Archive for July, 2012

Warren Nail – NC4Freedom Candidate Questionnaire

At NC4Freedom we take candidates seriously.  As we approach the General election, it’s important to learn about the candidates we may be supporting.  The following responses given are staright from the candidate.  Please feel free to look over their answers and make an educated choice come election day.

The following is straight from the questionnaire given to the candidate.  All answers are from the candidate –

NC4Freedom Candidate Questionnaire

This is a base questionnaire for candidates running for office at any level in the state of NC.  Some questions may not apply as written.  If you wish to rephrase and address the question based on the level of government for which you are running you may.  If a question does not apply to the level of office for which you are running you may answer with ‘does not apply’ or give you opinion anyways.  Full participation is appreciated but not required.  We will inform the voters as to those candidates who do not or wish to not reply.

Name – Warren Scott Nail           
Candidate for – NC Senate (Dist 4)

1.            What is your position on a NC State voter ID law?
I believe we should have to show I.D. to vote! We have to show I.D. for things that are far less important. 
 

2.            What is your plan to help NC deal with the problem of illegal immigration?
I would like to adopt a law like the one in Arizona.

 

3.            What is your plan to deal with tax rates in the state of NC? (Please address state income and gas taxes)
We should do away with the income and gas tax by slightly raising the sales tax like many of the states that have no income or gas tax. The majority of these states are not having money problems, and the jobless rate is much lower.

 

4.            What will you do to deal with government regulations on individuals, businesses, and industries in NC?
Government regulation is killing the American way of life. We need to repeal the laws and regulations that are hurting our state.

 

5.            What is your position on the US military and Veterans? 
The words Homeless and Veterans should never be used in the same sentence. We owe everything to those who serve our Nation.

 

6.            How do you view unions in NC?
I do not believe in unions and, they certainly do not belong in Government jobs

 

7.            Do you see government fraud as a major problem today and what would you do about it?
Yes! We should do asset testing for government help and, we should have a picture on the food stamp (SNAP) card like are on our debit and credit cards. We should also make the co-pay for Medicaid to be Highest for the ER instead of the doctor’s office as it is now. 

 

8.            What part would you play to bring new businesses and jobs into NC?
I would like to think I would play a large role in this by doing away with the over regulation that is imposed on them.

 

9.            What are the main problems you have with education today and what are your ideas to help educate future generations?
Tenure is the biggest problem! We need to find ways of getting parents involved and allow competition within our education system.

 

10.          What do you see as the most important foreign policy issue facing NC?
Agenda 21

 

11.          What are the most pressing issues facing NC use and production of energy?
I am for fracking but there needs to be property owners protection included. I believe a property owner owns from the ozone to the core.

 

12.          Section 3, Article V of the NC Constitution gives exceptions to allow the state government to acquire debt.  Do you feel it is time to relook at these exceptions to achieve a no-clause balanced budget amendment, or do you feel these exceptions are legitimate?
I feel no debt is the way to go!

 

13.          What are your feelings about UN Agenda 21 and what direction do you feel NC as a state should move in the area of sustainability?
If we are not careful we will be under the UN’s rule.

 

14.          What is your opinion on Imminent Domain and annexation?
From the Ozone to the Core you own it! And No one can take it away for (B.S.) Reasons or put you in a new area for revenue reasons.

 

15.          Where do you stand on the creation of the Southport mega-port project?
I really have not given this much thought at this time

 

16.          In your opinion, what should the relationship between state/local governments be with its citizens?
Open

 

17.          What is your opinion of the Affiliate Nexus Tax Law which prevents NC bloggers to become on-line associates of companies like Amazon?
No opinion at this time.

 

18.          What do you want voters to know about you?
I will be straight to the point, and do what is in the best interest of those I represent.

 

19.          What is the #1 problem facing the office for which you are running and how do you propose addressing that problem?
The current occupant panders to special interest and then sells us out to his buddies as soon as our backs are turned.

I want to thank Warren for his very rapid response to this questionnaire.  He returned this within an hour of reciept and that’s greatly appreciated.

~JC

Richard Rivette – NC4Freedom Candidate Questionnaire

At NC4Freedom we take candidates seriously.  As we approach the General election, it’s important to learn about the candidates we may be supporting.  The following responses given are staright from the candidate.  Please feel free to look over their answers and make an educated choice come election day.

