public safety

North Carolina Legislator Profile Update: Rep. John Sauls (R-Harnett & Lee)

Rep. John Sauls is a Republican preacher representing House District 51. He served two terms from 2003-2006 and then retired, claiming to expand his congregation. However Sauls then retired from leading his congregation, handing over the pulpit to his higher-energy son, only to run for the NC House again in 2016. Since 2016 Sauls has served without distinction, sponsoring very few bills and missing many votes due to absences. He recently published Facebook ads listing the wrong district number and is known for being absent from floor votes and committee meetings. However, the votes he has been present for continue the Republican trend of prioritizing corporations and millionaires over the people in their districts.

Read on for more about Sauls’ record.

Photo: The Sanford Herald
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New study of 20 million traffic stops in NC finds stark racial disparities

Professors at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the University of Texas studied North Carolina traffic stop data back to 2002 and found stark racial disparity in policing at stops. City Lab first reported on highlights of the 20 million stops analyzed by researchers.

This research comes after N.C. passed legislation that adds instruction on how to behave in a traffic stop to driver’s education curriculum.

There are about one to 1.6 million traffic stops each year in N.C. and about 10 million people living in the state. This means North Carolinians should have a 10 to 15 percent chance of being pulled over each year.

However, when this data is broken down by race, odds of being pulled over were significantly higher for black drivers when compared to white and latinx drivers. On average, black drivers were 60 to 70 percent more likely to have been stopped when controlling for population density. This racial bias is most likely to be underestimating the disparity when taking access and ownership to cars, which is greater in white populations, into account. 

That is why researchers gave the most attention to data around who gets searched after a traffic stop as a more clear indicator of racial disparities. When researchers controlled for reason for stop, time of day, day of week, month of year, and specific law enforcement agency they found that young people, men, and people of color are much more likely to be searched after a traffic stop 

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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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Prison Pay-to-Play Scandal: McCrory Administration Being Investigated by the FBI

Governor McCrory intervened on behalf of a donor and friend to extend a private prison contract over the objections of his own prison officials. Here are the facts: McCrory has received $12,000 in campaign contributions from Graeme Keith of The Keith Corporation, his son, and their busine…

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