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  • dmccall Jun 3, 5:41 p.m.

    STOP COVERING THIS. WHO CARES? Anyone who is doing more than just an occasional protest either has another agenda or a productivity problem. I'm sick of WRAL giving these counterproductive people a voice.

  • NCSouthpaw Jun 3, 4:12 p.m.

    Isn't it wonderful? A simple little story about people exercising their rights gets our right... View More

    — Posted by support18

    How is this exercising their rights? They are trespassing on government property after 5:00.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jun 3, 2:59 p.m.

    “We cannot, in good faith, leave this space until Governor McCrory repeals these laws,” one protester said.

    So this person just threw Democracy out the window and appointed him or herself king?

  • support18 Jun 3, 2:33 p.m.

    Isn't it wonderful? A simple little story about people exercising their rights gets our right wing friends here so up in arms. Then I imagine our legislature simply mentioning the words "gun control". How many would be outside threatening the overthrow of the gubmint do you think? But since guns are so much more important than the people, you won't hear a word from them now. But please, someone record all of their comments for posterity once these carpet bagging right wingers in power now are run off. THey'll still swear they never wrote those words when it's their turn to protest a little. THEN it will be ENTIRELY different.

  • chris42m Jun 3, 2:00 p.m.

    That is not North Carolina. You can spend Koch millions, gerrymander, lie and demagogue, but the... View More

    If you want to discuss Gerrymandering, perhaps you should start with the 12th Congressional district formed by the Democrats in 1992 that kept Mel Watts employed for 21 years. It is sited as the poster child for Gerrymandering. They you could follow it with the 13th Congressional District, also created by the Democrats, that kept Brad Miller on the public payroll for 10 years.

  • foolmeonce Jun 3, 1:49 p.m.

    One more thing Peace2U--those young men protesting the Vietnam War were afraid to fight for this country. I call them cowards--nothing to be admired.

  • fjsmss2099 Jun 3, 1:45 p.m.

    If you cared about voter integrity you would pass legislation that actually targeted fraud,... View More

    — Posted by foolmeonce

    I am against voter suppression. I am sick of suppression. All of this suppression happened to be in less than 24 hours. Going on vacation I had to go to the bank to cash a check and you will never believe what happen, bank suppression they asked for an ID to cash MY check. I left there to go to the pharmacy to get a prescription and guess again, you got it Pharmacy suppression. From there I went to UPS to pick up a missed package I needed for my trip and OMG it happened again parcel pickup suppression. They had the audacity to ask for my ID. Heading to the airport feeling abused you will never have guessed what came next, TSA suppression. Did it stop there oh no. Getting to my destination, I needed to rent a car an yep Avis suppression. Eight hour, five suppression"s,

  • 68_dodge_polara Jun 3, 1:45 p.m.

    "I love the name Moral Monday protests, moral people don't do things that get themselves... View More

    — Posted by peace2u

    I remember Vietnam War protesters, and they were a bunch of radical anti-american ignorant... View More

    — Posted by foolmeonce

    Our family member who served in Vietnam was told when he got to the states and before flying a commercial jet the rest of the way home to change out of his uniform and in to civilian cloths as to not be harrassed. It was a sad and disturbing how vet returning from war were treated at that time.

  • tuckerbrian54 Jun 3, 1:38 p.m.

    “We cannot, in good faith, leave this space until Governor McCrory repeals these laws,” one protester said.
    So, why is it only a handful are requesting these laws be changed ? What happened to the rest of the people of this state ? Must be they're ok with it and this handful has nothing better to do with there time, except get arrested for breaking the rules. These people are all followers of Barber, and what does that say ?

  • foolmeonce Jun 3, 1:26 p.m.

    "I love the name Moral Monday protests, moral people don't do things that get themselves... View More

    — Posted by peace2u

    I remember Vietnam War protesters, and they were a bunch of radical anti-american ignorant teenagers, influenced by their liberal anti-americancollege professors. Now many of the are in charge of our higher education systems, and many are in positions in Washington. Nothing about them has changed--they're just radical anti-american ignorant old people. They are the ones who spat on Vietnam vets.

  • goldenosprey Jun 3, 12:56 p.m.

    What a bunch of cry babies. They lost the election and now they through tantrums!!

    — Posted by emptynester

    I expect a lot of respectful smiles and "Thank you sir, may I have another's" from the tea party when democratic (small and big D) rule is restored in NC.

  • IBnormal Jun 3, 12:53 p.m.

