The next battle in the bathroom war is upon us
Just in time for the election cycle!
From the Winston-Salem Journal:
On June 25, a federal judge will hold a hearing on pending motions in U.S. District Court in Winston-Salem. State Republicans and the president of the UNC system want the lawsuits against the state to go away, but plaintiffs represented by the ACLU of North Carolina and Lambda Legal argue that the law legislators replaced HB2 with doesn’t do enough to protect LGBT people.
Plaintiffs say the replacement law (HB 142) should be "voided for vagueness."
Federal judge rejects Democrats' lawsuit
From the leftist NC Policy Watch:
A federal judge intends to rule in favor of the lawmakers who eliminated judicial primary elections and will dismiss the case brought by the North Carolina Democratic Party.
An order with U.S. District Court Judge Catherine Eagles’ findings won’t be released until next week, so it’s not clear why she made the decision.
The text order that was posted online this morning states: “In view of the opening of the filing period, the Court advises the parties that it will rule for the defendants and will dismiss the case with prejudice. An order with findings of fact and conclusions of law will be entered early next week.”
Eagles is an Obama appointee.
this removes 1 piece of the uncertainty around judicial elections in NC (where the candidate filing period opened yesterday). Other uncertainty stems from legislatively initiated changes vetoed by #NCGOV & potentially overridden this week #NCGA #NCPOL https://t.co/77mLQHrfTw— Jonathan Kappler (@jonathankappler) June 19, 2018
Are we still not calling it a trade war?
Breaking: Trump announces he plans to retaliate against China's retaliation against his $50 billion in tariffs, asking his officials to identify another $200 billion worth of goods to hit with tariffs. pic.twitter.com/oqbY5XTQcS— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) June 18, 2018
Reminder: this hurts more people than it helps and defies common sense.
Wood-replacing rubber to be replaced by wood
I'm old enough to remember when recycled rubber mulch was going to save the world.
Local governments and schools put it into playgrounds, made it into walking trails and running tracks. But, now people are worried that the material (usually made from recycled car tires) is hazardous.
The Durham City Council is tapping its rainy day fund to pay for replacing the material at one of its parks after parents complained.
From the News & Observer:
An Environmental Protection Agency report on rubber mulch won't be out until later this year. Parks and Recreation staff wanted to wait for the report, as did Mayor Steve Schewel.
Parent Kristin Henry pushed for replacing all rubber playground surfacing, not just shredded rubber mulch, but the City Council voted to replace the shredded tire mulch only at a cost of $20,000. East Durham Park is the only Durham park with the mulch. Several parks have bonded rubber surfacing under playground equipment.
Why wait for a study to determine if it's hazardous, right?
One of the bravest guys in Hollywood
Chris Pratt was given an award by MTV and used the opportunity to impart advice that is usually never heard at Hollywood awards shows.
But wait! There's more!
Nina Simone's childhood home in Tryon has been named a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
North Carolina has the largest rainy day fund in the Southeast.
Our national debate on immigration is a national disaster.
Harvard University is removing portraits of their former department heads because they're white males.
The communist West Point grad has been discharged from the Army.