A crooked ticket
Enjoy checking off D, R or L when you vote? Too bad. Senate Bill 82 would eliminate the option of straight-party ticket voting in North Carolina.
The bill is co-sponsored by two Republicans: Buck Newton, representing Johnston, Nash and Wilson counties, and Thom Goolsby of New Hanover County.
Coincidentally (not), those senators are from counties dominated by Democratic straight-ticket votes.
In the November election, 60 percent of 33,248 straight-ticket voters in Nash County cast ballots for Democrats.
In Wilson County, straight-ticket ballots favored Democrats by a 2-to-1 margin.
Meanwhile, in New Hanover County, more than half of people who voted straight-ticket did so for Democrats.
Only in Johnston County did Republican straight-ticket ballots prevail56-41, with a tiny percentage voting straight Libertarian.
New Public Policy Polling survey
22% Approval rating of the Republican-controlled General Assembly
19% Disapproval rating of Gov. Pat McCrory in January
33% Disapproval rating of Gov. Pat McCrory in February
82% Voters opposed to pay raises McCrory gave to his cabinet
50% Voters opposed to cutting unemployment benefits to $350/week
38% Voters who said in February they think gay marriage should be legal
34% Voter who said last spring they think gay marriage should be legal