Raleigh, N.C. — Local politics took center stage in North Carolina this week, as the Charlotte City Council passed a nondiscrimination ordinance that prohibits businesses from refusing service to LGBT customers.
One provision in the ordinance would allow transgender people to use public restrooms of the gender with which they identify, which prompted a furious response from conservatives, who predicted sexual predators going into women's bathrooms. Gov. Pat McCrory, a former Charlotte mayor, criticized the ordinance, and House Speaker Tim Moore suggested holding a special legislative session so the state could block the law before it goes into effect in April. Some members of the Republican caucus, however, expressed reservations about jumping into the issue.
In state politics, Progress NC filed complaints with the State Board of Elections over ads promoting the $2 billion bond issue on the March 15 primary ballot. The elections board previously limited how candidates running for office this year, including McCrory, could promote the bond, but the liberal advocacy group said online ads that include the governor and state Rep. Ken Goodman, D-Richmond, violate those limits.