2020 North Carolina Governor Candidate Guide
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT – Support Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare? Support expansion of Medicaid to more low-income citizens?
Roy Cooper – Yes. Repealing the ACA “may be even worse than previous proposals.” Supports Medicaid expansion: “Should be one of the easiest decisions a policymaker can make.”
Dan Forest – No. Opposes the expansion of Medicaid. “The government’s just not best suited for these kinds of delivery mechanisms. … They need to be in private hands.”
CAMPAIGN FINANCE – Campaigns must disclose large funders?
Dan Forest – No position found, but in 2017 a super-PAC backing him as lieutenant governor received a $1 million donation from a single donor.
CLIMATE CHANGE – Consider human-caused climate change a serious threat?
Dan Forest – No. Climate change is “the religion of the left,” along with Black Lives Matter, Me Too and gun control.
CLIMATE CHANGE – Address as a top priority by taxing or limiting output of greenhouse gases?
Roy Cooper – Yes. Wants tax credits for electric cars and to reduce emissions from electric power generation to 70% of 2005 levels by 2030.
Dan Forest – No. Lower state gas tax, expand gas and oil extraction onshore and offshore. State “should strive to be energy independent.”
COURT – Support Brett Kavanaugh nomination?
Roy Cooper – No position found.
Dan Forest – Yes. Kavanaugh knows “the Constitution is not a living, breathing document.”
COVID-19 – Tighten or loosen restrictions to control pandemic?
Roy Cooper – Tighten. Has been cautious in lifting restrictions. Implemented program to provide financial help to those told to isolate. Local school districts choose mix of online and in-person, with restrictions, or all online.
Dan Forest – Loosen. Fewer restrictions. Initially sued Cooper over restrictions. Allow “counties with no virus at all” … “to still flourish.” Opposes restrictions like required mask wearing and staggered schedules for schools.
EDUCATION – Use public funding for private and/or for-profit schools?
ENVIRONMENT – Tighten or loosen environmental regulations?
Dan Forest – Loosen. Asked Trump EPA to eliminate Obama clean water rules. “There is a place for good regulatory policy … but I also believe in innovation over regulation.”
FINANCIAL REGULATION – Tighten or loosen regulation of banks and credit card companies?
Roy Cooper – Tighten. Pushed to pass first U.S. anti-predatory lending law and financial fraud protections.
Dan Forest – Loosen. “Having fewer regulations fosters a spirit of innovation in our state.”
GUN LAWS – Enact more restrictive legislation on guns, such as more background checks, or “red flag” laws prohibiting ownership by individuals who are a danger to themselves or others?
IMMIGRATION – Create path to citizenship for DACA residents brought to U.S. as children?
Dan Forest – No position found.
IMMIGRATION – Support tighter immigration restrictions?
Roy Cooper – No. Vetoed bill requiring sheriffs to cooperate with ICE. Would hurt ability of local law enforcement “to protect their counties.”
Dan Forest – Yes. Local sheriffs should be cooperating with federal agencies like ICE “to keep violent, illegal criminals from being arbitrarily released back into our communities.”
LEGAL ABORTION – Keep legal or ban?
Roy Cooper – Legal. Vetoed bill imposing prison time on doctors who don’t revive a fetus that survives an abortion. It would “criminalize” them for “a practice that simply does not exist.”
LGBT RIGHTS – Support LGBTQ rights, including same-sex marriage and protection from discrimination on sexual preference?
Dan Forest – No. Accepts same-sex marriage as “law of the land.” But a child raised by “a mother and a father” has “greater potential in life.” Nothing found on discrimination protection.
LGBT RIGHTS – Support HB2, bill requiring transgender people to use bathroom corresponding to the sex on their birth certificate?
Roy Cooper – No. Opposed, called it a “dark cloud.” Signed compromise repeal.
Dan Forest – Yes. Opposed repeal of bill: Called pressure from NCAA “a new form of corporate extortion from an unaccountable, out-of-state, non-elected, tax-exempt organization.”
MINIMUM WAGE – Raise federal hourly minimum wage above current $7.25?
Roy Cooper – Yes. Will “work with the General Assembly to see how high we can get it. $15 is an admirable goal.”
Dan Forest – No recent position found. In 2012 called minimum wage laws “an unfair intrusion into the labor market” that “hurt the employment opportunities for unskilled labor.”
PLANNED PARENTHOOD – Can Planned Parenthood receive public funds for non-abortion-related care?
Roy Cooper – Yes. Signed letter with other governors opposing administration efforts “to gut women’s access to family planning services.”
POLICE/COMMUNITY ISSUES – Restrict police use of force and increase public oversight?
Roy Cooper – Yes. Created task force on racial equity in criminal justice and a new center to track statistics and “improve training related to the use of force.”
TAXES – Support increase in state taxes?
VOTING RULES – Support stricter ID requirements and other rules on voting?
Roy Cooper – No. Voter ID “is a solution for no problem.” Vetoed bill that would set “barriers to voting that will trap honest voters.”
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