RFK Jr, Biden visit Raleigh | Chapel Hill-Carrboro school board defies Parents' Bill of Rights
No. 55 — Jan. 14-Jan. 20, 2024
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. holds presidential rally in Raleigh
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. seeking signatures to get on presidential ballot in NC - CBS17
RFK Jr. rally draws crowd in Raleigh - Carolina Journal
Independent Presidential Hopeful RFK Jr. Visits Raleigh on Campaign Trail - The Free Pack
RFK Jr. Supporters Would Vote for Trump Over 'Extremist' Biden (Video) - SCNR
Independent presidential candidate RFK Jr. attracted hundreds of supporters to Raleigh last Friday, as he is seeking signatures to get on the North Carolina ballot. (RFJ Jr. dropped out of the Democratic primary past October to run as an independent).
As has been reported, the number of signatures an unaffiliated presidential candidate must obtain to get on the ballot in NC is 1.5% of voters in the last gubernatorial election: approximately 83,000 signatures for the 2024 election (NC GS § 163-122).
However, RFK Jr.’s campaign has announced a strategy which will lower the signature requirement by ~83%; by establishing a new “We the People” party, the signature requirement drops to only 0.25% of voters in the last gubernatorial election, or 13,757 signatures for the 2024 election (NC GS § 163-96).
President Biden announces infrastructure spending in Raleigh visit
Access Denied - Carolina Journal
Biden mistakenly claims he just saw NC Rep. Deborah Ross who was actually in DC: ‘Where’s Deborah?’ - NY Post
Biden visits North Carolina, a state he hopes to win in November, to promote internet access - APBiden announces $3B investment in high speed internet for rural communities during NC visit - ABC11
FACT SHEET: President Biden to Announce New Funding to Connect Thousands of Households in North Carolina to High-Speed Internet, Highlight Milestones in Lowering Costs, Expanding Internet Access to Everyone in America - White House Press Release
Current president and Democratic presidential primary front-runner Joe Biden visited the state for a “political event”; at least that’s what Biden’s staff said when denying the Carolina Journal access.
In addition to touting the current economy and announcing that $82 million of our tax dollars would be used here in NC for “high-speed internet”, 81-year-old Biden apparently hallucinated the presence of NC Democrat Deborah Ross (NC-2):
I also want to mention Congresswoman Deborah Ross, where’s Deborah?
I just had my picture taken with her, that’s probably why she left. (laughs)
Now, all kidding aside, but anyway…oh, she couldn’t be here actually. That’s not true, I got it mixed up. And, she fights very hard for the people of this district. She’s up in Washington right now.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro school board defies Parents’ Bill of Rights
NC school board takes stand against Parents’ Bill of Rights to protect LGBTQ students - N&O
NC legislative leader vows quick response to school board vote on Parents’ Bill of Rights - N&O
North Carolina school board backs away from law on policies on pronouns, gender identity instruction - AP
Although the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education approved some policy changes designed to bring the district in compliance with the “Parents’ Bill of Rights” passed last year by the GOP majority in the NC legislature, the board members elected to defy the new legal requirement that parents be notified before any student changes their name:
§ 115C-76.45. Notifications of student physical and mental health.
(a) The governing body of a public school unit shall adopt procedures to notify a parent of the following:
(5) Prior to any changes in the name or pronoun used for a student in school records or by school personnel, notice to the parent of the change.
The board chose this course of action to “stand up for what’s right” against this “moral wrong”, as Board Chair George Griffin reportedly said.
Republican’s have responded strongly to this nullification attempt, with State Senator Majority Whip Jim Perry posting that “there must be consequence for breaking laws” and that he “look[s] forward to addressing this lawless behavior in the short session”.
NC Congressman and Attorney General candidate Dan Bishop (R-8) also indicated that, if elected, he would use his office to enforce this law:
After I’m sworn in as AG, local #ncpol elected officials who think they're above the law are going to #findout.