NORTHHAMPTON, Mass. — The Bill of Rights Defense Committee and Defending Dissent Foundation, as part of April Fools Day, awarded the Joseph McCarthy Award for Legislative Excellence to the North Carolina General Assembly for their record hating on everyone.

The recipient received 59 percent of votes cast for its multiple achievements.

Organizers said, “The State Legislature of North Carolina has not only actively thwarted an informed public with a sweeping anti-whistleblower bill, but also passed anti-LGBTQ and anti-immigrant bills.”

“While we think our April Fools Awards were funny … in all seriousness, the fact that there were so many deserving candidates was downright frightening,” they added.

Competing in the award with the legislature were bi-partisan New York City politicians and sponsors of the Countering Violent Extremism Act of 2015.

The organizations are accepting contributions to further they work.

info: bordc.org.

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