Democrats Say They Will Refuse To Seat NC Republican Linked To Voter Fraud

Earlier this month The Resurgent described the case of the North Carolina ninth congressional district where the election of Republican Mark Harris has still not been certified. An investigation found a suspicious pattern in absentee votes for Harris and prompted the board to delay certification of the election results. On Friday, the board disbanded without certifying the election despite a last-minute petition by the Harris campaign. The dissolution of the board leaves the outcome of the election in uncertainty, but incoming House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) says that the House will not seat Harris.

In an interview on MSNBC Friday, Hoyer said, “I simply said if Mr. Harris is not certified as the duly, fairly, legally elected member, we would certainly oppose his seating. And as I understand it, that verification has not come. In fact, Republican leaders in North Carolina have said that there is substantial question as to the validity of the outcome of the general election. That’s in court now as you know.”

“We’ll see what the court does, but it is clear apparently from all sides that there was fraud committed by certain participants in the administration of the election,” Hoyer continued. “Under those circumstances, we ought to have a new election for the general election, not the primary. The primary was not contested, but for the general election.”

If the House refuses to seat Harris, then a new election will be held in the district. New elections would include new primaries the Republican and Democratic nominations as well as the Libertarian Party which also fielded a candidate.

Voter Fraud May Have Thrown This North Carolina Congressional Election

Voter fraud may have changed the outcome of a congressional election in North Carolina. For a change, the fraud allegations are against the Republicans and, rather than centering on a voter ID issue, the problem deals with absentee ballots, a weak link in the electoral systems of many states.

The race in North Carolina’s ninth district was called for Mark Harris, a Republican running to succeed Robert Pittenger, the Republican incumbent who was defeated in the primary. Harris, a Charlotte pastor, led Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes on Election night and McCready conceded the next day. Over the next few weeks, irregularities in the election have caused the North Carolina Board of Elections to delay certifying the election. On Nov. 26, the board, which is made up of four Republicans, four Democrats and one nonpartisan, voted unanimously to delay until an investigation had been completed. The race is still officially undecided.

The investigation centers on absentee ballots in Bladen and Robeson Counties, two of the most rural counties of the district, and a staffer for the Harris campaign staffer who allegedly ran an operation that submitted hundreds of illegal ballots. Sworn affidavits and news reports allege that Leslie McCrae Dowless and other campaign workers would go to visit voters and have them fill out requests for absentee ballots. Mr. Dowless and others allegedly returned later to pick up the absentee ballots, which were sometimes unsealed, with the promise of submitting them.

Datesha Montgomery, a 27-year-old woman from Elizabethtown, N.C., said in sworn affidavit cited by ABC News that a woman “came by and asked for my absentee ballot” in early October.

“She states that [the woman] was collecting peoples [sic] ballots in the area. She had just come from another ladies [sic] house. I filled out two names on the ballot, Hakeem Brown for Sheriff and Vice Rozier for board of education. She stated the others were not important. I gave her the ballot and she said she would finish it herself. I signed the ballot and she left. It was not sealed up at any time,” Montgomery said in the affidavit.

Under North Carolina law, only the voter, the voter’s close relatives or legal guardian are allowed to drop off absentee ballots. Despite the law, at least five voters in addition to Montgomery have signed affidavits that present similar stories.

The case for fraud goes beyond voter testimony. There is also statistical evidence. The ninth district is made up of parts of eight counties. Michael Blitzer, a political science professor at Catawba College, analyzed the absentee voting and found that Bladen County had a much higher share of absentee ballots than the other counties in the district. Seven percent of Bladen’s registered voters asked for absentee ballots compared with about three percent statewide.

Even though Bladen County Republicans requested only 19 percent of absentee ballots, Harris received 61 percent of the absentee mail vote there. What’s more, Bladen County was the only county in the district where Harris won the absentee mail vote. FiveThirtyEight noticed the same discrepancies in the Bladen returns.

Blitzer also pointed out that Bladen County had an abnormally high rate of unreturned ballots. Forty percent of absentee ballots mailed out were never returned. The next highest ghosting rate was only 27 percent. This could indicate that some of the ballots that were picked up were discarded rather than turned in.

