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Old 01-18-2018, 08:38 AM
 
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Amazon has released a short list of candidate cities for HQ2; the only NC metro to make the list was Raleigh.

Of note is this statement in the article, which several of us have noted in this thread:

"Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity," said Holly Sullivan, the head of public policy for Amazon. "Through this process we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation."
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Old 01-18-2018, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Even in the top 20 i doubt we get picked, but this is BIG for Raleigh and the state nonetheless. Im sure theres a lot of people eating crow this morning after some of the hate that we had no shot. Even from the locals lol.

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Old 01-18-2018, 04:37 PM
 
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Even in the top 20 i doubt we get picked, but this is BIG for Raleigh and the state nonetheless. Im sure theres a lot of people eating crow this morning after some of the hate that we had no shot. Even from the locals lol.

BTW, where's the biggest crow eater? I guess he's avoiding this thread for that very reason. LOL
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Old 01-18-2018, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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BTW, where's the biggest crow eater? I guess he's avoiding this thread for that very reason. LOL
Hmmmm.....
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Old 02-01-2018, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC USA
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We will see if the repealed bathroom bill has left a stain on our state. LGBT activists are urging Amazon not to build in 9 states including North Carolina.

https://www.bizjournals.com/triad/ne...ld-hq2-in.html
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Old 02-01-2018, 03:18 PM
 
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We will see if the repealed bathroom bill has left a stain on our state. LGBT activists are urging Amazon not to build in 9 states including North Carolina.

https://www.bizjournals.com/triad/ne...ld-hq2-in.html
How incredibly self-defeating. HB2 was a debacle, but don't you think the addition of an Amazon campus would make the state a little more purple? If not outright blue?

And regardless of whether or not you think that's a good or a bad thing, it certainly would make the likelihood of the next HB2-type-bill a little less likely.
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Old 02-01-2018, 07:22 PM
 
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How incredibly self-defeating. HB2 was a debacle, but don't you think the addition of an Amazon campus would make the state a little more purple? If not outright blue?

And regardless of whether or not you think that's a good or a bad thing, it certainly would make the likelihood of the next HB2-type-bill a little less likely.
Agreed... that's really short sighted of LGBT advocates. Especially given how NC is one of those states that isn't far from being flipped from red to blue. Of course, if the gerrymandering continues, it might not matter.
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Old 02-01-2018, 07:34 PM
 
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Agreed... that's really short sighted of LGBT advocates. Especially given how NC is one of those states that isn't far from being flipped from red to blue. Of course, if the gerrymandering continues, it might not matter.
This is a bad move by the LGBT advocates leading this effort. I think that this protest is more about showing how much influence this group has over Amazon's decision, rather than actually influencing discrimination laws in those states. This seems to be about publicity, and nothing more.
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Old 02-01-2018, 08:56 PM
 
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This is a bad move by the LGBT advocates leading this effort. I think that this protest is more about showing how much influence this group has over Amazon's decision, rather than actually influencing discrimination laws in those states. This seems to be about publicity, and nothing more.
Agreed, it's purely about publicity. Not to mention, I think they want to get their take our there now so that if (when) Amazon chooses a location outside of one of those nine states, they can then point to how anti-LGBT policies are bad for business (which isn't necessarily false).

But to me, a venture like this could actually go a long way towards making REAL progress towards changing a state.
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Old 02-02-2018, 05:31 AM
 
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Agreed, it's purely about publicity. Not to mention, I think they want to get their take our there now so that if (when) Amazon chooses a location outside of one of those nine states, they can then point to how anti-LGBT policies are bad for business (which isn't necessarily false).

But to me, a venture like this could actually go a long way towards making REAL progress towards changing a state.
For sure. It definitely doesn't help their cause with these 10 or so states.
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