The following is straight from the questionnaire given to the candidate.  All answers are from the candidate –

NC4Freedom Candidate Questionnaire

This is a base questionnaire for candidates running for office at any level in the state of NC.  Some questions may not apply as written.  If you wish to rephrase and address the question based on the level of government for which you are running you may.  If a question does not apply to the level of office for which you are running you may answer with ‘does not apply’ or give you opinion anyways.  Full participation is appreciated but not required.  We will inform the voters as to those candidates who do not or wish to not reply.

Name – Richard Rivette
Candidate for – NC State Senate 38

All of these are covered on my website http://www.voterivette.com I will briefly summarize here.

I have also filled out questionnaires all over the web with even more positions.

If you agree with me, please go to Don’t Forget, Vote Rivette for NC State Senate 38 on Facebook and “like” my page. Send a donation, host a dinner party, host an event, give me an endorsement, write a blog in support, walk a neighborhood, distribute literature, volunteer to man a polling site and more. If you won’t fight to get me elected I will not be able to fight to stop the national nightmare taking place now.

1.            What is your position on a NC State voter ID law?
All voters in this nation should have irrevocable, clear voter ID based on physical proof of who you are. Give them a copy of their birth certificate if they don’t already have one. Use a passport. Something of value. We need ID for everything else. No other industrialized nation on earth allows you to vote without voter ID. The status quo is meant to keep dead people, illegals, felons, and multiple voting fraud to continue in favor of the Democratic party. Anyone who is homebound or unable to pay should be given the ID. At home we simply come with a plastic card printer and keypad, a scanner and photo unit. This can be done in minutes. Permanent voter ID. No one can steal your vote. And no one is denied the vote. Ignore the false claims of racism. Everyone gets their ID so how can anyone complain? Only 1% don’t have ID. I’m tired of the false claims.

2.            What is your plan to help NC deal with the problem of illegal immigration?
Give jobs to unemployed in the inner cities driving the buses to take the illegals to the Texas border. 400,000 illegals will require a lot of assistance in moving out of our state. Then give their homes, benefits, and jobs to Americans. Start with minorities who have been hit most by the economy. The illegals can wait in line if they want to enter this nation. CLOSE the border.

3.            What is your plan to deal with tax rates in the state of NC? (please address state income and gas taxes)
Eliminate them. The entire tax code must be scrapped period. Replace with a prebate, FAIR tax. No more corporate, capital gain, income, or many, many other taxes and fees. Lots more to it, but that’s the summary. The gas and diesel taxes are responsible for up to 20% of food costs alone. If we want reasonable prices, eliminate the taxes.

4.            What will you do to deal with government regulations on individuals, businesses, and industries in NC?
Eliminate most of them. Government has no authority to regulate much of anything according to the Constitution, which is our guideline and what we agreed to adhere to as citizens. For protection, don’t give polluters a slap on the wrist. If you pollute, confiscate and sell off the assets, recover the funds to cleanup, and put the polluter in prison for 25 years. Very few will violate decent anti-pollution laws written to protect our air and water. Judge each case on its merits. Accidents can be waived. Deliberate results in severe penalty. Right now, it’s a shell game. We beat legitimate companies over the head with petty rules, while letting severe violators off easy.

5.            What is your position on the US military and Veterans?
Fully fund the military, be prepared to defend the nation, maintain commitments in place, but do not go invading other nations unless provoked. Veterans should be treated like gold as they risked all so we can sleep at night. If the Feds won’t fund their healthcare and more, then we must. It is our sacred duty. I want an act to protect all military IDs from misuse. We have personally experienced theft which was facilitated by those using the ID of deceased veterans.

6.            How do you view unions in NC?
There should be no unions in the U.S. They have outlived their usefulness and become cesspools for corruption, violence, intimidation, and death. Public sector workers, given the chance, leave immediately. We should make NC a right to work state Constitutionally and bar unions entirely, including all existing ones. If you want to work in a union, go live in a communist nation.

7.            Do you see government fraud as a major problem today and what would you do about it?
Starting four years ago analyzing fraud I thought I might find $30-40 million recoverable in various state programs. I found up to half a billion dollars a year wasted. Illegals drain us of $2.1 billion a year. Another half billion in medical, transportation and other fraud can be recovered. We can use those funds to offset any deficit, hire all the teachers we need, pay them more and finish our roads WITHOUT raising a dime in taxes. I actually was involved in getting legislation for a pilot program passed years ago to begin this process, and then the government sat on it and did nothing. Because bureaucrats could not understand the proposal, and were territorial about who would do what to enact it. Fire any state worker who does not help to recover our funds.

