The Info List - Larry Pittman

Larry G. Pittman (born September 30, 1954) is a Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly.[1] He represents the 82nd district.[2] Pittman made national headlines in April 2017 when he called Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln
a 'tyrant' like Adolf Hitler.


1 Background

1.1 HB 147 1.2 HB 780

2 Controversial statements

2.1 U.S. Supreme Court "opinion" 2.2 Lincoln-Hitler comparison 2.3 Climate change statement

3 References

Background[edit] In February 2017, Pittman co-sponsored a bill allowing the removal of the ban on North Carolina seceding from the Union ever again. In March 2017 he co-sponsored a bill to once again make gay marriages not valid in North Carolina. Responding to criticisms to both bills, Pittman made controversial statements that were widely reported in the news media.[3][4][5] In March 2016, Pittman was a co-sponsor of North Carolina's Bathroom bill.[6] HB 147[edit] In February 2017, Pittman joined with Representatives Michael Speciale (R-Craven) and George Cleveland (R-Jacksonville) in proposing a constitutional amendment that would allow North Carolina voters to repeal Article I, Section 4 of the North Carolina Constitution. This article declares that "This State shall ever remain a member of the American Union; the people thereof are part of the American nation," and prohibits the state from seceding from the United States of America; its inclusion in North Carolina’s 1868 constitution was a condition for being readmitted into the Union after the Civil War.[7] The bill passed the first reading on February 22, 2017, and was referred to the Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.[8] HB 780[edit] Pittman, Speciale, and Representative Carl Ford (R-China Grove) sponsored House Bill 780, which was introduced on March 14, 2017. This bill would end North Carolina's recognition of same sex marriage in disregard of the US Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges
Obergefell v. Hodges
and cites the Bible as justification for this disregard.[9] The bill passed the first reading on April 13, 2017, and was referred to the Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.[10] On the same day, however, state house speaker Tim Moore stated that the bill would not proceed further due to concerns about its constitutionality. In North Carolina, it is a common practice for bills that lack the support of party leadership to be sent to the Rules Committee to die.[11][12] Controversial statements[edit] On March 22, 2017, Pittman posted a newsletter on his Facebook page, giving his constituents an update on his activities. Numerous constituents posted comments, and Pittman responded with two controversial statements.[13] U.S. Supreme Court "opinion"[edit] In response to a commenter's criticism of HB 780, Pittman posted a comment on April 11, 2017, stating that North Carolina should uphold traditional marriage "in spite of the opinion of a federal court that had no business interfering."[14][15] Lincoln-Hitler comparison[edit] Pittman's post in reference to the U.S. Supreme Court led to several comments on states' rights and a post telling Pittman that the Civil War was over, the Union had won, and to "get over it". Pittman responded in a post on April 12, 2017, comparing President Abraham Lincoln to Adolf Hitler. He wrote: "And if Hitler had won, should the world just get over it? Lincoln was the same sort if [sic] tyrant, and personally responsible for the deaths of over 800,000 Americans in a war that was unnecessary and unconstitutional."[13][14][16] He later deleted the post.[15] Climate change statement[edit] In July 2012, Pittman issued a dubious and factually inaccurate statement regarding climate change: "Our climate runs on a cycle. It goes up and it goes down and the Lord designed it that way. And the main thing that causes global warming is the Earth's relationship to a big ball of gas that's burning out there that we call the Sun. And it is the height of hubris for human beings to think that we can have any effect on that."[17] References[edit]

