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Thom Tillis on Civil Rights

 

 


Reparations for black victims of a N.C. eugenics program

Republican Senator Thom Tillis is working with Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on a bill which would allow special counsel Robert Mueller a 10-day window to fight a potential removal by the Trump administration.

It was Tillis himself who first proposed the bill to protect Mueller in a conversation with Coons last summer, an important bipartisan partnership that's survived tough battles over taxes and health care.

Sen.Coons (D-DE) was struck by Tillis' fight for reparations for black victims of a North Carolina eugenics program. And Tillis was impressed that Coons was willing to fend off Democrats who wanted to pile on to the special counsel bill and turn it into a partisan attack on Trump. "He was pretty clear," Coons said, recalling how Tillis threatened to drop his support unless each new Democratic co-sponsor was matched by a Republican.

Source: Politico.com on Impeachment Proceedings against Trump , Apr 16, 2018

OpEd: Supported tax cuts over help for students and women

Round two of the U.S. Senate debates featured Sen. Kay Hagan and N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis. During the first debate, Hagan accused Tillis of taking the state backward by supporting tax cuts over help for students and women. Speaker Tillis says Hagan would be a rubber stamp for President Obama, an approach he says doesn't work in the state.
Source: WFMY News 2 on 2014 North Carolina Senate debate , Oct 8, 2014

Defend the N.C. gay marriage ban

Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican rival Thom Tillis differ on gay marriage in North Carolina. Tillis defended his decision this week to intervene in lawsuits challenging the state's gay marriage ban that voters approved it in 2012. The ban could soon be overturned because the U.S. Supreme Court not to consider a Virginia case.

Hagan says she opposed the constitutional amendment and pointed out Tillis got it on the ballot.

Source: WFMY News 2 on 2014 North Carolina Senate debate , Oct 8, 2014

Government shouldn't redefine marriage

Question topic: Marriage is a union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition.

Tillis: Strongly Agree

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

NC's "traditional population" stable while minorities grow

Tillis said that the "traditional" voting bloc of his home state wasn't growing as fast as the minority populations, in an interview he did in 2012 with the Carolina Business Review. Tillis was asked what he thought of Hispanics not supporting Republicans. In response, Tillis said that the answer had more to do with "demographics of the country":

"If you take a look, you mentioned the Hispanic population--the African American population, there's a number of things that our party stands for that they embrace," Tillis said. He went on to say that Republican need to do a better job reaching out to minority voters. Tillis then said that unlike the Hispanic or black populations, which have been growing, the "traditional population of North Carolina and the United States is more or less stable."

Tillis was referring to North Carolinians who have been in the state for a few generations, according to the state lawmaker's campaign.

Source: TalkingPointsMemo.com on 2014 N.C. Senate race , Jun 17, 2014

Constitutionally define marriage as one man and one woman

Tillis voted YEA on Sept. 12, 2011 for SB 514: Constitutional Amendment to Define Marriage (Bill Passed House, 75-42)
Source: North Carolina House voting records (Votesmart synopses) , Sep 12, 2011

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