    Continued... The second state has a great deal of good in it. The mass of mankind under that enjoys a precious degree of liberty and happiness. It has it's evils too: the principal of which is the turbulence to which it is subject. But weigh this against the oppressions of monarchy, and it becomes nothing. Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem. Even this evil is productive of good. It prevents the degeneracy of government, and nourishes a general attention to the public affairs. I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical." - Jefferson to James Madison, January 30, 1787

  • IBnormal Jun 3, 12:51 p.m.

    I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery (Quotation)

    This is actually a translation of a Latin phrase that Thomas Jefferson used: Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem. It has also been translated as, "I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude."

    Here is the sentence in context:

    "Societies exist under three forms sufficiently distinguishable. 1. Without government, as among our Indians. 2. Under governments wherein the will of every one has a just influence, as is the case in England in a slight degree, and in our states in a great one. 3. Under governments of force: as is the case in all other monarchies and in most of the other republics. To have an idea of the curse of existence under these last, they must be seen. It is a government of wolves over sheep. It is a problem, not clear in my mind, that the 1st. condition is not the best. But I believe it to be inconsistent with any great degree of population. To be continued...

  • peace2u Jun 3, 12:43 p.m.

    "I love the name Moral Monday protests, moral people don't do things that get themselves arrested while protesting."
    Really?? How naive you are!! Remember the Vietnam war protests?? That is what REAL PROTESTING looked like!!

  • tracmister Jun 3, 12:42 p.m.

    The Moral Monday protest at McCrory's is dumb. McCrory has no power. If these protesters really want to make a difference, boycott Art Pope's stores on a weekly basis. That would have more of an impact.

  • emptynester Jun 3, 12:41 p.m.

    What a bunch of cry babies. They lost the election and now they through tantrums!!

  • peace2u Jun 3, 12:23 p.m.

    "That is not North Carolina. You can spend Koch millions, gerrymander, lie and demagogue, but the voters will cast these corporate flunkies out." AMEN, BROTHER!!

  • disgusted2010 Jun 3, 12:22 p.m.

    If news media stayed in the building to cover the sit-ins after hours and the building was... View More

    — Posted by skeeter II

    True, but the media of today does not report news, they make it. Often they make it up.

  • foolmeonce Jun 3, 12:16 p.m.

    If you cared about voter integrity you would pass legislation that actually targeted fraud, instead, you suppressed the vote of the poor
    goldenosprey Jun 3, 11:18 a.m.

    This ridiculous talking point from you liberals about id suppressing the vote of the poor is without merit. The poor already have a picture id or they wouldn't be able to receive any government assistance.

  • ncprr1 Jun 3, 12:15 p.m.

    Where were these folks when the former governor was getting insider deals for his wife and... View More

    — Posted by Barely

    EXACTLY!!!!! I get a chuckle that these people never complained once about all the corruption... View More

    — Posted by anti-Mako II

    They couldn't care less about corruption. It's the thought of having legitimate, fair elections that has this in a real panic. Just look at some of their long-winded supporters posting here.

  • peace2u Jun 3, 12:12 p.m.

    Goodbye and good riddance to McCrory, Tillis, and Berger!! How dare they sell our children's and grandchildren's health down the polluted rivers in the name of fracking!! The future is in non-fossil fuels...Wake up NC!

  • 68_dodge_polara Jun 3, 12:12 p.m.

    I love the name Moral Monday protests, moral people don't do things that get themselves arrested while protesting. Reminds me of the "Affordable" Care Act or The "Patriot" Act.

  • mike275132 Jun 3, 12:12 p.m.

    "I stand here today for those who could not be here to say Governor McCrory, stop it," said Serena Sebring, a N.C. State University sociology professor"

    Gee Professor, he was elected you weren't.

    Your NC tax dollars at work, paying a third rate "professor".

    Ah Immoral Mondays, what a hoot

  • floydthebarber Jun 3, 12:07 p.m.

    Proud to see Democracy in action by my fellow Tar Heels. NC has had ENOUGH of the extremism! We need enforcement of environmental laws. We need quality public education and above average teacher pay. We need to put the Democrats back in power :)

  • support18 Jun 3, 12:03 p.m.

    Unbelievable wast of time and resources by the media reporting on 30 protesters. I bet I... View More

    — Posted by IndependentAmerican

    Oh, don't be so hard on yourself. It would begin something like this: "Lunatics back at it". and go on to describe how a group of folks, all about the same shade of pale, once again gathered to heap disgust and animosity on actual humans doing something about the crazies in power.

