Truly awful stuff:

A bill filed in our state legislature this week (SB514) would require that teachers report in writing to a student’s parents if they’ve “exhibited symptoms of gender nonconformity.”

So, the length of their hair? The colors they're wearing?

Read for yourself:
Can you imagine the chaos this would create in high schools across our state if it became law, the constant discussion among students and teachers about which student’s dress and behavior crossed the legal line into the mandatory reporting of "gender nonconformity"?
Imagine the leverage this would give high school bullies, how they could use this law to threaten to out certain students to their teachers.
Imagine a student who confides in a guidance counselor, only to learn that the counselor is now legally obligated to write a summary of the conversation and hand it to both of the student’s parents.
Let’s not pretend for a minute that this is anything other than using a legislative perch to act like a bully in order to engage their political base.

For some reason, these folks think this is a political win for them. That’s the only reason they’re doing it.
After the historic debacle of HB2, you’d think these folks would have learned:

When you act like a bully, the whole country notices.

And our whole state suffers as a result.
It’s already making national headlines:…
From the editorial:

“The cruelest effect of such legislation, were it to pass, would be to force teachers, guidance counselors and other adults, whom children ought to be able to trust, to out trans and gender nonconforming young people to their parents.”
And hidden within the bill is a provision that immunizes anyone who provides so-called conversion therapy - instead of ending that practice, which is what we should do.
We’ll stop this bill from becoming law.

But legislation like this is going to keep coming in a number of states.

That’s why we must pass the Equality Act in the US Senate.

It’s how we stand up to bullies in state legislatures all across the country.

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6 Apr
One of the things that energizes me is talking to people who do early childhood education for a living.

These folks are so passionate and impactful that it just revives me and I’m reminded of what an opportunity we have if we can make early childhood a higher priority.

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That’s how I felt in Iredell County this weekend when I visited their Partnership for Young Children, which runs their local NC Pre-K and Smart Start.

These folks are just unreservedly good and crucial people and we don’t spend nearly enough time spotlighting their work. Image
In our discussion, we kept coming back to the role they played during the pandemic.

When we were hit hardest last year, child care workers were one of the groups who carried our country on their backs. Image
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3 Apr
In the state legislature, I serve with many members who are fully convinced the last election was stolen.

But - just as important - I serve with many members who know it *wasn’t* stolen but would be fine using that myth as cover to pass laws to help them win elections.

And that’s what’s happening across the country.

A bunch of state legislators who know better are using the myth of the stolen election as cover to give themselves more power by taking it away from you, the voters.

This is about voter turnout. Not voter fraud.
Last week, we talked about the need to renew the Voting Rights Act based on the history of North Carolina’s state legislature abusing its authority to cement the majority party’s power.
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1 Apr
We've held 15 town halls and absolutely no one has said:

"Hey Jeff, I want our next senator to keep the filibuster intact even if it means no progress on voting rights, minimum wage, broadband, or climate."

What I *am* hearing is:

"Don't cave to McConnell."

Loud and clear.
I think we all know that McConnell's incentives are to just use the filibuster to try and block everything he can.

If that happens, then no one can call it a tool that produces compromise - it's just a weapon that grinds everything to a halt.

And we can't allow that.
As a specific example, using the filibuster to block voting rights legislation that is needed to protect voters of color from the wave of suppression bills we're seeing is literally Jim Crow behavior.

We'd be foolish to say, "Well, darn, guess that's just the way it goes."
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10 Mar
BREAKING: A bipartisan deal on school reopening has been reached.

The two sticking points had been whether districts would be able to respond in the event of an outbreak and whether middle/high schools would resume in-person schooling in a way that allowed for social distancing.
That’s why the last bill was vetoed.

It wasn’t about whether to reopen - it was about how to do it safely.

Today’s deal strikes a balance:
All elementary schools will be required to operate under plan A, which is full in-person instruction with lots of safety precautions. *Note: The majority of elementary schools in the state are already doing this.*
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9 Mar
Busy day in Union County yesterday.

Our first town hall was in-person at a local park.
Folks gave their thoughts about disability awareness, veteran’s health care, and gerrymandering.
Then I drove over to Main Street in Monroe, parked outside the courthouse, put my laptop on my trunk, and did a virtual town hall with another 50 people.
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28 Feb
I spent the morning at a vaccination event for teachers and school personnel.

It was a massive operation with lots of moving parts, but I just want to tell you about one piece of it.

In the picture, you can see Georgina filling a syringe with vaccine from the vial.

That's her designated job at these events: fill syringes.

She's excellent at it, and her skill is absolutely crucial.


Because, given that she's done it thousands of times, she's learned how to get six or even seven doses out of a vial that officially contains only five.
I watched her work for several minutes.

Basically, she's perfected the art of getting every last drop.
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