NC Economy Is Booming

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NC Values Coalition - for immediate release

"All indicators point to the state’s economy as one of the healthiest and one of the most business-friendly states in the nation. Not one company has left North Carolina because of HB2. In fact, it’s just the opposite, Bank of America, Apple, Google, Corning, CSX, Lance, LendingTree, Pepsi, Yokohama Tire, Braeburn Pharmaceuticals are among hundreds of businesses that expanded, moved or reinvested in their operations here despite some of their CEOs voicing angst over HB2. The AP's 12-year estimate equates to tiny fraction of North Carolina's estimated GDP of 6.8 Trillion over the next 12 years" - Tami Fitzgerald, NC Values Coalition Executive Director.

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(Raleigh) Despite dire predictions, one year after HB2 passed, the sky has not fallen and North Carolina remains a regional and national powerhouse. With a projected half-billion surplus and record-setting hotel occupancy and tourism, Governor Cooper and Democratic lawmakers remain committed to their script that HB2 is hurting the economy. That is a bit ironic and hypocritical, because it was Roy Cooper who was caught red-handed last spring recruiting CEO’s in Silicon Valley to boycott North Carolina and smear its reputation. Indeed, nearly all news reports advance his micro-economic narrative without considering all the facts.

 

“If you look at the most extreme instances of economic impact, by the media and by the universities and the people who come out and say ‘This is the impact,’ that most extreme impact equates to one-tenth of 1 percent of our annual GDP,” said Lt Gov. Dan Forest. He shared these comments while testifying at a Texas Senate hearing.

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Fact Check: Dan Forest is right! North Carolina’s economy and population is BOOMING and unemployment rates remaining unchanged from a year ago, HB2 has had no substantial economic impact here. All indicators point to the state’s economy as one of the healthiest in the nation! Just look at the rankings we have earned by the country’s leading business indicators:

 

  • #1 Fastest Growing Economy since 2013 (Politifact 2016)
  • #1 Lowest State & Local Business Taxes (Ernst & Young 2016)
  • #1 Fastest Growing GDP in Southeast (US Bureau of Economic Analysis 2017)
  • #1 Governor’s Cup ranking for South Atlantic States (Site Selection 2017)
  • #2 Best Business Climate (Site Selection 2016)#2 Best State for Business (Forbes 2016)
  • #3 Best State for Business (Chief Executive 2016)
  • #4 Best Government Fiscal Stability (US News & World Report 2017)
  • #5 America's Top States for Business (CNBC 2016)

 

Indicators across the state point to a promising trendline: When recognizing North Carolina 4th Best for new and expanded corporate facilities this month, Site Selection Magazine again cited capital investors’ very favorable outlook on the State’s workforce, climate and transportation and regulatory climates. In 2016, Wake County recorded the highest number of single family homes sold since 1994, and Charlotte’s Uptown continues to boom with five new hotels, eight mixed use towers, and four office towers under construction in addition to a massive $683 million Brooklyn Village redevelopment project. According to the just released Triangle Commercial Real Estate Conference the healthy trends in 2016 are poised to continue throughout 2017. All of these positive results are not exactly the bleak economic picture Governor Cooper and the news media like to paint.

Fact Check: Not one company doing business in the State before HB2 has pulled out of North Carolina because of HB2. In fact, it’s just the opposite, Bank of America, Apple, Google, Corning, CSX, Lance, LendingTree, Pepsi, Yokohama Tire, Braeburn Pharmaceuticals and over 289 other businesses expanded or reinvested here despite some of their CEOs voicing angsts over HB2. Former Commerce Secretary John Skvarla told the Observer in October, “HB2 hasn’t moved the needle one iota.” He’s right! Even when considering the most outrageous estimates produced by LGBTQ advocates, or the AP's 3.7 Billion 12-year impact, the harm to NC’s economy has been less than .001 percent of our annual $550B economy. 

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Friday Five: HB2 1st anniversary, LGBT agenda being taught to 1st graders, etc.