8.            What part would you play to bring new businesses and jobs into NC?
I would immediately promote the FAIR tax, eliminate the income tax, and improve schools. The state cannot compete until we address taxes and schools. My job tries to draw companies into the state. They all tell us the same thing before locating in Tennessee, Virginia, Florida, and South Carolina – your tax situation stinks and your schools are worse. We could be the Silicon Valley of the East if we attract all the Silicon Valley CA companies with great location, weather, features, phenomenal schools and an unrivaled tax policy. Plus we have close proximity to Europe for travel.

9.            What are the main problems you have with education today and what are your ideas to help educate future generations?
Unions, overbearing administration, poor teacher retention, and low discipline. Get rid of poor teachers. See my 17 point plan online under SCHOOLS in http://www.voterivette.com. We must eliminate most administration positions all over the state. Get rid of all unfunded Federal mandates. Ignore the DOE. Place control in the hands of local boards. Create a school choice voucher for every student to purchase an education at public schools, private, religious, online, co-op, homeschool, and charters. Fully funded and equal with the same facilities funds, not just academic funds. Its our money. They’re our kids. We make the decisions. No more professional educators only making decisions. They’ve shown incompetence. Get some business people in there. Community oversight boards with real power to hire and fire. No more 800 page rule books.

10.          What do you see as the most important foreign policy issue facing NC?
Telling the Consular General to stop issuing Metricular cards or face expulsion. We are not a dumping ground. Only 2% come to do menial tasks, while up to 35% take welfare payments of food stamps, housing, etc.
From a business perspective we need to develop foreign trade zones and full foreign investment in our state to promote manufacturing.

11.          What are the most pressing issues facing NC use and production of energy?
Unleash our entire potential and tell the EPA to pound sand. This is our land. Repatriate all Federal lands in NC as state property and private property. Zero all taxation for energy exploration, development, refining, and future tech including oil, gas, kinetic, hydro, solar, wind, and anything else that will work. Private companies make the decisions, not government. Because government control has never worked. Renew offshore drilling. This administration is good at ignoring the Supreme Court. We need to do the same. Tell them to stick moratoriums in their ears to be polite.

12.          Section 3, Article V of the NC Constitution gives exceptions to allow the state government to acquire debt.  Do you feel it is time to review at these exceptions to achieve a no-clause balanced budget amendment, or do you feel these exceptions are legitimate?
The budget must be balanced by Amendment. If we go to a FAIR tax and grow manufacturing, industrial, agriculture, energy and more this will be a moot point as we will have all the revenue we need to do anything we want.

13.          What are your feelings about UN Agenda 21 and what direction do you feel NC as a state should move in the area of sustainability?
Agenda 21 is a global conspiracy to enact communism and make us slaves. We need to block it at the state level since our Federal government has been infected with communism in every level of the bureaucracy. Anyone stupid enough unable to see the disparate pieces that have seeped into every aspect of our lives, our food supply, our work, even citizen surveillance which is bizarre to say the least, is too ignorant to vote. Communists are not going to knock on your door, say hello and ask to take over the country. They will do it piecemeal in institutions over a period of say, 50 or 60 years. As they have done here. We stop them now and for all time.

14.          What is your opinion on Eminent Domain and annexation?
KELO should be reversed. It is a failure. No eminent domain for public use. No forced annexation. Both are the equivalent of taxation without representation and exactly why the colonies rebelled in the first place. Private property is inviolable and a main point of our founding documents.

15.          Where do you stand on the creation of the Southport mega-port project?
Private funding. A public partnership can be created but there should be written limits of involvement. Also, get the Federal government out of the approval process. Its our land and water, not theirs. We are a sovereign state. Start acting like one. If the EPA shows up tell them they are not welcome. They can leave or face arrest. I do not recognize Federal badges outside the jurisdiction of now Federal land, Federal parks or the District of Columbia and neither should anyone else. No Sheriff in this nation has ceeded control of their county. Read the Consitution, and Bill of Rights, and State Statutes.

16.          In your opinion, what should the relationship between state/local governments be with its citizens?
The government should listen and then do what people want. I want direct referenda voting on every increase in tax, fees, or other item which impacts citizens, local and state. We have the technology to do that. Let legislators craft good solutions and sell them to the public, not each other, and not via special interests. Additionally, if you eliminate the entire tax code you ALSO eliminate all lobbying overnight. There is nothing more to lobby for because we would only have a FAIR tax that is consumer based. You cannot buy a loophole, incentive, exemption or craft a law to help your company over another. Shut down the lawyer leeches running the lobbying firms in one day.

17.          What is your opinion of the Affiliate Nexus Tax Law which prevents NC bloggers to become on-line associates of companies like Amazon?
This is a violation of the First Amendment, is not covered under the interstate Commerce clause and has no place in a Republic. Anyone should be able to work for and with anyone they want in a non-criminal enterprise. The government is wrong. Let them participate as affiliates and if the state attempts to intervene pass legislation to stop it, or fire the bureaucrats.

18.          What do you want voters to know about you?
I have always stood up for what is right. Not right for me, or just you, but all. There are God granted universal rights of man. It is the foundation for Western civilization. If its good for one, its good for all. I stand for freedom. Complete freedom. Not someone hovering over your life telling you how to live, what to eat, what to drink. where to live, what to buy, how you insure, and more. Government is formed by people as a framework for living your life. It is NOT a set of rules to tell you exactly what to do. Certain rules are necessary like figuring out if you know how to drive a motor vehicle. Once you are issued your license to drive the rest is up to you. If you are a menace, your license is taken away. Until you prove you are a criminal you should be treated as a free person.

Restore every facet of the Constitution and remove all barriers to gun ownership, school choice, speech, assembly. No more threats of taxation for churches. They are exempt due to separation. They can preach whatever they want and people can choose to listen or not. They can also change the radio station, TV channel or surf to a different internet site if they are offended.

I am personally offended by ignorant people trying to tell me how to live and I don’t need them to tell me what TV shows to watch or where to get my news.

I follow the common sense of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, George Washington, John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, and Ronald Reagan. I am dead set against socialism and communism in any form. They are evil and meant to subjugate us all as slaves. The practitioners are cunning and patient. We have not had true free marketplaces in this nation. Ever.

Communists and socialists, like our present administration, are the opposite of what American is and should be.

Have we made mistakes? Yes. Has there been injustice? Of course. We are the biggest, most successful freedom experiment ever conducted. We need to let it go. We will deal with our demons and proceed ahead. Without an elite class ruling over us. Without an oppressive government.

Note to oppressive government – back off or you will feel our wrath. We the People are fed up and we are going to stop you now.

19.          What is the #1 problem facing the office for which you are running and how do you propose addressing that problem?
The number one problem is the apathy among voters. Average people are turned off. Disgruntled. Mad as hell. I want to channel that anger and turn it into something positive for all our benefit. I will succeed at representing the people and push what we need to stop the government insanity. I will not accept defeat. And neither should anyone else. We can do this if we work together. I do not want to hear from negative people who think its too late, or too hard. Go whine in the corner. Don’t tell me what cannot be done. I’ve spent my whole life doing what everyone said could not be done. So have many others.

THAT is what defines America and our spirit. Doing the impossible, then doing it again.

Its your nation. Fight for it. The banner has been raised. Time to engage in the battle.

I want to thank Richard for his time and well thought out answers.  I understand that this election takes up and do really appreciate this.  Good luck in November.

~JC

Debra Conrad – NC4Freedom Candidate Questionnaire

At NC4Freedom we take candidates seriously.  As we approach the General election, it’s important to learn about the candidates we may be supporting.  The following responses given are staright from the candidate.  Please feel free to look over their answers and make an educated choice come election day.

The following is straight from the questionnaire given to the candidate.  All answers are from the candidate –

NC4Freedom Candidate Questionnaire

This is a base questionnaire for candidates running for office at any level in the state of NC.  Some questions may not apply as written.  If you wish to rephrase and address the question based on the level of government for which you are running you may.  If a question does not apply to the level of office for which you are running you may answer with ‘does not apply’ or give you opinion anyways.  Full participation is appreciated but not required.  We will inform the voters as to those candidates who do not or wish to not reply.

Name – DEBRA CONRAD
Candidate for – NC House District 74

1.                   What is your position on a NC State voter ID law?
I support a voter photo ID identification law to prevent voter fraud.

2.                   What is your plan to help NC deal with the problem of illegal immigration?
As a county commissioner I tried to get the sheriff’s dept to join up with the 287 g program.  I testified several years ago before a congressional sub-Committee.  Today’s ruling by SCOTUS against Arizona’s law does not bode well for the future of state’s rights in this matter, but we need to go after forged documentation, businesses that hire illegals and pay under the table and hope we get a new president that enforces the federal laws and protects our  borders.

3.            What is your plan to deal with tax rates in the state of NC? (please address state income and gas taxes)   
Corporate tax rates particularly need to be reduced in our state to better compete with surrounding states that have lower rates to bring in jobs and new businesses. The gas tax was capped recently by the state leg. but we have to remember in NC, roads are paid for by the state, not by counties which is why our gas tax is high. If the state dumped this responsibility on local government, then property taxes would go through the roof and we don’t want that to happen.   I am against personal income tax increases and any modernization of the tax code needs to be revenue neutral for individuals or lowered in this state.

