Republican leaders of the General Assembly made a surprising announcement Tuesday night: They had accepted an HB 2 repeal deal proposed by Democratic Governor Roy Cooper. There's just one problem. Cooper denies this particular deal was ever on the table. And the story gets even stranger. What happened Tuesday night can be seen as a deal gone bad, political theater, or a hardcore negotiating technique.
According to the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, the NCAA's new deadline for North Carolina to address House Bill 2 is now 48 hours away. Scott Dupree, executive director of the sports alliance, issued a statement shortly before noon Tuesday, saying he had confirmed with "a contact very close to the NCAA" that the organization wanted HB2 addressed within the next two days.