— NC Policy Watch (@NCPolicyWatch) May 4, 2021
This is SOP for the GOP: Take credit for stuff that is good, even if they actively worked against it. It's a never-ending spin-cycle that will make you dizzy just watching.
— UpstateNC (@upstatenc) May 3, 2021
This bill is a big, hot mess of unsafe requirements:
SECTION 1.(b) It is the policy of this State to promote the interests and well‑being of its residents and to protect their civil liberties, including the right for residents to decide for themselves whether or not to receive an experimental drug. Coronavirus vaccines are considered experimental until the United States Food and Drug Administration formally approves them. Therefore, it is the intent of the General Assembly that residents of this State who choose not to take any of the coronavirus vaccines enjoy the same rights as residents who choose to take any such vaccines. To that end, the General Assembly promotes the following coronavirus vaccine bill of rights:
(1) No person shall be mandated, coerced, forced, or pressured to take any of the coronavirus vaccines.
(2) All persons reserve the right, at all times, to determine what is in their own best medical interest without threat to their livelihood, education, or freedom of movement.
(3) Employers of health care providers licensed in this State to administer any of the coronavirus vaccines are prohibited from requesting their health care providers to promote any of the coronavirus vaccines to patients.
(4) Health care providers who administer any of the coronavirus vaccines shall attest to the following with respect to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) database:
a. That they are aware of the VAERS database.
b. That they have a professional obligation to check the VAERS database regularly.
c. That they have a professional obligation to share information about the VAERS database with each person to whom they administer any of the coronavirus vaccines.
(5) All persons are entitled to have access to unbiased, independent information about the coronavirus vaccines to assist them in determining what is in their own best medical interest, including information about the risk of death associated with choosing not to take any of the coronavirus vaccines and contracting the virus naturally, based upon factors such as age and underlying health conditions. In order to be deemed unbiased and independent, this information must include information from sources other than pharmaceutical companies and government or quasi‑governmental entities that have a conflict of interest in promoting the coronavirus vaccines.
(6) No person shall be required to provide proof of having received any of the coronavirus vaccines as a condition of doing any of the following:
a. Entering any public buildings, public lands, or public spaces owned, leased, or otherwise controlled by the State.
b. Participating in any public events.
c. Accessing any public transportation.
d. Attending any public school or educational institution.
e. Obtaining or maintaining employment with any public or private employer.
Government has a conflict of interest in promoting the vaccine? What kind of conspiracy theorist nonsense is this? Remember the name Mark Pless, because it looks like he's trying to give Pittman and Kidwell a run for their money on stupidist lawmaker of the year.
"I continue to get reports from concerned parents and students that there is much discussion taking place in classrooms around political opinion and that more times than not it’s not presented in a balanced way," said State Sen. Chuck Edwards. #NCPOL #NCGAhttps://t.co/bpygNcPPIv
— North State Journal (@nsjnews) May 3, 2021
Of course there's no way to verify that "people tell me" bullshit, which is why they use it. As Chairman of our Board of Adjustment (yeah, they threw that on me too), if I allowed a witness to spout stuff like that during a quasi-judicial hearing, I could (and should) be removed. It's worse than hearsay, because there's no way to prove he actually heard it. *sigh*
H243 is in conference. It contains unnecessary language to cut university employees pay. Conveniently, the UNC BOG considered 20% bonuses for chancellors at their last meeting. Please say NO to pay cuts. #ncga #ncpol @Clemmons4NC @JonHardister
— suzanne beasley (@Sthrnbelle211) May 3, 2021
Veto. No matter how many D's make the mistake of voting for it.
— Ted Budd (@TedBuddNC) May 3, 2021
Keeping you out of the Senate is at the top of my list.
Despite the increasingly Democratic trend of Mecklenburg County, Republicans have been competitive in Mayoral elections there for all but the last few years. As recently as 2015, they came within five points of winning the office - and proved utterly dominant in the wedge. #ncpol pic.twitter.com/6LqerIegp9
— Eric Cunningham (@decunningham2) May 3, 2021
Granted, in this gerrymandering nightmare of a state, 5% doesn't seem that big a deal. But it's actually a huge gap.
— Coalition for Health Care of NC (@CHC4NC) May 3, 2021
The truth is, since the very beginning of vaccinations in NC, rural counties received more doses than they could get into arms. Dr. Cohen was actually criticized for pushing equitable distribution, when more populous counties started running out before their next batches arrived. The single biggest "outreach" challenge we face is the Republican Party, thanks to their stubborn opposition to taking COVID seriously, and their prostration to Donald Trump. And until the NC GOP gets onboard with promoting vaccine efforts, this hesitancy will continue. But they're too damn invested in making Roy Cooper look bad, so don't hold your breath.
More #partisan spin from @virginiafoxx. It’s so disappointing getting nothing but #whining and #complaining instead of our rep actually leaning in and working to solve our country’s and our state’s problems. #sad #nc #ncpol #nc05
— WTF2016 (@OWTF2016) May 3, 2021
She is so out-of-touch, not only with her constituents, but with reality itself.
— lol Charlotte (@LOLCLT) May 3, 2021
Just one of many reasons why there will never be another Republican Mayor of Charlotte. Of course Pat McCrory is the primary reason, because damn. He's dumber than the box that holds the rocks...
I really wish some reporter in #ncpol would ask @NCHouseSpeaker why the House Health Committee refuses to schedule a hearing for #H558 to prohibit vaccine passports. They probably won't, though, because they're too busy playing appointment scheduler for Moderna and Pfizer. #ncga
— Adam C. Love (@AdamCLove) May 1, 2021
Maybe it's because reporters (and everybody else) know it's not some evil government plot?
— Tim Peck (@timothypeck) May 3, 2021
It seems almost nostalgic to have Tim Peck stinking up Twitter again. By nostalgic I mean nauseating...
The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 3, 2021
Keep saying it, Liz. And smack Kevin on the back of the head until he says it too.
On that hopeful note, here's your Onion:
— The Onion (@TheOnion) May 2, 2021
Okay, now you're just gaslighting me...