This installment of Real Facts NC’s legislator profile series focuses on Representative Dennis Riddell, a Republican from Snow Camp, N.C., in Alamance County. Riddell was first elected to the NC House in 2012, and is now in his third term having run unopposed in 2014 and 2016. Riddell’s bid for the House was hardly his first foray into the #ncpol scene. Riddell served as the Alamance County GOP Chair and was active with the Koch-funded NC Citizens for a Sound Economy in the early 2000s.
Riddell spends his time in the General Assembly continuing to advance the Koch's national conservative agenda. He supported corporate tax cuts at the expense of students and teachers, even afterpromising ABSS Board of Education members he would stop the NCGA from cutting TA positions. Riddell supports deregulation in favor of big businesses over protecting clean soil, air, and water for North Carolinians. Read more on him here.
This week Real Facts examines Representative John Szoka, an Ohio-born member of the Cumberland delegation to the NC House. Rep. Szoka is currently in his third term representing House District 45. Szoka is the Senior Chairman of the Energy and Public Utilities Committee and the Vice-Chairman of the Elections and Ethics Law Committee, the House Select Committee on Redistricting, and the House Rules Committee. Throughout his time at the General Assembly, Szoka has proven that he does not care about protecting working families. While working for a company that was sued for its predatory loan lending practices, Szoka has voted for multiple bills that directly target working and struggling North Carolinians. Read the full profile here.
“There’s a larger percentage of people who work for government than work in healthcare, work in sales, work in manufacturing, or work in agriculture and that alone should tell you that there’s something wrong.” – John Szoka, currently serving his third term working for the government
This unconstitutionally elected Republican majority continues to legislate, not on behalf of the people of North Carolina, but on behalf of their billionaire backers. Instead of protecting the middle class and building world-class public schools, this budget gives tax breaks to billionaires. Under this budget, North Carolina will keep falling behind when it doesn’t have to.
In addition to education, the GOP budget fails to provide for critical areas of need for rural North Carolina - including broadband and economic development..
The GOP budget also wastes money on projects of the extreme right: