State of North Carolina secondary Archives: on Government Reform


Phil Scott: Vote-by-mail bill became law without his signature

Q: Support efforts to make it easier to vote?

Phil Scott: Mixed. Reluctantly let a vote-by-mail bill become law without his signature.

David Zuckerman: Yes. Has urged citizens and the governor to ensure that mail-in voting is available for everyone.

Source: CampusElect survey on 2020 North Carolina Gubernatorial race Nov 3, 2020

Roy Cooper: Voter ID is a solution for no problem

Q: Support stricter ID requirements and other rules on voting?

Roy Cooper: No. Voter ID "is a solution for no problem." Vetoed bill that would set "barriers to voting that will trap honest voters."

Dan Forest: Yes. "The only reason to oppose photo voter ID is if you intend to commit fraud at the ballot box."

Source: CampusElect survey on 2020 North Carolina Gubernatorial race Nov 3, 2020

Roy Cooper: Vetoed shielding death investigation records from public

Legislative Summary: SB 168: An act making technical, conforming, and other modifications to laws pertaining to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Veto Message : SB 168 includes a provision to change the handling of public records by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner which could have the unintended consequence of limiting transparency in death investigations.

Analysis by WBTV-3: Cooper vetoed Senate Bill 168 which closed a loophole that makes law enforcement records public if they are in the possession of the medical examiner. Protesters have expressed concerns that limiting public access to the death records could hide actions that happen in police custody. Some have said the lack of transparency would only serve to increase police distrust.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 43-0-7, Roll Call #877 on Jun/26/20; Passed House 109-1-0, Roll Call #1063 on Jun/25/20; Vetoed by Gov. Cooper on Jul/6/20.

Source: WBTV-3 on North Carolina legislative voting record SB 168 Jul 6, 2020

Erica Smith: Voted for shielding death investigation records from public

Legislative Summary: SB 168: An act making technical, conforming, and other modifications to laws pertaining to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Veto Message : SB 168 includes a provision to change the handling of public records by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner which could have the unintended consequence of limiting transparency in death investigations.

Analysis by WBTV-3: Cooper vetoed Senate Bill 168 which closed a loophole that makes law enforcement records public if they are in the possession of the medical examiner. Protesters have expressed concerns that limiting public access to the death records could hide actions that happen in police custody. Some have said the lack of transparency would only serve to increase police distrust.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 43-0-7, Roll Call #877 on Jun/26/20; State Sen. Smith voted YES; Passed House 109-1-0 on Jun/25/20; Vetoed by Gov. Cooper on Jul/6/20.

Source: WBTV-3 on North Carolina legislative voting record SB 168 Jun 26, 2020

Holly Grange: Voted for shielding death investigation records from public

Legislative Summary: SB 168: An act making technical, conforming, and other modifications to laws pertaining to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Veto Message : SB 168 includes a provision to change the handling of public records by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner which could have the unintended consequence of limiting transparency in death investigations.

Analysis by WBTV-3: Cooper vetoed Senate Bill 168 which closed a loophole that makes law enforcement records public if they are in the possession of the medical examiner. Protesters have expressed concerns that limiting public access to the death records could hide actions that happen in police custody. Some have said the lack of transparency would only serve to increase police distrust.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 43-0-7 on Jun/26/20; Passed House 109-1-0, Roll Call #1063 on Jun/25/20; State Rep. Holly Grange voted YES; Vetoed by Gov. Cooper on Jul/6/20.

Source: WBTV-3 on North Carolina legislative voting record SB 168 Jun 25, 2020

Cal Cunningham: For campaign finance reform & independent redistricting

Cal will fight for campaign finance reform, fair maps, independent redistricting, and a political system that empowers voters to make their voices heard. Cal has pledged not to accept any corporate PAC money, and he supports overturning the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. He believes the Senate should reform the filibuster rule that is too often abused to promote gridlock and stop votes on important legislation. Cal has pledged never to become a lobbyist.
Source: 2020 North Carolina Senate campaign website CalForNC.com Jun 10, 2020

Al Pisano: Opposes making voter registration easier

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Make voter registration easier˙"?

A: Strongly oppose

Source: OnTheIssues 2020 interview on North Carolina Governor race Apr 30, 2020

Erica Smith: All federal candidates should release tax returns

TAX TRANSPARENCY--I support NC's T.R.U.M.P. Act, (Tax Returns Uniformly Made Public) filed by my colleague, Senator Jay Chaudhuri, to require all candidates who run for the Office of President of the United States to release their tax summaries prior to their names being placed on the ballot. A step further--I believe that all federal candidates should report this information.
Source: 2020 North Carolina Senate website EricaForUS.org Feb 7, 2020

Greg Murphy: Weaken governor's appointment powers over elections board

Legislative Summary: SB 68: Consolidate the functions of elections, campaign finance, lobbying, and ethics under one regulatory agency by creating the Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement.

