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Durham: Will Another Big Bruising Bathroom Bill Battle Bust Up Bull Durham’s Burgeoning Business Boom?

Protesters in the state legislative building, 2016.

I Woke up this morning to find my (adopted) home town & state made the big-time news AGAIN over our 2024 state election campaign.

Anybody who recalls the NC political scene in 2016 — especially business people and boosters — likely still feels twinges of trauma when the phrase “Bathroom bill” is mentioned.  NC lost billions of dollars in investment and bad press after the Republican-dominated legislature passed the notorious HB2 anti-trans “bathroom bill.”

Anybody, that is, except those topping the 2024 GOP ticket. Their candidate for governor, incumbent Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, is a  certified fire-breather of anti-trans  rhetoric. His latest headlines trumpet a pledge to arrest trans folk who dare to use the “wrong” facilities. His running mate, Michele Morrow, aiming to become state superintendent of schools, mixes  a record of QAnon conspiracy postings with her culture war platform.

Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, GOP candidate for NC Governor

Who cares about this offensive blather?  According to today’s big Washington Post story, NC business cares.

Not that our local barons of commerce are all rainbow-flag wavers; their favorite color remains cash green. Yet they remember how bad the business backlash got last time, before the current, term-limited governor, Democrat Roy Cooper, was elected. He got HB2 repealed enough so folks could get some relief.

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