Moral Monday Ministers End Quiet Talks With NC Legislators

Ministers active in the weekly "Moral Monday" protests at the Legislature have called off talks with Republican legislators, saying one lawmaker broke the ground rules when he disclosed the discussions.

The Charlotte Observer reported ( that Republican Sen. Jeff Tarte of Cornelius quietly started the talks to try to find common ground. A group of 10 lawmakers and about a dozen ministers met twice.

Tarte talked about the behind-the-scenes dialogue in response to a question from the Observer about his reaction to the weekly protests. Eight ministers then signed a statement saying they're ending the talks because one ground rules was that they would remain private.

The 10th weekly protest against the policies of the Republican-led General Assembly is scheduled for Monday. Nearly 675 people have been arrested so far.