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Virginia Lt. Gov. to NCAA: Bring the championship events here

Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) today called for the NCAA to relocate the championship events it has withdrawn from North Carolina over the controversial House Bill 2 to the commonwealth.

The NCAA on Monday announced it will pull seven championship events from the Tar Heel State in the 2016-2017 season “based on the NCAA's commitment to fairness and inclusion.”

A political firestorm hit North Carolina earlier this year over HB 2, which, among other things, eliminates anti-discrimination protections for the LGBT community; legislates individuals in government buildings may only use restrooms and changing facilities that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates; and prohibits municipalities in North Carolina from enacting anti-discrimination policies.

Northam and others have called the legislation “one of the most anti-LGBT laws in the country."

“I applaud the NCAA for standing by its commitment to fairness and inclusion by deciding to relocate seven championships out of North Carolina for this academic year," Northam said in a statement. "Backlash over this bill has resulted in over 180 national employers calling on Gov. McCrory to repeal the bill, and expansions from companies like PayPal and Deutsche Bank have been canceled. The NCAA’s decision follows that of the National Basketball Association, which has moved the NBA All-Star game out of North Carolina for 2017."

Included in the to-be-relocated events are two rounds of the heavily-attended NCAA men's basketball tournament. The other six are: 2016 Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, College Cup; 2016 Division III Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships; 2017 Division I Women’s Golf Championships, regional; 2017 Division III Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships; 2017 Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship; and 2017 Division II Baseball Championship.

Mark Emmert, the president of the NCAA, said in a statement “fairness is about more than the opportunity to participate in college sports, or even compete for championships."

“We believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at our events and are committed to providing the best experience possible for college athletes, fans and everyone taking part in our championships," Emmert said.

The NCAA chief said new locations for the sporting events will be decided soon.

Northam, the presumptive nominee for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 2017, urged the NCAA to bring some or all of those events to Virginia. He pointed to Gov. Terry McAuliffe's executive order banning employment discrimination against the LGBT community in state government as an example of the commonwealth being "open and inclusive."

"Our 'open for business' approach, high-quality of life and world-class colleges and universities make Virginia an ideal destination for NCAA championships," Northam said.

State Del. Dave LaRock, however, supports HB 2. He went on the attack against Northam, McAuliffe and Attorney Mark Herring in discussing the NCAA's decision.

"Organizations and companies, like the NCAA and Target, that try to grandstand on these fringe social issues will discover that most Americans don't agree with their radical agenda,” LaRock (R-33rd) told the Times-Mirror. “Gov. McAuliffe, Northam and Herring have enacted the most radical liberal activist policies the commonwealth has ever seen."

LaRock said businesses "seek to locate in states where the taxes and regulations are lower, a well-trained and affordable workforce is available, and the transportation and other infrastructure is in place."

The conservative delegate said the state's business-friendliness ranking has dropped under the current Democratic administration.

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hypocrite larock fusses about sign w/ silhouette & destroys private property
but supports tRump & nude wife pictures - go figure


Many of those who think like Dave “No Metro in Loudoun” LaRock makes sense seem completely unaware of the huge disconnect in their logic:

They say government is the root of all trouble and wish it would just get out of everyone’s lives.  And yet, when they agree with a governmental action, they’re singing in the front row of the “it’s just good common sense” choir.

Hypocrisy or just self-delusion?


Something tells me that the North Carolina Reich makes it very hard to modify your birth certificate.  It is the 1960’s all over again as people who feel their views are superior and need to be impressed upon all do so by using the power of the state to mandate their views.  Guvment needs to stay out of personal liberties and concentrate on roads and bridges where they belong.


what a crock of you know what. HB-2 is common sense. The extreme left wing views are killing this country and if you are a left winger in a position of power you can really do some damage. The extreme left has become a black eye for this country.


Smart move by Northam.  Let’s hope we can bring this business to Virginia.


Come on, give some fair balance for once.  HB-2 provides privacy protection for everyone. If transgender people take the step of changing their birth certificate, they are allowed to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

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