If that weren’t enough, WSOC, a local television station, interviewed Ginger Eason, whose name appears as a witness on 28 absentee ballots. Eason said that Dowless paid her $75 to $100 per week to pick up absentee ballots. This would have been a violation of the law if the voters were not Eason’s relatives. WSOC also listed seven other people who were listed as witnesses on an unusual number of absentee ballots.

Leslie McCrae Dowless, who goes by his middle name, is a longtime political operative in Bladen County who has a criminal history. Dowless, who turned in 592 of the 1,341 absentee ballots in Bladen, was convicted of insurance fraud in 1992. He was also accused of tampering with absentee ballots in 2016. That year two voters accused his workers of paying them to request absentee ballots. In one case, the requested absentee ballots were never delivered and the voter tried to vote in person, only to be told that ballots for her and her family had already been turned in. In another case, a get-out-the-vote activist working for Dowless was accused of telling the voter who she had to vote for.

Candidates supported by Dowless typically do very well in Bladen County, especially with absentee ballots. The Charlotte Observer pointed out that Todd Johnson, who Dowless worked for in the 2016 Republican primary, won 98 percent of Bladen’s absentee vote despite finishing third overall. In this year’s primary, Harris did nearly as well with 96 percent. Harris defeated Pittenger by only 828 votes in the primary so it is possible that absentee ballot fraud may have affected the outcome of that election as well.

Dowless has not responded to calls from new organizations but did deny any wrongdoing to the Charlotte Observer.

At this point, a resolution to the Bladen County absentee scandal is uncertain. The US Attorney is conducting an investigation and the Board of Elections will hold a hearing on or before Dec. 21. The board could call for a new election with the same candidates, including Libertarian Jeff Scott, who won just under two percent of the vote. If the state certifies the original election results, the House may also refuse to seat Harris. In that case, an entirely new election with new primaries would be held.

While this one congressional district won’t decide the fate of the House, it underscores the depth of the blue wave that Republicans would probably have lost another seat in a district that hasn’t gone Democrat since 1963 if a shady staffer hadn’t harvested hundreds of illegal votes. It is very possible that when the dust clears the Democrats will have added another Republican scalp to their midterm trophies.

The Bladen County scandal also undercuts the Republican message about ballot security and voter ID laws. The fact that Republicans appear to have paid for absentee votes and possibly discarded ballots containing votes for the Democratic candidate makes a mockery of the party’s planks calling for election security and voter verification. Republican efforts have concentrated on voter ID laws, but absentee ballots typically don’t require verification of identity.

North Carolina Adds Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment to State Constitution

This was one of the surprising wins of the night, and is a win for conservation!

 

North Carolina just became the 22nd state to enshrine the right to hunt and fish (RTHF) in its state constitution. At 99% precincts reporting, the ballot measure passed 57.18% to 42.82%.

 

This amendment will limit the state’s ability to unscrupulously “regulate hunting and establish hunting as the “preferred” means of managing wildlife.”

 

Here’s the language of the ballot measure spelling out how hunting and fishing heritage will be protected:

 

This amendment would acknowledge the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife, and to use traditional methods to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife. The amendment does not define “traditional methods.”

 

This right would be subject to laws passed by the Legislature and rules (i) to promote wildlife conservation and management and (ii) to preserve the future of hunting and fishing. If it passes, the amendment will not affect any laws regarding trespassing, property rights or eminent domain. The amendment does not address its effect on local laws concerning public safety or on commercial hunting and fishing.

 

The amendment would also establish that public hunting and fishing are a preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife.

 

This ballot measure was heavily supported by National Rifle Association, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, and National Shooting Sports Foundation. It also won support from North Carolina’s Wildlife Resources Commission.

 

It was heavily opposed by anti-hunting groups like the Humane Society. Governor Rory Cooper (D-NC) and North Carolina’s Democrat Party also voiced their opposition to it.

