This story is closed for comments. Comments on WRAL.com news stories are accepted and moderated between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Oldest First
  • NOTSOBAD Jun 25, 1:51 p.m.

    "and require voters to show photo identification at the polls". Take the fines and help all these folks get ID's

  • goldenosprey Jun 25, 12:48 p.m.

    " I like the community service sentence. Court cost, a small fine and a BUNCH of hours of community service."Hugh Jarce

    They ARE doing community service by taking time out of their days to protest the egregious misappropriation of resources under this radical general assembly. The legislators waste 1000 times more than any group of protestors could hope to with their unconstitutional bills and destruction of the middle class.

  • wildpig777 Jun 25, 12:03 p.m.

    Each person arrested needs to perform 1000 hours of community service and a severe fine to replace all the money the state has wasted

    NCSU_JIM
    can we hold bev perdue to your standard? how many 100's of millions were squandered under her reign? can we hold 120 yrs of democrat rule of the state to any sort of rational standard?

  • Hugh Jass Jun 25, 8:37 a.m.

    The fine amounts never find there way back to where the cost was applied. I like the community service sentence. Court cost, a small fine and a BUNCH of hours of community service.

  • RaleighPirate Jun 25, 8:09 a.m.

    Prosecute these lawbreakers to the fullest extent of the law. Unfortunately if they are fined it will probably only be a small portion of the cost of what it took for law enforcement and the courts to deal with their civil disobedience. If they want to stand up and protest their government, then they need to also be willing to pay the price for their actions. They are asking that the government be willing to answer for their actions. Then I think it is only fair that the protestors also answer for their actions.

  • oldaltar Jun 24, 7:59 p.m.

    This state legistautre has a 25 percent approval rating. That says it all. Gerrymandering got them elected with less vote.

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Jun 24, 7:56 p.m.

    "...protest people who have had less than a year in total control because they are tearing down your 100 year failed polices..." - mawiggins1970

    How was cutting Medicare from 600,000 children "tearing down failed policies"? How was passing super-fracking "tearing down failed policies"? How was repealing water-quality protections on Jordan Lake "tearing down failed policies"? How was bill 494 to pass "an official state religion" "tearing down of failed policies"? How was setting a new extreme in gerrymandering that attracted international ridicule to our state "tearing down failed policies"? How was selling a state prison to a legislator's employer for $1 "tearing down failed policies"? How was opening mega landfills to collect out-of-state trash in "leak-resistant trucks" "tearing down failed policies"? I'm all ears: how does this improve anything from the last 100 years?

  • NCSU_JIM Jun 24, 7:56 p.m.

    Each person arrested needs to perform 1000 hours of community service and a severe fine to replace all the money the state has wasted

  • oldaltar Jun 24, 7:50 p.m.

    have got to be kidding. These are nothing more than cowards hiding behind their "racial guilt".
    stymieindurham

    Who said anything about race. White folks also gave their lives in non violent protests. Oop, I see that your true colors are shining through and your lack of knowledge.

  • Justic4All Jun 24, 7:49 p.m.

    I hope the courts keep them coming back every time they make a motion for dismissal. Nope come back in a month.

  • redwolfone Jun 24, 7:46 p.m.

    I think we should go to the capital and protest the failure of the DNC in NC for the last 100 years. What we have now in this state is the work of the Democratic party. Its the Democrats fault. If you can blame bush for the last for years, the we can blame the DNC for the next 50 years. I believe that is the same ratio. Worked for ya'll on Bush! LOL LOL

  • Justic4All Jun 24, 7:45 p.m.

    mawiggins.........Here Here!! You got it entirely correct. Too bad you are addressing people who obviously are a product of the last 100 years of as you put it so well, bottom in the Nation in Education. They think NC is top in the Nation for unemployment because the new ruling party hasn't fixed that in the first 100 days of office. What can you expect from people who are mad because the hand outs are stopping. Ya mean I'll actually have to work if I want money? I hope drug tests are coming soon for all the folks getting hand outs. I had to take one to be employed to pay taxes so they could idly sit back and whine. I hope they are prepared to pass the drug tests.

  • Barfly Jun 24, 7:44 p.m.

    Maybe some of the protesters will be forced to find jobs since they've sponged off the labor of others for too long.

    The ingrates aren't even thankful for the extra benefits they collected.

  • redwolfone Jun 24, 7:42 p.m.

    This is all a poor attempt to repeat the insane protests that happened in WI. This is what the left does when they feel their grip on power slipping from their fingers.

  • stymieindurham Jun 24, 7:27 p.m.

