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.
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
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.
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.
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.Read More
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.
Brawley proudly supports private school vouchers that siphon money from our public school system
“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.
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)
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 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 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.
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.Read More
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.Read More