 

A lot of money poured into from anti-hunting interests to see this measure defeated—approximately $1.2 million:

 

As previously reported, Vermont was the first state to pass such an amendment in 1777. Since 1996, 20 more states adopted this amendment. Here’s what they entail:

 

Sportsmen in many states increasingly feel as if they are the ones outside the duck blind, and they are turning to state constitutions to ensure their hallowed pastime will continue in perpetuity. Increasing urbanization, decreased habitat, declining numbers of sportsmen, and more restrictions on hunting are common factors in the quest to assert the right to hunt and fish in a state’s most basic and difficult-to-amend document. On land that has been traditionally open to sportsmen, development of farmland and forests, along with pressure from other recreational groups such as hikers and off-road vehicles, is putting the pinch on the available land for harvesting game and fish…Opponents state that these provisions clutter a constitution and overstate the threat to these activities, while possibly limiting or increasing the amount and severity of restrictions that can be placed on sportsmen activities. The Humane Society states, “The constitution should guarantee fundamental democratic rights, not provide protection for a recreational pastime.

 

This is a win for conservation. I hope more states pass similar amendments to safeguard our hunting and fishing heritage.

NC Could Be 22nd State With Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment

North Carolina could be the next state to have an amendment protecting the right to fish and hunt.

North Carolina may be one step closer to having a constitutional amendment to protect the right to hunt and fish.

In an official statement by NC House Speaker Tim Moore, SB 677 originally passed in the House Committee on Rules, Calendar and Operations by a unanimous voice vote.  It says that “public hunting and fishing shall be a preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife..Nothing herein shall be construed to modify any provision of law relating to trespass, property rights, or eminent domain.”

Senate Bill 677 Protect Right to Hunt and Fish, which was passed by a bipartisan vote of 92-23 on Monday in the state’s house chamber, would ensure fishing and hunting would be protected rights in the Land of the Pines. This bill was approved as part of the referendum process, to which voters will decide the fate of this legislation. Democrats cited concerns with language pertaining to “traditional methods” of hunting, fishing and harvesting wildlife. Per WRAL, North Carolina’s Wildlife Resources Commission “supports the bill and has said it will continue to allow the General Assembly to pass laws and empower the executive branch to set hunting and fishing rules.”

If it succeeds on the ballot this fall, North Carolina could become the 22nd state with a constitutional amendment to protect the right to fish and hunt. 20 of the 21 states had their voters approve these amendments. Vermont’s is the oldest, dating back to 1777. The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) describes why states pursue these amendments:

Sportsmen in many states increasingly feel as if they are the ones outside the duck blind, and they are turning to state constitutions to ensure their hallowed pastime will continue in perpetuity. Increasing urbanization, decreased habitat, declining numbers of sportsmen, and more restrictions on hunting are common factors in the quest to assert the right to hunt and fish in a state’s most basic and difficult-to-amend document. On land that has been traditionally open to sportsmen, development of farmland and forests, along with pressure from other recreational groups such as hikers and off-road vehicles, is putting the pinch on the available land for harvesting game and fish…Opponents state that these provisions clutter a constitution and overstate the threat to these activities, while possibly limiting or increasing the amount and severity of restrictions that can be placed on sportsmen activities. The Humane Society states, “The constitution should guarantee fundamental democratic rights, not provide protection for a recreational pastime.”

Organizations like National Rifle Association (NRA) have long supported this constitutional amendment process to fight back attacks hurled by animal rights activists. Similar groups like Congressional Sportsmen Foundation (CSF) support it but believe it’ll have far reach to ensure these two activities thrive and survive. CSF recommends the following language be added to any proposed RTHF amendments:

  • Recognition of an individual right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.
  • Preservation of the state’s power to regulate these activities and the codification of the Public Trust Doctrine.
  • Preemption of the kind of local regulation that frustrates comprehensive, statewide wildlife management.
  • Protection of traditional hunting methods such as the use of archery equipment and hunting with dogs.
  • Recognition of hunting and fishing as preferred means of managing wildlife, rather than unproven contraception schemes and unwarranted use of government “sharpshooters”.
  • Clarification that private property rights are not affected or diminished.
  • It should be noted that the state agency should be named only if it is already a constitutionally-recognized entity. If this is not the case, a generic term such as “designated state agency” should be used.

Picture Credit: The Author, Gabriella Hoffman — Sunrise at Curritick Sound, NC. 