    "It takes a special form of bravery . . . . ."
    ===========================================================
    You have got to be kidding. These are nothing more than cowards hiding behind their "racial guilt".

  • mawiggins1970 Jun 24, 7:26 p.m.

    I'm going to bottom line for all the Libs out there. The main things people are concerned over are Education, Economy & Enviroment. Well guess what your party has held the mantle and ruled NC for well over 100 years and we stayed at the bottom in the Nation in Education and we Ranked in the Top for unemployment and guess what you guys had control for basically 100 years & we ranked that way so don"t come up here and blast a party who's basiclly had total control for less than a year. 100 or more years and your party couldn'tget right are heck for that matter couldn't get us to atleast respectablity. Middle of the pack or something??? So you now have the stones to get out there and protest people who have had less than a year in total control because they are tearing down your 100 year failed polices. I think 100 years was ample time to do something.So Stop crying cause things are changing and just Embrace the Change like good Libs are suppose to do. 100 years of control and yall want

  • stymieindurham Jun 24, 7:19 p.m.

    'Look around. Think about your life and the lives of your neighbors,'"
    ============================================================
    ==
    I have and I'm tired of paying for your non-sense agendas.

  • yankee1 Jun 24, 7:10 p.m.

    ILoveDowntownRaleigh get yourself downtown, prepare to get locked up and suffer the consequences. Liberal much???

  • Cock a doodle doo Jun 24, 7:08 p.m.

    " Lol.. Yeah and most of them dont have any affiliation with NC"-Strngbean

    Are you arguing with the uber conservative Civitas Institute? The latest data they just published shows just the opposite.

  • yankee1 Jun 24, 7:08 p.m.

    What about their constitutional rights based on state and federal law? ....oldaltar

    Nobody is arguing against their right to protest, but when you reach the point of blocking access to facilities and/or defecating on public property, time to get your sorry tails locked up!

  • yankee1 Jun 24, 7:04 p.m.

    Typical liberals. Mess with other people's lives but don't expect any consequences to yourself. Can you spell C-O-W-A-R-D-S?

  • Naysayer Jun 24, 6:58 p.m.

    The should fine the aging hippies twice for good measure.

  • mawiggins1970 Jun 24, 6:57 p.m.

    I'll tell you why the learders don't get arrested and why they want to continue these protest. As a organizer if you get what you are protesting against then guess what? Your out of a job as an organizer. Fight is over! So they want to keep the circus going so they have something to organize. Job security. So for anyone who is out their with these protesters tell me why your learders aren't getting locked up each week. I would without question want my leaders cuffed each week he held the rally. Sell Out. Your for the people until it affects your personal freedom then each man for himself. A natural born leader if their has ever been one.

  • oldaltar Jun 24, 6:57 p.m.

    I hope and pray these charges are NOT dismissed! I'm sick of these people!
    BreBoy

    What about their constitutional rights based on state and federal law? You whine about your guns rights based on a 2nd admendment right that really deals with forming a militia but what to deny people their 1st admendment rights. As far as some are concern the only admendent or right some should have is the mis interpreted 2nd admendment right to own a gun, not to fight to remain free but to bring a false sense of security to those who are really insecure.

  • gibbman67 Jun 24, 6:55 p.m.

    You got to be kidding me,,, but then again it is Raleigh home of the libs... It should be a 3strikes lawhere

  • Sherlock Jun 24, 6:54 p.m.

    The courts will back down they do not want to offend these individuals.

  • cn38of50 Jun 24, 6:53 p.m.

    Protests are pointless! If all those people really want to make a difference...open THEIR wallets and pocketbooks and give THEIR money to the people they claim to be protesting for. I'm danged tired of giving mine to any of them!

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Jun 24, 6:49 p.m.

    "So why do these people believe they should be above the law?" -68_dodge_polara

    "As for this nonsense that you can disrupt the NC General Assembly without consequences..What are you thinking?" - Airplane guy

    I wish I could see the world in the same simple black and white way that all many posters here do...but I also see ignorant and power-hungry people who think it is ok to give themselves tax-payer-funded raises, take 600,000 poor children off Medicare, 70,000 from unemployment, millions from clean water (the bill to repeal Jordan Lake protections), wasting money pouring concrete around Figure 8 and Bald Head islands, and allowing horizontal super-fracking under my house or your house or any one they feel like. I find it a little more difficult than you do deciding who the real bad guys are here. Fact is, I'm going to side with the protesters - more moral, less damaging, and certainly less costly with my state taxes.

  • mawiggins1970 Jun 24, 6:47 p.m.