Analysis by Election Law Society: SB 68 was created by the Republican-led General Assembly, put in place "just as a Democrat was elected governor, so as to weaken the governor's appointment powers over the elections board." Several counties are encountering problems with getting new voting machines.

Veto Message : Similar legislation to this was held unconstitutional. This legislation will undermine NC's ability to conduct fair, legal elections that maximize voter participation.

Legislative Outcome: Vetoed by Governor Roy Cooper on Apr/21/17; Veto Overridden in Senate 33-15-2, Roll Call #94 on Apr/24/17; Veto Overridden in House 75-44-1, Roll Call #317 on Apr/25/17; State Rep. Greg Murphy voted YES.

Source: Election Law Society on North Carolina voting record SB 68 Apr 25, 2017

Holly Grange: Weaken governor's appointment powers over elections board

Legislative Summary: SB 68: Consolidate the functions of elections, campaign finance, lobbying, and ethics under one regulatory agency by creating the Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement.

Analysis by Election Law Society: SB 68 was created by the Republican-led General Assembly, put in place "just as a Democrat was elected governor, so as to weaken the governor's appointment powers over the elections board." Several counties are encountering problems with getting new voting machines.

Veto Message : Similar legislation to this was held unconstitutional. This legislation will undermine NC's ability to conduct fair, legal elections that maximize voter participation.

Legislative Outcome: Vetoed by Governor Roy Cooper on Apr/21/17; Veto Overridden in Senate 33-15-2, Roll Call #94 on Apr/24/17; Veto Overridden in House 75-44-1, Roll Call #317 on Apr/25/17; State Rep. Holly Grange voted YES.

Source: Election Law Society on North Carolina voting record SB 68 Apr 25, 2017

Dan Bishop: Weaken governor's appointment powers over elections board

Legislative Summary: SB 68: Consolidate the functions of elections, campaign finance, lobbying, and ethics under one regulatory agency by creating the Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement.

Analysis by Election Law Society: SB 68 was created by the Republican-led General Assembly, put in place "just as a Democrat was elected governor, so as to weaken the governor's appointment powers over the elections board." Several counties are encountering problems with getting new voting machines.

Veto Message : Similar legislation to this was held unconstitutional. This legislation will undermine NC's ability to conduct fair, legal elections that maximize voter participation.

Legislative Outcome: Vetoed by Governor Roy Cooper on Apr/21/17; Veto Overridden in Senate 33-15-2, Roll Call #94 on Apr/24/17; State Sen. Dan Bishop voted YES; Veto Overridden in House 75-44-1, Roll Call #317 on Apr/25/17.

Source: Election Law Society on North Carolina voting record SB 68 Apr 24, 2017

Erica Smith: Sustain veto keeping strong non-political elections board

Legislative Summary: SB 68: Consolidate the functions of elections, campaign finance, lobbying, and ethics under one regulatory agency by creating the Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement.

Analysis by Election Law Society: SB 68 was created by the Republican-led General Assembly, put in place "just as a Democrat was elected governor, so as to weaken the governor's appointment powers over the elections board." Several counties are encountering problems with getting new voting machines.

Veto Message : Similar legislation to this was held unconstitutional. This legislation will undermine NC's ability to conduct fair, legal elections that maximize voter participation.

Legislative Outcome: Vetoed by Governor Roy Cooper on Apr/21/17; Veto Overridden in Senate 33-15-2, Roll Call #94 on Apr/24/17; State Sen. Erica D. Smith voted NO; Veto Overridden in House 75-44-1, Roll Call #317 on Apr/25/17.

Source: Election Law Society on North Carolina voting record SB 68 Apr 24, 2017

Roy Cooper: Veto weakening appointment powers over elections board

Legislative Summary: SB 68: Consolidate the functions of elections, campaign finance, lobbying, and ethics under one regulatory agency by creating the Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement.

Analysis by Election Law Society: SB 68 was created by the Republican-led General Assembly, put in place "just as a Democrat was elected governor, so as to weaken the governor's appointment powers over the elections board." Several counties are encountering problems with getting new voting machines.

Veto Message : Similar legislation to this was held unconstitutional. This legislation will undermine NC's ability to conduct fair, legal elections that maximize voter participation.

Legislative Outcome: Vetoed by Governor Roy Cooper on Apr/21/17; Veto Overridden in Senate 33-15-2, Roll Call #94 on Apr/24/17; Veto Overridden in House 75-44-1, Roll Call #317 on Apr/25/17.

