Legislator Profile

North Carolina Legislator Profile update: Larry Yarborough (R-Person, Granville)

Yarborough simply follows his Republican colleagues lead and votes in line with his party, which has resulted in a lack of public education funding in North Carolina. Yarborough voted for multiple Republican budgets, all of which failed to meaningfully increase teacher pay and left NC nearly…

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North Carolina Candidate Profile: Andrew Heath (NC Court of Appeals)

Former Governor Pat McCrory’s budget director Andrew Heath landed a job as a judge during the final days of McCrory’s administration after the legislature used the December 2016 special session to add several Superior and District Court judge seats, so McCrory could appoint a few judges on his way out of office.

Heath is challenging incumbent judge John Arrowood for his seat on the N.C. Court of Appeals, the state’s second highest court. Arrowood was appointed to his seat in 2017 after Judge Doug McCullough resigned to foil Republicans’ court packing plan. Arrowood also served on the court from 2007 to 2008. Meanwhile, Heath’s primary credentials include three jobs given to him by Former Governor McCrory, creating major questions about his ability to be an independent and fair judge. 

Heath has a record of siding with business over people. He was chair of the Industrial Commission, his first (of three) McCrory appointments, and served on the board of a Koch-funded “workers’ education” nonprofit. Heath’s record on the Commission fundamentally altered its ability to protect North Carolina workers and decide workers’ compensation disputes; he stacked the deck against workers every time. 

Heath’s three most recent jobs were appointments by McCrory, calling into question his independence as a judge. His inexperience showed in his role as McCrory’s budget director. Heath’s budget left teachers behind, saying it showed restraint for not “showering money” on teachers to “gain political points.” He also downplayed the significant economic impacts of discriminatory HB2. 

Heath will be a close ally for Republicans on the court, placing partisanship ahead of the needs of some of the most vulnerable North Carolinians. He turned to Twitter just days after the election he took to Twitter, using questionable math to imply voter fraud should invalidate Roy Cooper’s defeat of McCrory. His willingness to use questionable data to defend his boss and political patron shows who he’ll stand up for on the state’s second highest court. 

Continue reading for more about Judge Andrew Heath, candidate for the NC Court of Appeals.

Source: News & Observer

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North Carolina Legislator Profile: Rep. Holly Grange (R-New Hanover)

Rep. Holly Grange is a rising star in the Republican Party and was quickly made Deputy Conference Leader by her Republican cohorts. Grange’s stardom is not surprising, she has been a reliable vote for leadership’s agenda since being appointed by McCrory.

Grange is also a reliable vote for laws that benefit out of state corporations. She prioritized tax breaks for corporations over raising teacher pay to the national average. Meanwhile, classroom spending remains below pre-recession levels with teachers spending thousands out of pocket on necessary supplies not covered by state budgets. More than half of those same teachers are forced to work a second job to make ends meet as teacher pay remains nearly $10,000 below the national average.

Grange’s votes aren’t just harmful in our classrooms. She voted to dismantle health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions while North Carolinians face some of the most expensive health care in the nation.

While dismantling health care and cutting funding for public schools, Grange gave Chemours lobbyists pet provisions in the 2018 budget even after chairing the committee tasked with handling the GenX crisis and protecting rivers from future problems. Instead of helping the people of New Hanover county clean up GenX, Grange sided with corporations while people’s water bills increased.

Click here for more about Grange's record.

Photo: NC Channel

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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.”

Continue reading to learn more about Dulin.

