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  • carolinafan Feb 21, 1:16 p.m.

    This just in...the Possum Drop bill passed the senate and is on its way to the governor. Oh, thank goodness, another piece of important legislation...lowering a terrifyied wildlife animal in a cage for entertainment! Thanks North Carolina for making this state look like a bunch of HICKS!!!

  • carolinafan Feb 21, 12:31 p.m.

    I am ashamed of North Carolina for even worrying about amending a bill for this reason. Another important bill they passed...a bill to allow the LIVE Possum Drop in Brasstown, NC...REALLY!!! Don't they have more important bills to be working on and passing? Why does anyone need a live wildlife animal to drop to bring in their New Year's Eve celebration...what a bunch of hicks! I know it is a possum but it isn't right to treat any animal this way for someone's enjoyment. I wonder what kind of bill they will come up with next. How about a spay/neuter law if you want to pass something for animals instead of a law that will terrify a possum. It is just another useless law!!!

  • The original American Feb 21, 12:24 p.m.

    Let's say it is legal for women (16 and older?) to go topless. From what I have seen in spandex, etc., I don't think that this would be a beautiful thing. I think that the ones that did go topless are the ones most people would rather not witness.

  • NoRespect Feb 21, 10:51 a.m.

    The NC GOP wants to step back in time... What a surprise! Next thing you know, we'll be required to wear those puritan hats!

  • paul2345 Feb 21, 10:39 a.m.

    Equality demands that mens nips (can't use the full word because of the wral software censors on a story about the same?) be included on this ridiculous 'clarification'. And breastfeeding is exempted -- now, wait, are you telling me that you are already making exceptions. Not very clear to me what is obscene about a breast (female or male). I don't see any reference to it being a bad thing in the bible. I don't see it being sexualized, except by the puritans. Yet more oppressive republican regulation. Tell me, when will it stop? When will they stop imposing their nanny state upon the rest of us?

  • denisdh Feb 21, 10:26 a.m.

    I thought "representatives" should represent what the population wants. I have yet to find anyone male or female that thought this was worthy legislation. Next will they vote to clothe statues and art. Very sad.

  • sunshine1040 Feb 21, 9:41 a.m.

    So I will not be able to change my baby girls shirt in public when something is spilled on it or we are at a public event and the weather is getting to warm for the clothing we started out but her brother, dad male uncles and cousins can go topless. I call that discriminations

  • Grand Union Feb 21, 9:38 a.m.

    Is this the smaller Gov,. the GOP promised? or is it just pleasing smaller minds?

  • iwishihadariver Feb 21, 9:37 a.m.

    I know topless women walking the streets is such a big problem in NC (eye roll) but this is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. We have so many issues that need to be dealt with and this is what they choose to produce bills on? I thought Republicans were suppose to be all about less government but I guess I was so very wrong.

  • Grand Union Feb 21, 9:36 a.m.

    wait, what century is this?????

    "So, the Republicans had to waste time to go back and fix a bill that was poorly written by whom??"

    Who says they had to do anything? I don't recall this being an issue during the election.....

  • nerse2 Feb 21, 8:31 a.m.

    I find exposed gluteal crack and saggy britches far more offensive... and what about exposed belly on fat people whose shirts don't cover the 'dunlop'. I don't care which party the lawmakers are from, just do something worthwhile with your position instead of posturing and thumbsucking. (and thanks to WRAL censors for making me try 3 times for a 'suitable' word for the cleavage exposed by droopy drawers.)

  • beef Feb 21, 8:27 a.m.

    I don't know what you guys are complaining about. They just passed anti-nudity legislation in San Francisco. It's the progressive way!!

    That said, I prefer means testing: Some should be allowed, and some shouldn't.

  • hp277 Feb 21, 8:22 a.m.

    Republicans waited a century to return to power, and this is the kind of stuff they are working on? Really??

    I'm embarrassed for my home state.

  • icmfal Feb 21, 8:03 a.m.

    Really GOP lawmakers? you all have nothing better to do when in session?
    Why is it that GOP male lawmakers have such a problem with women's upper body?

  • POINT BLANK Feb 21, 7:45 a.m.

    who cares....why not bo something constructive and go after
    the people that walk around with their pants way down there
    backside with most of their underware hanging out! Thats offencive!

  • Taffy Feb 21, 6:58 a.m.

    Seriously, again? When is the NC government going to address the real issues.The stuff they're working on is fluff - Hi see how many bills we passed (regarding things of no importance?) Meanwhile they have no real grasp of reality judged by the passing of & signing of the unemployment bill. Give companies what they want which while creating a poverty stricken state for the umemployed. I repeat my request that the NC government & governor live on the max unemployment for 30 days without dipping into saving and then spend another 30 days working a part-time minimum wage job. But they won't do that because it would be too big of a hardship for them, but it's fine for the rest of us!

