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Perdue, McCrory discuss clean government

Posted September 16, 2008

— A group supporting clean government heard from the two major candidates for governor Tuesday.

Democrat Beverly Perdue and Republican Pat McCrory spoke separately at a luncheon sponsored by the North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying & Government Reform.

The candidates answered questions on improving ethics and lobbying laws.

Topics included better disclosure of campaign fundraising, improving access to state contracts and increasing the openness of government meetings.

Ethics and lobbying rules have received attention in recent years following accusations that led to some high-profile corruption pleas and convictions.

Ex-House Speaker Jim Black is now in federal prison after acknowledging taking thousands of dollars in cash from chiropractors.

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  • orange dude Sep 16, 2008

    zeitghost: LOL! Touche'.

  • cgj1978o Sep 16, 2008

    I've checked out Munger... I like a few of his stances, but the majority (in my opinion) are horrible. Legalizing prostitution and the moratorium on the death penalty would be dangerous I believe.

    That being said, I have no idea why they don't have him in the debates- they should.

    If you want, you can check it out here:

    http://munger4ncgov.com/?q=node/2

  • saltnsanddefenderofdamiddleclass Sep 16, 2008

    ask them how they feel about $60 hamburger and onion ring combos...that's the real question

  • Commentor5 Sep 16, 2008

    The only way to clean government is not elect a Hilary wanna be.....don't elect Perdue as CEO of this state. The next thing you know, she'll start being sneaky again.

  • zeitghost Sep 16, 2008

    orange dude, you're correct but consider that the common man or woman who has any sense is sensible enough to stay away from political office :)

  • orange dude Sep 16, 2008

    It is unfortunate that, in many cases, voters are forced to choose the lesser of two evils. But it seems the public will not vote for a common man/woman, who has any sense. We created this by being apathetic for far too long. Now it may be too late to fix it.

  • zeitghost Sep 16, 2008

    Admiral, I don't see that it's necessary to apply blame in the big picture.. The corrupt people in charge here in NC are Dems. The corrupt people in charge of other states are Dems AND/OR Repubs. There is corruption at every level of every government and does not have a party affiliation. People who think they are above the law, that the rules do not apply to them, and that will help and enrich themselves and their cronies is not a party policy, it's an individual character flaw. People are led by greed. Our leadership is not immune unfortunately. That's why we need government to be as transparent as possible. Open sessions, budget accountability, taxing simply and fairly, bid disclosures, removing corporate lobbyists from the equation, and on and on. Government, again at every level, needs to have the sun shone on it.

  • FEDERAL Sep 16, 2008

    vote McCrory for a change in government, do you think BEV would ever say no to marc bassnight. demand term limitations for the rest of state offices. corruption comes with tenure.

  • TheAdmiral Sep 16, 2008

    "Corruption has nothing to do with party and more to do with who's paying and where the money ends up"

    This has been a democrat controlled state from it's inception. They create laws that don't allow change.

    So you tell me how it's a republican's fault for the trash that goes on in the state congress.

  • tgw Sep 16, 2008

    Admiral-Your exactly right. And it will take years to get rid of them. Same problem in DC. And they will undermine a Republican Administration in a skinny minute-and brag about it later.

    We must start with the election of a NON-DEMOCRAT for Governor. Then, we start cleaning out the dead, corrupt, smelly wood out of the legislature. Only after that process starts can we begin to get rid of the corrupt commisions, boards, examiners, and political appointees that continue to make North Carolina look terrible.

    Again, it starts in November by rooting out the most corrupt men and women possible. Bye-bye Bev. NO MORE OF THE SAME!!!!!

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