Source: Election Law Society on North Carolina voting record SB 68 Apr 21, 2017

Ted Budd: It's time to take on the Establishment

Having never run for office before, I did not jump at the opportunity to run for Congress this year. I prayerfully weighed the decision with my wife & family, and I sought advice from friends and colleagues. I filed for Congress on the last day, because I don't believe we can expect anything to change as long as we keep sending people with political resumes to solve our problems.

It's time to take on the Establishment. We cannot send another politician to Washington with so much riding on this election. We need men and women in Congress who are willing to make the tough decisions it will take to solve problems--no matter how the liberal media and the politically correct Establishment react. Now is the time to take a stand and get things done.

I am running for Congress to serve my community and defend our conservative values. Freedom, the family, and fiscal responsibility are under attack like never before. Taking a stand will make a difference.

Source: 2016 North Carolina House campaign website TedBudd.com Nov 8, 2016

Greg Brannon: I believe in a constitutionally limited government

Brannon said, "This campaign I'm mocked because I talk about the Constitution. If you came to me and I have the honor of being your surgeon and I didn't talk anatomy and physiology, would you trust me? With a pilot flying a plane or an engineer building a building, you always have an authoritative structure of documents to go by. But not government?"

Brannon questioned whether Burr uses the constitution as a strict guide, and questioned whether Burr is truly a conservative. "Is it conservative to fund an unconstitutional executive order to have amnesty?" Brannon asked. "That's Obama's plan. [Burr has] not done the job of hindering President Obama. He's actually aided him in fundamentally transforming America."

When asked if he agreed with Burr on any policy matters, Brannon would only say that Burr believes in a "bigger government than I do." Brannon said he believes in a constitutionally limited government. "What has he done to shrink government?" he said. "Can you name one?"

Source: Beaufort Observer on 2016 North Carolina Senate race Feb 21, 2016

Mark Walker: Require photo ID for voting

Q: People should be able to vote without photo identification?

WALKER: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 North Carolina House race Sep 30, 2014

Thom Tillis: Photo ID for voting

Question topic: People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Tillis: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 North Carolina Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Thom Tillis: Helped engineer voter ID legislation

Tillis is one of Gov. Pat McCrory's closest allies and helped engineer majorities in the state House and Senate for the GOP in 2010. The addition this year of McCrory, the state's first Republican governor since 1993, accelerated an ambitious agenda that included voter ID legislation, lower corporate and personal taxes and reductions in unemployment benefits.
Source: Charlotte Business Jnl. on 2014 North Carolina Senate race Dec 12, 2013

Richard Hudson: Eliminate 527s and force full disclosure

Q: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?

A: I believe we need true campaign finance reform that includes more transparency. We should require more frequent online reporting. We should eliminate 527s and force full disclosure so the voters know who is paying for political advertisements.

Source: North Carolina Congressional 2012 Political Courage Test Oct 30, 2012

Deborah Ross: Voted NO on shortening early voting period

HB 658 Amending Early Voting Period
Bill Passed House (60 - 58); Rep. Deborah Ross voted Nay .
Source: VoteSmart synopsis: 2011-2012 North Carolina voting records May 18, 2011

Bev Perdue: Consolidate 14 state agencies into 8; cut $2.2B from budget

The budget that I deliver to you later this week is 2.2 billion dollars less than the budget that I inherited in 2009. It spends 11% less per capita and sheds thousands of state positions. Never before in history has North Carolina better lived the phrase "doing more with less." And, we must continue to do more.

North Carolina must be more agile, more responsive to citizens--less bureaucratic as we focus our limited resources on our core missions of jobs and education. I sent [a list of] 345 boards and commissions: Eliminate those that don't clearly benefit our businesses or our people. I submitted more than 900 state regulations that are outdated and confusing--the first wave of the results in our Regulatory Review. Eliminate those 900 now--and get ready to see hundreds more. Later this week, I will present a budget that consolidates 14 state agencies into 8, that privatizes some services, that continues the hiring freeze and halted pay raises in all but the most critical jobs.

Source: North Carolina 2011 State of the State Address Feb 14, 2011

Thom Tillis: No new restrictions on independent campaign expenditures

Tillis voted NAY on HB 748: Campaign Financing Restrictions (Passed House, 57-47)
Source: North Carolina House voting records (Votesmart synopses) Jul 10, 2010

Deborah Ross: Establish one-stop registration and voting sites

Rep. Deborah Ross Sponsored bill HB 91 One-Stop Registration and Voting Sites House--allows individuals to register and vote at one-stop voting sites within their county. Highlights:
Source: VoteSmart synopsis of 2007 North Carolina voting records Mar 22, 2007

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