  • domotamasi Feb 20, 11:37 p.m.

    I always considered the female anatomy a thing of beauty. Leave it to the politicians and the church to make it 'indecent'

  • beaupeep Feb 20, 8:34 p.m.

    So, the Republicans had to waste time to go back and fix a bill that was poorly written by whom??

  • 27228 Feb 20, 7:47 p.m.

    Meanwhile, the Republican legislature created no new jobs. Nice work, y'all.

  • uBnice Feb 20, 7:21 p.m.

    How do you enforce the law? Does it require pictures? What evidence must be shown? Does this mean some of the sheer or almost-sheer tops are outlawed? Who decides on how much is too much "sheer". Oy!

  • WASP Feb 20, 7:10 p.m.

    Give me a break. Do our so called leaders have nothing better to do?

  • Bob3425 Feb 20, 6:38 p.m.

    Rep Tim Moffitt, R-Buncombe is a clown, this is NOT what we need. I don't care if a woman wants to go topless, been to Europe it is not a problem.

  • josephlawrence43 Feb 20, 6:06 p.m.

    Tell you what--I'm dissapointed already---after all us elder, slightly soiled senior citizens would appreciate a change of scenery from time to time...

  • Chemist18 Feb 20, 5:49 p.m.

    Dollibug,
    We as Americans no longer have any rights. None. Well, we are allowed to own guns.

    You can be arrested and jailed indefinitely without charges or evidence, without being able to retain an attorney, etc.

  • Proud Black Constitutionalist Feb 20, 5:38 p.m.

    It's funny you people mentioned tanning beds, afterall, Obama raised the issue in obama care. Yes, obama care imposes a 20% tax on tanning beds.

  • Plenty Coups Feb 20, 5:28 p.m.

    What a bunch of Puritanical hypocrites. So much for "small government".

  • jet Feb 20, 5:27 p.m.

    Yep you can see NC Govt is on the job prioritizing the most important items first. Their probably still passing pictures around of exibit A.

  • carrboroyouth Feb 20, 5:26 p.m.

    Is this seriously what our government finds important?

    Prudes. Focus on REAL crime and leave women's bodies alone.

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Feb 20, 5:21 p.m.

    Republicans are oblivious to the message they are sending with this waste of precious time in this shortest legislative session in modern history...and at a time when NC is 47th best in employment.

  • Chemist18 Feb 20, 5:18 p.m.

    Does this mean breast-feeding is illegal now? They did say that if a minor was present...

    forddp, you hit the nail on the head. Only difference is teenagers try to clean up their mess, these.... people will not.

    These people are NUTS.

    If I didn't have family obligations in NC I'd be long gone.

  • dollibug Feb 20, 5:15 p.m.

    OMG****I can not even believe that things like this is wasting the time and efforts of our LAWMAKERS* NC has laws which NO ONE FOLLOWS TO BEGIN WITH....did you know that magistrates will NOT file charges on North Carolina General Statutes § 14-184? No joke...this week when a friend went talk to the Forsyth County Magistrate she told him that he had to go to the Forsyth County DA and he said that he had to go back to the Magistrate....sounds like a lot of *run around to me*....very interesting that we have LAWS THAT THOSE IN CHARGE KNOW NOTHING ABOUT. And then there are things which just happen and no one seems to care. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10zAtWiNWyM
    Check out this link. It actually shows an *illegal search/arrest* and it seems like this is considered *legal and lawful*....really?

  • forddp Feb 20, 5:06 p.m.

    These people are like a bunch of teenagers whose parents have gone out of town for the weekend.

  • corgimom06 Feb 20, 5:01 p.m.

    Yes, these are the burning issues that are plaguing our state. Topeless women and tanning beds while shooting down medical marijuana which could bring millions in revenue to the state. And people wonder why I don't vote for Republicans........

  • Minarchist Feb 20, 4:47 p.m.

    OK topless bills and tanning beds. LOL who voted for these people?

  • wral mods blow close my account Feb 20, 4:39 p.m.

    Thanks for nothing GOP

  • mortgagemeccajoe Feb 20, 4:24 p.m.

    The Bill is needed and asheville has been asking for help - "Asheville being the most liberal city in all of america," their mayor was having a problem with outside groups coming and going far beyond just exposing breasts. This story was posted in August 2012.
    http://www.wnd.com/2012/08/bible-belt-nude-fest-plans-charging-forward/

  • AliceBToklas Feb 20, 4:04 p.m.

    I'm trying to figure out where this creates jobs? For defense attorneys perhaps?

  • The Contractor Feb 20, 3:41 p.m.

    the relief they need? because exposed breasts are a rampant problem? hooliganism breaks out and there is rampant destruction of property? thanks GOP leaders for taking care of these serious issues... now how about fixing some real problems?

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