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Republicans have traditionally kowtowed to corporate America.
As many of you know, North Carolina, like Kansas and Louisiana, has become an showcase of what far right Republican rule means and it is not pretty on its best days. It most often means a state budget in shambles, threats to the survival of the state's educational system, individual rights smashed and a totalitarian mindset in the executive mansion. North Carolina is a state that has been politically purchased by a man named Art Pope (Koch Lite), who basically appointed his man as governor and who owns the General Assembly.
North Carolina prides itself on being a basketball-loving state (North Carolina, Duke, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Davidson, etc., among college, the Charlotte Hornets of the NBA), but this law has pissed off both the NBA and the NCAA, both of which are hinting that major future events scheduled in North Carolina could easily be placed elsewhere.
I would not be surprised if the NFL--Carolina Panthers--had a word to say shortly.
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Big organizations don't generally begin criticisms--written criticisms--with "Those stupid bumpkins ..." It is more subtle than that. It can mean moving to friendlier states, cancelling huge events, killing jobs. And that could mean political upheaval. Republicans, for all they lack between the ears, are very well aware that they can lose their jobs.
The Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill triangle is one of the best known research areas in the United States and the well-educated people attracted to employment there will be strongly opposed to this law and all it implies about attitudes in North Carolina. We will hear from some of the companies based there shortly.
Here are some of the companies already quietly raising hell about the new law: