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Hot Flashes and Cocaine for Monkeys:

The 10 Worst Federal Stimulus Projects in North Carolina • BY Brian Balfour

2. North Carolina Dance Theatre: $50,000


rior to signing his federal “stimulus” bill in early 2009, President Obama warned, “If we do not move swiftly to sign (the act) into law, an economy that is already in crisis will be faced with catastrophe.” Here in North Carolina, Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue similarly declared that we were “facing the consequences of the national economic crisis,” and that failure to pass the stimulus bill would “jeopardize the education of our children and the health care of our citizens.” She further noted that the stimulus will help “create jobs, stimulate the economy, and provide relief to North Carolina’s families.” One year later, the debate over the stimulus bill’s effectiveness rages on. A close inspection of stimulus grants and contracts awarded to North Carolina reveals a rather ques-

Do you support or oppose Congress passing a second stimulus bill in an attempt to improve the economy?

This grant is used to retain four professional dancers from the North Carolina Dance Theatre’s second company. Nice for them, but why are tax dollars financing what should be a privately-funded philanthropic organization? 3. Reducing hot flashes through yoga: $147,694

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tionable strategy for the disbursement of stimulus funds. Many projects seem completely unrelated to avoiding an economic “catastrophe,” but rather an ad hoc satisfaction of countless dubious wish lists. The Civitas Institute poured through the federal Web site charged with tracking stimulus spending, and created the following list – The 10 Worst Federal Stimulus Projects in North Carolina. 1. Study of monkeys using cocaine: $71,623

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Wake Forest University was granted money to “study the effects of self-administering cocaine on the glutamate system on monkeys.” Well, at least the monkeys will be stimulated.

Funds granted to Wake Forest University to study “preliminary data on the efficacy of integral yoga for reducing menopausal hot flashes.” The President warned us that the stimulus plan was needed to avoid an economic “catastrophe.” How does this study help revive the economy? 4. Collecting, researching and reporting on the stimulus act: $492,940

Nearly half a million taxpayer dollars will go toward funding more propaganda selling the “benefits” of the stimulus plan. The federal government created the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, while North

Carolina established the Office of Economic Recovery & Investment for these very purposes. Apparently, that’s just not enough propaganda. 5. Create interactive dance performance technology: $762,372

This grant to UNC-Charlotte will fund the development of computer technology to digitally record the dance moves of performers. The recorded movements can then be reviewed and manipulated by a computer program. Although creating virtual-reality type technology for dance movements may be interesting to those involved, how does this serve to “protect the education of our children?” At an average salary of roughly $47,000, this money could have saved 16 North Carolina teacher jobs. 6. American Dance Festival, Inc.: $50,000

A graphic designer and archivist will retain their jobs thanks to this grant. The American Dance Festival hosts dance classes, workshops and engages Stimulus continued on pg 9

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t wasn’t enough that the state of North Carolina introduced $1.1 billion in new taxes into the current state budget. Lawmakers also imposed a $50 million increase to the state gas tax. As it looks right now, motorists can anticipate paying up to $3 or more per gallon to fill up their vehicles in the coming months. Part of that reason here is due to a bill that established a temporary floor to the state’s gas tax that began July 1, 2009 and is slated to end June 30, 2011. There was not much media attention on Senate Bill 200, “Temporary Floor for Motor Fuels Tax Rate,” which passed in the state Senate with a 28 to 19 margin, and a 64 to 52 vote in the state House. Because the North Carolina gas tax includes a variable component, the total gas tax charged to customers changes based on the average retail price of gasoline. Prior to passage of the 2009 bill , the Legislature imposed a cap on the state gas tax. That meant that, regardless of how high or low the retail price of gasoline fluctuated, the total state gas tax could not exceed 29.9 cents per gallon. This bill, however, establishes a minimum rate for the state gas tax of 29.9 cents. The new Gas Tax continued on pg 8


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Legislators recognize “Sexual Orientation” as a Special Class • BY Jessica Custer


fter much heated debate, the final vote on a state bullying bill in the North Carolina House of Representatives heralded a narrow victory for homosexual advocates last session. As such, North Carolina is the first southern state to legally recognize “gender identity” in a state statute.

All school districts are required by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) to enforce anti-bullying policies, which protect all students. Introduced in chambers as House Bill 548 and Senate Bill 526, “School Violence Prevention Act,” it now requires public schools to adopt policies against

Lawmakers who voted to include sexual orientation in NC Law (HB 548) in 2009 Senate Republicans (0) Senate Democrats (26)

Albertson Dannelly Graham Purcell Stein

Atwater Davis Jenkins Queen Vaughan

Basnight Berger, D. Dorsett Foriest Jones Kinnaird Rand (Resigned 12/31/09) Weinstein (Resigned 9/30/10)

Boseman Garrou McKissick Shaw

Clodfelter Goss Nesbitt Soles

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Adams Bordsen Cotham Faison Gill Harrison Jeffus Martin Pierce Tolson Whilden

Alexander, K. Alexander, M. Allen (Resigned 4/6/10) Braxton Bryant Carney Coates Crawford Dickson (Resigned 1/21/10) Earle Farmer-Butterfield Fisher Floyd,E. Glazier Goforth Goodwin Haire Hill Holliman Hughes Insko Jones Love Lucas Luebke McLawhorn Michaux Mobley Owens Rapp Ross Spear Stewart Tucker Underhill Wainwright Warren, E. Wilkins Williams Womble Wray

Bell Cole England Gibson Harrell (Resigned 9/20/09) Jackson Mackey Parmon Tarleton Weiss Yongue

Lawmakers who voted to protect ALL students equally from bullying in 2009 Senate Republicans (19) Allran Brunstetter Hunt Tillman

Apodaca Clary Jacumin

Berger, P. East Preston

Senate Democrats (3) Hoyle


House Republicans (51)

Avila Brubaker Dockham Guice Iler Langdon Mills Samuelson Tillis

Blackwell Burr Dollar Gulley Ingle Lewis Moore Setzer West

Bingham Forrester Rouzer

Brock Goodall Rucho

Brown Hartsell Stevens

Blust Cleveland Frye Holloway Justice McCormick Randleman Starnes

Boles Current Gillespie Howard Justus McElraft Rhyne Steen

Brown Daughtry Grady Hurley Killian McGee Sager Stevens

Swindell Blackwood Burris-Floyd Folwell Hilton Johnson McComas Neumann Stam Wiley

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Brisson (D)

Hall (D)

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tion to all students at public schools and did not include a list of enumerated classes. However, this anti-bullying bill saw no action and was not allowed as a committee substitute to HB 548. What is more, the North Carolina Legislature took a step away from the United States Supreme Court. The High Court grants protected status to immutable characteristics,

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normal and acceptable, a majority of voters polled replied no. Specifically, of the voters polled, 66 percent said they opposed the policy, 24 percent said they supported it and 10 percent said they were unsure of what they thought about it. Also in the 2009 long session, House Minority Leader Rep. Paul Stam (R-Wake) introduced HB 776, “No Bullying Anyone at Public Schools.” This bill provided protec-


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They’re Back – General Assembly Returns in May • BY Chris Hayes


he first item of business for the North Carolina General Assembly will be dealing with the fiscal condition of state government finances. The budget it passed last year was supposed to be balanced for a twoyear cycle. However, as the state has continued to see unemployment rise and tax revenues decline, the budget will need to be adjusted to reflect the continuing rough economic times. Current estimates predict General Assembly members will confront a budget shortfall between $500 million to $1 billion. Given that the General Assembly raised taxes by more than $1 billion last year, and that this year is an election year where all 170 members will be on the ballot, voters can expect legislators to do everything possible to avoid more unpopular tax increases. Closing that large of a budget hole may require equally unpopular budget cuts to education and other social programs. The General Assembly is otherwise limited in what it can consider in the short session. The short session is held in evennumbered years and designed so that legislators can make minor changes to the two-year budget passed in oddnumbered years, as well as address any other critical issues that may arise.

Often, however, many of the changes and new laws passed during the short session are far from minor. Only bills that have passed in either the House or Senate last year but not in both chambers, that raise or spend revenues or are recommended from study committees can be considered. However, there are usually a few issues that pop up that don’t meet that criteria but somehow seem to get discussed. Not least of which this year will be reforming the state’s ethics and campaign finance laws in the wake of the investigation into former Democratic Gov. Mike Easley and his chief counsel Ruffin Poole, who has been indicted on corruption and money laundering charges. The challenge ahead for the General Assembly is a daunting one. Legislators return May 12. The timing of reconvening in Raleigh lands one week after the May 4 North Carolina primary election. Undoubtedly there will be other critical issues that will emerge and the Civitas Institute will be there to monitor and report back on what is going on. Be sure to visit our website at www. and sign up for our email newsletter so you can stay informed this summer on the latest happenings from the General Assembly and state government. w

Get Rid of Repetitive Failed Policies • BY Brian BalfouR


majority of North Carolina voters believe state government is failing them. According to Civitas Institute March 2010 polling results, 57 percent of likely voters believe that the state is on the “wrong track,” compared to only 24 percent who replied that the state is headed in the right direction. North Carolina deserves better. High unemployment, failing schools, corruption, overspending, tax increases and declining family values all are the results of a generation of corrupt politicians implementing endless rounds of failed policies. But merely criticizing is not

Do you feel things in North Carolina are generally headed in the right direction or have gotten off on the wrong track?

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Right Direction 24% Wrong Track 57% Not Sure 18% Civitas Poll March 2010

enough. Fresh, alternative policies are needed to turn things around. Indeed, North Carolina can do better. With that in mind, the Civitas Institute presents its 2010 Policy Agenda: “20 Changes for 2010: A Primer for State Reform.” The agenda addresses a number of failed policies that are greatly in need of reform in North Carolina. Each policy recommendation offers a solution not only long neglected by most out-oftouch North Carolina lawmakers, but also supported by a significant majority of voters. Polling results are provided to better inform elected officials and candidates about the depth of public support for the policies included in our 2010 Policy Agenda. These policy recommendations are meaningless, however, without the help of three key stakeholder groups: • Citizens: North Carolina residents tired of government corruption and failed policies need to inform themselves of better policy alternatives. • Elected Officials: Current lawmakers need the courage and desire to transform these popular policy recommendations into action, so as to better reflect the wishes of their constituents. • Candidates: During the upcoming election season, candidates need to articulate these ideas to voters effectively. Doing so will help educate citizens and present a welcome alternative compared to more of the same policies that have failed North Carolinians for decades. w

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POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS 1) Ease tax burden on small businesses with an across-the-board tax rate reduction.

each activity in order of importance, so lower items can be eliminated when revenues are short.

2) Stop corporate welfare and level the playing field for all busi9) Strengthen existing marriage nesses by eliminating targeted laws by passing a constitutional tax breaks and government amendment defining marriage handouts to specific companies as being between one man and and instead lower the corporate one woman. tax rate. 10) Insure justice and deterrence by 3) Exercise state sovereignty and restoring the death penalty. protect North Carolinians from 11) Pass legislation to prohibit illefederally-mandated purchase gal immigrants from enrolling in of health insurance. State-level community colleges or the UNC opt out legislation would free system. citizens from being forced to 12) Prohibit annexation of unincorpurchase health insurance as parated areas without prior vote mandated by the recently enof residents in the area targeted acted federal health care reform. for annexation. 4) Expand consumer choice and 13) Protect private property against competition to reign in insureminent domain abuse. ance premiums by allowing North Carolinians to purchase 14) Protect unborn victims of viohealth insurance across state lence by a law stating that an aslines. sault against a pregnant woman that results in harm to the fetus 5) Better protect the integrity of will be viewed as two crimes. North Carolina elections by requiring voters to present a 15) Allow more educational choices government issued photo ID for parents and children by liftwhen voting. ing the cap on charter schools. 6) Enact a teacher retiree protec16) Empower principals to reward tion act. This act would restrict teachers based on performance the growth of the state budget and results, rather than merely while setting aside excess revtime served. enues into a fund dedicated to 17) Focus dropout prevention profinancing the health benefits of grams to areas of highest need, state retirees, most of whom are create synergies with local busiteachers. nesses. 7) Ensure a public vote on all state 18) Reform UNC system state aid debt. criteria to focus on graduation. 8) Clearly establish state spending 19) Enhance transparency in state priorities through zero-based government . budgeting. The process of zero-based budgeting merely 20) Increase Transparency in requires state agencies to rank Campaigns.


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North Carolina Candidates Filed in Contested Primary Elections The following is a list of candidates who will be on the ballot Tuesday, May 4. US SENATE (DEM) Marcus W. Williams, Lumberton, NC 28359 Ann Worthy, Gastonia, NC 28053 Elaine Marshall, Raleigh, NC 27601 Ken Lewis, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 Susan Harris, Old Fort, NC 28762 Cal Cunningham, Lexington, NC 27292 US SENATE (REP) Larry Linney, Charlotte, NC 28212 Brad Jones, Lake Toxaway, NC 28747 Eddie Burks, Asheboro, NC 27203 Richard Burr, Winston-Salem, NC 27104 US HOUSE DISTRICT 1 (DEM) Chad Larkins, Macon, NC 27551 G.K. Butterfield, Wilson, NC 27894 US HOUSE DISTRICT 1 (REP) Ashley Woolard, Washington, NC 27889 Jim Miller, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948 Jerry Grimes, Goldsboro, NC 27530 John Carter, Wilson, NC 27893 US HOUSE DISTRICT 2 (REP) Todd Gailas, Morrisville, NC 27560 Renee Ellmers, Dunn, NC 28335 Frank Deatrich, Louisburg, NC 27549 US HOUSE DISTRICT 3 (REP) Craig Weber, Morehead City, NC 28557 Walter B. Jones, Farmville, NC 27858 Bob Cavanaugh, Newport, NC 28570 US HOUSE DISTRICT 4 (REP) Frank Roche, Apex, NC 27539 William (B.J.) Lawson, Apex, NC 27523 George Hutchins, Raleigh, NC 27624 David Burnett, Cary, NC 27511 US HOUSE DISTRICT 5 (REP)




Jeff Gregory, Shelby, NC 28150 Anne N. Fischer, Morganton, NC 28680

Brent Jackson, Autryville, NC 28318 Chris Humphrey, Kinston, NC 28504



Vance Patterson, Morganton, NC 28655 Patrick McHenry, Hickory, NC 28603 Scott Keadle, Mooresville, NC 28117 David Michael Boldon, Maiden, NC 28650

A.B. Swindell, Nashville, NC 27856 Dennis Nielsen, Red Oak, NC 27868

Robert Dale Stirewalt, China Grove, NC 28023 John H. Ferguson, Advance, NC 27006 Andrew C. Brock, Mocksville, NC 27028

US HOUSE DISTRICT 11 (DEM) Aixa Wilson, Asheville, NC 28806 Heath Shuler, Waynesville, NC 28786 US HOUSE DISTRICT 11 (REP) Kenny West, Hayesville, NC 28904 Gregory A. Newman, Hendersonville, NC 28739 Jeff Miller, Hendersonville, NC 28739 Ed Krause, Marion, NC 28752 James (Jake) Howard, Franklin, NC 28734 Dan Eichenbaum, Murphy, NC 28906 US HOUSE DISTRICT 12 (REP) William Gillenwater, Greensboro, NC 27407 Greg Dority, Washington, NC 27889 Scott Cumbie, Winston-Salem, NC 27114 US HOUSE DISTRICT 13 (REP) William (Bill) Randall, Raleigh, NC 27624 Bernie Reeves, Raleigh, NC 27628 Dan Huffman, Wake Forest, NC 27587 Frank Hurley, Chapel Hill, NC 27517 NC SENATE DISTRICT 3 (DEM) Clark Jenkins, Tarboro, NC 27886 Frankie L. Bordeaux, Greenville, NC 27835 Florence Arnold Armstrong, Tarboro, NC 27886 NC SENATE DISTRICT 3 (REP)

Keith Gardner, Hickory, NC 28601 Virginia Foxx, Banner Elk, NC 28604

Henry Williams, Tarboro, NC 27886 C.B. Daughtridge, Rocky Mount, NC 27801



James Taylor, Pinehurst, NC 28374 Jeff Phillips, Greensboro, NC 27455 Jon Mangin, Stokesdale, NC 27357 Cathy Brewer Hinson, High Point, NC 27262 Howard Coble, Greensboro, NC 27409 Billy Yow, Greensboro, NC 27406 US HOUSE DISTRICT 7 (REP) Ilario Gregory Pantano, Wilmington, NC 28404 Randy Crow, Kelly, NC 28448 Will Breazeale, Wilmington, NC 28412 US HOUSE DISTRICT 8 (DEM) Nancy Shakir, Fayetteville, NC 28304 Larry Kissell, Biscoe, NC 27209 US HOUSE DISTRICT 8 (REP) Harold Johnson, Concord, NC 28025 Hal Jordan, Charlotte, NC 28212 Lou Huddleston, Fayetteville, NC 28305 Tim D’Annunzio, Raeford, NC 28376 Darrell Day, Hamlet, NC 28345 Lee Cornelison, Charlotte, NC 28266

Edward (Ed) Jones, Enfield, NC 27823 Tee Ferguson, Ahoskie, NC 27910 NC SENATE DISTRICT 4 (REP) Warren Scott Nail, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870 Rich Halbert, Edenton, NC 27932 NC SENATE DISTRICT 7 (DEM) Doug Berger, Youngsville, NC 27596 Ronald R. Alligood, Butner, NC 27509 NC SENATE DISTRICT 8 (REP) Bill Rabon, Southport, NC 28461 Bettie Fennell, Rocky Point, NC 28457 NC SENATE 9 (REP) Michael Lee, Wilmington, NC 28403 Thom Goolsby, Wilmington, NC 28402 NC SENATE DISTRICT 10 (DEM) Gordon E. Vermillion, Kinston, NC 28504 Dewey Hudson, Clinton, NC 28328

NC SENATE DISTRICT 11 (REP) Donnie Weaver, Rocky Mount, NC 27803 E.S. (Buck) Newton, Wilson, NC 27894 Randy J. Johnson, Bailey, NC 27807 NC SENATE DISTRICT 13 (DEM) Michael Walters, Fairmont, NC 28340 R. Benjamin Clark III, Raeford, NC 28376 NC SENATE DISTRICT 21 (DEM) Curtis Worthy, Fayetteville, NC 28314 Eugene Stackhouse, Fayetteville, NC 28311 Eric L. Mansfield, Fayetteville, NC 28303 Robert Lee Evans, Fayetteville, NC 28311 Lula Crenshaw, Fayetteville, NC 28311 NC SENATE DISTRICT 22 (REP) Richard Timothy Morgan, Eagle Springs, NC 27242 Harris D. Blake, Pinehurst, NC 28374 NC SENATE DISTRICT 23 (REP) Ryan A. Hilliard, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 Jon Greg Bass, Roxboro, NC 27574 NC SENATE DISTRICT 28 (DEM) Gladys A. Robinson, Pleasant Garden, NC 27313 Evelyn W. Miller, Greensboro, NC 27409 NC SENATE DISTRICT 28 (REP) Trudy Wade, Greensboro, NC 27407 John Wayne Welch, Greensboro, NC 27406 Robert Brafford, Jr, Jamestown, NC 27282 Jeffrey A. Brommer, Jamestown, NC 27282 NC SENATE DISTRICT 30 (DEM) Robert Nickell, Westfield, NC 27053 Ric Marshall, Ararat, NC 27007 NC SENATE DISTRICT 30 (REP) Paul M. Johnson, Pilot Mountain, NC 27041 Don W. East, Pilot Mountain, NC 27041 NC SENATE DISTRICT 32 (DEM) Linda Garrou, Winston-Salem, NC 27106 Edward (Ed) Hanes, Winston-Salem, NC 27105 NC SENATE DISTRICT 32 (REP) Brian C. Miller, Winston-Salem, NC 27106 Nathan Jones, Winston-Salem, NC 27127

NC SENATE DISTRICT 35 (REP) Tommy Tucker, Waxhaw, NC 28173 Fern Shubert, Marshville, NC 28103 NC SENATE DISTRICT 37 (REP) C. Morgan Edwards, Charlotte, NC 28215 Vince Coscia, Charlotte, NC 28205 NC SENATE DISTRICT 40 (DEM) John Montgomery, Newell, NC 28126 Malcolm Graham, Charlotte, NC 28269 NC SENATE DISTRICT 41 (REP) Mark Richard Vanek, Troutman, NC 28166 James (Jim) Forrester, Stanley, NC 28164 NC SENATE DISTRICT 43 (REP) Will Neumann, Belmont, NC 28012 Kathy Harrington, Gastonia, NC 28056 Ken Bowen, Cherryville, NC 28021 James (Jim) England, Gastonia, NC 28052 NC SENATE DISTRICT 44 (DEM) Heath Wynn, Hudson, NC 28638 Beth Jones, Lenoir, NC 28645 NC SENATE DISTRICT 45 (REP) Dan Soucek, Boone, NC 28607 Jeffrey C. Elmore, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 NC SENATE DISTRICT 47 (REP) Andy Webb, Marion, NC 28752 Ralph E. Hise, Jr, Spruce Pine, NC 28777 Tamera Frank, Burnsville, NC 28714 NC SENATE DISTRICT 49 (REP) R. L. Clark, Asheville, NC 28804 Don Yelton, Weaverville, NC 28787 NC SENATE DISTRICT 50 (REP) Jimmy Goodman, Franklin, NC 28734 Jim Davis, Franklin, NC 28734 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 8 (DEM) Edith D. Warren, Farmville, NC 27828 Mildred A. Council, Greenville, NC 27834 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 13 (REP) Wyatt Rike, Morehead City, NC 28557 Patricia (Pat) McElraft, Emerald Isle, NC 28594 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 15 (REP) Phillip Shepard, Jacksonville, NC 28540 Tracey Louise Miller, Sneads Ferry, NC 28460 Martin Aragona, Jr, Jacksonville, NC 28541

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David Shawn Clark, Newton, NC 28658

James A. Knox, Leland, NC 28451 Leonard Jenkins, Leland, NC 28541

W.A. (Winkie) Wilkins, Roxboro, NC 27574 R. Miles Standish, Durham, NC 27712 Fred Foster, Jr, Durham, NC 27704

Michael T. Wilson, Huntersville, NC 28078 Gwendolyn D. McGowens, Charlotte, NC 28262




Wendell H. Sawyer, Greensboro, NC 27410 Jon Hardister, Greensboro, NC 27404 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 58 (DEM) Ralph C. Johnson, Greensboro, NC 27401 Alma Adams, Greensboro, NC 27406 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 60 (DEM) Earl Jones, Greensboro, NC 27406 Marcus Brandon, Greensboro, NC 27406 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 61 (REP) Georgia Nixon-Roney, Jamestown, NC 27282 Paul Norcross, High Point, NC 27261 Gerald T. Grubb, High Point, NC 27265 John Faircloth, High Point, NC 27265

Beverly Miller Earle, Charlotte, NC 28202 Rocky Bailey, Charlotte, NC 28216


Kelly E. Hastings, Cherryville, NC 28021 Pearl Burris Floyd, Dallas, NC 28034

NC HOUSE DISTRICT 17 (REP) Mac Tyson, Shallotte, NC 28470 Frank Iler, Oak Island, NC 28465 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 18 (DEM) James L. Utley, Jr, Wilmington, NC 28403 Susi Hamilton, Wilmington, NC 28401 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 18 (REP) J. Michael Hutson, Wilmington, NC 28411 Beth Dawson, Wilmington, NC 28402 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 20 (DEM) Ken Waddell, Chadbourn, NC 28431 Dewey L. Hill, Lake Waccamaw, NC 28450 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 22 (DEM) William Brisson, Dublin, NC 28332 Robert Jacobs Brooks, Council, NC 28434 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 30 (REP) Randy Stewart, Durham, NC 27705 Jason Chambers, Hillsborough, NC 27278 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 33 (DEM) Rosa U. Gill, Raleigh, NC 27610 Doctor K. Aal Anubia, Raleigh, NC 27601 Bernard Allen, Raleigh, NC 27610 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 33 (REP) Paul Terrell, Raleigh, NC 27604 Susan Byrd Leventhal, Raleigh, NC 27610 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 34 (REP) Brian Tinga, Raleigh, NC 27624 J. H. Ross, Raleigh, NC 27609 Steve Henion, Raleigh, NC 27609 Jamie Earp, Raleigh, NC 27609 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 39 (DEM) Darren Jackson, Raleigh, NC 27610 Jeanne Milliken Bonds, Knightdale, NC 27545 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 41 (REP) David Sloane, Raleigh, NC 27613 Tom Murry, Morrisville, NC 27560 Todd A. Batchelor, Raleigh, NC 27613 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 43 (DEM) Mary E. McAllister, Fayetteville, NC 28311 Elmer Floyd, Fayetteville, NC 28301 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 44 (REP) Brian Kent, Fayetteville, NC 28303 Lois A. Kirby, Fayetteville, NC 28303 Johnny Dawkins, Fayetteville, NC 28303 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 45 (DEM) Tina Odom, Hope Mills, NC 28348 Rick Glazier, Fayetteville, NC 28303 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 45 (REP) Jackie Warner, Hope Mills, NC 28348 Patrick Mitchell, Hope Mills, NC 28348 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 47 (DEM) Ronnie Sutton, Pembroke, NC 28372 Charles Graham, Lumberton, NC 28358 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 53 (DEM) Abraham Oudeh, Dunn, NC 28334 Thomas E. Ellis II, Dunn, NC 28334

Michael K. Garrett, Greensboro, NC 27402 John M. Blust, Greensboro, NC 27410 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 68 (REP) Craig Horn, Matthews, NC 28104 Jeff Gerber, Monroe, NC 28110 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 70 (REP) Pat B. Hurley, Asheboro, NC 27203 Fred Burgess, Climax, NC 27233 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 72 (DEM) Earline W. Parmon, Winston-Salem, NC 27105 Gardenia M. Henley, Winston-Salem, NC 27105 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 77 (REP) Harry Warren, Salisbury, NC 28144 Lauren Raper, Spencer, NC 28159 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 78 (REP) Arnold Lanier, Denton, NC 27239 Harold J. Brubaker, Asheboro, NC 27205 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 80 (REP) Dick Johnson, Denton, NC 27239 Jerry C. Dockham, Denton, NC 27239 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 81 (REP) Fred D. McClure, Lexington, NC 27293 Rayne Brown, Lexington, NC 27295 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 82 (REP) Larry G. Pittman, Concord, NC 28025 Jeff Barnhart, Concord, NC 28027 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 85 (DEM) Aaron Bradley Scott, Connelly Springs, NC 28612 Beth Ostgaard, Marion, NC 28752 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 86 (DEM) Jim Cates, Morganton, NC 28655 Walter Church, Jr, Valdese, NC 28690 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 94 (REP) Shirley Blackburn Randleman, Wilkesboro, NC 28697 John Reavill, Wilkesboro, NC 28697 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 99 (DEM) Nick Mackey, Charlotte, NC 28262 Rodney W. Moore, Charlotte, NC 28215

NC HOUSE DISTRICT 102 (DEM) Kim Ratliff, Charlotte, NC 28215 Ken Davies, Charlotte, NC 28204 Becky Carney, Charlotte, NC 28204 Matt Miller, Charlotte, NC 28204

Mark E. Klass, Lexington, NC 27293 Jane Gray, Raleigh, NC 27612 Ann Marie Calabria, Morrisville, NC 27560 COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE (ELMORE SEAT) Steven Walker, Raleigh, NC 27602 Rick Elmore, Raleigh, NC 27636 Leto Copeley, Hillsborough, NC 27278 SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 3B


John E. Nobles, Jr, Morehead City, NC 28557 Ken Crow, New Bern, NC 28563 Benjamin G. Alford, New Bern, NC 28562

Ruth Samuelson, Charlotte, NC 28211 Jerry Drye, Charlotte, NC 28270



Mary Ann Tally, Fayetteville, NC 28302 John Marsh (John M.) Tyson, Fayetteville, NC 28301 Ronnie M. Mitchell, Fayetteville, NC 28302 Timothy M. (Tim) Dunn, Fayetteville, NC 28303 James (Jim) Floyd Ammons, Jr, Fayetteville, NC 28303

NC HOUSE DISTRICT 103 (REP) Bill Brawley, Matthews, NC 28105 Lloyd Austin, Charlotte, NC 28227

NC HOUSE DISTRICT 112 (REP) Alan Toney, Bostic, NC 28018 Jim Wayne Newton, Ellenboro, NC 28040 Mike Hager, Rutherfordton, NC 28139 Dennis Davis, Lattimore, NC 28089 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 115 (DEM) Patsy Keever, Asheville, NC 28803 D. Bruce Goforth, Asheville, NC 28803 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 119 (DEM) Phil Haire, Sylva, NC 28779 Bruce (Avram) Friedman, Dillsboro, NC 28725 NC HOUSE DISTRICT 120 (REP) Roger West, Marble, NC 28905 Tim West, Andrews, NC 28906 DA DISTRICT 6B (DEM) Gregory L. Perry, Gaston, NC 27832 Valerie Mitchell Asbell, Ahoskie, NC 27910 DA DISTRICT 9A (DEM) Sandra Strader Pugh, Ruffin, NC 27326 Roger A. Echols, Jr, Timberlake, NC 27583 DA DISTRICT 11 (REP) Joy Jones, Smithfield, NC 27577 Susan Doyle, Clayton, NC 27527 DA DISTRICT 13 (DEM) Harold G. (Butch) Pope, Whiteville, NC 28472 Rex Gore, Shallotte, NC 28470 DA DISTRICT 19A (REP) Roxann Vaneekhoven, Concord, NC 28026 John M. Lewis, Mount Pleasant, NC 28124 DA DISTRICT 20A (DEM) Reece Saunders, Rockingham, NC 28379 Michael Parker, Rockingham, NC 28380 DA DISTRICT 20B (REP) John Snyder, Weddington, NC 28104 Clayton Jones, Weddington, NC 28104 DA DISTRICT 25 (REP) James (Jay) Gaither, Jr, Hickory, NC, 28602

SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 14B Chris Shella, Durham, NC 27712 Dan Read, Durham, NC 27701 Michael O’Foghludha, Durham, NC 27701 James E. (Jim) Hardin, Jr, Durham, NC 27705 James H. Hughes, Durham, NC 27703 Elaine M. Bushfan, Durham, NC 27703 SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 15A James K. (Jim) Roberson, Burlington, NC 27215 Robert F. (Rob) Johnson, Burlington, NC 27215 Wayne Abernathy, Burlington, NC 27215 SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 24 Hal G. Harrison, Spruce Pine, NC 28777 Gary Gavenus, Burnsville, NC 28714 Charles Phillip (Phil) Ginn, Boone, NC 28607 SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 26B F. Lane Williamson, Charlotte, NC 28209 Nancy Norelli, Charlotte, NC 28207 Hugh Lewis, Charlotte, NC 28211 Donnie Hoover, Charlotte, NC 28211 Bill Constangy, Charlotte, NC 28226 SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 28 Alan Z. Thornburg, Asheville, NC 28804 Marvin Pope, Asheville, NC 28802 Kate Dreher, Asheville, NC 28814 For additional information on finding your legislative district by county please visit


April 2010



State to Begin Taxing Services • BY BRIAN BALFOUR

ditures and as a means to broaden the tax base to lower the state tax rates. Most services purchased in North Carolina are not regularly taxed by the existing state sales tax. The state sales tax rate is 5.75 percent. Most counties apply an additional 2 percent, making it 7.75 percent in 92 out of the 100 counties. The sales tax, they say, needs to remain high in order to generate enough revenue to fund state expenditures. The move is intended to reflect the growing service sector. According to research presented by the UNC School of Government, North Carolinians are more likely to purchase services than goods. Spending on services now makes up 60 percent of


orth Carolina lawmakers are looking at ways to tax more economic activity, but do so at a lower tax rate. Probably the most often discussed and controversial potential tax change involves extending the sales tax to services, such as lawn care, haircuts or auto repairs. Tax reformers hope to couple the new service tax with a lowering of the sales tax rate. Such services have never been taxed in North Carolina before. A committee that has come together to study the North Carolina tax structure, however, views the new tax as an ideal way to help pay for state expen-

A state committee is considering extending the sales tax to services, such as haircuts, lawn care, and home repair. Photo: Jana Benscoter


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consumption spending in the state. Proponents of taxing more services say it is only fair to tax services at the same rate as the purchase of goods. For instance, if someone purchases a lawn mower to cut his own grass, he pays sales tax on that purchase. On the other hand, if he pays someone to cut his grass, there is no tax applied to the payment for that service. This unequal tax treatment of similar economic activity creates distortions in the spending decisions of consumers. Naturally, lobbyists representing the interests of service industries are seeking to kill any proposals to tax their services. Other opponents of applying the sales tax to services are concerned that once the tax is applied to services and the existing sales tax rate is lowered, it will become very tempting for lawmakers to raise the sales tax rate back up, while keeping the sales tax on services intact. As authorized by a provision in the fiscal year 2009-10 state budget, the newly formed Interim Joint House and Senate Finance Committee has


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Strongly agree 19% Somewhat agree 21% Strongly disagree 30% Somewhat disagree 19% Not Sure 11% Civitas Poll March 2010

April 2010




Latest Report Shows North Carolina Still Plagued with Rising Unemployment • BY MARIANNE SUAREZ

Metro Unemployment Rates, February 2010 (Not Seasonally Adjusted)


he national unemployment rate is hovering at 10 percent, while in North Carolina, according to the latest report by the state’s Employment Security Commission (NCESC), statewide unemployment reached 11.8 percent in February. These numbers highlight a troubling trend – the consistently increasing rate of unemployment. Since the economic downturn, North Carolina has experienced a continual increase in the unemployment rate. This latest report marks a 0.1 percent increase from the past month and an overall 1.2 percent gain over the year. Unemployment increased in 58 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in February, decreased in 19 counties, and remained the same in 23. A large majority of the state’s counties, 58 of 100, reported an unemployment rate above the statewide unadjusted unemployment rate of 11.8 percent. Graham County reported the highest rate of unemployment at 19.4 percent, or one-fifth of the population. Orange County reported the lowest unemployment rate at 6.9 percent, followed by Gates County at 8.1 percent. Unemployment increased in six of the state’s 14 metropolitan areas,














11.8% 10.7%





Durham/Chapel Hill

Unemployment Rate





6% 4%

Hickory/Lenoir/ Morganton

Rocky Mount


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Source: North Carolina Employment Security Commission * All December 2009 labor force data are preliminary

with all but five reporting rates above 10 percent. To qualify in real terms, unemployment by workers increased from 531,281 in January to 535,986 in

North Carolina. The counties receiving the highest amount of unemployment insurance benefits in February were Forsyth, Gaston, Guilford, Mecklenburg and Wake. w

February – leaving 4,705 people out of work. In February, $211.9 million has been spent to fund regular unemployment insurance benefits, and a total of $5.2 billion in the last year in

North Carolina Unemployment Rates by County

February 2010

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Data Not Seasonally Adjusted Source: Employment Security Commission of North Carolina


April 2010

Gas Tax



law dictates that the gas tax never drops below 29.9 cents regardless of how low the variable portion of the tax falls. According to projections, the gas tax floor will end up costing North Carolina motorists $50 million more in taxes this year. So while gas prices have remained relatively low over the past several months, they could be even lower if North Carolina lawmakers hadn’t implemented the gas tax floor. The average North Carolina motorist spends 4.10 percent of their income on gasoline, or $1,440.40. The Natural Resources Defense Council experts predict that that “gas prices will rise nationally to more than


$3 per gallon this spring.” With the new retail price of gas, the council estimates that the average motorist will spend 7.19 percent of their income to fill up their tanks, or spend $2,523.73. The cost of gasoline also is determined on a state’s dependency on oil. North Carolina is ranked 19th in the country for oil addiction. North Carolina is still struggling through the devastating effects of the current recession. The state unemployment rate remains among the 10 highest in the nation. Forcing struggling North Carolinians to pay an additional $50 million in taxes at the gas pump only makes things more difficult for people already struggling to pay their bills. w

If you had to choose only one, which of the following tax increases would have the greatest negative financial impact on you and your family’s financial well-being? An increase in the... Income Tax 45% Sales tax 20%

Gas tax 30% Not Sure 5%

Civitas Poll October 2009

Lawmakers who voted for $50 Million Increase in State Gas Tax (SB 200) in 2009 Senate Republicans (3) Bingham



Senate Democrats (25)

Albertson Atwater Basnight Dannelly Dorsett Foriest Jenkins Jones Kinnaird Rand (Resigned 12/31/09) Snow Vaughan Weinstein (Resigned 9/30/09)

Berger, D. Garrou McKissick Soles

Boseman Graham Nesbitt Stein

Clodfelter Hoyle Purcell Swindell

House Republicans (1) Gulley

House Democrats (63)

Adams Bordsen Cotham Faison Glazier Harrison Jones McLawhorn Rapp Tucker Whilden

Alexander, K. Alexander, M. Allen (Resigned 4/6/10) Braxton Brisson Bryant Coates Earle Crawford Dickson (Resigned 1/21/10) Farmer-Butterfield Fisher Floyd, E. Goforth Goodwin Haire Hall Hill Holliman Hughes Insko Love Lucas Luebke Mackey Michaux Mobley Owens Parmon Ross Spear Stewart Sutton Underhill Wainwright Warren, E. Warren, R. Wilkins Williams Womble Wray

Bell Cole England Gibson Harrell (Resigned 9/20/09) Jeffus Martin Pierce Tolson Weiss Yongue

Lawmakers who voted against $50 Million Increase in State Gas Tax Senate Republicans (16) Allran Clary Preston

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Senate Democrats (3)

Berger, P. Forrester Rucho




Avila Brown Daughtry Grady Johnson McComas Neumann Stam Tillis

Barnhart Brubaker Dockham Guice Justice McCormick Randleman Starnes West

Blackwell Burr Dollar Hilton Justus McElraft Rhyne Steen Wiley

House Republicans (50)

Brock Goodall Tillman

Brown Hunt

Brunstetter Jacumin

Blackwood Burris-Floyd Folwell Holloway Killian McGee Sager Stevens

Blust Boles Cleveland Current Frye Gillespie Howard Hurley Langdon Lewis Mills Moore Samuelson Setzer Stiller (Resigned 6/15/09)

House Democrats (2) Jackson


Not voting Senate Shaw (D)


Hackney (D)

Excused Absence Senate Blake (R)


Carney (D)

Roll Call

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If the election for North Carolina State Legislature were held today, would you be voting:

Democratic 35% Republican 37% Neither 8% Not Sure 20%

Civitas Poll March 2010

North Carolina motorists will pay an extra $50 million in taxes at the gas pump this year. Photo: Jana Benscoter

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present from birth and has not recognized “sexual orientation” as a protected class. Commonly known as “The Bullying Bill,” opponents argue that the bill was merely the means to promote a homosexual agenda in North Carolina. The final House vote came down to a narrow 58-57 margin. Reps. Dewey Hill (D-Columbus) and Jamie Boles (R-Moore) switched their votes from yes to no, Ronnie Sutton (DRobeson), who had previously voted no, did not vote and William Brisson (D-Bladen) and Ray Warren (D-Alexander) were absent and did not vote. The first vote for passage of the House Bill was 59-57. The notable votes were the seven House Democrats that voted against the bill: Reps. Van Braxton (D-Lenoir), Brisson, Jim Crawford (D-Granville), Jimmie Love (D-Lee), Tim Spear (D-Washington), Sutton and Arthur Williams (D-Beau-

fort). (With the exception of Sutton and Crawford, they all tended to be from rural, swing districts.) Boles was the lone Republican who voted in favor of the bill. Reps. Larry Hall (D-Durham) and Ruth Samuelson (R-Mecklenburg) were absent from the chamber for the first vote, and in accordance with custom, Speaker Joe Hackney did not vote on the bill. Warren was present but abstained from voting. The “School Violence Prevention Act” was introduced in the General Assembly on March 12, 2009 for the third time under the pretense of “protecting students.” Some might argue when a student is being bullied, action for that student’s protection needs to be taken, no matter how they are classified. Gov. Bev. Purdue signed the bill into law on June 30, 2009 providing a victory for homosexual lobbying groups and supporters throughout the state. w

April 2010





US Lawmakers who voted in favor of spending $787 billion on stimulus package and increase taxes on future generations Senate Republicans (0) Senate Democrats (1)

Do you think the stimulus package passed by Congress earlier this year is making things better, worse, or having no effect on the economy? Not Sure 11%

Kay Hagan

House Republicans (0) House Democrats (7) George Butterfield (NC-1) Bob Etheridge (NC-2) David Price (NC-4) Mike McIntyre (NC-7) Larry Kissell (NC-8) Melvin Watt (NC-12) R. Miller (NC-13)


Ethical 9%

US Lawmakers who voted no Senate Republicans (1) Richard Burr

Senate Democrats (0) House Republicans (5)

Walter Jones (NC-3) Virginia Foxx (NC-5) Howard Coble (NC-6) Sue Myrick (NC-9) Patrick McHenry (NC-10)

Better 20% No effect 45%

House Democrats (1)

Worse 22% Not sure 12%

Heath Shuler (NC-11)

Civitas Poll July 2009


been meeting regularly during this legislative off-season. The Joint Committee is also examining the state’s personal income tax. With one of the highest income tax rates in the nation, North Carolina relies very heavily on income tax revenue to finance the state budget. The reliance on the income tax has increased sharply in North Carolina over the past few decades, and the state relies heavier on the income tax than most states in the nation. Members of the committee have expressed concern over this because the income tax is more volatile than other tax revenue sources, making budgeting less predictable and more subject to dramatic swings during economic recessions.

Similar to the sales tax, recommendations for the personal income tax that the committee is considering include broadening the base of taxable income for the personal income tax, while lowering the rate and possibly including a zero tax bracket for the first $10,000 of taxable income. Broadening the income tax base would mean eliminating certain state tax credits and deductions. According to the General Assembly’s Fiscal Research Division, North Carolina state income tax credits and deductions reduce state revenue by $1.2 billion a year. Major tax deductions include the interest paid on home mortgages, portions of Social Security income and charitable gifts. Major state tax credits include the standard tax credit for each child in one’s family and child care expenses.

Most of these tax credits and deductions are very popular with those taxpayers who benefit from them. Moreover, most of the credits and deductions also have powerful lobbying groups that exist to protect them. Politically, these credits and deductions would prove to be incredibly difficult to reverse. Several committees have examined North Carolina’s tax structure over the

past 15 years. Each has come up with the same recommendation: broaden the base and lower the rates. The recommendations, however, have never been implemented by state lawmakers. This year’s committee is also tasked with finding ways to broaden the base and lower tax rates in North Carolina. Only time will tell if lawmakers actually follow through. w


Mandated by North Carolina General Statute 120-3

Senate Do you support or oppose a plan by the General Assembly that would extend the sales tax to services like home repair, auto repair, warranties and other services, but would reduce the overall rate of sales and income taxes?

Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight (D-Dare) – $38,151 yearly; $1,413 per month for expenses. Deputy Senate President Pro Tempore Charlie Smith Dannelly (D-Mecklenberg) – $21,739 yearly; $836 per month for expenses. Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand (D-Cumberland) –$17,048 yearly; $666 per month for expenses. (Resigned Dec. 31, 2009)

Strongly Support 15% Somewhat Support 15% Somewhat Oppose 14% Strongly Oppose 38% Not sure 19%

Senate Minority Leader Phil Berger (R-Guilford) – $17,048 yearly; $666 per month for expenses.

Civitas Poll December 2009

House Speaker of the House Joe Hackney (D-Orange) – $38,151 yearly; $1,413 per month for expenses.

Which of the following issues in North Carolina are you most concerned about: 4% 3%

The economy and jobs 47% Holding down taxes 9%



47% 17%

All other legislators receive a yearly salary of $13,951 and an expense allowance of $559.00 per month. They are paid 29 cents per mile travel reimbursement and a monthly $104 per diem regardless of their rank or party.

Illegal Immigration 3% Public Education 9% Moral Issues 3% Not Sure 4%

House Majority Leader Rep. Hugh Holliman (D-Davidson) – $17,048 yearly; $666 per month for expenses. House Minority Leader Rep. Paul Stam (R-Wake) – $17,048 yearly; $666 per month for expenses.

Government Corruption 7% Reducing Healthcare costs 17%

Speaker Pro Tempore of the House Rep. William L. Wainwright (D-Lenoir) – $21,739 yearly; $836 per month for expenses.



Civitas Poll March 2010

10 April 2010



How do I Contact My Legislator? House 1 Camden, Currituck, Pasquotank, Tyrrell Bill Owens (D) Rm. 635, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-0010 2 Chowan, Dare, Hyde, Washington Timothy L. Spear (D) Rm. 402, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-715-3029 3 Craven, Pamlico Alice Graham Underhill (D) Rm. 1206, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5853

16 New Hanover, Pender Carolyn H. Justice (R) Rm. 306A3, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-715-9664

This legislative directory provides legislative phone number and legislative address. Jones St. zip code is 27601. The Salisbury St. zip code is 27603.

4 Duplin, Onslow Russell E. Tucker (D) Rm. 416B, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-715-3021

17 Brunswick Frank Iler (R) Rm. 306A2, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-301-1450

5 Bertie, Gates, Hertford, Perquimans Annie W. Mobley (D) Rm. 638, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5780

18 New Hanover, Pender Sandra Spaulding Hughes (D) Rm. 537, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5754

6 Beaufort, Pitt Arthur Williams (D) Rm. 637, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5906 7 Halifax, Nash Angela R. Bryant (D) Rm. 542, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5878 8 Martin, Pitt Edith D. Warren (D) Rm. 416A, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-715-3023 9 Pitt Marian N. McLawhorn (D) Rm. 1217, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5757 10 Greene, Lenoir, Wayne R. Van Braxton (D) Rm. 2219, 16 West Jones St. 919-715-3017

19 New Hanover Daniel F. McComas (R) Rm. 506, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5786 20 Brunswick, Columbus Dewey L. Hill (D) Rm. 1309, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5830 21 Sampson, Wayne Larry M. Bell (D) Rm. 538, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5863 22 Bladen, Cumberland William D. Brisson (D) Rm. 1325, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5772 23 Edgecombe, Wilson Joe P. Tolson (D) Rm. 307B2, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-715-3024

11 Wayne Efton M. Sager (R) Rm. 508, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5755

24 Edgecombe, Wilson Jean Farmer-Butterfield (D) Rm. 528, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5898 Jean.Farmer-Butterfield@ncleg. net

12 Craven, Lenoir William L. Wainwright (D) Rm. 301F, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5995

25 Nash Randy Stewart (D) Rm. 1219, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5802

13 Carteret, Jones Pat McElraft (R) Rm. 603, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-6275

26 Johnston N. Leo Daughtry (R) Rm. 1013, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5605

14 Onslow George G. Cleveland (R) Rm. 504, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-715-6707

27 Northhampton, Vance, Warren Michael H. Wray (D) Rm. 405, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5662

15 Onslow W. Robert Grady (R) Rm. 302, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-715-9644

28 Johnston, Sampson James H. Langdon, Jr. (R) Rm. 610, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5849

29 Durham Larry D. Hall (D) Rm. 417B, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5872

45 Cumberland Rick Glazier (D) Rm. 2215, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5601

30 Durham Paul Luebke (D) Rm. 529, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-7663

46 Hoke, Robeson, Scotland Douglas Y. Yongue (D) Rm. 2207, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5821

31 Durham Henry M. Michaux, Jr. (D) Rm. 1227, 16 West Jones St. 919-715-2528

47 Robeson Ronnie Sutton (D) Rm. 1321, 16 West Jones St. 919-715-0875

32 Granville, Vance James W. Crawford, Jr. (D) Rm. 1326, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5824

48 Hoke, Robeson, Scotland Garland E. Pierce (D) Rm. 301C, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5803

33 Wake Rosa U. Gill (D) Rm. 1305, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5880

49 Franklin, Halifax, Nash Currently Not Filled

34 Wake Grier Martin (D) Rm. 2123, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5758 35 Wake Jennifer Weiss (D) Rm. 532, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-715-3010 36 Wake Nelson Dollar (R) Rm. 1209, 16 West Jones St. 919-715-0795 37 Wake Paul Stam (R) Rm. 613, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-2962 38 Wake Deborah K. Ross (D) Rm. 2223, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5773 39 Wake Darren G. Jackson (D) Rm. 301N, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5974 40 Wake Marilyn Avila (R) Rm. 1017, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5530 41 Wake Chris Heagarty (D) Rm. 2121, 16 W. Jones Street 919-733-5602 42 Cumberland Marvin W. Lucas (D) Rm. 417A, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5775 43 Cumberland Elmer Floyd (D) Rm. 1311, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5959 44 Cumberland Diane Parfitt Rm. 2221, 16 W. Jones Street 919-733-9892

50 Caswell, Orange Bill Faison (D) Rm. 611, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-715-3019 51 Harnett, Lee Jimmy L. Love, Sr. (D) Rm. 305, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-715-3026 52 Moore James L. Boles, Jr. (R) Rm. 501, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5903 53 Harnett David R. Lewis (R) Rm. 533, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-715-3015

60 Guilford Earl Jones (D) Rm. 536, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5825

70 Randolph Pat B. Hurley (R) Rm. 607, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5865

61 Guilford Laura I. Wiley (R) Rm. 513, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5877

71 Forsyth Larry Womble (D) Rm. 534, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5777

62 Guilford John M. Blust (R) Rm. 1109, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5781

72 Forsyth Earline W. Parmon (D) Rm. 541, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5829

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54 Chatham, Moore, Orange Joe Hackney (D) Rm. 2304, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-3451

63 Alamance Alice L. Bordsen (D) Rm. 530, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5820

55 Durham, Person W. A. (Winkie) Wilkins (D) Rm. 1301, 16 West Jones St. 919-715-0850

64 Alamance Dan W. Ingle (R) Rm. 1019, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5905

56 Orange Verla Insko (D) Rm. 307B1, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-7208

65 Rockingham Nelson Cole (D) Rm. 1218, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5779

57 Guilford Pricey Harrison (D) Rm. 2119, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5771

66 Montgomery, Richmond Melanie Wade Goodwin (D) Rm. 1307, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5823

58 Guilford Alma Adams (D) Rm. 304, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5902

67 Montgomery, Stanly, Union Justin P. Burr (R) Rm. 1315, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5908

59 Guilford Maggie Jeffus (D) Rm. 2204, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5191

68 Union Curtis Blackwood (R) Rm. 1317, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-2406 69 Anson, Union Pryor Gibson (D) Rm. 419A, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-715-3007

73 Davidson, Forsyth Larry R. Brown (R) Rm. 609, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5607 74 Forsyth Dale R. Folwell (R) Rm. 306A1, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5787 75 Forsyth Wm. C. “Bill” McGee (R) Rm. 531, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5747 76 Rowan Fred F. Steen, II (R) Rm. 514, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5881 77 Rowan Lorene Coates (D) Rm. 633, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5784

WHY WE GIVE PARTY AFFILIATIONS: The Legislature is managed as a partisan institution. Lawmakers segregate themselves by party in matters from daily meetings to electing leaders. They have separate and taxpayer-financed staffs. As such, gaining a full understanding of the vote of an individual lawmaker requires knowing his or her partisan affiliation.



78 Randolph Harold J. Brubaker (R) Rm. 1229, 16 West Jones St. 919-715-4946

92 Iredell, Surry, Yadkin Darrell G. McCormick (R) Rm. 1211, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5654

109 Gaston William A. Current, Sr. (R) Rm. 418A, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5809

79 Davie, Iredell Julia C. Howard (R) Rm. 1106, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5904

93 Ashe, Watauga Cullie M. Tarleton (D) Rm. 2221, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-7727

110 Cleveland, Gaston Pearl Burris-Floyd (R) Rm. 1319, 16 West Jones St. 919-715-2002

80 Davidson Jerry C. Dockham (R) Rm. 1213, 16 West Jones St. 919-715-2526

94 Wilkes Shirley B. Randleman (R) Rm. 1025, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5935

111 Cleveland Tim Moore (R) Rm. 604, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-4838

81 Davidson Hugh Holliman (D) Rm. 2301, 16 West Jones St. 919-715-0873

95 Iredell Grey Mills (R) Rm. 1111, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5741

112 Cleveland, Rutherford Bob England, M.D. (D) Rm. 303, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5749

82 Cabarrus Jeff Barnhart (R) Rm. 608, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-715-2009

96 Catawba Mark K. Hilton (R) Rm. 1021, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5988

113 Henderson, Polk, Transylvania W. David Guice (R) Rm. 1015, 16 West Jones St. 919-715-4466

97 Lincoln Johnathan Rhyne, Jr. (R) Rm. 1323, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5782

114 Buncombe Susan C. Fisher (D) Rm. 420, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-715-2013

98 Mecklenburg Thom Tillis (R) Rm. 1002, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5828

115 Buncombe Bruce Goforth (D) Rm. 1220, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5746

99 Mecklenburg Nick Mackey (D) Rm. 403, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5606

116 Buncombe Jane Whilden (D) Rm. 1303, 16 West Jones St. 919-715-3012

100 Mecklenburg Tricia Ann Cotham (D) Rm. 418C, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-715-0706

117 Henderson Carolyn K. Justus (R) Rm. 1023, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5956

101 Mecklenburg Beverly M. Earle (D) Rm. 634, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-715-2530

118 Haywood, Madison, Yancey Ray Rapp (D) Rm. 2213, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5732

102 Mecklenburg Becky Carney (D) Rm. 1221, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5827

119 Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain R. Phillip Haire (D) Rm. 639, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-715-3005

This legislative directory provides legislative phone number and legislative address. Jones St. zip code is 27601. The Salisbury St. zip code is 27603. 83 Cabarrus Linda P. Johnson (R) Rm. 1006, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5861 84 Avery, Caldwell, Mitchell, Yancey Phillip Frye (R) Rm. 602, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5661 85 Burke, McDowell Mitch Gillespie (R) Rm. 1008, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5862 86 Burke Hugh Blackwell (R) Rm. 606, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5805 87 Caldwell Edgar V. Starnes (R) Rm. 503, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5931 88 Alexander, Catawba Ray Warren (D) Rm. 306C, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-715-8361 89 Catawba, Iredell Mitchell S. Setzer (R) Rm. 1204, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-4948 90 Alleghany, Surry Sarah Stevens (R) Rm. 509, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-715-1883 91 Rockingham, Stokes Bryan R. Holloway (R) Rm. 502, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5609

103 Mecklenburg Jim Gulley (R) Rm. 1313, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5800 104 Mecklenburg Ruth Samuelson (R) Rm. 418B, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-715-3009

4 Bertie, Chowan, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton, Perquimans W. Edward Jones (D) Rm. 623, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-715-3032

For additional information on finding your legislator by county or to see how they vote, please visit 5 Greene, Pitt, Wayne Donald Davis (D) Rm. 525, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5621 6 Jones, Onslow Harry Brown (R) Rm. 521, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-715-3034 7 Franklin, Granville, Vance, Warren Doug Berger (D) Rm. 526, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-715-8363 8 Brunswick, Columbus, Pender R. C. Soles, Jr. (D) Rm. 2022, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5963 9 New Hanover Julia Boseman (D) Rm. 309, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-715-2525 10 Duplin, Lenoir, Sampson Charles W. Albertson (D) Rm. 523, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5705 11 Nash, Wilson A. B. Swindell (D) Rm. 629, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-715-3030 12 Johnston, Wayne David Rouzer (R) Rm. 520, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5748

120 Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Macon Roger West (R) Rm. 1004, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5859

13 Robeson, Hoke Michael Walters (D) Seat recently filled


14 Wake Daniel T. Blue, Jr. (D) Rm. 314, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5752

105 Mecklenburg Ric Killian (R) Rm. 1010, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5886

1 Beaufort, Camden, Currituck, Dare, Hyde, Pasquotank, Tyrrell, Washington Marc Basnight (D) Rm. 2007, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-6854

106 Mecklenburg Martha B. Alexander (D) Rm. 2208, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5807

2 Carteret, Craven, Pamlico Jean R. Preston (R) Rm. 1121, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5706

16 Wake Joshua H. Stein (D) Rm. 410, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-715-6400

107 Mecklenburg Kelly M. Alexander, Jr. (D) Rm. 632, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5778

3 Edgecombe, Martin, Pitt S. Clark Jenkins (D) Rm. 308, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-715-3040

17 Wake Richard Y. Stevens (R) Rm. 406, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5653

108 Gaston Wil Neumann (R) Rm. 510, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5868

15 Wake Neal Hunt (R) Rm. 1102, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5850

18 Chatham, Durham, Lee Robert Atwater (D) Rm. 312, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-715-3036

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19 Bladen, Cumberland Margaret Highsmith Dickson (D) Rm. 300C, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5776

