“The dozens” meet #ncgovdebate

Roy Cooper and Pat McCrory and Jim Stockdale Lon Cecil got together for a debate last night.  Believe it or not, HB2 got mentioned.  (I know — SHOCKING.)  

*Can you BELIEVE that one of these guys will be governing our state over the next four years?*101816-govdebate-ccs003

Hard feelings likely brought on by a wave of attack ads and surrogate spinning bubbled over into last night’s presentation:

[…] Cooper said, “If he wants to talk about political contributions, he had a contributor who said he wanted something for his contribution. In return Governor McCrory gave him a private prison contract over the objections of his staff. He’s talking about political contributions all night tonight so if you want to talk about political contributions governor, you’re the one who now has an FBI criminal investigation as a result of yours.”

McCrory interrupted saying, “As Attorney General you should be, resign right now for saying that. That is absolutely not true. There is no FBI investigation. You should apologize right now.” […] 6m5gt

Cooper, the elected attorney general, said — with a straight face, mind you — that the crime lab has been FIXED.  (Never mind the information we recently learned about local governments and law enforcement agencies from BOTH PARTIES contracting with a private lab due to problems dealing with Cooper’s lab.)  MORE:

[…] On the topic of the state crime lab, Cooper said there are still resource issues with the lab, but he eliminated the backlog and the crime lab now is helping to convict thousands of people and exonerate others and that tremendous progress has been made. He said, “We found the problem, we fixed it, we didn’t blame it on somebody ce45d975ced6bcbc6af3496ce113720e9da569cf25854d7833b7a13c71490071else like Governor McCrory.”

McCrory fired back saying, “The crime lab isn’t fixed, you ought to call your own hotline for fraud and turn yourself in.” […] 

And then there was this *vague, obscure* HB2 thing that came up:

[…] When it came to HB2 McCrory said, “Do y’all even know what the penalty was in Charlotte for someone that did not accept gender identity as the new requirement in identifying if you’re a boy or girl? It was a fine of $500.00 and or a 30 day jail sentence…this t6m63is what we overturned.”

Cooper’s response, “If a local government wants to protect people from being fired because they’re gay, HB 2 says you can’t do that. If a local government wants to raise its minimum wage. HB2 says you can’t do that. If a local government wants to provide discrimination protection for Veterans, and a couple of cities had those kind of ordinances that have been wiped away by HB2.” […]