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1. First anniversary of HB2

It's the one year anniversary of HB2 and the fight for safety and privacy continues. We need you now more than ever to email and call members of the General Assembly and tell them to stand strong for privacy and safety in bathrooms and for freedom to live and work according to our beliefs! Some of the proposed "compromises" on HB2 would effectively reverse key components of the original law that protect some of the state's most vulnerable citizens, like young girls.  (Read more)

 

2. Charlotte schools pushing LGBT ideologies on students as young as 1st grade

The Charlotte Mecklenburg School system tried to use National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month in April as a cover to push an LGBT ideology on children as young as 1st grade. Teachers in Charlotte had planned to show a child's book - Jacob's New Dress - to first graders about the story of a boy wearing a dress.  However, a multitude of complaints from parents and state legislators caused Charlotte to pull the book from its plans. (Read more)




3. North Carolina economy going strong after NCAA failed attempt to boycott state

"North Carolina may have lost out on the NCAA championships, the NBA All-Star Game and Bruce Springsteen thanks to its hotly contested transgender bathroom law, but the state’s economy didn’t miss a beat.

Economic indicators released for 2016 show that the boycott has failed to derail North Carolina as a regional and national powerhouse, despite the loss of high-profile performances and sporting events in response to House Bill 2, signed March 23 by then-Gov. Pat McCrory." (Read more)

 

4. Gorsuch shows legal skill, commitment to Rule of Law during confirmation hearing

"Grassley also pointed out it is telling that the same people who have so loudly demanded that Gorsuch demonstrate his independence from President Donald Trump are the ones demanding Gorsuch tip his hand on a whole host of issues that could come before him—such as voting rights, the Second Amendment, abortion, and even the controversial travel order that’s currently being litigated.

But just as judges should not provide a rubberstamp, neither should they prejudge cases. That’s why Gorsuch, following the standard long employed by Supreme Court nominees, declined to answer many of the senators’ questions about issues that may come before him in court." (Read more)

 

5. Pennsylvania school forces students to undress in locker rooms with opposite gender

Student sues Pennsylvania school district for sexual harassment, violation of personal privacy. Principal tells student to ‘tolerate’ undressing with student of opposite sex, make it as ‘natural’ as possible. (Read more)

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CMS Plans to Teach Jacob's New Dress Halted After Hearing Concerns


Friday Five: March Madness, political correctness, and more

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1. The NCAA must once and for all stop extorting North Carolina. 

"The NCAA is supposed to be a non-profit. Their attacks against North Carolinians are beyond their sport's interest. Worse still, the NCAA is double-dribbling in hypocrisy. In addition to segregating collegiate sports by male and female, and moving games to states with similar nondiscrimination laws, the NCAA uses gender assigned at birth to prevent certain transgenders from playing on women's teams. (Read more)




2. House Republicans file HB 328 to request the IRS to review the nonprofit status of NCAA as a result of their substantial lobbying and economic boycotts

"An N.C. House Republican says the NCAA and ACC have “stepped out of bounds” by moving sports championships out of North Carolina over House Bill 2." (Read more)

The NCAA's response: "The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has responded after North Carolina lawmakers filed a bill accusing the organization of "excessive lobbying" in the wake of House Bill 2." (Read more)


3. Texas Senate passes SB6, their HB2-inspired privacy bill. Other states also following NC's lead

"I will tell you as a woman, this is not a joke. This is about dressing rooms, lockers, showers and restrooms. This is about privacy and protection for all people," Kolkhorst said. (Read more)


4. VIDEO: Washington grandmother and florist loses her business by following her conscience

"For years, we have warned about the harmful effects non-discrimination ordinances have by forcing business owners like Washington florist Barronelle Stutzman to violate their religious convictions. Washington's harmful non-discrimination law has caused this 72-year old grandmother to lose her livelihood and possibly her home just for following her conscience, and this points to the virtue of having HB2 in place in NC, so that government can't coerce violations of conscience and take away freedom." (Read more)

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5. Political correctness reaches new and ridiculous heights on college campus

"You know political correctness has reached new heights when a college English department forgoes standards in English grammar to appease cultural elites:

"The university’s writing center recently released a guide on 'Inclusive Language & Gender Neutral Pronoun Use,' offering students two options: change all their sentences so that the subject is plural (for example, switch out 'a student' for 'students'), or simply replace the singular pronoun 'he' or 'she' with 'they'. To avoid confusion, the guide recommends students who choose to use 'they' as a singular third-person pronoun place a disclaimer at the top of their papers. " (Read more)


NC Values Calls NCAA for Flagrant Foul and Double Dribble

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Coalition Launches Double-Dribble NCAAFoul.com

Campaign During NCAA Basketball Tournament

 

(Raleigh) NC Values Coalition today tipped off their Double-Dribble national campaign to send a message to the leaders of National Collegiate Athletic Association that citizens and sports fans across the state are tired of the association’s lobbying efforts to shape NC into their vision of political correctness, especially if it risks the innocence of one woman or child.

