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North Carolina Legislator Profile: Rep. Mike Clampitt (R-Haywood, Jackson, Swain)

Real Facts NC’s legislator profile series continues to examine key North Carolina legislators. Here we look at Republican Representative Mike Clampitt, a Republican representative from House District 119 in Haywood, Jackson, and Swain Counties. Clampitt, a freshman legislator, had run twice before against incumbent Joe Sam Queen for H119 before finally beating Queen by around 300 votes in November 2016. Before being a perennial candidate Clampitt worked at the legislature.

In his first term in the NC House, Clampitt has quickly forgotten his district, supporting economic policies that benefit the weathly over working families in his district. Read more on Clampitt here.

(Source: WYFF)
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North Carolina Legislator Profile: Rep. John Sauls (R-Harnett, Lee)

In this legislator profile, we focus on Rep. John Sauls, a Republican representative from District 51 in Harnett and Lee Counties. Sauls served in the General Assembly as a Republican from 2003 until 2007, when he left both the party and public office. In 2016 Sauls rejoined the party and was re-elected. He serves on the appropriations committee and as the chairman of the Education-Community College committee.

Sauls consistently supported policies that shortchange education at every level in N.C. He repeatedly voted for environmental policies that jeopardize access to clean water and clean air while also threatening rural economic development. Sauls supported a budget that prioritized tax cuts over policies that benefit working people, including teachers, families, and the elderly. Read more on Rep. Sauls here.

“I will continue to fight for more resources for our public schools and to ensure these resources are being used in the classrooms not wasted by bureaucrats.” - John Sauls

(Source: Harnett News)
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PRESS RELEASE: Mail marketer Brad Crone confirms intent to form “political group aiming to help a Republican lawmaker.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Last week we learned of a Republican independent expenditure effort in support of Rep. Nelson Dollar organized by local mail marketer Brad Crone.
 
Mr. Crone confirmed in Monday’s News & Observer that the organization he intends to form to support Rep. Dollar is in no way affiliated with either Real Facts NC or our 501(c)4 NC Strong.
 
“Nelson Dollar’s record as chief author of budgets that have seen per pupil spending go down while raising sales taxes on working families stands in stark contrast to NC Strong values,” said Daniel Gilligan, organizer of NC Strong, a North Carolina based 501(c)4. “We are in no way affiliated with Mr. Crone, anyone listed in his presentation, or his legally questionable effort.”
 
From Monday’s News & Observer:
 
“A political group aiming to help a Republican lawmaker apparently wants voters to know that he’s helped make North Carolina strong… ‘Our attorney is in the process of establishing a nonprofit and we will have an appropriate name for the committee once the legal paperwork is completed and filed with the IRS,’ Crone said in an email last week.”
 
 
From last Wednesday’s News & Observer:
 
"Brad Crone, president of Campaign Connections in Raleigh, for working with a campaign that aims to help Republican state Rep. Nelson Dollar of Cary. The statement cites a document describing a nonprofit called NC STRONG, and listing Crone as a general consultant and main contact person for the group."
 
 
NC Strong is a 501(c)4 that seeks ensure that the weak grow strong and the strong grow great in our home state.
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North Carolina Legislator Profile: John Faircloth (R-Guilford)

In this Real Facts Legislator Profile, we focus on Rep. John Faircloth, the Republican Representative from House District 61. Faircloth is currently serving his fourth term in the House. Before being elected to the General Assembly, Faircloth spent seven years on the High Point City Council and served as Sheriff of the city for 16 years. In his time in the legislature, Faircloth voted for the unconstitutional racial gerrymander of his own district, and Rep. Faircloth has used his position to bring unconstitutional gerrymanders to local districts in his home county. He has also supported and sponsored a number of bills that gutted protections on drinking water and has failed to prioritize public schools.

Faircloth currenlty represents House District 61, but recent redistricting caused his district to change. Faircloth has filed for re-election to the House in District 62, also in Guilford County. Read more on Faircloth here.

(Source: Greensboro News & Record)
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New Court Documents Reveal Republican Establishment’s Plans to “Reinvent the Gerrymander” with focus on North Carolina

At the 2009 Republican Legislative Campaign Committee’s national meeting, Thomas Hofeller (yes, that name sounds familiar) presented the strategy Republicans would use to boost wins in 2010 and beyond, according to recently released court documents.

Hofeller’s June 2009 presentation, “2010 Redistricting: Preparing for Success,” explains why Republicans dominate the NCGA with a seemingly impenetrable super majority. The GOP’s strategy to “reinvent the gerrymander” was successful in North Carolina.

By December 2009 the presentation included the Republican State Leadership Committee’s plans to bankroll 2010 legislative races in North Carolina, $95,000 in the House and $234,000 in the Senate. Winning key races would allow RSLC to implement its REDMAP strategy across the U.S.

(Source: Greg Flynn; Salon)

The REDMAP plan gives key insight into how Republicans have maintained control of the N.C. General Assembly. Art Pope put forth his own money for REDMAP, and RSLC sent $1.25 million to Pope’s network to elect Republicans in 2010. Pope spent around $2.2 million to accomplish that goal. 

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PRESS RELEASE: Real Facts NC disavows "NC Strong" efforts by Brad Crone, Campaign Connections, et al. - exploring appropriate legal action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
We recently learned of a Republican independent expenditure effort in support of Rep. Nelson Dollar under the name NC Strong.
 
This is the same name as a 501(c)4 we formed that is in no way affiliated with Mr. Crone, anyone listed in his presentation, or this legally questionable effort.
 
