WATCH: New Ad Defends N.C. “Bathroom Bill” Protecting Women’s Privacy

Heard about HB 2 in North Carolina? You know, the law the media’s been calling the “bathroom bill”? Then you’re probably aware of all the big corporations, musical artists and sports leagues crying “bigotry.”

Thankfully, the Institute for Faith and Family is giving voice to the other side. A new commercial uses the testimony of a Greenville, N.C., high school junior named Chloe who makes a simple yet impassioned plea for the safety and privacy of the sons and daughters of the Tar Heel State. Check it out for yourself below:

“It’s not just about privacy. It’s about safety too.” This is clearly Chloe’s strongest argument. Women and children in bathrooms and locker rooms shouldn’t be forced to change and shower with grown men. The alternatives proposed by Democrats in North Carolina are unsupervised, constant use of showers and bathrooms by anyone who chooses.

Chris Sgro, a Democratic state representative, called HB 2 an “economic disaster that discriminates against LGBT North Carolinians.” It’s only an economic disaster because big business interests have been buying what the totalitarian left is selling. When a state legislative body has come to a policy decision, it would be bad practice to reverse their decision because business interests are trying to hold the electorate ransom. Instead, opponents of HB 2 could propose a legislative alternative that finds a compromise for both sides of the argument. Perhaps there is a possibility that transgender protections could be extended without withdrawing protections from supporters of HB 2.

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Hillary Clinton Wants to Force Your Daughters to Shower With Biological Males

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Hillary Clinton has now joined the political left, Corporate America, and the sports-entertainment complex in attacking North Carolinians for the passage of HB 2, a law that protects privacy and prevents biological men from having the right to use the same bathroom and shower facilities as women.

Via Newsmax:

Hillary Clinton criticized North Carolina’s Republican governor over the state’s “bathroom bill” during a campaign stop in Raleigh on Tuesday.

“Right here in North Carolina, the very mean-spirited, wrong-headed decision by your legislature and governor to pass and sign House Bill 2 has hurt this state,” Clinton told a crowd at Wake Technical Community College.

“But more than that, it’s hurt people. It has sent a message to so many people that, well, you know, you’re really not wanted. You’re really not part of us.

This, of course, is ridiculous. As we have covered repeatedly here at The Pulse 2016, HB 2 is not just a “bathroom bill.” It is a brave attempt by North Carolina’s legislature and Governor Pat McCrory to fight against a far-left progressive effort to equate “gender identity,” a fictional concept with no basis in reality, with biological sex.

President Obama codified this asinine effort earlier this year with his edict to public schools across the country granting students the right to use the showers, changing rooms, and bathrooms corresponding to their “gender identity.” If schools fail to acquiesce to the government’s demands, they face a loss of federal funding. Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood Plans to Spend Millions to Influence North Carolina Elections

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Amidst the anticipation of last night’s presidential debate, USA Today reported yesterday afternoon that Planned Parenthood has announced it intends to spend “seven figures” in North Carolina to push its pro-abortion agenda in an attempt to shift close state races toward the Democrats:

Planned Parenthood Action PAC North Carolina, Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Planned Parenthood Votes revealed Monday that they now consider North Carolina a “federal priority state” and will be spending big in hopes of electing Democrats up and down ballot.

“We’re hearing from voters every day who reject the divisive politics and policies of Donald Trump, Richard Burr and Pat McCrory — policies that jeopardize the health and well-being of families,” Deirdre Schifeling, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Votes, told USA TODAY in an email. “Women and families must have the freedom to access the health care services they need. Any politician who stands in the way instead of standing with women and families is going to be sent packing in November.”

The investment will fund canvassing, phone banking, grassroots organizing, mail and digital ads through election day. A series of videos that target Republican Gov. Pat McCrory specifically are also being released.

