Editorial: Critical issues to consider when making ballot choices

Posted October 6, 2016

Voters cast ballots at the Wake County Commons Building in the North Carolina primary on March 15, 2015. (Photo by Jamie Munden)

A CBC Editorial: Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016; Editorial# 8064
The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company

It is the time of the campaign season for endorsements.

As we noted in an editorial earlier this week, endorsements should be statements of support – for a particular candidate or taking a specific position on a ballot initiative.

As we hope you’ve noticed, we are driven by a commitment to make our public schools among the best in the nation, where all children have an opportunity to learn. We also support access to affordable and adequate health care; an economy that provides opportunities for everyone to succeed and prosper; and communities that are vibrant, safe and clean.

These are commitments that transcend ideology or political affiliation – they are neither Republican nor Democrat.

Over the next few days we will weigh in on the election, but we won’t recommend WHO to vote for. We will recommend WHAT to vote for. More precisely, we will offer a list of issues to match up against candidates.

Our recommendation is simple. Get to know where the candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and the General Assembly stand. Vote for the ones that line up in agreement with these issues. Political parties and ideologies are irrelevant.

Here, briefly, is where candidates should stand. We’ll explain more about each in the coming days:

  • Repeal House Bill 2 in its entirety.
  • Support expansion of Medicaid to cover more North Carolinians in need of health care.
  • Create a non-partisan system to draw North Carolina’s congressional and legislative districts.
  • Revive North Carolina’s successful non-partisan election of judges and public funding of judicial campaigns.
  • Remove the handcuffs on North Carolina environmental regulators by repealing the state’s limit on environmental rules and regulations to no stricter than federal law; keep the N.C. renewable energy portfolio standard at least at its current level and restore tax credits for development for renewable solar and wind energy.
  • Require private schools receiving “opportunity scholarship” vouchers to have the same student performance and transparency standard as North Carolina public schools; increase the state tax on tobacco products to fund pre-kindergarten education so all children are ready to learn when they enter school and re-establish and fully fund the N.C. Teaching Fellows Program.

Remember, in North Carolina if you are not registered to vote, you must register no later than Friday, Oct. 14. Early voting starts on Thursday, Oct. 20.

Most importantly, register and vote.


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  • B.c. Jimmy Oct 6, 2016
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    McCrory and the republican GA paid off 2 billion in debt that Perdue racked up. I am voting straight republican. Jesse Helms is spinning in his grave WRAL ( and he was a far better person than John Edwards.) Don't get dismayed fellow republicans, Tillis was NEVER up in the polls and he won. We have conviction.....

  • Jon Rey Oct 6, 2016
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    Great list and fully support the betterment of NC citizens education, health, jobs and others. Thank you!

  • Jon Rey Oct 6, 2016
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    You got the wrong guy. The HB2 law is harming NC as we speak: reputation, tourism, business, econ development, sports, jobs, more than $100million lost to date and still counting, holding down wages, take-over of local gov, discrimination is now legal by just someone not wanting to serve you (gov, business, etc). And let us not forget the poisoning of well water for citizens and homes, not wanting to tell them, then wanting to tell water is ok when regular state hlth employees/scientists say the water is not ok to use and drink. Then the Gov McCrory tries to pressure state employees to do as he wishes and not follow best health practices/best for citizens. The NC State employees held their ground and scandal ensued. All, we need to Fire McCrory and elect Cooper. Repeal HB2, investigate the Well Water scandal, make Duke Energy do clean up, Health first Vote Cooper!

  • Jack Reason Oct 6, 2016
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    Dang librul agenda! Actually, I really like Mr. McCrory, and if he supported even half of these things (which I believe he would if he wasn't held hostage by the morally bankrupt Tea Bag ger ideology) I would vote for him. Because these things are all pragmatic concerns, or they should be, for all of us. When will people stop being prevented by their herd mentality from actually considering an issue and its effect on their lives? The only issue I could see people being confused about is the small part of HB2 (trust me the other components of the bill have far greater impact) which deals with trying to handle the victims of gender misassignment more comfortable in this society. You don't need my degree to understand it, just basic reading on maternal hormonal effects on the fetus and physical vs. Psychological gender.
    The rest of the listed issues should not be "liberal" but basic adult issues. When will the Borg that swallow the drivel that the 1% pump out begin to wake up?

  • Matt Clinton Oct 6, 2016
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    I'd have a little more respect for CBC and a little more trust in WRAL's reporting if the editorial section at least represented multiple viewpoints. Ideally there would be no editorializing at all, but in this narcissistic new world I guess we can't have that.

  • Sean Chen Oct 6, 2016
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    Say NO! to Roy Cooper.

    Lying, slimy opportunist politician that worked to get groups to boycott NC.

    Don't reward dishonest Roy Cooper for throwing our state under the bus.

    He clearly doesn't care about North Carolina. Cooper cares only about his own political ambitions.

    Roy was a DISASTER as Attorney General. Why give him a chance to prove how much damage he can do to our state as governor?

  • Teddy Fowler Oct 6, 2016
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    Definitely a liberal agenda!!!!!!

  • Deborah Turner Oct 6, 2016
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    This is all liberal agenda. Not every voter is this far left.

  • Siobhan Millen Oct 6, 2016
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    Good editorial! A quibble: you can still register and vote at one stop during early voting, which runs October 20-November 5th in North Carolina. The October 14th deadline is for Election Day voting at your local precinct.,

  • Fred Ost Oct 6, 2016
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    In as much as id agree with the title, I completely disagree with the conclusions the editor came up. Generally, its a good bet to do the opposite of what the mouthpiece of the Obama admin says, which in this case, is voting for McCrory not the feckless thief Cooper. Vote for Trump not the known criminal Clinton. Keep HB2 in place if for no other reason the safety of children. Critical choices.