North Carolina Stands as a Sober Illustration of the Need For Voter ID Laws

Four months before the 2016 general election, activist judges with the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned voter ID laws in the state of North Carolina.

North Carolina lawmakers insisted that the laws were put into place to prevent voter fraud. The three-judge panel, however, exercised the soft bigotry of low expectations that liberals tend to extend to minorities, who, for all their posturing, they still see as incapable of competing on the same level as their Caucasian counterparts. They determined that by asking minorities to show ID, the state of North Carolina was trying to suppress the minority vote.

After the election, the state saw nearly every Republican in the running win their races, including Donald Trump, who won the state easily.

However, the very successful one-term governor, Pat McCrory, saw a 52,000 vote lead suddenly dwindle and give way to a skin-tight loss at the very end of the night, when Democrat stronghold, Durham County turned in 94,000 votes with only a few minutes before the midnight hour.

McCrory asked for a recount, and the reports of foul play began to pop up all over the state.

One for instance was over 200 students with Duke University in Durham County registered to vote, all using the same address.

When the address was checked, it was an empty gravel parking lot.

Others reported being turned away from the polls, because someone had already voted in their place.

Yet, over and over, the State Board of Elections rejected calls to investigate these troubling accounts, nor would they order a full recount of the vote.

The Washington Free Beacon recently reported on other irregularities found after an audit was recently completed.

The post-election audit report, released by the North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE), an independent and bipartisan agency that oversees elections in the state, found hundreds of illegal votes, including votes cast by felons and non-citizens, double voting, voter impersonation, and irregularities that affected mail-in absentee ballots.

The audit uncovered 441 cases where suspected active felons voted during the 2016 elections.

These are the kinds of shenanigans that North Carolina’s General Assembly was hoping to stave off with their voter ID laws.

In other cases:

A separate investigation using state and federal databases identified non-citizens suspected of voting in the election. The NCSBE said 41 voters acknowledged they were not U.S. citizens after receiving a letter from the board of elections. The non-citizen voters came from 28 different countries.

An additional 61 voters did not respond to NCSBE’s letter. Investigations into these cases are ongoing.

“A number of non-citizens said they were not aware that they were prohibited from voting,” the report states. “Interviews and evidence show that some non-citizens were misinformed about the law by individuals conducting voter registration drives or, in at least one document case, by a local precinct official.”

Unbelievable.

“Some violators appear to be ‘testers’ trying to find holes in the system,” the audit says. “Others claim property ownership in multiple jurisdictions should allow them to vote in each, and others brush past the law to support their candidate by any means necessary. Additionally, a case that initially appears to be a double voter—an individual who votes twice—may actually be a case of voter impersonation—an individual who casts a ballot using the identity of another person.”

I’ve actually heard people tell of standing in line to vote and hearing people admit to having voted multiple times.

In fact, it’s quite easy, without the hindrance of voter ID to slow you down. All you need is a name and an address. If they’re not checking ID, they have no way of knowing you’re not who you say you are or the address you give isn’t the place you call home.

The NCSBE is continuing its investigation of voting irregularities in the 2016 elections and will refer the cases to prosecutors where necessary.

Well, that’s great, but it’s a dramatic departure from the behavior of the Board when Governor McCrory was fighting for his seat in the aftermath of a hard fought election, with a shocking ending.

The behavior of the NCSBE and various county election boards was nothing short of malpractice.

The worst part may be that the Board, along with every county Board of Elections had a Republican majority, but for the sake of expedience, they chose to ignore or brush aside the myriad reports and concerns of voter fraud and trickery within the state.

If there is anything to be salvaged from this, is that this audit confirms what so many came forward and attempted to have the NCSBE look into. It also vividly illustrates the need for commonsense voter ID laws in every state.

Until that happens, there is no way to truly trust the integrity of the voting system in this nation.

How Many Rapes is 0.058% of the GDP Worth?

Lies, damned lies and statistics

This morning, the AP published its “study” of the economic impact of North Carolina’s HB2, the “Bathroom Bill.”

In the 7 hours since that tweet and subsequent blog post, the story has been shared and trumpeted across the country as proof positive that, “See! It’s indisputable now that passing these bills is going to CRIPPLE your states!”