35 Mecklenburg, Union W. Edward Goodall, Jr. (R) Rm. 332, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-7659

20 Durham Floyd B. McKissick, Jr. (D) Rm. 621, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-4599

36 Cabarrus, Iredell Fletcher L. Hartsell, Jr. (R) Rm. 518, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-7223

21 Cumberland Larry Shaw (D) Rm. 311, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-9349

37 Mecklenburg Daniel G. Clodfelter (D) Rm. 408, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-715-8331

22 Harnett, Moore Harris Blake (R) Rm. 517, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-4809

38 Mecklenburg Charlie Smith Dannelly (D) Rm. 2010, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5955

23 Orange, Person Eleanor Kinnaird (D) Rm. 2115, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5804

39 Mecklenburg Bob Rucho (R) Rm. 1118, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5655

24 Alamance, Caswell Anthony E. Foriest (D) Rm. 411, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-301-1446

40 Mecklenburg Malcolm Graham (D) Rm. 620, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5650

25 Anson, Richmond, Scotland, Stanly William R. Purcell (D) Rm. 625, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5953

41 Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln James Forrester (R) Rm. 1129, 16 West Jones St. 919-715-3050

26 Guilford, Rockingham Philip Edward Berger (R) Rm. 1026, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5708 27 Guilford Don Vaughan (D) Rm. 622, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5856 28 Guilford Katie G. Dorsett (D) Rm. 2106, 16 West Jones St. 919-715-3042

42 Catawba, Iredell Austin M. Allran (R) Rm. 516, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5876 43 Gaston David W. Hoyle (D) Rm. 300-A, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5734 44 Burke, Caldwell Jimmy R. Jacumin (R) Rm. 1113, 16 West Jones St. 919-715-7823

29 Montgomery, Randolph Jerry W. Tillman (R) Rm. 628, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5870

45 Alexander, Ashe, Watauga, Wilkes Steve Goss (D) Rm. 1028, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5742

30 Alleghany, Stokes, Surry, Yadkin Don W. East (R) Rm. 1120, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5743

46 Cleveland, Rutherford Debbie A. Clary (R) Rm. 515, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-715-3038

31 Forsyth Peter S. Brunstetter (R) Rm. 522, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-7850

47 Avery, Haywood, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Yancey Joe Sam Queen (D) Rm. 1117, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-3460

32 Forsyth Linda Garrou (D) Rm. 627, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-733-5620 33 Davidson, Guilford Stan Bingham (R) Rm. 2117, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5665 34 Davie, Rowan Andrew C. Brock (R) Rm. 1119, 16 West Jones St. 919-715-0690

48 Buncombe, Henderson, Polk Tom M. Apodaca (R) Rm. 1127, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5745 49 Buncombe Martin L. Nesbitt, Jr. (D) Rm. 300-B, 300 N. Salisbury St. 919-715-3001 50 Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain, Transylvania John J. Snow, Jr. (D) Rm. 2111, 16 West Jones St. 919-733-5875


April 2010




State Auditor Tenure Marked by Mishaps


n 2008, Beth Wood campaigned for state auditor on a promise to be the people’s full-time financial watchdog and to restore the previous high standards of the auditor’s office. Now 16 months after taking office, Wood finds herself dogged by a list of troubles, which raise questions about her professional judgment and her ability to manage finances. The everlengthening list includes: Suppresses Release of State Audit:

In spring 2009, Wood was accused of suppressing the release of a state audit that raised questions about former first lady Mary Easley’s salary ($170,000) at North Carolina State University. Although Wood claims her staff convinced her to not release the report, it seems the presence of former majority leader, Tony Rand – who represented Mary Easley during a state audit of Easley’s European travels – likely played a role in Wood’s decision. In August 2009, during testimony before a federal grand jury, Wood acknowledged she told her staff that she thought Rand was a good attorney. She inferred that he would poke holes in the Mary Easley audit like he had on former Gov. Mike Easley’s travel audit. Questionable Training: In November 2009, a state auditor employee accused Wood of spending $10,000 on “touchy feely” training. The training, developed by Spectrum Development helped employees identify and learn about their “personality type.” The training grouped personality types by color: gold, blue, green, or orange. Wood said the training was intended to help people understand “how people behave the way they do.” Ignores Law on State Reimbursement:

An investigation last fall conducted by Civitas Staff revealed that Wood had not been reimbursing the state for commuting with a state car to and from her office in Raleigh. Three days after making a request for mileage documents, Wood submitted a personal check for $1,584 to the state department of administration. The costs should have been


Tea Parties: Not a One-Sided Affair BY JANA BENSCOTER

deducted monthly from her wages. Late on Property Taxes: Wood was

late paying her $1,200 property tax bill in 2009 for her Raleigh residence. Wood said she was late because she had to repay a $90,000 loan to finance her state auditor campaign. In a later interview, Wood said she was late because she works from a budget and her decision to pay her taxes late – along with the penalties – was a “choice” she made. A review of Wake online property tax records reveals Wood incurred penalties for late property tax payments in 2009 and also 2008. Since 1995, Wood also incurred interest penalties for late tax payments for vehicles three times. Campaign Finance Troubles: A No-

vember 2009 State Board of Elections (SBOE) audit found campaign donation violations and discrepancies in Beth Wood Campaign records. The audit asked Wood to make corrections and forfeit $767 to the SBOE by Jan. 9, 2010. As of early April, no response from the Wood Campaign was posted on the SBOE Web site. When contacted about the situation, an official at SBOE said in December that Wood requested an extension for payment until Feb. 28, 2010. The extension was granted. On February 26, SBOE stated Wood submitted a check for $657 (the campaign is contesting the difference with the original amount). No evidence supporting these statements is available on the SBOE Web site. The Civitas Institute offers training in investigative journalism and exposing government corruption. We hold monthly meetings for those who want to learn more and connect with others to combat public corruption. For more information contact Bob Luebke at 919834-2099, Ext. 135. Scandal is a regular column in Capitol Connection that will explore public corruption in NC Government. Have a local corruption story? Email us at: or call 919-834-2099. w

Beth Wood on her phone at Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue’s inaugural ceremony in January 2009. Photo by David Bass of Carolina Journal

Despite recent criticisms, Tea Party goers continue to organize. Photo: Jana Benscoter


t didn’t take long for Tea Party activists to be labeled as something utterly derogatory. Those who spoke out against and adamantly opposed the government’s expansionist policies and excessive spending in 2009, are now being labeled as racists in 2010. There is no doubt that racism exists. There is no doubt that ageism exists. There is no doubt that sexism exists. There is no doubt that lots of ...isms exist; pick your ...ism. But where is the truth when bold statements are made that lump hard-working, in tuned, freedom-fighting Americans into these types of groups? To say the Tea Party organized around like-minded people, who believe in racism, is an outrageous claim by those who are only perpetuating a racial divide that exists in this country. Fueling the fire are activists and lobbyists from all political backgrounds. The timeliness of such claims can be attributed to the fact that Americans –regardless of age, gender, or race – are adhering to their first amendment right to petition the government and use their freedom of speech to air their grievances on tax day, as well as other days throughout the year. Ward Connerly of National Review Magazine recently wrote, “In the courtrooms, on college campuses, and, most especially, in our politics, race is a central theme. Where it does not naturally rise to the surface, there are those who will manufacture and amplify it. Such is the case with the claims that the ‘Tea Partiers’ are a bunch of racists and that many of them spat upon members of the Congressional Black Caucus. I am convinced beyond any doubt that all of this is part of the strategic plan being implemented by the Left in its current campaign to remake America.” As reported in The Washington Post, Thomas Sowell wrote on the GOPUSA Web site, “stay away from injecting race into political issues” doubting news reports and firsthand accounts by members of Congress that tea party protesters directed racial slurs at black legislators as they walked to the Capitol to cast their votes. “This is a serious charge – and one deserving of some serious evidence,” Sowell said. “But, despite all the media recording devices on the scene, not to mention recording devices among the crowd gathered there, nobody can come up with a single recorded sound to back up that incendiary charge. Worse yet, some people have claimed that even doubting the charge suggests that you are a racist.” Above all else, it would be great if we would allow the people to make the decision for themselves based on the facts. Rasmussen Poll reports that 48 percent of voters’ views are closer to Tea Party than President Barack Obama; 50 percent of independents identified with Tea Partiers over Obama, and 38 percent of independents said they matched the President’s views. When it comes to party affiliation, “57 percent of Tea Party members called themselves Republicans, another 28 percent said they were independents, and 13 percent were Democrats. Two-thirds of Tea Party members identify as conservatives but 26 percent say they are moderate and 8 percent described themselves as liberal,” according to The Washington Examiner. w

Civitas Capital Connection - April 2010  

Civitas Capital Connection - April 2010

Civitas Capital Connection - April 2010  

Civitas Capital Connection - April 2010