should be thrown out and redone focusing solely on this issue. My problem is the sharing of locker rooms/dressing rooms and I cited a very applicable, very recent issue focused solely on that area alone that showed what happens without clear directives on this. Try to learn reciprocity - I don't agree with you but don't denigrate to name calling like a 5 year old dealing with conflict Try civility. You may actually get somewhere

  • John Townsend Apr 17, 12:28 a.m.
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    Comparing this issue to race is disingenuous, nobody can claim to identify as another race and get away with it. Would you seriously approve of letting white people check off that they were black on college applications in order to benefit from affirmative action?

  • John Townsend Apr 17, 12:24 a.m.
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    It is worth noting, a lot of the opposition to letting anyone use the female locker rooms isn't coming from right wing knuckle dragging troglodytes, it is coming from women in general.

  • John Townsend Apr 17, 12:21 a.m.
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    The problem is that anyone can claim to identify as a female. This happened in Seattle recently.
    http://www.krem.com/news/local/northwest/man-in-womens-locker-room-cites-gender-rule/45412534

    Unless the law specifically defines who can claim to identify as opposite gender, anyone can for any reason.

  • John Townsend Apr 17, 12:13 a.m.
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    Like I said, this recent case was in Seattle, not the Bible Belt. How can you know they never have problems in Europe if you are unaware of the recent issue in Seattle? Unless the law definitely defines what it means to identify as another gender, the law makes it impossible to stop anyone from stopping men from invading female locker rooms.

  • Sam Nada Apr 16, 8:58 p.m.
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    I Googled her. Your description of the situation is not complete. That event or similar ones that may arise do not warrant the HB2 law in NC. The absurd scare tactics of the right just make you look uninformed and silly. Unfortunately the NCGA has irrationally acted hastily and unwisely for purely political reasons, and now the inevitable backlash and reversals have begun. It will take time for society to evolve, just has it has with racial segregation which we're obviously still working on. But evolve we must, and we will. One step at a time.

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