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Real March Madness: The NCAA is a Joke of a Non-Profit

By Kami Mueller
Townhall.com
March 20, 2017

All across the country, folks are frantically filling out their bracket picks, joining their ESPN online groups, and talking smack to their competitors and foes through their ESPN profiles. It’s undeniable—March Madness is upon us, but the madness is far more.
The NCAA, which is a 501 c3 non-profit, receives funding in subsidies by the federal government, and enjoys a near monopoly on college athletes.
I played Division I Women’s Golf during college, and let me tell you—the life of a college athlete is hard. It’s an often thankless job. Athletes across the nation wake up before the sun to hit the weight room, abide by strict dietary rules, spend countless hours honing skills and mastering their craft, and perform at unbelievable levels of excellence.  

What could inspire this kind of commitment? For many athletes like me, the lure is athletic scholarship money. These scholarships may appear to help, however, the juice isn’t worth the squeeze.  Read the rest of the entry.

Two Assaults on HB 2 at the Legislature This Week

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
March 17, 2017

RALEIGH – “Concerned citizen Christians who believe HB 2 needs to stay on the books can’t afford to let their guard down or be uninformed about the continuous assaults on this common sense law,” said Dr. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League.

Creech was speaking in reference to the two assaults made on the “bathroom law” this week via the Governor’s State of the State speech, and a failed attempt to repeal the measure initiated on the House floor by Democrats.

Gov. Cooper gave his State of the State speech to a joint session of the NC House and Senate on Monday evening. At the very beginning of his remarks, the Governor said, “I’m going to say this first thing…I call on the legislature once again to repeal House Bill 2.” Read the rest of this entry »

NCAA, ACC Challenged by N.C. over HB 2 Lobbying

By David Roach
Baptist Press
March 17, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (BP) — With March Madness in full swing, Republican state legislators in North Carolina are alleging the NCAA and the ACC violated their federal tax-exempt status by attempting to provoke a repeal of the Tar Heel State’s transgender restroom law.

GOP state Rep. Mark Brody filed the Athletic Associations Accountability Act (HB 328) in the state legislature March 13.

The measure, which has 17 cosponsors, would instruct leaders of the North Carolina General Assembly to “file a tax-exempt organization complaint (referral) with the Department of the United States Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, against both the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), alleging the organizations have engaged in excessive lobbying activities.”

The bill explains, “Specifically, the NCAA and the ACC have exceeded the scope of their respective charters by using economic retaliation against the State of North Carolina for the purpose of forcing the General Assembly to adopt social legislation that is not connected to the core mission of either the NCAA or the ACC.” Read the rest of this entry

Bill Would Let NC Homeschoolers Play Sports

By Beau Minnick
WNCN News
March 16, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — State lawmakers are looking at a bill that could allow home-schooled students to play for public schools’ sports teams.

The bill would apply to children who are home schooled or who attend public schools that don’t offer a particular sport or activity.

Republican state Sen. Andrew Brock (R-Davie County) is one of the bill’s sponsors.

“Education doesn’t fit the traditional model anymore,” he said. “Education is changing. It’s different.”

He said the children should have the right to participate. “Their parents are taxpayers,” he said. “They paid for the public school system.” Read the rest of this entry

Fantasy Sports Bill Does Constitute Gambling, ‘Saying it doesn’t is Part of the Fantasy’

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
March 14, 2017

RALEIGH – Tar Heel lawmakers pushing a Fantasy Sports Regulation bill, HB 279 – Fantasy Sports Regulation, are right about one thing: the games are becoming very popular very quickly.

But even as bill sponsors claim their proposed law would offer guidelines and a means to supervise the growing industry, in truth the measure would do little more than legalize yet another form of gambling in exchange for giving the state a cut of the profits.

“Just because the bill says these types of games ‘do not constitute gambling,’ does not make it so,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. “That’s part of the fantasy.” Read the rest of this entry »

Back Again! A Proposal for the Legalization of Medical Marijuana

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
March 16, 2017

RALEIGH – A medical marijuana bill filed in the North Carolina House, HB 185 – Legalize Medical Marijuana, makes the ninth straight year an attempt to legalize the drug has been made in the Tar Heel state. Previous attempts haven’t gained any traction.

But the primary sponsors of the measure, Reps. Kelly Alexander (D-Mecklenburg), Rodney Moore (D-Mecklenburg), Becky Carney (D-Mecklenburg), and Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford) are hoping this year will be different.