  • goldenosprey Jun 3, 11:18 a.m.

    We REAL North Carolinians salute the protestors. We will take our state back.goldenosprey Jun 3,... View More

    — Posted by foolmeonce

    If you cared about voter integrity you would pass legislation that actually targeted fraud, instead, you suppressed the vote of the poor in a law that does pretty much zilch to protect the integrity or whatever kool-aid soaked term you use. The NCGA is the body that pays teachers worse than almost any state, that is de-funding universities in violation of the state constitution, that is paving the way for religious private schools to take taxpayer funds, that looks the other way when Duke floods rivers and streams with coal ash, that invites oil companies to jeopardize our groundwater before any rules are in place.

    That is not North Carolina. You can spend Koch millions, gerrymander, lie and demagogue, but the voters will cast these corporate flunkies out.

  • support18 Jun 3, 10:41 a.m.

    Well, now that the General Assembly has started in on their own kind, this should get interesting. As more right wingers are forced into complying with new rules, taxes, and conditions for existing, they may just decide to get a teensy bit involved themselves. The first time a well is drilled on someone's land that doesn't want it, as soon as the money from Privilege Licenses in smalltown NC dries up, as soon as the cost of vaping goes up, some of our right wing friends may begin to think about rebelling. But mostly, they will just do nothing. Except complain on the interwebs, Because that's about all they ever do. Unless someone says Lipton, then it's Tea Time and the crazy kicks in.

  • anti-Mako II Jun 3, 10:41 a.m.

    If news media stayed in the building to cover the sit-ins after hours and the building was... View More

    — Posted by skeeter II

    So in your opinion, people should not be allowed to demonstrate against a perceived injustice. ... View More

    — Posted by miseem

    They do have the right to protest. But when the building is closed and they are asked to leave, then they also have the right to be arrested. No arrests were made until after they broke the law of trespassing in a closed building.

  • jgriffith3792 Jun 3, 10:38 a.m.

    We REAL North Carolinians salute the protestors. We will take our state back.goldenosprey Jun 3,... View More

    — Posted by foolmeonce

    ^^^^^FoolMeOnce has the post of the day right there!

  • anti-Mako II Jun 3, 10:37 a.m.

    Where were these folks when the former governor was getting insider deals for his wife and... View More

    — Posted by Barely

    EXACTLY!!!!! I get a chuckle that these people never complained once about all the corruption and malfeasance when the dems were in control.

  • NCSU84 Jun 3, 10:35 a.m.

    I am very proud of these protestors. They help keep NC from looking like a total third world... View More

    — Posted by goldenosprey

    I don't salute people who are arrested. However, I do salute people who protest peacefully and... View More

    — Posted by PanthersFan45

    Panthersfan45 is correct.

  • sinenomine Jun 3, 10:29 a.m.

    For a hundred years, more or less, Democrats won electoral races and Republicans went home and planned for the next election. Never once did the Republicans protest the legitimacy of the decision made by the voting public. The Democrats lose one election and forfeit control of state government for the only time in a century and all of a sudden the duly elected legislature is not legitimate? If that's not demagoguery I don't know what is.

  • josephlawrence43 Jun 3, 10:12 a.m.

    "So in your opinion, people should not be allowed to demonstrate against a perceived injustice. And further, the rest of the population should just go home, or at least somewhere away from the demonstration or face arrest. Last I heard, freedom of assembly is a constitutional right. In fact, it's contained in the first amendment. You can't just pick which amendments you want enforced.' miseem: While freedom of speech and assembly are rights guaranteed by the Constitution--need to remember neither freedom of speech nor assembly are absolute--there are limits both on these rights, and indeed, all of the rights contained in the Constitution.

  • millers Jun 3, 10:07 a.m.

    If news media stayed in the building to cover the sit-ins after hours and the building was... View More

    — Posted by skeeter II

    So in your opinion, people should not be allowed to demonstrate against a perceived injustice. ... View More

    — Posted by miseem

    That's not what was written. Don't spin it your way to fit your views. It is a wonderful thing when people protest and it is their right. However it is not their right to trespass after the building was closed and they were asked to leave. That's the point that was being made in addition to the fact that the news agency covering this story was not cited for trespassing. So let me spin your views.....you're saying it's okay for me to protest at the white house and go into the oval office and refuse to leave when asked? That's okay, right?

  • PanthersFan45 Jun 3, 10:06 a.m.