During all rounds of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, thousands of coalition members and friends will be engaged in a letter-writing and social media campaign to call foul on the NCAA for double-dribbling between proposed NCAA guidelines and public criticism of NC’s Privacy and Safety Accommodations and an intentional flagrant foul on the NCAA for continuing to reap tax-incentives and benefits off the taxpayers that they are economically extorting in the name of political correctness. Messages are sent by visiting NCAAFoul.com

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Statement on 'A Day Without Woman' Strike

for immediate release:

NC Values Coalition Statement on 'A Day Without A Woman' Strike:

“We find great irony that participants and leaders in today's women's strike ridicule our state's lawmakers who enacted privacy protections for women and young girls in bathrooms, locker rooms and showers. They also exclude sisters who stand for life and the protections of the smallest and most vulnerable preborns sisters. 11.5% of North Carolina women were killed in the womb while thousands more mourn daily for loss of their daughter or sister who died by the hands of Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinic operators. "

- Tami Fitzgerald, NC Values Coalition Executive Director


Friday Five: Disney goes gay, Target sees red, and more

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1. Ohio LGBT group announces plans to target churches for homosexual weddings

"When asked "if a church community has a church hall that they rent to couples who want to have that wedding reception in that hall ... should that church hall and church community be forced to rent that to someone who wants to use that building for something that's against that church community's belief system," an Equality Ohio spokeswoman said, "Sure, I would say that if that space is open and generally available to the public for a fee, yes that should be available to everyone." (Read more)

TAKE ACTION: Let's make sure we prevent this from happening in NC. Click to contact your legislator and tell them to support #ReligiousFreedom protections like the ones in HB2.

 

2. Transgender teenager taking testosterone wins Texas state girls’ wrestling tournament

"A 17-year-old transgender boy completed an undefeated season Saturday by winning a controversial Texas state girls wrestling title in an event clouded by criticism from those who believe the testosterone he’s taking as he transitions from female to male created an unfair advantage." (Read more)

 

3. Meg Meeker, MD: Transgender bathroom policy: what the government can’t tell you, but a pediatrician can

"Writing as a pediatrician, not political spokesperson, who has treated thousands of children over the past 30 years, it is imperative that we consider the emotional and physical health of every child when we make decisions that affect all of those children.

This is more than a state v. federal issue; this is an issue about the well being of all of our children. When bathroom use at school is up for grabs, so too, are the psyches of many immature children." (Read more)

 

4. Disney broadcasts first gay cartoon kiss, and includes gay storyline in live-action version of "Beauty and the Beast" 

"'LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston. He’s confused about what he wants,' director Bill Condon told Attitude magazine. And what better place to discuss human sexuality with your four-year-old than a wholesome Disney movie?

'It is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie,' Condon added." (Read more)

 

5. Target retailer hits $15 billion loss since pro-transgender announcement.

"Target’s stock value is now down by 30 percent since it sparked a consumer boycott by embracing the transgender political agenda. That 30 percent drop has slashed investors’ wealth by roughly $15 billion. On Tuesday, the stock fell to $58.78, down from its April 19 high of $83.98. In contrast, WalMart is up 3 percent since April, and Kohl’s is down less than one percent." (Read more)


Friday Five: Republicans caving, Baker sharing, Trump revoking, and more

Welcome to the Friday Five! Every Friday we share our top five articles, stories, and quotes for you to read and share with your friends and church families.

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1. Trump administration revokes Obama-era transgender bathroom guidance for schools.

"The Trump administration Wednesday revoked federal guidelines issued by former President Barack Obama that allowed public school students to use restrooms and other facilities corresponding to their gender identity." (Read more)

 

2. TAKE ACTION: NC legislators considering HB2 repeal this week. Immediate action needed!

This week several Republican House members joined with two Democrat House members to file HB 186. This bill would repeal the privacy protections and safety of women and children in bathrooms and locker rooms.

We need you right now to take a minute to use our tool below to contact your legislator, and tell them NOT to support HB 186. Ask them NOT to cave to political correctness!