4.            What will you do to deal with government regulations on individuals, businesses, and industries in NC? 
They all need to be reviewed and excessive regulations modified or eliminated.  This should be done on an ongoing basis in the future and some flexibility also built into the system.

5.            What is your position on the US military and Veterans?
Support the military and the veterans in every way.

6.            How do you view unions in NC?
We are a right to work state and need to stay that way.

7.            Do you see government fraud as a major problem today and what would you do about it?
Yes.  We need to after all types of government fraud, particularly as a way to solve budget shortfalls. For example there was quite a bit of fraud during the recent economic downturn in unemployment benefits where individuals were receiving checks after obtaining a job in NC.  This is just one example of the fraud that exists at every level of government.

8.            What part would you play to bring new businesses and jobs into NC?
Economic development has been my number two interest as a county commissioner for 18 years after preventing tax increases.  I intend to use my experience as a 17 year member of the chamber of commerce, member of Winston-Salem Business inc and my service on both the Film Commission and the Tourism Development Authority to help recruit all types of new businesses and jobs to NC.  Manufacturing plants are going to be reshored from overseas and we need to jump on every opportunity to get those into our state.   I will advocate for a lower corporate tax rate and infrastructure improvements and workforce training.

9.            What are the main problems you have with education today and what are your ideas to help educate future generations?  
I agree with many of Senator Berger’s excellence in education initiatives. Tenure for teachers has not been in the best interest of students and I believe in some form of merit pay.  Our dropout rate is too high, we should be socially promoting students and many students who do graduate are not literate enough to obtain meaningful employment.  I support charter schools and think competition is healthy.

10.          What do you see as the most important foreign policy issue facing NC?
A combination of how our foreign relationships effect our energy recourses and trade issues.

11.          What are the most pressing issues facing NC use and production of energy?
The most immediate on is probably the issue of fracking and off shore drilling for domestic oil either in the southeast or elsewhere in the US.

12.          Section 3, Article V of the NC Constitution gives exceptions to allow the state government to acquire debt.  Do you feel it is time to relook at these exceptions to achieve a no-clause balanced budget amendment, or do you feel these exceptions are legitimate? 
I believe in conservative debt limits and enacted a 15% ceiling for my county debt payments as percent of budget.  Unfortunately most elected officials think the sky is the limit for debt which is why we are in on the brink of fiscal insolvency at the national level.     I also believe in the importance of maintaining the highest bond ratings so that the citizens get the lowest interest rate on any debt government does incur.  

13.          What are your feelings about UN Agenda 21 and what direction do you feel NC as a state should move in the area of sustainability? 
NO

14.          What is your opinion on Imminent Domain and annexation?
Do not believe in imminent domain and do not believe in forced annexation.  The NC has been working on the annexation issue.

15.          Where do you stand on the creation of the Southport mega-port project? 
That is an interesting subject and would like to down to the coast and understand both sides of the issue.  I do think it is important to understand the implications in potential lost jobs or businesses by not having the coastal infrastructure to allow the larger ships which will be coming through the Panama Canal to unload and load cargo in the state of NC and allow VA or our neighbor states to the south to get ahead of us. I do not know the full impact of the costs or environmental hurdles, but think this decision is very important to the future of this state.

16.          In your opinion, what should the relationship between state/local governments be with its citizens?  
It should be a relationship where the citizens are heard and understood.  Elected officials are servants of the people and sent to Raleigh or their local bodies to enact the will of the majority.

17.          What is your opinion of the Affiliate Nexus Tax Law which prevents NC bloggers to become on-line associates of companies like Amazon? 
I am afraid I need to do more research on this one.

18.          What do you want voters to know about you? 
If they have followed my votes as a county commissioner the last 18 years, then they will know how I will vote in the state house.  I believe in being consistent in my political philosophy.  I am a tough fiscal conservative most of all and believe in the old Republican saying that spending is the problem and learn how to say no. 

19.          What is the #1 problem facing the office for which you are running and how do you propose addressing that problem?
Currently the number one concern is the same as across the country…restore the economy back to prosperity, creating jobs and bringing in new industries to the state.  Of course I also believe that goes hand in hand with fiscal restraint and low taxes.

I want to thank Candidate Conrad for taking the time out and filling out this questionnaire.  Good luck in November.

