Charlotte Council member Lawana Mayfield boycotts restaurant

Reclaiming her time in the face of bigotry:

While she has not patronized any of Noble’s restaurants since 2015, she said she spoke out now because of Noble’s plans to open a business in the district she represents. “Any business that is within my district where I know that they signed on to the letter to support discrimination through legislation, I will not patronize knowingly,” she said. She said she knows of no other business in her district whose owner signed it.

Noble, who is also an ordained minister, was one of 94 signers of the letter, including prominent Christian conservatives such as Dr. Mark Creech of the Christian Action League of North Carolina. Others included business owners, realtors, educators, medical professionals and two captains for USAirways/American Airlines. The only restaurant owners were Noble and Joseph Acovski of Joey’s Fine Food and Pizza in Denver, N.C.

I know many of my friends in political circles are exhausted after the bitter fighting over HB2, but the truth is, bigots like Noble pretty much won that war. HB142 wasn’t even really a compromise, it was a victory of form over substance. Lawana was right to vocalize her opposition to patronizing this establishment, because there are over 90,000 LGBTQ folks living in the Charlotte Metropolitan area, and they deserve to know which businesses hold them in contempt, and actively work to deny them rights. And there’s something else this story exposes, the dangers of government relying on religious institutions to provide services to the poor:



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Wednesday News: Good job, Alabama

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE DOUG JONES DEFEATS ROY MOORE FOR US SENATE SEAT: In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama’s special Senate election, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations. It was the first Democratic Senate victory in a quarter-century in Alabama, one of the reddest of red states, and proved anew that party loyalty is anything but certain in the age of Trump. Tuesday’s Republican loss was a major embarrassment for the president and a fresh wound for the nation’s already divided GOP. “We have shown not just around the state of Alabama, but we have shown the country the way — that we can be unified,” Jones declared as supporters in a Birmingham ballroom cheered, danced and cried tears of joy.
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Tuesday News: ALEC’s new poster boy

NC REP JASON SAINE AWARDED ALEC’S TOP CORPORATE SELLOUT PRIZE: State Rep. Jason Saine, a Republican from Lincolnton, will be the next chairman of the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC is a conservative group backed by corporations that proposes model legislation for state legislators to introduce. Saine will serve a one-year term beginning January 1, an ALEC spokesman said in an email. Saine spoke at ALEC’s States & Nation Policy Summit last week in Nashville, Tenn. He hailed the coming 45th anniversary of ALEC, and encouraged attendance at the anniversary celebration next year at the Trump International Hotel. The event is aimed at raising millions for the ALEC endowment, he said. The 45th anniversary “is an incredible validation that an idea exchange works,” Saine said.
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Tuesday Twitter roundup

Today’s the big day in Alabama:

Here at #DougJonesForSenate rally here in Birmingham!!!! Let’s go #DougJones Let’s get out and #Vote tomorrow! http://pic.twitter.com/0PRxmF1oHu

— Piper Perabo (@PiperPerabo) December 12, 2017

Do what Piper says, she has sources who know Everything…



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Tuesday Twitter roundup

Today’s the big day in Alabama:

Here at #DougJonesForSenate rally here in Birmingham!!!! Let’s go #DougJones Let’s get out and #Vote tomorrow! http://pic.twitter.com/0PRxmF1oHu

— Piper Perabo (@PiperPerabo) December 12, 2017

Do what Piper says, she has sources who know Everything…



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Tuesday Twitter roundup

Today’s the big day in Alabama:

Here at #DougJonesForSenate rally here in Birmingham!!!! Let’s go #DougJones Let’s get out and #Vote tomorrow! http://pic.twitter.com/0PRxmF1oHu

— Piper Perabo (@PiperPerabo) December 12, 2017

Do what Piper says, she has sources who know Everything…



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Tuesday Twitter roundup

Today’s the big day in Alabama:

Here at #DougJonesForSenate rally here in Birmingham!!!! Let’s go #DougJones Let’s get out and #Vote tomorrow! http://pic.twitter.com/0PRxmF1oHu

— Piper Perabo (@PiperPerabo) December 12, 2017

Do what Piper says, she has sources who know Everything…



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Tuesday Twitter roundup

Today’s the big day in Alabama:

Here at #DougJonesForSenate rally here in Birmingham!!!! Let’s go #DougJones Let’s get out and #Vote tomorrow! http://pic.twitter.com/0PRxmF1oHu

— Piper Perabo (@PiperPerabo) December 12, 2017

Do what Piper says, she has sources who know Everything…



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Blue Monday kicks off 120 seat strategy for retaking the General Assembly

Say hello to Army veteran and cancer warrior Dr. Rick Foulke:

Today, we rank 35th in teacher pay (41st in 2016) and 43rd in per capita student spending in the whole nation. Our quality teachers are leaving for other states every day because of low pay and lack of respect. Our politicians have played partisan games with our lives by refusing to expand Medicaid. As a physician, Rick Foulke saw first hand- every single day- how important it is to have access to quality healthcare.

Rick was successful because of his hard work and the opportunities afforded to him by the Army. Just as the Army invested in him, Rick believes we must invest in our best and brightest minds, regardless of race or income or social status.

I firmly believe we need to field more veterans as Democratic candidates, for both state and federal offices. And it’s not just to swing votes, although I do believe it may be the best way to do that. It’s also about integrity and self-discipline, which are traits sometimes hard to detect in more polished politicians. And it’s also about representation: About 9% of North Carolinians are veterans, and we have a huge active duty military presence here, as well. They need to know the Democratic Party not only welcomes them, but values their experience and knowledge.



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Monday News: Narcissist-In-Chief

TELEVISION AND TWITTER SET THE TONE FOR TRUMP’S TWISTED LEADERSHIP AND POLICY: Around 5:30 each morning, President Donald Trump wakes and tunes in to the television in the White House’s master bedroom. He flips to CNN for news, moves to “Fox & Friends” for comfort and messaging ideas, and sometimes watches MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” because, friends suspect, it fires him up for the day. Energized, infuriated – often a gumbo of both – Trump grabs his iPhone. Sometimes he tweets while propped on his pillow, according to aides. Other times he tweets from the den next door, watching another television. Before taking office, Trump told top aides to think of each presidential day as an episode in a television show in which he vanquishes rivals. People close to him estimate that Trump spends at least four hours a day, and sometimes as much as twice that, in front of a television, sometimes with the volume muted, marinating in the no-holds-barred wars of cable news and eager to fire back.
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