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McCrory, Cooper face off in gubernatorial election

Posted May 1

Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper are running for governor in 2016.
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Gov. Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper are facing off in one of the most closely watched gubernatorial elections in the country this year.

McCrory, a Republican and former Charlotte mayor, is wrapping up his first term in statewide office. Cooper, a Democrat and former state lawmaker, has been elected four times as the state's attorney general.

In the early stages of the campaign, McCrory has positioned himself as a pro-business governor who has presided over economic recovery from the recession thanks to tax cuts and conservative management of state finances. Cooper has started his campaign with a vocal call to invest more in education, saying that McCrory and his fellow Republicans have given tax cuts to the wealthy at the expense of teachers.

The two men are sharply divided on House Bill 2, the controversial bill passed in reaction to Charlotte's transgender nondiscrimination ordinance. McCrory signed and has vocally backed what he describes as a "common sense" law that requires individuals to use the bathroom corresponding to the gender on their birth certificates. Cooper has called the law a "national disgrace" and has pointed to lost convention business, corporate objections and entertainment figures such as Bruce Springsteen refusing to perform in North Carolina as evidence the law should be repealed.

A third candidate, Libertarian Lon Cecil, will also on be on the ballot. However, Cecil has yet to show fundraising or polling numbers that indicate he will significantly impact the race.

For voters trying to make their decision, here's some more information about the two leading candidates. (For those using the WRAL App, the interactive features in this post are best viewed in your browser.)

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Meanwhile, here's what the polls have to say:

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  • Marilyn Loftin Jul 4, 6:58 p.m.
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    Cooper is another Bev Perdue. Re-elect McCrory!!!

  • Xander Bogaerts May 3, 2016
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    Hm seems like HB2 has been in the works for some time. At least since winter 2015.
    http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/ned-barnett/article72280037.html

    Speaking of telling the difference between female and male, take this quiz:
    http://www.islandmix.com/backchat/f6/can-you-spot-transgender-225354/

  • Mark Cahall May 3, 2016
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    "Do you know @Iam?"

    How perceptive of you!

    Now if you could only perceive
    the difference between female and male
    we might have something to work with.

  • Xander Bogaerts May 3, 2016
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    If you want to work at a gay bath house (obviously you are just making a hypothetical situation) and assuming you were denied a job there also assuming because you are heterosexual, you could only sue at the state level thanks to HB2.

    I am not aware of the statistics of how many heterosexual men are denied jobs at gay bath houses, but like the fantasy of a predator subverting ordinances to gain access to bathrooms, it is nowhere near the amount of discrimination against LGBT in workforce. Not even close.

    I had hoped you would be genuinely trying to defend McCrory-Newton-Berger-Moore et al.'s position from an honest standpoint and debate HB2 without misinformation, misrepresentaion, and fear tactics. I was wrong. Do you know @Iam? You guys might want to get together and go bowling.

  • Xander Bogaerts May 3, 2016
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    You want to work at a gay bath house?

  • Xander Bogaerts May 2, 2016
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    All you need to know is right in front of you! Just use the same decoding logic you used earlier, here it is in case you forgot: "L is female, G is male, B is either, T is either"
    Let us know what you come up with.

  • Xander Bogaerts May 2, 2016
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    LOL good one! I needed a laugh

  • Mark Cahall May 2, 2016
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    "HB2 specifically omits LGBT from discrimination protection in workplace at the state level"

    I'm not following you.. I looked at HB2 and it says..

    "§ 143-422.2. Legislative declaration.
    (a)
    It is the public policy of this State to protect and safeguard the right and opportunity of
    all persons to seek, obtain and hold employment without discrimination or abridgement on
    account of race, religion, color, national origin, age, biological sex or handicap by employers
    which regularly employ 15 or more employees."

    L is female, G is male, B is either, T is either

  • Mark Cahall May 2, 2016
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    "HB2 specifically omits LGBT from discrimination protection in workplace at the state level"

    I'm not following you.. I looked at HB2 and it says..

    "§ 143-422.2. Legislative declaration.
    (a)
    It is the public policy of this State to protect and safeguard the right and opportunity of
    all persons to seek, obtain and hold employment without discrimination or abridgement on
    account of race, religion, color, national origin, age, biological sex or handicap by employers
    which regularly employ 15 or more employees."

    L is female, G is male, B is either, T is either

  • Fanny Chmelar May 2, 2016
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    NR3C4, CYP17, BSTc.

    Science.

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