    I am very proud of these protestors. They help keep NC from looking like a total third world... View More

    — Posted by goldenosprey

    I don't salute people who are arrested. However, I do salute people who protest peacefully and lawfully.

  • sinenomine Jun 3, 9:59 a.m.

    I wonder if anyone but me read the editorial Tuesday in the N&O by former NC Supreme Court Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake, Jr.? He says that the rules for accessibility and protest at the General Assembly were more strict (and likely illegal) under Democrats in past years than they are currently under Republicans. For those whose minds have not been brainwashed by the prevalent tripe read Lake's comments here:

    http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/06/02/3906593/new-nc-rules-on-general-assembly.html?sp=/99/108/374/

  • oakcity Jun 3, 9:34 a.m.

    But Duke energy is a monopoly and if the government tries to do too much about it, then they... View More

    So we as a people should just be quiet and take it from our benevolent corporate masters? Nothing says freedom and American like bowing down to the corporate overlords.

    As far as WRAL covering this, they are a LOCAL NEWS STATION, this is a LOCAL NEWS EVENT so of course they are going to focus on this. And seeing as how they've gotten you all to come here, read the article AND comment on the subject, it looks like they've done their job. They would covered the exact same thing if this was a Tea Party rally, but you (and Fox News) has already made up your mind about the "lefties".

  • miseem Jun 3, 9:29 a.m.

    If news media stayed in the building to cover the sit-ins after hours and the building was... View More

    — Posted by skeeter II

    So in your opinion, people should not be allowed to demonstrate against a perceived injustice. And further, the rest of the population should just go home, or at least somewhere away from the demonstration or face arrest. Last I heard, freedom of assembly is a constitutional right. In fact, it's contained in the first amendment. You can't just pick which amendments you want enforced.

  • PanthersFan45 Jun 3, 9:15 a.m.

    "'Moral Monday' protesters cited, released for sit-in at McCrory's office"

    They were protesters up until 5PM when they were asked to leave. Obviously there is a trespassing law, After 5PM they were warned and they proceeded to become "Law Breakers". Law enforcement has a job to do and I'm glad to see they are doing it.

  • zonk Jun 3, 8:54 a.m.

    Absurdity

  • ecp1951 Jun 3, 8:53 a.m.

    these agitators are an embarassment for nc. apparently wral has nothing better to do than provide them complete news coverage. wral and the news and observer, not much difference in their liberal leanings.

  • Proud GI Jun 3, 8:53 a.m.

    Hey Blinker you weren't one of them?

  • guyguidry2 Jun 3, 8:24 a.m.

    in spite of the trolling in this comment section i fully support these protesters actions. the... View More

    — Posted by funnything

    some of the northern states would welcome you ,

  • Barely Jun 3, 8:15 a.m.

    Where were these folks when the former governor was getting insider deals for his wife and friends and undermining the political process to line his pockets? Oh... that's right. He was a Democrat, so that was perfectly fine.

  • disgusted2010 Jun 3, 8:02 a.m.

    If the news media would STOP giving free publicity to these folks they would eventually tire of... View More

    — Posted by heelsrule

    True. Makes you wonder if local media agrees with these extremists.

    — Posted by timexliving

    Of course they are. They both pursue the same agenda.

  • disgusted2010 Jun 3, 6:32 a.m.

    If the news media would STOP giving free publicity to these folks they would eventually tire of... View More

    — Posted by heelsrule

    True. Makes you wonder if local media agrees with these extremists.

    — Posted by timexliving

    That goes without saying. WRAL has taken up the mantle from the News and Observer in pushing an extreme liberal agenda.

  • -Va- Jun 3, 6:04 a.m.

    Someone please tell me what kind of jobs these people have that allows them not to be at work every Monday?

    Um, I think some of em are different people. Some of em are retired. If the only thing they did was to protest an inequality and then get a trespassing citation--I really don't care. You don't like em--just ignore em.

  • recontwice Jun 2, 10:25 p.m.

    Like his cowardly legislature I bet our cowardly governor made himself scarce too!!

  • lec02572 Jun 2, 9:48 p.m.

    You people have been to the legislative building enough to know when the building was closed for Tillis and Burger's letter delivery. Since you missed it, just put it in the mail. I'm sure they will read them. Nothing is going to be repealed, so you are wasting your time. Enjoy the court system, its a right you will exercise.

  • toyota19922 Jun 2, 9:34 p.m.

    Love the letters >note sarcasm

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