There’s just one problem. Math.

If you want proof that journalism is dead, compare the number of news outlets reporting these numbers as debate-ending with those who actually tell you what they mean.

Let’s Run the Numbers…

AP reports that the 12 year economic impact will be a loss of $3.76 Billion. Let’s compare that to the North Carolina Gross Domestic Product, the size of its entire economy, which was $495 Billion in 2015 (according to the BEA). From 2013-2015 North Carolina’s GDP growth rate made it the 11th fastest growing state economy in the union. However, for our calculations, we’ll only assume a 1% growth rate, which is anemic at best, to make our numbers extra-conservative.

Over the same 12 years that the AP looks at, the total GDP for North Carolina would be $6.468 Trillion ($6,468.08 Billion). So we divide the amount lost by the projected total GDP amount to determine the percentage impact that the Bathroom Bill would have over the timeline that the AP has projected:

$3.76 Billion / $6,468.08 Billion = 0.00058. To convert to a percentage you move the decimal two places to the right and we find that the percentage economic impact is 0.058% of the state’s economy over 12 years. That’s less than 6 hundredths of one percent!

Pardon me, but 6 hundredths of one percent doesn’t seem like the sky is falling to me. The volume and dogmatism behind the left’s proclamation of these numbers fully displays the idiocy behind their claims of, “significant economic impact,” and shows extreme contempt for American intelligence.

A few weeks ago, Texas State Senators were questioning a representative of the Texas Association of Business regarding similar claims about the impact of a Texas Bathroom Bill (SB.6). It was an exciting exchange that fully displayed the partisan hackery that these studies and their proponents engage in and the way that they use misleading numbers to prop-up their case.

Watch the exchange in full. You’ll enjoy it:

PayPal Numbers & Hypocrisy

Based on AP’s numbers, $2.2 Billion of the full $3.76 Billion impact of the law are a result of PayPal limiting their expansion in North Carolina. That accounts for just over 3 hundredths of one percent impact on NC over the next 12 years.

While PayPal may make a grand show of their disdain for the Tar Heel State, they are absolute hypocrites. As former Gov. McCrory said, “They’re doing business and have headquarters in Singapore, where you can get arrested for chewing gum in public.” In the same interview, Megan Kelly pointed out that PayPal does business in Saudi Arabia, where being openly gay carries a death sentence.

The most charitable interpretation of their actions would lead to a belief that PayPal very selectively upholds their “values.” But the truth is that they have incredible disdain for the LGBT community and their political supporters. They’ve put a price-tag on these “values” and as long as you are worth enough money to them, they’re perfectly willing to do business with people who actually kill members of that community. But if they can use a PR engine to exploit the LGBT community’s emotions, they will.

But Aren’t Bathroom Bills Draconian?

No policy change happens in a vacuum. The Bathroom Bill came about because the City of Charlotte adopted a heavy-handed ordinance that required all public businesses to allow anyone to use the communal restroom of their choice. No consideration was given to the belief or safety concerns of the business owners who were forced to live by that ordinance.

The North Carolina bill was a very even-handed approach to resolving the issue and protecting individual rights, as well as safety. It even went so far as to allow people who have undergone gender assignment surgery and changed their gender on their birth certificate to use the bathroom of their choice. And it allowed each business owner to make their own decisions, while only mandating the policy of government facilities. Cities can adopt their policies for their employees.

The Resurgent’s own Dustin Siggins wrote a fantastic comparison of the Charlotte ordinance and the NC Bathroom Bill which you can read in full here.

LGBT Confusion

Many, if not most, articles written on the subject say that these kinds of bathroom bills are an assault on LGBT rights (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender). The imprecision of that term is ridiculous. The bill would only apply to individuals who consider themselves Transgender and would furthermore only apply to their ability to use communal bathroom facilities in government buildings. They could however use single use, “single occupancy bathroom[s] or controlled use of faculty facilities upon request.”

Furthermore, upon gender re-assignment and subsequent birth certificate change, they would be able to use the bathroom reserved for their newly-assigned gender.