~JC

Mike Causey – NC4Freedom Candidate Questionnaire

At NC4Freedom we take candidates seriously.  As we approach the 2nd Primary as well as the General election, it’s important to learn about the candidates we may be supporting.  The following responses given are staright from the candidate.  Please feel free to look over their answers and make an educated choice come election day.

The following is straight from the questionnaire given to the candidate.  All answers are from the candidate –

NC4Freedom Candidate Questionnaire

This is a base questionnaire for candidates running for office at any level in the state of NC.  Some questions may not apply as written.  If you wish to rephrase and address the question based on the level of government for which you are running you may.  If a question does not apply to the level of office for which you are running you may answer with ‘does not apply’ or give you opinion anyways.  Full participation is appreciated but not required.  We will inform the voters as to those candidates who do not or wish to not reply.

Mike Causey  – NC Commissioner of insurance

What is your position on a NC State voter ID law?

1. I support a voter ID law and will work to make photo ID a requirement for voting in NC.

What is your plan to help NC deal with the problem of illegal immigration?

2. I will work to enforce laws on illegal immigration and increase penalties on employers hiring illegal aliens.

What is your plan to deal with tax rates in the state of NC? (please address state income and gas taxes)

3. As a member of the Council-of-State, I will work and vote to lower state income taxes and lower state gasoline taxes.

What will you do to deal with government regulations on individuals, businesses, and industries in NC? 

4. I will work to cut government regulations and red tape in business and the NC Department of insurance. I will streamline regulations and simplify the operations of this department to make it more responsive to THE PEOPLE.

What is your position on the US military and Veterans? 

5. As a veteran of the Unites States Army, having served overseas during the VietNam era, I carried a badge and a gun as a Military Policeman. I also served in the U.S. Army Band in active duty, U.S. Army Reserves and the North Carolina national Guard. I am a strong supporter of the military and our veterans.

How do you view unions in NC?

6. I support our current Right to Work laws. Workers should not be forced to join a union, but they can if they want to join through their own free will and accord.

Do you see government fraud as a major problem today and what would you do about it?

7. Yes, I do see government fraud (and abuse) as a problem and will work to get rid of any fraud and abuse under my jurisdiction.

What part would you play to bring new businesses and jobs into NC?

8. As Commissioner of Insurance, I will work to bring more insurance companies (and other companies) and jobs, to North Carolina. I will develop a “free market system” of insurance and increase competition to lower rates and improve service to the people and will open up new markets to help the local economy and stimulate new jobs.

What are the main problems you have with education today and what are your ideas to help educate future generations?

9. As a former teacher, with actual classroom teaching experience, we need to get the federal government out of education and reduce the role of the state and return control to the parents and local (County) government. There is too much ‘social engineering’ and ‘political correctness’ and not enough basic education skills taught. We should return prayer to the class room and recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of each school day or week.  I will work to promote home schools, charter schools, Christian Schools, Private Schools and other alternatives to public schools, while working to improve our public schools. I want to cut the number of administrators and reduce school budgets to make public schools more accountable to the taxpayers and parents.

A major change needs to occur to bring more focus on Christianity and higher standards of conduct. We need to ‘push back’ this onslaught of the New World order, Agenda 21 and indoctrination of Islamic Law into our public schools, which currently exists, before it is too late.

What do you see as the most important foreign policy issue facing NC?

10. The most important ‘Foreign Policy’ issue facing the U.S. is illegal immigration and the aggressive push by Islamic Extremists to gain a foothold in our schools and communities.

What are the most pressing issues facing NC use and production of energy?

11. The most pressing issues facing NC in energy is the lack of production in our state. We need to promote drilling for oil and natural gas, offshore on within the state, as well as promote other forms or energy production. New jobs and opportunities would arise with a push for energy production.

Section 3, Article V of the NC Constitution gives exceptions to allow the state government to acquire debt.  Do you feel it is time to relook at these exceptions to achieve a no-clause balanced budget amendment, or do you feel these exceptions are legitimate? 

12. I believe that it is past time to re-look at the exceptions to acquire debt by state government.

It needs to be much harder to acquire debt; We need zero-based budgeting and a no-clause balanced budget.

What are your feelings about UN Agenda 21 and what direction do you feel NC as a state should move in the area of sustainability?

13. I am adamantly opposed to UN Agenda 21 and the push by some cities, counties and states to embrace it. 

What is your opinion on Imminent Domain and annexation? 

14. I am opposed to forced annexation and imminent domain for private uses. I believe in private property rights.

Where do you stand on the creation of the Southport mega-port project?

