Since the late-March passage of North Carolina's HB2 bathroom bill, much has happened: The NBA relocated the 2017 All-Star Game, entertainers cancelled events, Paypal nixed expansion plans, and the NCAA and ACC both pulled select future championship games from the state over the bill.
Along the way have been calls from top Democrats, including Democrat nominee for governor/Attorney General Roy Cooper, to repeal the bill.
But an interesting thing has occurred each time the state legislature has tried introducing bipartisan deals that would either modify or repeal HB2: Democrats have said no.
Why? Many of us have long suspected the state party wanted to keep HB2 alive so they could use it as an election-year wedge issue, even though doing so would cause more economic harm to the state and its people.
Charlotte's WBTV confirmed Monday night that the latest proposed compromise deal - repealing both the Charlotte ordinance that sparked HB2 and HB2 itself - fell through because powerful Democrats strong-armed other Democrats into saying no (bolded emphasis added):
North Carolina State Representative Becky Carney (D-Mecklenburg) lobbied members of the Charlotte City Council against voting to repeal the city’s non-discrimination ordinance, which would have paved the way for a repeal of the controversial House Bill 2, multiple sources tell On Your Side Investigates.
A Democratic member of the legislature, who spoke on background to discuss the situation, confirmed Carney tied her opposition to the ordinance’s repeal directly to her desire to keep HB2 on the books so Democrats in close legislative races could use the bill as a wedge issue in November’s election.
It really doesn't get much more loathsome than this in politics, folks. Instead of refusing a compromise deal based on principle, elected state and city Democratic party leaders have balked at resolving this issue because they hope to benefit politically from the economic hardship it has caused the people they claim they want to represent!
If you didn't know any better, you'd think this was their plan all along. Then again, maybe that's not that far off the mark. Let's review:
(1) In February, the Charlotte City Council passed the NDO, which included the controversial bathroom provision so many opposed. This after repeated attempts by state legislators - and the governor himself - imploring them to leave it out. Keep it out, they said, and we'll leave you alone. The council kept it in anyway.
(2) A month later and shortly after HB2 was signed into law, Attorney General Cooper huddled with left-wing CEO Marc Benioff, known for his campaigns that promote economic sanctions against states that don't comply with the demands of social justice warriors. On April 12th, North Carolina lost the Deutsche Bank expansion.
(3) On April 14th, Gov. McCrory appoints - at the recommendation of Guilford County Democrats - Equality NC executive director Chris Sgro to fill a vacant state house seat. Sgro's group, a leading opponent of HB2 involved in the lawsuit against it, benefits from the law staying on the books, agreed with calls for the NBA to pull the All Star Game, and opposed a July attempt at compromise.
(4) In late April, state and national Democratic party officials cheer in emails over the loss of jobs and revenue as a result of HB2.
(5) In late May and after intense lobbying efforts against it by Human Rights Campaign and Equality NC, the Democrat-controlled Charlotte City Council rejected the opportunity to sign on to compromise deal with the state legislature in a 7-4 vote that would have opened up the door to repeal the Charlotte ordinance, with HB2 to follow.
(6) In early July, a comprehensive bipartisan deal to modify parts of HB2 fell through after Attorney General Cooper bullied Democrats into opposing it:
“We were told Cooper was making personal phone calls to the ten Democratic members saying if they wanted to be on the team in November they needed to vote against the bill.”
(7) Fast forward to this past weekend, and the news that broke Monday about how state Rep. Carney (D) sabotaged a deal between the state and the city council by mimicking Cooper and bullying her fellow Democrats into submission.
The state legislature is - again - trying to fix a mess of the Democrats' making with their offer of a dual-repeal. Charlotte's NDO would have to be repealed first because the legislature repealing HB2 first would give the Charlotte ordinance new life, which would drag out this drama all over again. The idea seems to be to craft a new NDO policy (statewide or locally) that would appease a majority of people on both sides without opening bathroom and locker room doors to predators who would use lax laws to invade the privacy of others or do them harm.
Imagine that. Brokering a deal that both sides could get behind, that could resolve this issue, finally take our “bathroom wars” out of the national headlines, bring back some of those championship games, and steer us back on course to continue growing North Carolina's economy, which was on track to have a stellar 2016 prior to the left's instigation of the bathroom wars and their calls for economic sanctions against their own state.
I'm sure it's just a coincidence that in a crucial election year that was supposed to be good economically for this state, Democrats worked to undermine North Carolina by way of refusing to compromise on a deal that could pave the way for healing divisions between the people and restoring the state's economic vitality.
No way they'd do this intentionally, right?