North Carolina Legislator Profile Update: Andy Dulin (R-Mecklenburg)
Dulin places his own advancement above the wants and needs of his constituents. Dulin has called himself a “constituent services guru;” however, he has voted against the desires of those he represents, preferring to ignore constituents in favor of campaign contributions from corporations. He won a seat in the NC House in 2016 following unsuccessful runs for the Republican nomination in the 9th congressional district, NC Senate District 39 against Bob Rucho, and the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners. He has been noted for his confidence and calls his political skills “The Dulin Factor.”
Instead of standing up for the needs of his constituents, Dulin consistently played follow-the-leader with his Republican colleagues in Raleigh.
Republicans in the General Assembly have repeatedly denied North Carolinians affordable healthcare. Dulin and his party used a procedural vote to block Medicaid expansion to rural North Carolina. Dulin also voted to pass an amended bill originally touted as school safety legislation after Senate Republicans added provisions that would drive up insurance premiums and allow providers to price out preexisting conditions.
Dulin voted for the 2017 Republican budget that prioritized tax cuts over funding public education and has always advocated for cutting funding from public schools. In 2004 he said CMS can do with what they are given, and “what they're given [,,,] is enough.” Meanwhile, per pupil spending remains below pre-recession levels in North Carolina. The 2017 budget also allocated $45 million to private school voucher programs, siphoning money from public education.
Following the school shooting in Parkland, FL, Dulin sponsored a “school safety” bill that included no provisions on gun safety or mental health. Republican leadership blocked gun debate, pushing the narrative that guns are irrelevant to school safety. Dulin does not own a gun, but has said, “By golly, that second amendment is there for a reason.”
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Source: Charlotte Observer
"The school system can do and will do with what they're given." -Andy Dulin, Creative Loafing, 10/20/04)
Dulin and the Republicans in the General Assembly have passed laws that destabilize affordable healthcare in North Carolina.
- Using a procedural vote, Republicans blocked healthcare expansion that would benefit rural North Carolina.
- Dulin voted for an amended school safety bill that critics say will drive up healthcare premiums and allow providers to price-out preexisting conditions.
Dulin voted for the 2017 Republican budget that prioritized tax cuts over funding public education.
- Dulin has always advocated cutting funding from public schools, saying in 2004 that CMS can do with “what they're given…at $260 million of tax money is enough.”
- Classroom spending remains below pre-recession levels.
- Teachers spend $500 to $1,000 out-of-pocket on school supplies not covered by state budgets each year.
Dulin places his own advancement above the wants and needs of his constituents.
- Dulin has called himself a “constituent services guru.”
- He calls his own political skills “The Dulin Factor.”
- He has a history of lobbying in direct opposition of his constituents’ requests, preferring to accept donations from developers and cater to their zoning needs.
In the wake of the Parkland, FL school shooting, Dulin sponsored bills that failed to make any meaningful changes to school safety while Republicans declared gun control measures “irrelevant.”
- Dulin sponsored a bill that would add more law enforcement officers to public schools and standardize training for resource officers on campuses.
- While the bill was on the floor, House Speaker Tim Moore blocked debate and votes on several Democratic amendments containing gun-control restrictions.
- Dulin’s school safety bill contains no mental health provisions.
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