Source: Charlotte Observer

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North Carolina Legislator Profile Update: Edward Goodwin (R-Bertie, Chowan, Perquimans, Tyrell, Washington)

Goodwin’s long political career includes a failed bid for Secretary of State, 4 years as a Chowan County Commissioner, and a stint as a member of the McCrory administration. He has aligned himself with a state Republican agenda that benefits the wealthy and endorses discrimination rath…

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North Carolina Legislator Profile Update: John Adcock (R-Wake)

Rep. John Adcock was appointed to fill the rest of Rep. Linda Hunt William’s term representing HD37 in September 2018. Prior to running for HD37, Adcock was a one-time candidate for the Wake County Board of Commissioners in 2015 and has practiced primarily commercial real estate law in…

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North Carolina Legislator Profile Update: Michele Presnell (R-Haywood, Madison, Yancey)

Rep. Michele Presnell, who represents House District 118, has served three terms in the House since being elected in 2012. She previously served on the Yancey Board of Commissioners in 2010.

Presnell’s claims of being pro-education do not coincide with her actions. Presnell falls in line with other Republicans in the General Assembly and prioritizes tax cuts for big corporations over funding public education. Thanks to Presnell’s votes, NC is ranked among the lowest for teacher pay and per pupil spending, according to an NEA report.

Instead of advocating for her constituents, Presnell accepted thousands in donations from Duke Energy and voted to allow them to pass the cost of cleaning up coal ash on to ratepayers after the devastating coal ash spill.

Presnell voted against protecting coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and blocked Medicaid expansion that would have provided health care to 500,000 North Carolinians and lowered costs for everyone. Meanwhile, North Carolina has some of the most expensive health care in the country, in part due to decisions by the Republican-led legislature.

Despite Presnell’s claims that she is “pro-jobs,” she consistently voted to give tax cuts to corporations and millionaires. Ignoring the fact that more than 50 percent of children in Haywood County live in poverty, Presnell put the wealthy ahead of everyday families. 

Read on for more about Presnell’s record.


Source: Michele Presnell for NC House

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North Carolina Legislator Profile Update: Bill Brawley (R-Mecklenburg)

Brawley was elected to the NC House in 2010 and has served four terms since. He also served two terms on the Matthews town council in the 1990s where he supported limiting the size of churches in the town. Brawley put corporate payouts ahead of N.C. teachers and students. He voted for budg…

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North Carolina Legislator Profile: Chris Malone (R-Wake)

Chris Malone spent most of the last decade as a right-wing politician pushing a hardline agenda to underfund and undermine public schools, while cashing in for personal gain. Malone began his political career on the Wake County School Board where he was described as a “hard-liner&rdq…

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North Carolina Legislator Profile Update: Jonathan Jordan (R-Ashe, Watauga)

Jonathan Jordan was elected in 2010 and has served four terms. Previously working for the right-wing John Locke Foundation, Jordan has maintained his strong relationship with the group’s founder, Art Pope. Since being in office, he has accepted thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from associated groups and consistently voted for legislation in line with Pope’s radical right-wing vision for North Carolina. North Carolina deserves a legislator that will put the needs of North Carolina first, not wealthy benefactors.

Jordan has spent his eight years in the legislature undermining education in NC. Because of Jordan’s votes, education remains insufficiently funded. North Carolina teacher pay has not meaningfully increased during Jordan’s time in office. Jordan has supported legislation that takes money away from public education and diverts it to private schools, prioritizing his private interests over the wellbeing of students across the state. To make it even worse, Jordan has accepted campaign contributions from groups who do not care about North Carolina’s future for education. Jordan cares more about his own pocket than our teachers and students.

Jordan voted against expanding Medicaid to North Carolinians, causing costs to skyrocket for all North Carolinians and especially those who need it the most – it’s a big part of why we have the 3rd most expensive health care in the country. Clearly in line with Art Pope’s agenda, Jordan’s vote against Medicaid expansion actively hurts North Carolinians and limits access to healthcare.

Jordan, having received donations from Duke Energy, chose to not hold them accountable after their coal ash spill in 2016 and to pass the cost onto the ratepayers. After the spill, legislation was introduced that would free Duke Energy from the responsibility of cleaning up the disaster they caused. This ultimately saved Duke Energy billions of dollars, at the expense of North Carolinians and the environment.

Read on for more about Jordan’s record of placing his relationships.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: WataugaWatch

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