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|state=North Carolina
|terms=January 5, 2013–January 2013 – January 1, 2017
|lieutenant=Dan Forest
|preceded=[[Bev Perdue]]
|terms=December 7, 1995–December 1995 – December 7, 2009<br>(Pro Tem 1993–1995)
|preceded=Richard Vinroot
|succeeded=Anthony Foxx
|office=Charlotte City Councilman
Patrick Lloyd "Pat" McCrory (born October 17, 1956)<ref name="PVS">[ Patrick McCrory's Biography]. ''Project Vote Smart''. Retrieved December 29, 2016.</ref> was the 74th Governor of [[North Carolina]], serving from 2013 until 2017. Prior to this, he served as a city council member of [[Charlotte, North Carolina]] from 1989–95, as Mayor Pro Tem from 1993–95, and as mayor of Charlotte from 1995-20091995–2009.
As governor of North Carolina, McCrory helped pass much conservative legislation that improved the quality of life in the state.
McCrory successfully reformed North Carolina, creating jobs and savings.<ref>[ Pat McCrory]. ''''. Retrieved December 29, 2016.</ref>
While Perdue raised taxes and made the state very unfriendly towards business per Democrat policy, McCrory dramatically reduced taxes, both corporate and personal, leading to a much better business environment.<ref name="Forbes">Gleason, Patrick (November 7, 2016). [http Top Five Reasons N.C. Voters Should Re-elect Gov. Pat McCrory]. ''Forbes''. Retrieved December 29, 2016.</ref> According to the Tax Foundation's State Business Tax Climate Index, a non-partisan organization, North Carolina's business tax environment went from the 41st to 11th best in the U.S. under McCrory.<ref name="Forbes"/>
Not only was McCrory a [[fiscal conservative]] in his taxation policy, but also with his spending policy.<ref name="Forbes"/> Rather than participating in the [[tax and spend]] policies of leftist Democrats, McCrory and the GOP state legislature kept spending below the population and inflation growth rates, meaning that the economy grew faster than the government.<ref name="Forbes"/>(p.2) In addition, McCrory exited the costly and useless federal government extended benefits program in 2013, retired a $2 billion debt to the federal government, and wisely ended the state's long-term unemployment benefits which hurt the economy and are costly and do no good.<ref name="Forbes"/>(p.2) These reforms have helped grow the economy and led to the state's reduction o unemployment faster than the national average.<ref name="Forbes"/>(p.2)
Unlike the leftist Democrats who oppose quality education and support trapping poor children in incompetent public "schools" which ruin their lives, McCrory massively increased school choice in North Carolina, which can only improve the quality of life of children.<ref name="Forbes"/>(p.3)
On July 29, 2013, McCrory signed pro-life legislation that created stricter standards on abortion clinics and gave medical insurance providers the ability to refuse abortion coverage in their plans.<ref>Pavlich, Katie (July 30, 2013). [http North Carolina Governor Signs New Pro-Life Legislation Into Law]. ''Townhall''. Retrieved December 29, 2016.</ref>
In October 2015, McCrory signed a bill that banned corrupt leftist [[Sanctuary City (Immigration)|sanctuary cities]].<ref>May, Caroline (October 28, 2015). [http North Carolina Gov. Signs Bill Prohibiting Sanctuary Cities]. ''Breitbart''. Retrieved December 29, 2016.</ref>
McCrory passed a common sense [[Voter ID legislation|voter-ID law]], but it was struck down by a leftist appeals court (all three judges were appointed by Democrats)<ref>Gerstein, Josh (July 29, 2016). [http Court strikes down North Carolina voter ID law]. ''Politico''. Retrieved December 29, 2016.</ref> and the Supreme Court did not overturn the ruling, as it was a 4-4 decision.<ref>De Vogue, Ariane; Berman, Dan (August 31, 2016). [http Supreme Court won't reinstate North Carolina voter ID law]. ''CNN''. Retrieved December 29, 2016.</ref>