"We are exploring appropriate legal action against the organizers of this effort to stop use of the NC Strong name," said Daniel Gilligan, organizer of NC Strong 501(c)4.
 
From Wednesday’s News & Observer: “Brad Crone, president of Campaign Connections in Raleigh, for working with a campaign that aims to help Republican state Rep. Nelson Dollar of Cary. The statement cites a document describing a nonprofit called NC STRONG, and listing Crone as a general consultant and main contact person for the group. Contributions to the group won’t be disclosed to the public, according to the document.”
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Legislator Profile: Bill Brawley (R-Mecklenburg)

In this Real Facts Legislator Profile, we focus on Representative Bill Brawley, a Republican from House District 103, first elected to the General Assembly in 2010. Brawley moved to Matthews, N.C. in 1982 and was a Matthews town commissioner from 1989 to 1993. 

Brawley is a real estate broker. As a legislator, he supported bills that favor the real estate business over the public. Read more on Brawley here

Summary:

Brawley proudly supports private school vouchers that siphon money from our public school system

  • He sponsored a bill that lets Matthews-Mint Hill areas create their own charter school districts, a move CMS said would re-segregate Mecklenburg County.
  • Brawley voted for the 2017 Republican budget that Republican budget allocated $45 million to the controversial school voucher program

“I will tell you I’m disappointed in the quality of the education my kids received,” --Brawley said of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. (Charlotte Observer, 1/5/18)

Brawley is a real estate broker. As a legislator, he supported bills that favor the business over people, putting renters and the public at risk.

  • He sponsored a bill to make it more difficult for towns to inspect residential properties for unsafe conditions.
  • Bill Brawley tried to kill rental housing inspection programs designed to hold landlords accountable and dissuade them from renting to people prone to commit crime and keep neighborhoods safer.
  • In what appears to be a conflict of interest, Bill Brawley, a commercial real estate broker, inserted language into a bill “pushed by the N.C. Association of Realtors” to “expand real estate agents’ ability to perform market analyses of properties.”
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North Carolina Legislator Profile: Ted Davis, Jr. (R-New Hanover)

In this Real Facts Legislator Profile, we focus on Ted Davis Jr., the Republican representative from House District 19. Before his 2012 election to the General Assembly, Davis served on the New Hanover Board of County Commissioners for 16 years. Davis claimed to be a “lifelong Democrat” before crossing party lines after being approached by the Republican Party to run for County Commissioner back in 1996. Davis ran unopposed in 2016.

Davis currently serves on seven legislative committees. He serves as chair of Appropriations on Justice and Public Safety Committee and Judiciary Committee I and vice chair of Appropriations Committee and Committee of Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House. He is also a member of the Commerce and Job Development, Education- Universities and Elections and Ethics Law Committees. More recently, he was named Senior Chairman of the House Select Committee on River Water Quality, formed in late 2017 to address the GenX issue. Read more on Davis here.

“All I know is that we’re doing something” –Rep. Ted Davis on GenX bill. (WRAL, 1/10/18)

Summary

Davis, whose district is specifically affected by GenX contamination, was named Senior Chairman of the House Select Committee on River Water Quality. Yet he was reluctant to add funding to the DEQ and voted for a budget which decreased appropriations to the Clean Water Management Trust.

  • Davis was reluctant to add funding to a bill that would direct DEQ to analyze statewide emerging contaminants in surface, groundwater, and drinking water
  • Davis voted for the 2017 budget, which decreased funding to the already underfunded Clean Water Management Trust Fund.

Davis was a primary sponsor of HB2, a discriminatory bill that cost NC upward of $630 million. He also supported follow-up “compromise bills” that would have put civil rights on the ballot by making nondiscrimination ordinances subject to referendum.

  • Davis claimed that any civil rights grievances filed following the bathroom bill were “unintended consequences”
  • HB186 repealed HB2 but limited the ability of local governments to pass nondiscrimination ordinances.

Davis voted for the 2017 budget which prioritized tax cuts over funding education and has reinforced the idea that NC is paying its teachers enough despite NC falling below average on teacher and student spending.and students.

  • Davis voted for a budget that fails to meaningfully raise teacher salaries.
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"You've held up very well" Sen. Tillman uses Question Time to Remark on Appearance of Woman Presenter in Education Committee Meeting

A brief yet fraught moment during the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee joined the ongoing drumbeat of instances of sexual harassment in the workplace.  

The committee meeting began with a presentation from “Schools that Lead,” a professional development opportunity for teachers. Three women presenters from the program offered their thoughts on student-centered approaches, data, and solving problems in the classroom. They then fielded an increasingly long list of questions and comments from legislators.

Yet despite the time constraints, one male legislator could not help but widen the scope of his question (more like an unsolicited comment) beyond programmatic details. Senator Tillman (R- Moore, Randolph) instead opted to use his question time to comment on the presenters’ appearance.

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These 39 Republicans said they thought judges should be elected, rulings against their unconstitutional laws might have changed that

In 2012 Civitas asked candidates for office in NC if judges should continue to be elected by the voters. (2012 was the last time Civitas posted a survey.)

The answer from those that filled it out was a resounding yes.

27 current Republican members of the House said they agreed with the statement “Judges should continue to be elected by the voters.”

This included members such as Chris Malone, Debra Conrad, Ted Davis, and Jonathan Jordan.

Despite the widespread support for Judicial elections amongst the Republican caucus, rumors and even threats swirl that the Republican majorities in the legislature are considering moving to a legislative appointment process in the wake of several legal losses.

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