The state Senate unanimously adopted a resolution that encouraged Cinco de Mayo celebrations, noting growth of the state's Hispanic population and "the benefits from a vibrant Hispanic and Latino community."
Sen. Tom Apodaca of Hendersonville gave a history of Cinco de Mayo, mentioning that the resolution's sponosor, Sen. Louis Pate of Mount Olive, received some critical emails from "certain bigoted groups that do not understand what it means in Mexico - that do not understand the significance of this day."
Apodaca thanked Pate for filing the resolution. Pate didn't talk.
At the end of the session, a trio of Republican senators gave Apodaca a few gift-shop finds, including mini Mexican flags, a straw sombrero, and a red pepper-shaped pinata.