On March 23, 2016, McCrory signed common sense legislation that overturned local government's adherence to the leftist and unreasonable [[homosexual agenda]] in regards to use of public washrooms by [[Gender confusion|gender-confused]] ([[Transsexual|"transgender"]]) individuals wishing to use the washrooms of their claimed gender instead of their actual gender.<ref>Barkoukis, Leah (March 24, 2016). [http Sanity Prevails: NC Lawmakers Vote to Stop Laws Allowing Men in Women’s Restrooms]. ''Townhall''. Retrieved December 29, 2016.</ref> Enraged liberals, angry that someone could ever defy the homosexual agenda, went wild in opposition to McCrory, and numerous powerful leftists boycotted the state.<ref name="ChangesBacklash">Barkoukis, Leah (April 13, 2016). [http NC Gov Changes Parts of ‘Bathroom Bill’ After Business Backlash]. ''Townhall''. Retrieved December 29, 2016.</ref> Due to the massive elite leftist pressure, McCrory was forced to sign an executive order that softened the law.<ref name="ChangesBacklash"/>
Despite signing the executive order, McCrory stayed strong and did not compromise at all on the law,<ref>O'Brien, Cortney (August 22, 2016). [http Family Research Council Commends Gov. McCrory For 'Staring Down' the NBA Over Bathroom Bill]. ''Townhall''. Retrieved December 29, 2016.</ref> and after the leftist [[Obama Administration]] threatened him over the law, McCrory sued them.<ref>Thomas, Cal (May 12, 2016). [http North Carolina Fights Back]. ''Townhall''. Retrieved December 29, 2016.</ref>
Despite McCrory's conservative policies, he supported removing the [[Confederate flag]] from North Carolina license plates, despite the fact that the flag is an important part of [[The South|Southern]] heritage, and not racism.<ref>May, Caroline (June 23, 2015). [http NC, VA Move To Eliminate Confederate Flags From License Plates]. ''Breitbart''. Retrieved December 29, 2016.</ref>
===2016 defeat===
Due to leftist hysteria over the gender-confusion law, as well as blatant leftist [[media bias]] in the [[mainstream media]], McCrory was defeated by Democrat challenger [[Roy Cooper]] in the 2016 election, and he conceded defeat a few weeks later.<ref name="Forbes"/>(p.3)<ref>Berry, Susan, Dr. (December 6, 2016). [http North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s Defeat Due to ‘Radical Forces’ and ‘Corporate Extortion, Bullying’]. ''Breitbart''. Retrieved December 29, 2016.</ref>
This [[Liberal deceit|leftist deceit]] was confirmed when the Charlotte city council voted to repeal the law 10-0 10–0 after Cooper was voted into office, provided the state legislature would repeal their law.<ref>Emma, Caitlin; Hefling, Kimberly (December 19, 2016). [http Incoming governor says North Carolina will repeal LGBT law]. ''Politico''. December 29, 2016.</ref> Fortunately for common sense, the repeal effort in the state legislature failed.<ref>Marlow, Robert J. (December 23, 2016). [http Newly Elected Dem Governor Thwarted, North Carolina Fails to Repeal Bathroom Bill]. ''Breitbart''. Retrieved December 29, 2016.</ref> However, the bill was repealed, in a compromise, in March 2017.<ref>[http North Carolina transgender 'bathroom bill' flushed by lawmakers]. ''Fox News''. March 30, 2017. Retrieved March 30, 2017.</ref> Some conservatives interpreted this action as a defeat for the [[homosexual agenda]].<ref>Munro, Neil (April 4, 2017). [http Transgender Ideology Defeated in North Carolina ‘Bathroom’ Debate]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved April 4, 2017.</ref>
After the election, McCrory signed a law that would reduce the power of his leftist successor Cooper.<ref>Robillard, Kevin (December 16, 2016). [http North Carolina governor signs laws restricting successor's power]. ''Politico''. Retrieved December 29, 2016.</ref> ==Later life==In August 2018, McCrory accurately compared leftist activists who illegally tore down Confederate statues to the Nazis who burned books that did not approve of.<ref>Folley, Avery (August 22, 2018). [ Ex-GOP gov compares activists who toppled Confederate monument to Nazi book burners]. ''The Hill''. Retrieved August 22, 2018.</ref>
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