Republicans, Democrats at odds over repeal of Charlotte ordinance, fate of H.B. 2

With NCGA special session set for 10 a.m., Charlotte City Council holds emergency 9 a.m. meeting regarding its ordinance

Eamon Queeney—The North State Journal
Governor Pat McCrory talks about the depth of water in peoples homes after Hurricane Mathew as he speaks to a House Appropriations meeting in the Legislative Office Building during a special session of the General Assembly in Raleigh

RALEIGH — In a Facebook post early Wednesday, North Carolina Republican Party executive director Dallas Woodhouse blasted Governor-elect Roy Cooper and the Charlotte City Council, saying both “lied to the public” about their intentions regarding the February Charlotte ordinance that triggered House Bill 2.”Governor [Pat] McCrory called a special session for repeal, based on good faith when Roy Cooper and Charlotte democrats announced to the world a full repeal of the Charlotte ordinance,” Woodhouse said in the post. “However they lied. The HB2 blood is now stain soaked on their hands and theirs alone. What a dishonest, disgraceful shame by Roy Cooper and Charlotte Democrats.”Less than 48 hours after it looked like H.B. 2 would be repealed because the Charlotte City Council said they had overturned the ordinance, releasing a statement titled “City removed non-Discrimination Ordinance” and urging state legislators to repeal H.B. 2, the two sides again seem at an impasse because further investigation showed the council did not repeal the ordinance in full.State GOP leaders had already accused Democrats of playing politics for only announcing the repeal of the Charlotte ordinance after Cooper had defeated McCrory in last month’s election. Now with the city council announcing a repeal of the ordinance but only overturning part of it, Republicans are suggesting Cooper’s efforts to put an end to H.B. 2 were insincere.The city council, aware Republicans are now backpedalling on plans to repeal H.B. 2 following the revelation, announced an emergency Wednesday meeting for 9 a.m. State lawmakers are set to meet at 10 a.m. in Raleigh.