15. I am opposed to the Southport Mega-Port ‘project’!

In your opinion, what should the relationship between state/local governments be with its citizens?

16. State and local governments should work FOR THE PEOPLE. I believe the government closest to the people works best. Therefore, City/County governments should decide local issues with as much public input as practical. No closed-door meetings or good ol’ boy deals behind closed doors. More open government and more transparency needs to exist. The state legislature should avoid local mandates if at all possible. Let the local governments work it out.

Where the local government is abusing their power or refusing to listen to citizens, the citizens should have the right to appeal their case to the state government agency involved, the state legislature or the governor. The rights of the PEOPLE should come first.

What is your opinion of the Affiliate Nexus Tax Law which prevents NC bloggers to become on-line associates of companies like Amazon? 

17. I’m against the Affiliate Nexus Tax Law.

What do you want voters to know about you?

18. I am Mike Causey, military veteran (US Army) and conservative candidate for insurance commissioner of North Carolina. I want to lower your car insurance rates and I want to lower your homeowners insurance rates!

I ask for your support and your vote in the July 17 Republican 2nd Primary Election or in early voting from June 28 – July 14. I have never served as an elected official, so I am not a ‘career politician’ but a statesman who wants to serve the public.

My background in insurance, business management and the building industry make me uniquely qualified to lead this department for better service to the people. I have 30 years experience in the insurance business at all levels, from agent and agency management to executive level management. I have a solid working knowledge of how insurance works and how to improve our insurance crisis in North Carolina.

The insurance commissioner is the Chief Fire Marshall, Chief Building Inspector (State Building Code), Chief Insurance regulator and regulates bail bondsmen, collection agencies, manufactured housing, workers compensation, travel clubs, Senior Health Information Program, Risk management Division (insures state-owned buildings, vehicles, university personnel).

It is time we had an insurance commissioner with EXPERIENCE in the insurance business and a working knowledge of the department to help the people it serves. I pledge to serve the people- ALL THE PEOPLE of North Carolina, not just selected areas.

I need your help to win. Vote Mike CAUSEY for insurance commissioner!

What is the #1 problem facing the office for which you are running and how do you propose addressing that problem?

19. The number one problem facing the office for which I am running- Insurance Commissioner- is the insurance crisis in North Carolina. We are facing serious insurance problems in many areas of our state and the people can’t get a straight answer from our insurance department. I will change that- the people WILL BE SERVED!

 Mike Causey
 CAUSEY for INSURANCE COMMISSIONER
503 N. Greene St.
Greensboro, NC 27401
336-210-1947

I would like to thank Mike for taking time out of his busy schedule and filling out this questionnaire.  I also want to wish him luck as he faces his opponent on 17 July in the 2nd primary.  I understand he has alot going on and hope all goes well for him.

~JC

Dan Forest – NC4Freedom Candidate Questionnaire

At NC4Freedom we take candidates seriously.  As we approach the 2nd Primary as well as the General election, it’s important to learn about the candidates we may be supporting.  The following responses given are staright from the candidate.  Please feel free to look over their answers and make an educated choice come election day.

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NC4Freedom Candidate Questionnaire

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Name – DAN FOREST
Candidate for – NC LT. GOVERNOR

1.             What is your position on a NC State voter ID law?

I am strongly in favor of protecting one of our most basic rights – the right to vote, and am strongly in favor of photo voter id.

2.             What is your plan to help NC deal with the problem of illegal immigration?

I would like to be the point person on the Executive Team to fight the illegal immigration problem. I believe North Carolina needs to implement e-verify for all North Carolina employers, and we need to implement the 287g program in all North Carolina counties. We also need to mandate English as the official language.

3.             What is your plan to deal with tax rates in the state of NC? (please address state income and gas taxes)

North Carolina has the highest corporate income tax in the Southeast, the highest gas tax in the Southeast, and the highest personal income tax in the Southeast. We need to begin to eliminate the corporate income tax, reduce the gas tax to be competitive with our Southeast neighbors, and to create personal income tax brackets for small businesses. We need to, over time, work to replace the personal income tax with a constitutionally limited fair tax or flat tax.

4.             What will you do to deal with government regulations on individuals, businesses, and industries in NC?

I will continue the precedent that has been set by the current North Carolina legislature to help reduce any and all regulations that harm North Carolina businesses.

5.             What is your position on the US military and Veterans?

North Carolina is the 3rd largest military state in the nation and we need to grow our military presence. I would work with the military to recruit ancillary businesses to support our existing military bases and even grow the existing bases that are here in North Carolina. We need to continue to make our veterans a priority in America and ensure that those who have sacrificed to protect our freedoms are taken care of.