^ "Larry Pittman's Biography - The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. Retrieved 2017-04-13.  ^ " North Carolina General Assembly
North Carolina General Assembly
- Representative Larry G. Pittman (Republican, 2015-2016 Session)". www.ncleg.net. Retrieved 2016-02-07.  ^ Sziemasko, Corky (2017-04-13). "North Carolina Politician Under Fire for Comparing Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln
to Hitler". NBC News. Retrieved 2017-04-15.  ^ Holley, Peter (2017-04-12). "A Southern lawmaker called Lincoln a 'tyrant' and compared him to Hitler". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-04-15.  ^ Gerretsen, Isabelle (2017-04-13). "North Lawmaker Larry Pittman Calls Lincoln a 'Tyrant' like Hitler". Newsweek. Retrieved 2017-04-15.  ^ "House Bill 2". General Assembly of North Carolina Session 2016. 2016-03-23. Retrieved 2017-04-15.  ^ Colin Campbell (2017-02-21). "NC constitution's ban on secession could be dropped under House bill". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 2017-04-13.  ^ "House Bill 147". General Assembly of North Carolina Session 2017. 2017-02-22. Retrieved 2017-04-15.  ^ "Uphold Historical Marriage Act. – HOUSE BILL DRH10214-MM-60 (03/14)". GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA SESSION 2017. 2017-04-11. Retrieved 2017-04-13.  ^ "House Bill 780". NCGA North Carolina General Assembly. 2017-04-13. Retrieved 2017-04-14.  ^ Campbell, Colin (2017-04-13). "Proposed gay marriage ban is dead in NC House, speaker says". The News & Observer.  ^ Laura Leslie; Matthew Burns (2017-04-11). "House speaker: Gay marriage ban bill going nowhere". WRAL-TV.  ^ a b Billman, Jeffrey C. (2017-04-12). "N.C. Representative Larry Pittman Calls Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln
the "Same Sort [of] Tyrant" as Hitler and We Are Not Even Making That Up". Indyweek.com. Retrieved 2017-04-13.  ^ a b Morrill, Jim (2017-04-12). "NC lawmaker calls Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln
a 'tyrant' like Hitler". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 2017-04-14.  ^ a b Mazza, Ed (2017-04-12). "GOP Lawmaker Compares 'Tyrant' Abraham Lincoln to Adolf Hitler". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-04-15.  ^ Holley, Peter (2017-04-12). "A Southern lawmaker called Lincoln a 'tyrant' and compared him to Hitler". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-04-13.  ^ https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/television/2017/06/05/oliver-trump-pulling-out-paris-accord-could-have-catastrophic-effect/oGMBpcqHgmsI2l1L9uMMtM/story.html

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Members of the North Carolina House of Representatives

Speaker of the House: Tim Moore (R) Speaker pro Tempore: Sarah Stevens (R) Majority Leader: John R. Bell IV
John R. Bell IV
(R) Minority Leader: Darren Jackson (D)

