New Poll Confirms McCrory’s Lead Over Cooper

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (photo credit: NCDOTcommunications via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

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?

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (photo credit: NCDOTcommunications via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

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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LGBT Extremists Terrorize Big 12 Over Potential BYU Admission

The Big 12 collegiate athletic conference is looking to expand, and Brigham Young University (BYU) is hoping to join. However, LGBT extremists are in an uproar over the mere idea of a relationship between the conference and the school.

BYU is the largest Mormon college in the country, and every student is required to sign and uphold an honor code. One of the pledges, keeping with traditional Mormon moral teachings, is to refrain from homosexual behavior and premarital sex, or, as the honor code puts it, to commit to “living a chaste and virtuous life.”

25 national LGBT groups, led by a group called Athlete Ally, have signed a letter to Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby urging him to cease consideration of adding BYU. The authors wrote:

BYU … actively and openly discriminates against its LGBT students and staff. It provides no protections for LGBT students … Given BYU’s homophobic, biphobic and transphobic policies and practices, BYU should not be rewarded with Big 12 membership.

The text of the honor code actually states that “Brigham Young University will respond to homosexual behavior rather than to feelings or attraction and welcomes as full members of the university community all whose behavior meets university standards… One’s stated same-gender attraction is not an Honor Code issue.”

This is not about discrimination. This is about forcing BYU to abandon their traditional morality in favor of the new sexual orthodoxy and moral relativism.

In his daily college football newsletter, SB Nation’s Jason Kirk wrote “Big 12 member and fellow private, religious school Baylor removed a similar policy in 2015. Continue Reading