The Left is Lying to You

Leftists thought that they could wow us with the economic impact numbers of their boycotts but the ineffectual nature of those actions is leaving them high and dry. Even in bogus “studies” that have tried to show inflated numbers, the impact is laughably low. They’ve tried to call opponents bigots, even when numerous options were given to accommodate each side.

The lies won’t stop soon but conservatives should continue to show what this debate is about: protection for the most vulnerable among us. I weigh the 6 hundredths of 1% economic impact with the potential for injury or assault to young men and women. Those concerns don’t come from bigotry towards “Transgender” individuals but rather from pedophiles and sexual criminals who exploit the laws for deviant ends.

How many rapes or assaults does it take to outweigh 6 hundredths of 1% economic impact?

 

The High Cost of Doing the Right Thing

When Pat McCrory took office as the new governor of North Carolina in January 2013, he was the first Republican governor in the Old North State in two decades.

He took over a state that was in debt to the federal government to the tune of nearly $3 billion. Jobs were hemorrhaging from every corner, and the people were overburdened with former Governor Bev Perdue’s Democrat plan of excellence – you raise broken and jobless people up by increasing taxes.

McCrory came into office promising to fix the tax code and to bring jobs back to the state.

In less than 3 years, he not only had kept those promises, but he’d slashed both personal and corporate tax rates, attracted over 300,000 new jobs to North Carolina, and had completely paid off the debt to the federal government.

In fact, North Carolina entered 2017 with over a half billion dollar surplus.

Once ranked 44th out of 50 states in job attractiveness, the state was ranked 11th by the end of McCrory’s term.

The Libertarian-leaning Cato Institute gave McCrory an “A” rating, and ranked him #2 among the nation’s fiscally successful governors.

At the end of his term, political promise keeper sites, which keep track of politicians and how well they’ve kept their campaign promises determined that McCrory kept over 80% of his campaign promises, and those he did not, most were due to procedural issues and push back from state lawmakers.

Pat McCrory was the very picture of a successful, fiscally sound, conservative governor.

So why isn’t he still governor of North Carolina?

There are several reasons, and none of them satisfactory, if you’re a conservative and you care about smaller government.

To begin, McCrory was abandoned by some of his base.

Toll roads on I-77 in Mecklenburg County, NC, as well as cuts to movie industry incentives in New Hanover County, NC caused some Republicans from those areas to revenge vote against McCrory, in spite of his successes in other areas.

Then there was HB2, better known simply as the “bathroom bill.”

The North Carolina General Assembly called an emergency session to pass a bill that would restrict bathroom and locker room access to birth gender, and Governor McCrory promptly signed it into law.

Social justice warriors across the nation lost their minds!

The bill was a response to a Charlotte, NC citywide ordinance that was due to go into effect on April 1, 2016.

The liberal Charlotte City Council were about to arbitrarily make all businesses and school bathrooms and locker rooms in the city open and accessible to any sex, at any time, based on how the individual was “feeling” that day.

It was broadly worded, and would allow for predators to gain unquestioned access to the ladies room, simply on their word that they “felt” transgender.

What the ordinance also included was a hefty fine, and/or jail time for refusing to allow this to go on.

It was madness.

McCrory and the state General Assembly crafted the bill and signed it into law mere days before the Charlotte ordinance was due to go into effect.

It began a raging controversy that saw musical acts, the NCAA, ACC, and lawmakers from other states calling for boycotts of North Carolina.

Some estimates set potential economic loss to the state at nearly $500 million.

All that, however, barely tweaked the needle on the state’s overall success, and several economists provided reports to back that up.

Heck, just before the election, McCrory’s office announced North Carolina had been selected to host a World Equestrian event, which could potentially bring $400 million in revenue to the state.

Still, when election day came and went, McCrory saw a 52,000 vote lead over his challenger, state Attorney General Roy Cooper, dwindle, and eventually succumb to a slim 10,000 vote loss.
That was mainly due to a last minute “discovery” of over 94,000 votes from the very liberal Durham County, NC.

That bit of insanity aside, McCrory left Raleigh in the capable hands of a Republican majority in the General Assembly.

It was a depressing end to a very solid and productive governorship. If anyone follows my work at RedState, at all, you’re aware of my coverage of the North Carolina gubernatorial battle throughout the election season.

