State of North Carolina secondary Archives: on Government Reform
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
- Requires the early voting period to begin the second Thursday before the election, whereas existing law requires the early voting period
to begin the third Thursday before the election.
- Requires county boards of elections to accept early voting on the last 2 Saturdays before the election, whereas existing law requires early voting only on one Saturday.
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
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
- Requires an person or other entity making independent expenditures in excess of $100 to file a statement including the principal
occupation of the donor
- Requires a person that makes an independent expenditure to disclose by report to the State Board of Elections within 48 hours of incurring an expense of $5,000 or more, or receiving a donation of $1,000 or more.
Requires every person that incurs an expense for the direct costs of producing or airing electioneering communications over $5,000 to report the identification of the person incurring the expense, and the names and addresses of all entities that donated
funds or anything of value in an aggregate amount of more than $1,000.
- Specifies that each media outlet must require written authority for each independent expenditure or electioneering communication to be deemed public records
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
Requires individuals to show proof of residence and to complete a registration form
- Allows voters to immediately vote after registering at one-stop sites
Allows individuals who are already registered to update their information at these one-stop sites
Gives the State Board of Elections the power to enforce and determine the time frame for extending "same-day registration and voting" to all voting booths
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