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The North Carolina law known as the “Bathroom Bill” has effectively been repealed by the passage of House Bill 142.  Democratic Representative Deb Butler from New Hanover County and Republican Representative Chris Millis of Pender County both voted against the compromise bill -- two legislators who are likely to find themselves on opposite sides of a contentious issue. 

On this edition of the CoastLine Candidate Interviews, we meet North Carolina Representative Susi Hamilton, a Democrat from New Hanover County, who has held the seat for three terms and is seeking a fourth. 

But first, we hear from her Republican challenger this November – Gerald Benton. 

Comedian Paula Poundstone of NPR’s Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me notoriety is coming to Wilmington this Friday.  She recently spoke with me about one critical revelation regarding alcohol, why the HB2 controversy won’t keep her out of North Carolina, and lessons the Democrats still need to learn. 

RLH:  You’ve grappled very publicly with substance abuse.  You even joked that you didn’t get the advantage of the second A in AA…

PP:  No, I did not.  I was actually court-ordered to Alcoholics Anonymous on television…

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Governor Pat McCrory and Democratic challenger Attorney General Roy Cooper visited Wilmington for the Greater Wilmington Business Journal’s Power Breakfast series, where they battled on the topic of House Bill 2, commonly known as the “bathroom bill.”                        

Roy Cooper was quick to criticize Governor McCrory’s passage of HB2, saying it wrote discrimination into the law and cost the state jobs and revenue: 

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On this edition of the CoastLine Candidate Interviews, we meet North Carolina Representative Ted Davis, Junior, a Republican from New Hanover County, who has held the seat in House District 19 for two and a half terms.  In 2012, he was appointed to finish out the term of Danny McComas, who stepped away to take the helm of the North Carolina Ports Authority Board of Directors.  Ted Davis went on to win the seat in the next election.  He won a second term in 2014, and will soon embark upon his third as he is unopposed this November.

On this edition of the CoastLine Candidate Interviews, we meet the two people in the race for North Carolina Senate District 9.  This district covers most of New Hanover County, with the exception of a small patch in downtown Wilmington, which is part of Brunswick County Senator Bill Rabon’s District 8. 

Friday Feedback for August 19, 2016

Aug 19, 2016

Abby Saunders of Hampstead wrote: "After hearing Isabelle Shepherd's story on Trump's rally in Wilmington [last week], I feel compelled to share my disappointment with the use of the adjective "lighthearted" to describe Governor McCrory's inappropriate joke about bathrooms during his speech. Certainly, all who are negatively impacted by HB2, as well as all who are in marked disagreement with a bill that violates human rights, would disagree that a joke referencing the bill is cheerful or happy-go-lucky. Thank you for your time.”

Lee Lowrimore's experiences working at a gay theatre in New York City several decades ago stayed with him. He wrote a one-act play about it back in the 80s. But he put it away. Just a few years ago, he took it out again, expanded it...and he put it away-largely because "gay" issues didn't seem as relevant anymore. After HB2 passed in North Carolina, Lowrimore pulled it out again. After re-approaching the script with renewed vigor, Lowrimore is ready to share this story with the world.

The Shakespearean canon seems to address the entire spectrum of human foible and fallibility. Modern audiences continue to find meaning in the work to address humankind's existential struggle. Christopher Marino, a Shakespeare scholar, director, and actor, recently went to the Bard for assistance in a critique of North Carolina's HB2 law (the "Bathroom Bill").

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One more high-profile performer has cancelled plans to appear in North Carolina due to the controversial new HB2 law – otherwise known as the “Bathroom Bill”.

Representative Chris Millis


Planting Peace / MFI

Governor Pat McCrory signed North Carolina House Bill 2 into law on March 23, 2016.  Popularly known as the "Bathroom Bill," the legislation catapulted the state into the national spotlight for requiring people to use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender on their birth certificate.  The Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act also restricts local governments’ ability to raise the minimum wage or pass anti-discrimination ordinances of their own.