We have written a number of times here at The Pulse 2016 about the importance of North Carolina and Gov. McCrory’s race in particular to the conservative movement. With Big Business, the NBA, the NCAA, and the Obama administration already attempting to punish the state for its strong stand on the transgender bathroom issue, it was probably only a matter of time before Planned Parenthood became involved as well. Continue Reading

New Poll Confirms McCrory’s Lead Over Cooper

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For weeks, polls have shown Democrat Roy Cooper leading North Carolina’s Gov. Pat McCrory. But a September 11-12 Civitas poll found McCrory had fought his way back to a two-point lead. Pundits began saying opposition to all things transgender was a political death knell.

Now, a second new poll from Elon University of 644 likely voters surveyed from September 12-16 confirms that McCrory leads Cooper by 2.7 percentage points: 48.7 percent to 46 percent, as independents break strongly for him.  This poll was taken after the NCAA decided to strip the “March Madness” games from Greensboro, N.C., as punishment for the state passing HB 2.

Its also notable that McCrory is outpolling incumbent Republican Sen. Richard Burr, who is one point behind Democrat Deborah Ross in his race to retain his Senate seat. Burr has refused to support or oppose HB 2. “Burr has held a lead over Ross in many polls, including a 4-point lead in our last April poll of registered voters. That Burr has fallen in this poll while McCrory has risen is a surprise to us,” admit the Elon pollsters.

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project and can be followed on Twitter @MaggieGallaghe. Continue Reading

Did the NBA/NCAA Attack on North Carolina Just Backfire?

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A new Civitas poll shows an astonishing turnaround for the courageous North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory — a 9-point swing now putting him up two points after being down seven in the last poll.

As the sports-entertainment complex seeks to shame good, loving people in North Carolina who object to permitting transgender biological males to freely invade the privacy of girls in public school showers by dubbing them haters and bigots unworthy of being treated like any other American state, it looks like the overkill may be provoking a swing in McCrory’s favor.

Or it could be the work of people like Franklin Graham who call on pastors in North Carolina to stand up for the stand-up governor who is facing an avalanche of big donor money and attacks for simple, common sense values:

North Carolina-based evangelist Franklin Graham said Thursday he’s ‘outraged’ at the ACC’s decision to pull games from North Carolina because of House Bill 2. And he called on pastors to join him in speaking out.

In a strongly-worded letter to Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John D. Swofford, a copy of which was sent to the presidents of its 15 member schools, Graham called on him not to make ‘political pawns of student-athletes.’

He also told Swofford that the ACC, NCAA and other companies and organizations now boycotting North Carolina because of the controversial law are guilty of ‘profound hypocrisy’ for ‘making calculated business decisions disguised as moral outrage.’

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NCAA Caves, Joins Progressive War on North Carolina

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The Big Business/Big Entertainment pile-on continues in North Carolina.

Yesterday, the NCAA announced that it would be relocating seven college athletic events from North Carolina due to HB 2, the state’s transgender bathroom law. In a press release, the group explained that the law would “make it challenging” for the NCAA to “promote an inclusive atmosphere for all college athletes, coaches, administrators, and fans,” necessitating the venue changes:

“Fairness is about more than the opportunity to participate in college sports, or even compete for championships,” said Mark Emmert, NCAA president. “We believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at our events and are committed to providing the best experience possible for college athletes, fans and everyone taking part in our championships.”

Apparently, the irony was lost on Mr. Emmert that he would lecture North Carolinians about “providing a safe and respectful environment” just days after a lawsuit was filed in Minnesota detailing how a biologically male student at a high school allegedly engaged in sexually explicit behavior after being allowed access to the girl’s locker room due to the school’s ‘gender identity’ policy.

Of course, North Carolina’s GOP spokeswoman Kami Mueller was also quick to point out the hypocrisy of the NCAA’s position:

This is so absurd it’s almost comical. I genuinely look forward to the NCAA merging all men’s and women’s teams together as singular, unified, unisex teams. Under the NCAA’s logic, colleges should make cheerleaders and football players share bathrooms, showers and hotel rooms.

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Is North Carolina Do or Die for Social Conservatives? (VIDEO)

Frank Cannon is president of the American Principles Project and a respected conservative political strategist with over 30 years of experience.