   Bob Steinburg
Bob Steinburg
(R)    Larry Yarborough
Larry Yarborough
(R)    Michael Speciale
Michael Speciale
(R)    Jimmy Dixon (R)    Howard J. Hunter III (D)    Beverly G. Boswell (R)    Bobbie Richardson
Bobbie Richardson
(D)    Susan Martin (R)    Brian Brown (R)    John R. Bell IV
John R. Bell IV
(R)    Duane Hall
Duane Hall
(D)    George Graham (D)    Pat McElraft
Pat McElraft
(R)    George Cleveland (R)    Phil Shepard
Phil Shepard
(R)    Chris Millis (R)    Frank Iler
Frank Iler
(R)    Susi Hamilton
Susi Hamilton
(D)    Ted Davis Jr.
Ted Davis Jr.
(R)    Rick Catlin (R)    Larry Bell (D)    William Brisson
William Brisson
(R)    Shelly Willingham
Shelly Willingham
(D)    Jean Farmer-Butterfield
Jean Farmer-Butterfield
(D)    Jeff Collins (R)    N. Leo Daughtry
N. Leo Daughtry
(R)    Michael H. Wray
Michael H. Wray
(D)    Larry Strickland (R)    Larry Hall (D)    Paul Luebke
Paul Luebke
(D)    Mickey Michaux
Mickey Michaux
(D)    Nathan Baskerville
Nathan Baskerville
(D)    Rosa Gill
Rosa Gill
(D)    Grier Martin
Grier Martin
(D)    Chris Malone (R)    Nelson Dollar
Nelson Dollar
(R)    Paul Stam
Paul Stam
(R)    Yvonne Lewis Holley
Yvonne Lewis Holley
(D)    Darren Jackson (D)    Joe John
Joe John
(D)    Gale Adcock (D)    Marvin W. Lucas
Marvin W. Lucas
(D)    Elmer Floyd
Elmer Floyd
(D)    William O. Richardson
William O. Richardson
(D)    John Szoka
John Szoka
(R)    Ken Waddell
Ken Waddell
(D)    Charles Graham (D)    Garland E. Pierce
Garland E. Pierce
(D)    Gary Pendleton (R)    Graig R. Meyer
Graig R. Meyer
(D)    John I. Sauls
John I. Sauls
(R)    Jamie Boles (R)    David R. Lewis
David R. Lewis
(R)    Robert T. Reives II
Robert T. Reives II
(D)    Mark Brody
Mark Brody
(R)    Verla C. Insko
Verla C. Insko
(D)    Pricey Harrison
Pricey Harrison
(D)    Amos Quick
Amos Quick
(D)    Jon Hardister (R)    Cecil Brockman
Cecil Brockman
(D)    John Faircloth
John Faircloth
(R)    John Blust
John Blust
(R)    Stephen M. Ross (R)    Dennis Riddell
Dennis Riddell
(R)    Bert Jones (R)    Ken Goodman (D)    Justin Burr
Justin Burr
(R)    D. Craig Horn
D. Craig Horn
(R)    Dean Arp
Dean Arp
(R)    Pat Hurley
Pat Hurley
(R)    Evelyn Terry
Evelyn Terry
(D)    Edward Hanes Jr. (D)    Lee Zachary
Lee Zachary
(R)    Debra Conrad (R)    Donny Lambeth
Donny Lambeth
(R)    Carl Ford (R)    Harry Warren (R)    Allen McNeill (R)    Julia C. Howard
Julia C. Howard
(R)    Sam Watford (R)    Larry Potts
Larry Potts
(R)    Larry Pittman
Larry Pittman
(R)    Linda B. Johnson (R)    Rena W. Turner (R)    Josh Dobson (R)    Hugh Blackwell
Hugh Blackwell
(R)    Destin Hall (R)    Mary Gardner Belk
Mary Gardner Belk
(D)    Mitchell S. Setzer
Mitchell S. Setzer
(R)    Sarah Stevens (R)    Bryan R. Holloway
Bryan R. Holloway
(R)    Charles Jeter
Charles Jeter
(R)    Jonathan C. Jordan (R)    Jeffrey Elmore (R)    John A. Fraley
John A. Fraley
(R)    Jay Adams (R)    Jason Saine (R)    John R. Bradford, III (R)    Rodney W. Moore
Rodney W. Moore
(D)    John Autry (D)    Beverly M. Earle
Beverly M. Earle
(D)    Becky Carney
Becky Carney
(D)    William Brawley (R)    Dan Bishop
Dan Bishop
(R)    Scott Stone (R)    Carla Cunningham (D)    Kelly Alexander
Kelly Alexander
(D)    John Torbett
John Torbett
(R)    Dana Bumgardner
Dana Bumgardner
(R)    Kelly Hastings
Kelly Hastings
(R)    Timothy K. Moore (R)    Mike Hager
Mike Hager
(R)    Chris Whitmire (R)    Susan C. Fisher
Susan C. Fisher
(D)    John Ager
John Ager
(D)    Brian Turner (D)    Chuck McGrady
Chuck McGrady
(R)    Michele D. Presnell
Michele D. Presnell
(R)    Mike Clampitt
Mike Clampitt
(R)    Roger West
Roger West

   Republican (75)    Democratic (45)

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