    These people are going to trial if it comes to that. So all these people who are protesting the conditions for the middle class and poor in NC are the same ones who are going to cost the citizens of Wake county taxpayer dollars for the overtime required by the police and now tax dollars to try these absurd cases in court. All for what? They are hurting their cause in the court of public opinion by keeping this thing going. Plus to all you who participate. Why do the leaders of your moral rally's run when the police give the 1 minute till arrest notice over loud speaker. If i was being a sheep and following I'd want my leader to be there till the end why aren't they?????? Continue to follow like the lil lambs you are.

  • chris42m Jun 24, 6:36 p.m.

    Would someone please tell me what they want to cut so that they can give everyone that is protesting in the legislature all the things that they want? As an example, The Department of Public Instruction requested $10.8 Billion out of the coming year's budget. Since the Total state budget proposed for next year is $20.8 Billion (up almost $1 Billion from last year), what do the protesters want to cut to get this? Do they want to cut Medicaid, Highways, Bridges, Forestry, Fisheries, Social Services, or something else? In order to give everyone what they want, the budget would have to go up to $25 or $30 Billion. Since the state is not allowed to deficit spend (like the federal government has been doing for the past 60+ years), are these same people willing to dig deeper into their wallet in order to fund their desires? I dare say that they will not. Or is it that they are willing to have only some people reach into their wallets to fund the things that they want?

  • RadioDJ Jun 24, 6:31 p.m.

    "They can not because the right does not believe they are above the law. The left is not called the party of whine without a reason." And still, our right wing brethren seem unable to comprehend the hypocrisy in that very statement. All the right can DO is WHINE about anything they dislike. Which lately, seems to be just about everything. Well, except lillies.

  • BreBoy Jun 24, 6:28 p.m.

    I hope and pray these charges are NOT dismissed! I'm sick of these people!

  • gman007 Jun 24, 6:19 p.m.

    Do interns get a "stipend"??

    A stipend is a form of salary, such as for an internship or apprenticeship.[1] It is often distinct from a wage or a salary because it does not necessarily represent payment for work performed; instead it represents a payment that enables somebody to be exempt partly or wholly from waged or salaried employment in order to undertake a role that is normally unpaid (e.g. a magistrate in England) or voluntary, or which cannot be measured in terms of a task (e.g. members of the clergy).

    Just curious.

  • greg69innc Jun 24, 6:13 p.m.

    I worked fulltime from 6am to 4pm. I got home took care of my children and did my Bachelor program from 8pm to 1200am. I slept four and a half hours and back to work. What an individual does with their time is their business. If a person is laid off and can do an internship while they are looking for work good for them. I still have faith in North Carolinas people as it takes a person that has a strong work ethic to do all that. I know folks that sit at home and wont look for a job because they don't want to lose food stamps, unemployment and other assistance. That is definitely unethical but to condemn a person that is out there making themselves successful for the future is admirable. I'd rather support a person that has a work ethic rather than the murderers, rapists, and thieves that live off of tax dollars and will be successful in our society. Stop crying and demonizing and lets stand with each other so we can get our state back on the path of where it should be.

  • Airplane guy Jun 24, 6:09 p.m.

    You may not get the job you want, but after all of this time you better find something! Taxpayers are fed up with these lame excuses as to why you aren't working. As for this nonsense that you can disrupt the NC General Assembly without consequences..What are you thinking? This is simple..if you don't have the money you don't write the check! I want to see every one of the "protestors" paying a fine plus court costs...they OWE the fines..now pay up!!!

  • greg69innc Jun 24, 6:08 p.m.

    You people amaze me. It was not long ago that we enjoyed a 3 to 5 percent unemployment rate. Never did anyone hear the callous, demonizing, arrogant rants that comes from their fellow North Carolinians. We got a 9 percent unemployment rate due to the decisions of our state and federal govt. I was on unemployment for two years yes I was a 99er. I found work and unfortunately I got laid off in May so I am back to looking again. No it was no fault of my own just slow work. The point that I want to make is that folks have been told dozens of times that they are either over or under qualified. I admire folks that out there volunteering doing internships and other activities while they network for their next position with a company and we all should too otherwise its sit on the couch and wait for a company to call. Kudos to the ones that out there making themselves more marketable for a career.

  • PanthersFan45 Jun 24, 5:50 p.m.

    "When you have a legislature that is this extreme, this immoral and this committed to turning us backwards, then we have to be committed even more to go forward together," said state NAACP President Rev. William Barber, one of the 17 protesters in court.