TAKE ACTION: http://www.ncvalues.org/dont_cave_to_political_correctness

 

3. VIDEO: Hear Jack Phillips story, wedding cake baker from Denver CO.

Meet Jack Phillips, a Wedding Cake baker from Denver. After refusing to violate his deeply-held Christian beliefs by baking a cake for a gay wedding, the Colorado Court of Appeals ultimately ordered him and his staff to bake cakes for gay weddings. Forty percent of Jack's business centers around weddings, so he has been forced by the government to choose between his livelihood and his Christian beliefs about marriage. 

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4. NBA's basket brawl leads to ticket dive for NBA All-Star game moved from Charlotte.

"According to the latest reports, the only one hurting from Adam Silver's announcement is the league itself. Ticket sales for the game (which was moved to New Orleans) were in the basement, analysts said before last weekend's celebration -- with nowhere to go but down. On the eve of the event, the cheapest seats at Smoothie King Center in Louisiana were $184 -- a 71 percent decrease from last year in Toronto, where fans were shelling out $644 to sit in the rafters. And if history is any indication, the plunge only got worse heading into last weekend." (Read more)

 

5. Southern Baptist theologian's experience as an expert witness for the Baronnelle Stutzman case.

"I had to defend not only our denomination’s statement of faith (The Baptist Faith and Message) but also resolutions passed by our denomination going back 30 and 40 years. It was hostile questioning intended to discredit what Southern Baptists believe about marriage. They wanted to discredit us so that they could discredit her. And make no mistake, once they succeed in punishing her, others will use this precedent to punish the rest of us—and not just Southern Baptists but any person who dares to act on their belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman." (Read more)

 


NC Values Coalition Statement

NC Values Coalition Statement on Latest HB2 Repeal Efforts & Trump Bathroom Decision

For Immediate Release:

Lawmakers should stand by HB2 because it is the only way to ensure that privacy, dignity, and common sense rule in North Carolina.

"The DOJ and DOE's letter correcting the Obama Administration's unlawful guidance letter to schools last spring is good news for the privacy, safety, and dignity of young students across America. The Obama Administration radically distorted a federal law that was intended to equalize educational opportunities for women and misused the law to open students’ private facilities to members of the opposite sex. Yesterday, the Trump Administration rightly corrected that error, prioritizing the privacy and dignity of all students and ensuring that schools don’t lose crucial federal funding for protecting their students."

"North Carolina has led the Nation in enacting common sense protections for children's privacy, and now the Trump administration has agreed with our leaders. Because of the new federal policy, North Carolina's privacy law-HB2- remains more vital than ever as efforts to strip away privacy protections will shift even more to the state level. State lawmakers have a responsibility to protect the privacy and dignity of all North Carolinians. Our lawmakers should reject Representative McGrady’s misguided bill that does nothing to stop cities from passing the same unlawful, coercive ordinances that started this debate in Charlotte and leaves the state without a policy on privacy in bathrooms. Lawmakers should stand by HB2 because it is the only way to ensure that privacy, dignity, and common sense rule in North Carolina."

-Tami Fitzgerald, NC Values Executive Director


Trampled Roses



Countdown until our next ReligiousFreedom.live Event
7:30pm February 21st 2017

This week, the Washington State Supreme Court trampled on the religious freedom of florist Baronnelle Stutzman by ruling against one of America’s most steadfast traditions and constitutional rights.

For years, the NC Values Coalition has warned about the harmful effects these non-discrimination ordinances have by forcing business owners like Baronnelle Stutzman to violate their religious convictions. Washington's harmful non-discrimination law has caused this 72-year old grandmother to lose her livelihood and possibly her home just for following her conscience, and this points to the virtue of having HB2 in place in NC, so that government can't coerce violations of conscience and take away freedom.

Unfortunately, Baronnelle is not alone in her story. Others all across the US have faced similar experiences. Starting Tuesday at 7:30pm next week, we'll be launching our ReligiousFreedom.live series of Facebook live town halls. We'll be letting individuals like Baronnelle tell their personal stories, and we'll learn why #ReligiousFreedom protections are so important.

But we need your help to get these stories to your legislators and neighbors! 

Thanks to your help this week, we've funded over 75% of the costs of our first ReligiousFreedom.live event. Would you consider making a $5, $10, $25, or $50 donation to help us fund 100% of it by the end of the day?

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