McCrory has proven over and over to be a good man and an amazing governor, who deserved much better than what he got.

The fallout from a very ugly election is even worse, however.

McCrory has kept his head down, for most part, since finally conceding the race in December 2016, just before Christmas. He occasionally appears on news panels and has had several radio interviews. Through it all, he maintains HB2 was the right thing to do.

In a recent interview, he revealed the very ugly byproduct of doing the right thing in today’s world.

McCrory said in an interview with a World Radio podcast, according to the News & Observer, that the backlash following the law “has impacted me to this day, even after I left office. People are reluctant to hire me, because ‘oh my gosh, he’s a bigot’ — which is the last thing I am.”

“If you disagree with the politically correct thought police on this new definition of gender, you’re a bigot, you’re the worst of evil,” McCrory said. “It’s almost as if I broke a law.”

And he’s right.

He was pushed out of office, vilified, and now is feeling the effects of taking a principled stand, in order to protect the women and children of North Carolina from predators (and overzealous political activists in city government).

It’s not as if McCrory and the General Assembly didn’t try to fix things.

Several times they attempted to work a compromise for repeal of the bill with the Charlotte City Council, but his opponent, Cooper, and Democrat lawmakers within the state convinced the Council to refuse, in order that they might use the bill and any economic damage to the state as a campaign tool.

Yes. Democrats are fine with seeing their communities burned to the ground, as long as they’re the ones standing on the ashes, afterwards.

I feel bad for Governor McCrory. He worked hard and did amazing things for his state. He should have been rewarded with another term, but with the help of single-issue Republicans, liberals won back this jewel of the South.

I don’t believe McCrory will be jobless for long. His record is far too solid.

There have been whispers since his concession that he would be pulled by Trump’s administration into some role, and he should be. He could only serve as an asset.

Until that time, however, conservatives should use the example of McCrory in their fight against liberals and their social justice watchdogs.

The cost of the battle is sometimes high, but for the sake of principle, you should always be willing to stand.

When Fake Recounts Hurt The Real Ones

Jill Stein’s fake recount effort is underway in Wisconsin, costing taxpayers millions of dollars. Michigan’s recount could cost another $4 million, money which was raised by Stein’s fundraising blitz. The only point of these recounts is to undermine the public’s faith in these elections, where no evidence or hint of irregularities was found.

In North Carolina, there were actual irregularities. Massive irregularities to the tune of 90,000 ballots added at the last minute in heavily-Democratic Durham County, which quite literally transformed incumbent Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s victory into a defeat by Democratic challenger Roy Cooper.

Durham County reported computer problems early on election day. The county Board of Elections took its electronic voting system offline after problems “popped up” at several precincts. The state went to Donald Trump in the presidential election, but the governor’s race was too close to call well into the night and next morning.

McCrory has never conceded the race, and has continually requested a statewide recount, then a recount in only the counties affected by the software problems. His protests were ignored and dismissed.

It took an officially filed request by a voter in Durham County, along with a separately filed lawsuit, to get the state Board of Elections to move, in a race where the two candidates were separated by 0.1 percent, and obvious, glaring problems were found. Finally, McCrory will get his recount, but only of the 94,000 “last minute” ballots in Durham County.

“What harm would it do to scan these votes and count them so no that one campaign is going to think why wouldn’t they count those votes?” election board member James Baker, a Republican, asked at the hearing.

But Democrats keep complaining about the cost of the recount.

“It is wrong that Governor McCrory continues to waste taxpayer money with false accusations and attempts to delay and that the Republican controlled Board of Elections did not follow the law,” [Cooper campaign manager Trey] Nix said in a statement. “However, Roy Cooper’s lead has grown to over 10,000 votes and after a partial recount of 6 precincts in one county, the outcome of the election will be the same.”

So to Democrats, it’s okay to recount two entire states where no irregularities were found, and the chance of the result being changed is only slightly more than an extinction-level event, at a cost of millions. But it’s a waste of taxpayer money to recount even one county that singlehandedly changed the result of a close race with a dump of 94,000 ballots.

This is why fake recounts hurt. They legitimatize conspiracy theories and delegitimize real problems.