What people in north carolina are saying about the amendments

"Why would we reward state lawmakers with the power to appoint judges after all of the unconstitutional laws they have passed? No blank checks for politicians. I'm voting NO."
Beth Pratt, Haywood Co. Parent
"I served in Operation Desert Storm to protect and defend democracy. There's no way I'm voting for amendments that now undermine democracy and our system of checks and balances."
Mark Bryant, Kernersville, Navy Veteran
“I’m a small business owner who pays my taxes and plays by the rules. There’s no way I’m voting for amendments that give state lawmakers the power to gridlock ethics investigations of corrupt politicians.”
Roy Smith, New Bern Business Owner
“We do not reward bad behavior in our classrooms. So why would we reward state lawmakers with the power to appoint judges when they keep passing laws that the courts rule unconstitutional?”
Rahnesia Best, Public School Teacher, Wake Co.
“I earn more business from my clients when I prove I have their best interest at heart. Why would we give these politicians in Raleigh a blank check on power when they show time and again they cannot be trusted?"
Tony Cope, Wake Co. Business Owner
“Another tax cut for the affluent will not help our shortage of classroom supplies. These amendments are a bad deal for students and their families.”
Brittney Davis, Public School Teacher, Greensboro
“I’m a math teacher and these constitutional amendments don’t add up. A tax cap that only helps the rich makes no sense when our schools need basic supplies.”
Kevin Strawn, Public School Teacher, Mecklenburg Co.

In The News

"Why would we reward state lawmakers with the power to appoint judges after all of the unconstitutional laws they have passed? No blank checks for politicians. I'm voting NO."

-Beth Pratt, Haywood Co. Parent

"I served in Operation Desert Storm to protect and defend democracy. There's no way I'm voting for amendments that now undermine democracy and our system of checks and balances."

-Mark Bryant, Kernersville, Navy Veteran

“I’m a small business owner who pays my taxes and plays by the rules. There’s no way I’m voting for amendments that give state lawmakers the power to gridlock ethics investigations of corrupt politicians.”

-Roy Smith, New Bern Business Owner

“We do not reward bad behavior in our classrooms. So why would we reward state lawmakers with the power to appoint judges when they keep passing laws that the courts rule unconstitutional?”

-Rahnesia Best, Public School Teacher, Wake Co.

“I earn more business from my clients when I prove I have their best interest at heart. Why would we give these politicians in Raleigh a blank check on power when they show time and again they cannot be trusted?"

-Tony Cope, Wake Co. Business Owner

“Another tax cut for the affluent will not help our shortage of classroom supplies. These amendments are a bad deal for students and their families.”

- Brittney Davis, Public School Teacher, Greensboro

“I’m a math teacher and these constitutional amendments don’t add up. A tax cap that only helps the rich makes no sense when our schools need basic supplies.”

-Kevin Strawn, Public School Teacher, Mecklenburg Co.

In The News

“”It’s not about partisan politics. It’s about power politics, and it must be stopped.”

Former Governor Jim Martin

(Republican)

“This is still a bald, partisan power play that would weaken state government, leaving it more venal and more vulnerable to corruption.”

Wilmington Star-News

“The combined effect of these amendments would be to empower the legislative branch with control over both the executive and judicial functions. The amendments would destroy our State’s balance of power—the separation of powers—and our system of checks and balances. They would strike a severe blow to our most cherished principles of balanced government.”

Shared statement of six former Chief Justices of the North Carolina Supreme Court, Republicans and Democrats

“It’s remarkable how poorly these amendments have been drafted. It would take years upon years for the courts to dissect them and tell the public what they mean.”

Former Governor Mike Easley

(Democrat)

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“The General Assembly really wants to amend the state constitution. Legislators really want to get their words on the ballot, so you can ratify them in November and allow those words to permit lawmakers to take more control of your lives.”

Greensboro News & Record

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“The amendments will be presented as popular or harmless-sounding changes, but the negative consequences are left unsaid. What voters will find on their ballots in November won’t be what an amendment should be: a broad and easily understood change that deserves the durable protection of being added to the state Constitution. What they’ll find are tricks presented as improvements.”

Raleigh News & Observer

“North Carolina voters answering amendment ballot questions have the potential to make very important and extremely long-lasting changes to laws in the state. However, a large portion of those voters are either unaware of the proposed amendments or confused by what their vote will actually enact.”

Jason Husser

Director of the Elon University Poll

“When all of the state’s living former governors, including Pat McCrory, and all of the state’s former chief justices, including arch-conservative I. Beverly Lake Jr., come out against something unanimously, chances are it’s a bad idea.”

Wilmington Star-News

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“Critics rightly say the amendments are not measures that should become a permanent part of the state’s constitution. This especially applies to one that would strip the governor’s power to make appointments for the state elections and ethics board…”

Virginian-Pilot

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“These amendments were drafted in the dark, presented under a deadline, removed from full-throated debate, shoved on the ballot for you to consider. Why? Because their passage cedes to the legislature tools to execute more self-serving judgments without input from your representative.”

Winston-Salem Journal

“We encourage voters to examine each ballot measure carefully, and to consider possible unintended consequences. Remember, too, that the language on the ballot is generally not what would be added to the constitution. You will need to dig deeper to get the specifics.”

Wilmington Star-News

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