6.             How do you view unions in NC?

We need to continue to ensure that North Carolina remains a right to work state.

7.             Do you see government fraud as a major problem today and what would you do about it?

Yes, the potential is always there for fraud. We need to elect individuals with character and integrity to eliminate the problem.

8.             What part would you play to bring new businesses and jobs into NC?

The Lt. Governor sits on the North Carolina Economic Development Board and has a number of appointment powers to economic development boards and commissions. First and foremost, we need to create a taxation and regulatory environment that is friendly to existing business and to businesses we are trying to recruit. North Carolina ranks 44th in the nation in business tax climate. We need to reduce the taxation and regulatory burden on our existing businesses and allow them to innovate and create jobs.

9.             What are the main problems you have with education today and what are your ideas to help educate future generations?

62% of high school students that graduate and go on to higher education receive some form of remedial reading or remedial math in college. Not only are we not preparing our students to compete in a global economy, in many instances, we are not even teaching them the basics. I believe the solution is to break the state government-controlled monopoly on education and introduce choice, returning the control and decision-making power back to parents, teachers and local communities. When we break the monopoly on education, we will see increased quality, decreased costs and a wave of innovation that will drive competition. The rising tide of innovation will improve all forms of education.

10.            What do you see as the most important foreign policy issue facing NC?

I believe America is losing its status as the leading superpower in the world. Our current executive administration’s policy on appeasement is weakening the strength of our nation.

11.            What are the most pressing issues facing NC use and production of energy?

We need to continue the path that has been started by the current GOP-controlled legislature in opening up the means to explore our energy resources here in North Carolina. We need to begin the exploration of natural gas and oil resources, to ensure future generations that North Carolina can be an energy-independent state.

12.            Section 3, Article V of the NC Constitution gives exceptions to allow the state government to acquire debt.  Do you feel it is time to relook at these exceptions to achieve a no-clause balanced budget amendment, or do you feel these exceptions are legitimate?

I believe that our government, just like individual Americans, needs to live within its means, and needs to have a real balanced budget every year with complete transparency so every taxpaying North Carolinian will know exactly where every one of their dollars is being spent. Currently in North Carolina, there are a number of items that fall outside of the general fund budget, increasing our state’s burden of unfunded liabilities. This process needs to come to an end.

13.            What are your feelings about UN Agenda 21 and what direction do you feel NC as a state should move in the area of sustainability?

I am generally leery of any treaties or agendas proposed by the United Nations. Agenda 21 is an affront to our right to own property and many of our basic freedoms and liberties that we take for granted in America. Like most Americans, I am in favor of protecting the environment, but don’t believe the government should be in the business of subsidizing pet projects for sustainable energy, when this should be a free-market, free-enterprise issue.

14.            What is your opinion on Imminent Domain and annexation?

I am strongly against annexation without representation and strongly in favor of protecting personal property rights.

15.            Where do you stand on the creation of the Southport mega-port project?

Based on my understanding of the Southport mega-port issue and the research that has been done into these issues, the companies that would potentially use this port have made it clear to officials in North Carolina that this is not a viable option for their businesses and they would continue to use ports in Norfolk and Charleston in lieu of North Carolina. Given that basic understanding of the issue, I would not be in favor of the multi-million dollar investment necessary to create this port.

16.            In your opinion, what should the relationship between state/local governments be with its citizens?

I believe that government decision-making and power should be as close to the people as possible. Therefore, I believe in returning as much power as possible to the local governments first, to the state government second, and to the national government third.

17.            What is your opinion of the Affiliate Nexus Tax Law which prevents NC bloggers to become on-line associates of companies like Amazon?

The internet has opened up numerous opportunities for small business owners in our state. Why kill the goose that laid the golden egg?

18.            What do you want voters to know about you?

My background is business and architecture, not politics. I will bring a business-minded approach to solving the challenges that face North Carolina. As architects, we are visionaries, planners, creative problem solvers and consensus-builders. I believe these are the types of qualities needed in North Carolina government at the executive level.

19.            What is the #1 problem facing the office for which you are running and how do you propose addressing that problem?

Back in the 1980s, some of the duties and responsibilities of the Office of Lt. Governor were stripped from the Republican Lt. Governor by a Democrat legislature. I believe that, over time, those powers should be returned to their rightful place.

 

I want to personally thank Mr. Forest for taking the time to answer this questionnaire.  I understand that he is in a whirlwind runoff which takes up a good amount of his time.  I would like to wish him good luck on 17 July.

~JC