… I think that it’s always the case when there is one governor [Pat McCrory] willing to take on a policy that elites — and by elites, they’re almost exclusively liberal elites when they come to the media and academia, but also the funders, the conservative elites look at a race and say, ‘that’s an issue we don’t want to touch.’

McCrory has to either prove it’s an asset or it’s a liability. If he loses, regardless of what other issues are at play in North Carolina, it’ll be decided that his race was a loss because of his support of House Bill 2 in North Carolina and pushing back against the transgender movement. If he wins, and it’s able to be shown that this was a part of his win, it doesn’t mean that this will move forward; it means it’s still possible for it to move forward…

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What Would a Loss in North Carolina Mean for Religious Liberty? (VIDEO)

Frank Cannon is president of the American Principles Project and a respected conservative political strategist with over 30 years of experience.

[A loss in North Carolina] means [religious liberty fights] are over.

…I think there is such pressure when the National Basketball Association moves its all-star game; when high-profile athletes say they won’t be married in your state. The onus is on you as the candidate to show that ordinary people in the grassroots have a different opinion. If they don’t, then it’s hard to justify you moving against your own donor class and against the press elites to champion a position that actually makes it harder for you to be elected.

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Could One State Election Decide the Future of the Transgender Debate?

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Earlier this week, APP senior fellow and contributor Maggie Gallagher was interviewed by Radio America’s Greg Corombos on religious freedom and the Republican Party. While religious freedom has become a hot-button issue in many places across the country, Gallagher sees one race as being particularly pivotal in deciding how this debate plays out after 2016: the reelection effort of North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory.

With certain powerful elements of the GOP hoping to move the party leftward on social issues, a loss for McCrory — and by extension his strong support for North Carolina’s “bathroom law” — could be used to argue that Republican leaders should acquiesce to the LGBT agenda rather than be branded “anti-LGBT”:

“They’re going to look at this [GOP Gov. Pat] McCrory race, and they’re going to decide whether or not they’re going to shut down on these issues, whether these are just not politically viable issues in America,” said Gallagher, who is now a senior fellow at the American Principles Project Foundation.

“I can tell you that the national Republican Party would like to shut down,” Gallagher said. “This is going to include not only the national Republican Party, but you’re going to see the wave of state efforts to provide conscience protections to gay marriage dissenters grind to a halt.”

With McCrory trailing Democrat Roy Cooper and so much attention being paid to social issues, Gallagher said a McCrory loss will lead national GOP figures to the wrong conclusion.

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Federal Judge Blocks University of North Carolina from Enforcing “Bathroom Law”

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On Friday, a federal judge blocked the University of North Carolina from enforcing the state’s HB 2 bill, which restricts bathroom access based on biological sex.

“The University of North Carolina, its officers, agents, servants, employees, and attorneys, and all other persons acting in concert or participation with them are hereby enjoined from enforcing (the law) against the individual transgender plaintiffs until further order of the court,” Judge Thomas D. Schroeder wrote in his decision to block the law’s application.

This decision only applies to the three plaintiffs of the lawsuit — two students and a faculty member. However, LGBT activists are celebrating this decision, and they hope that this is a sign the law may ultimately be struck down.

The state’s law and federal guidance from the Departments of Education and Justice have come into conflict. According to Obama appointees in the federal government, nondiscrimination standards in Title IX require government-run schools, like UNC, to create “safe spaces” for transgender students. In part, that means allowing students to choose which bathroom they would prefer to use.

“The guidance explains that when students or their parents, as appropriate, notify a school that a student is transgender, the school must treat the student consistent with the student’s gender identity,” the federal government said in a press release explaining this guidance. “A school may not require transgender students to have a medical diagnosis, undergo any medical treatment, or produce a birth certificate or other identification document before treating them consistent with their gender identity.”

According to reports, the University of North Carolina is reviewing the order but will “fully comply with its directive.”

Far from abandon the law because of the political pressure, North Carolina’s governor, Pat McCrory, is standing up in defense of this law — even making a key issue in his reelection campaign. Continue Reading