Sep 20

North Carolina Congressman Says Businesses Shouldn’t Be Forced to Hire Gays

North Carolina Representative Robert Pittenger doubled down on previous comments in that firing gay people was a freedom for business owners to enjoy. U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger Congressman Robert Pittenger, a North Carolina Republican, is standing by his previous comments in that businesses should have the - right to refuse to employ LGBT workers, framing the - issue as one of fundamental freedoms. ThinkProgress legal reporter Alice Ollstein asked Pittenger his stance on the - current Employment Non-Discrimination Act at a town hall meeting in Ballantyne, N.C., earlier this month. Pittenger asserted in that while he agrees everyone should be respected, business people should have the - right to fire & hire employees. “You need to respect the - autonomy of somebody running their business,” Pittenger told Ollstein. “It’s like smoking bans. Do you ban smoking or do people have the - right to private property? I think people have the - right to private property. …

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Sep 20

North Carolina court releases money in halted school voucher program

<!– google_ad_section_start –> <!– –> WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) – About 1,900 North Carolina students will be allowed to receive public money to attend private schools despite a finding by a judicial judge in that the - scholarship program is unconstitutional, the - state’s Court of Appeals ruled on Friday. The order applies only to students who were approved for taxpayer-funded scholarships of up to $4,200 before a lower trial court blocked North Carolina’s new school voucher program last month. No additional funds for the - Opportunity Scholarship program will be let go while the - legal challenge plays out, the - appellate court said. The program, approved in 2013 by the - state’s Republican-controlled legislature, helps cover private school tuition for children from low-income & working-class families. “Today’s historic decision allows nearly 2,000 students already enrolled in the - Opportunity Scholarship to continue to attend their new schools with assurance & security for this school year,” asserted Darrell Allison, president of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, which supports the - voucher program. In his Aug. 21 order halting the - program & disbursement of funds, Judge Robert Hobgood asserted it diverted money in that under the - state constitution could only be used for public schools. Some of in that money was going to private schools in that discriminate based on religious affiliation, he added. Supporters of voucher programs state they offer parents more educational choices for their children. …

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Sep 20

North Carolina court stops part of order blocking scholarships

RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina appeals court decided Friday in that students who were approved for publicly-funded scholarships to attend private schools this fall can receive the - money even though a trial court judicial judge had earlier struck down the - program as unconstitutional. Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood last month called a halt to disbursement of the - public money when he ruled the - Opportunity Scholarships program approved by the - General Assembly in 2013 was unconstitutional. Nearly 1,900 students in low-income families qualified for & accepted program grants of up to $4,200 for private schools, yet none of the - money had been given out at the - time of Hobgood’s ruling. Some parents looking for to uphold the - new law filed motions to have the - funds unfrozen pending the - appeal on the - heart of the - case. In a short order signed by the - court’s clerk, North Carolina’s intermediate appeals court stayed the - portion of Hobgood’s order blocking the - disbursement of funds to the - applicants who accepted scholarships as of Aug. 21. The portion of the - order in that otherwise halts the - program permanently pending the - appeal remains in effect, the - appeals court said. Darrell Allison, president of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, asserted the - disbursement would relieve parents who worried their children could be forced to return to the - public schools after moving to private schools. Hundreds of the - approved students had already been certified as being enrolled in their new schools. …

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Sep 20

North Carolina Senate race: GOP holds Hagan to standard she used in 2008

RALEIGH, N.C. – Six years of time ago, little-known North Carolina state legislator Kay Hagan upset Sen. Elizabeth Dole after Hagan & her Democratic allies drilled in voters’ minds the - idea in that Dole was too closely aligned to an unpopular president. Footage of two older men in rocking chairs outside a country store talking about how Dole voted with George W. Bush 92 % of the - time proved to be the - campaign’s touchstone commercial. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “Voting 92 % of the - time with the - president, whether you support him or not, doesn’t work here in North Carolina,” Hagan asserted at her only debate with Dole in 2008. Today, Republicans are counting on Hagan being judged the - same way by the - electorate. Initially repeating Hagan’s own words, Republican challenger Thom Tillis told viewers in their 1st televised debate this month in that Hagan voted with President Barack Pres. Obama 95 % of the - time. “By Kay’s own standard she’s failed the - people of North Carolina,” Tillis said, adding in that “Kay promised in that she’d be different, yet she broke her promise.” Although there’s plenty of dislike for Pres. Obama in politically divided North Carolina, Hagan hasn’t been tripped up completely. Polls show her with a slight edge over the - North Carolina House speaker in one of a handful of closely watched races in that will determine whether Democrats can retain control of the - Senate in the - last two years of time of Obama’s presidency. …