Rep. Rodney Moore told the Raleigh News and Observer, “The reason why myself and Rep. Alexander keep putting this bill forth is simply that some of our citizens need it. So we’re going to keep pushing it.” Read the rest of this entry »

NC Doing Just Fine Despite Hype, says Lt. Gov.

By Charlie Butts
OneNewsNow.com
March 13, 2017

If North Carolina is a good example, Texas shouldn’t fear harm from passing into law its version of the bathroom bill.

SB 6 is a Texas bill, voted out of committee to the full Senate, which would require men to use men’s restroom facilities.

One of the key witnesses before the committee was North Carolina’s lieutenant governor, Dan Forest. In a press conference with Texas Values, he disputed claims that his state has lost business over the issue.

“If you take the most aggressive numbers for the loss that we’ve actually had, because of what’s been done to protect privacy and safety in bathrooms in North Carolina,” said Forest, “you would add that all up and it would come up to 1/10th of one percent of our annual GDP.” Read the rest of this entry »

N.C. House ABC Committee Meets, ABC Chief Administrator Presents Overview of Commission’s Role and Warns Committee that Breakdown of ‘Three-Tier’ System Will Result in ‘Huge Excesses’

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
March 10, 2017

RALEIGH – The House ABC Committee held its first meeting of the 2017-2018 Legislative Biennium on Wednesday. The meeting, which was held in the Legislative Office Building, was basically an orientation for committee members.

The committee consists of the following members:

Chairman Rep. Boles
Chairman Rep. McGrady
Vice Chairman Rep. Fisher
Vice Chairman Rep. Hardister
Members Rep. Alexander, Rep. Brawley, Rep. Dobson, Rep. Earle, Rep. Gill, Rep. Hanes, Rep. Harrison, Rep. Hastings, Rep. Holley, Rep. Hurley, Rep. Brenden Jones, Rep. Lucas, Rep. Malone, Rep. Murphy, Rep. Potts, Rep. B. Richardson, Rep. Saine, Rep. Stone, Rep. Willingham, Rep. Yarborough, Rep. Zachary

The meeting started with an introduction of the state’s new ABC chairman, Zander Guy. Guy expressed his desire to be available to committee members for any ABC related questions. He cited the NC ABC’s annual report, which was provided to the committee, noting the words “Control,” “Service,” and “Revenue,” which he said, “sums it all up.” Read the rest of this entry »

Fearing Gov’t Control, Trans Bathrooms, Christian Preschool Closes

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By Michael F. Haverluck
March 10, 2017

The following story shows the kind of circumstances created by ordinances like the one passed in Charlotte that North Carolina’s HB 2 overturned. “Sexual Orientation” and “Gender Identity” (SOGI) ordinances, which is what Charlotte passed, pose serious problems for religious liberty. North Carolina lawmakers need to keep HB 2 and make no compromises. –Dr. Mark Creech, ex. dir. Christian Action League.

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Fear over government regulations trumping Christian teachings, along with the Obama administrations’ transgender bathroom mandate sweeping across America’s schools, is causing a state-funded Christian preschool in Florida to shut its doors for good at the end of the semester in May.

School officials are wary that that the way the government has cracked down over the years on Christianity with its secular worldview dominating curricula and campus policies, their faculty and staff will soon be forced to compromise their Christian teachings – and even require them to provide bathroom accommodations for children who consider themselves to be “transgender.” Read the rest of this entry »

New ABC Chairman Sworn-In, Creech Says He Doesn’t Agree with Negative Response to His Appointment

Zander Guy sworn-in as new ABC Chairman next to his wife Sabrina. Picture courtesy of WECT News 6

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
March 9, 2017

RALEIGH – A.D. Zander Guy, Jr, who was appointed recently to serve as chairman of the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (ABC) under Gov. Roy Cooper, was sworn into office on Wednesday.

Guy previously served on the ABC Commission from 2009 to 2013 and served as interim chairman from February 2012 to February 2013 under then-Governor Beverly Perdue. He replaces Gov. Pat McCrory’s pick for the job, former Lt. Gov. Jim Gardner.

The hearing room at the offices of the ABC Commission in Raleigh, where the swearing-in-ceremony took place, was overflowing with guests. Every seat was filled to capacity and more than a hundred people stood along the walls and outside the door. Read the rest of this entry »