    Extreme, maybe with some cuts but I'd like to know exactly what is so immoral. Spending less money (when a state has a 9% U/E Rate) is not immoral, its actually responsible as the state recovers. We all like free money but sometimes you have to realize you need to get out there and EARN something on your own. Times are stiill tight, lesson here is stop relying on the Government to hand you everything. Moral can also be defined as earning money rather than wanting to take it out of someone elses pocket. Personally I think thats pretty immoral.

  • Tax Man Jun 24, 5:43 p.m.

    "Maria Palmer, who is working as an unpaid intern, will lose her unemployment benefits next Monday because of legislation passed by the GOP-controlled legislature." How can she get unemployment when she is technically "working" - she may not being paid but she is gainfully employed learning and gaining experience. The employers should not have to pay for this - she should not be on unemployment because she is not unemployed and she is doing this voluntarily. She could just go get a paying job! Unemployment is for the very short term while you look for a new job - most of us find one before our first unemployment check arrives. Probably 13 weeks would be sufficient for most people. I imagine a lot of these folks losing their extended benefits will start getting paychecks in July. Perhaps folks should repay the unemployment to the state once they are working again so there is more $$$ available for the folks just becoming unemployed.

  • westernwake1 Jun 24, 5:33 p.m.

    "Maria Palmer, who is working as an unpaid intern, will lose her unemployment benefits next Monday because of legislation passed by the GOP-controlled legislature."

    I expect this means that she has been sponging off the system for nearly two years - receiving unemployment without any intent to find a paid job. Nobody who works for a living really feels sorry that she is losing benefits because she is long beyond 26 weeks.

    The legislation passed by the GOP-controlled legislature was long overdue. The unemployment insurance system in North Carolina is under-water and owes millions to the Feds

  • westernwake1 Jun 24, 5:28 p.m.

    How about manadatory 90 day jail sentences for repeat offenders - and the court take up their cases immediately and decide them within the next ten days.

  • affirmativediversity Jun 24, 5:18 p.m.

    "Maria Palmer, who is working as an unpaid intern, will lose her unemployment benefits next Monday "

    ------------------

    This comment tells me that Marie is a full time student and therefore probably not eligible for the UI benefits to begin with!

  • ncouterbanks69 Jun 24, 5:16 p.m.

    "When will we see this group protesting teen pregnancy, teen crime, or drug abuse? Oh, that's right...these issues won't put money in their pockets."

    Free money at that!

  • ncouterbanks69 Jun 24, 5:15 p.m.

    "Name one time when any group on the right or center has marched into the Legislative building, disrupted the proceedings and forced their own arrest."

    They can not because the right does not believe they are above the law. The left is not called the party of whine without a reason.

  • rickbrown64 Jun 24, 5:15 p.m.

    Disrupting government business is not a minor offense. No way the minority should be ruling this country. The majority backs most of the changes being made. I agree pay your fine or serve your time. Cost of the law enforcement each monday could be going for better things.

  • zacksmill Jun 24, 5:12 p.m.

    When will we see this group protesting teen pregnancy, teen crime, or drug abuse? Oh, that's right...these issues won't put money in their pockets.

  • Thought Criminal WS Jun 24, 5:11 p.m.

    If the "moral monday" protesters have thier charges dismissed send a message loud and clear to politicians on both sides of the aisle...

    Taxpayer Tuesday sounds like a great idea AND is possible. How about a Tuesday where the tax paying workers change the STATE WITHELD TAX to nothing?

    I mean after all if they FELT it was morally right to ignore the law then I darnt sure feel morally right to keep what I work for and refuse wealth distribution!

    Money talks.

  • 5Rs Jun 24, 5:09 p.m.

    "replaced with leaders with whom YOU disagree." golden osprey

    The corruption of the last few Democrat governors and legislatures are well documented, and many of us have been upset with their spending and other non-beneficial ploys. Name one time when any group on the right or center has marched into the Legislative building, disrupted the proceedings and forced their own arrest.

  • Relic Jun 24, 5:03 p.m.

    Dismiss theirs then dismiss every other trespassing charge in the state including those involving domestic cases. Or is it only "fair" when you're giving people money?

  • redwolfone Jun 24, 5:03 p.m.

    "Maria Palmer, who is working as an unpaid intern, will lose her unemployment benefits next Monday "

    Do you want to know why you cannot find a Job. Look at the market for the last three days. When the government says it’s stopping the printing of money, it all falls apart. The economy is a house of cards and the emperor in DC has no cloths. This is a sham that is getting ready to blow up!

  • rlee1117 Jun 24, 5:01 p.m.

    Not going to be dismissed. Pay your fines and court cost or go to jail. Your choice. I think jail would be a better way of getting your point across.
    lec02572

    IT will never happen as they will be set free to do it again!!

Oldest First