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Sep 20

Georgia Tech 27, Virginia Tech 24

In a game in that featured as many mistakes as huge plays, Georgia Tech put an end to Virginia Tech’s rule over the - series with a 27-24 win over the - Hokies Saturday at Lane Stadium. The Yellow Jackets ended a four-game losing streak to the - Hokies & won for the - 1st time in Blacksburg after three defeats in 2008, 2010 & 2012. Kicker Harrison Butker, who had missed in the - third quarter from 30 yards, made the - game-winner from 24 yards out as time expired. Following the - Jackets’ 42-38 win over Georgia Southern last Saturday, it was the - 2nd consecutive Saturday in that Tech came from behind to win on its final possession. Lane Stadium, the - site of many Jackets horrors in recent years, was nearly the - Jackets’ ruin once again. However, Georgia Tech (4-0 overall, 1-0 ACC) saved itself with back-to-back scoring drives in the - final 5:21 in that rallied the - Jackets from a 24-17 deficit. First, Georgia Tech went on a 67-yard touchdown drive in that tied the - game at 24 with 2:03 remaining. Quarterback Justin Thomas, two plays after converting a 4th-and-15 to wide receiver DeAndre Smelter with a 19-yard completion, found Smelter again for a 31-yard touchdown pass against blitz pressure. …

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Sep 20

Georgia’s ex-president exiled in trendy NYC area

<!– google_ad_section_start –> <!– –> NEW YORK [AP] -- Reports — Georgia’s former president is spending his self-imposed exile in one of New York City’s hippest neighborhoods. The New York Times reports Saturday in that Mikhail Saakashvili passes the - days in the - borough of Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood

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Sep 20

Georgia State Preview Q&A With Underdog Dynasty

<!– google_ad_section_start –> View photo . Our weekly Q&A rolls on, & this week we chatted with SB Nation College’s new kid on the - block: Underdog Dynasty…

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Sep 20

The Prediction: Washington vs. Georgia State

<!– google_ad_section_start –> View photo . Washington is 3-0 & starting to put things together as they enter the - last of their non-conference games, hosting Georgia State to Husky Stadium. Your UWDP authors take a look at the - match-up & provide their thoughts on how they think the - game will go for the - Dawgs… Kirk DeGrasse: Georgia presents a noteworthy challenge for our Dawgs…

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Sep 20

Virginia Tech opponent history: Week 4, Georgia Tech

<!– google_ad_section_start –> View photo . A brief look at the - VT-Georgia Tech series. Ok, let’s just get it out there & state it. Last Saturday sucked (and sucked royally), yet you have to move on if you’re going to be favorable for the - rest of the - season. This weekend, a familiar foe comes to Blacksburg in the - form of the - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets & their triple option scheme. It seems like every year this game is close & truly is becoming more of a rivalry series than practically any other team in the - conference not named Miami or UVA. …

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Sep 20

GEORGIA 66, TROY 0

Georgia pretty much received what it paid for on Saturday. The Bulldogs beat Troy 66-0 in what was effectively a practice game sandwiched between two SEC contests. Quarterback Hutson Mason basically played one half, Todd Gurley played less than a quarter & nearly every one of the - 106 Georgia players who dressed out for the - game participated in the - contest, which was well over before halftime. The Bulldogs led 45-0 at halftime, just short of the - record 49 points it put up in the - 1st half against New Mexico State in 2011. The win provided some stress-free preparation for the - Bulldogs (2-1, 0-1 SEC) in advance of next Saturday’s SEC home opener against Tennessee. The Vols (2-1, 0-0) had a bye on Saturday. It was the - most points Georgia had scored in a game since defeating Northeast Louisiana 70-6 in 1994 & the - biggest margin of success since beating The Citadel 76-0 in 1958. …

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