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Paul Terrell 

N.C. House District 33

Name as it Appears on the Ballot: Paul Terrell

Party: Republican

Date of Birth: 12-22-1966

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Occupation & Employer: Maintenance technician/ Cree

Years lived in North Carolina: 9 years

1. What do you see as the most important issues facing North Carolina? If elected, what are your top three priorities in addressing those issues?

Jobs are the most important issue.Second would be both Collegiate and Vocational Education. You do need the proper education to achieve your goals in life. And 3rd is Safety. We just had a double shooting and single murder less than 400 yards from where I live. What is the reaction of the mayor? He wants to take guns from law abiding citizens. A bigger and obtrusive government is not the answer. Private Enterprise has made us what we are.

2. Are there specific needs in your district that you would add to that list? How do you propose to address them?

NC House 33 has been long ignored by the Democratic Party. The Democratic leaders have taken it for granted that this would be a guaranteed Democratic vote in the legislature. When elected I will scour the budget for waste through zero based budgeting and I would help districts like House 33 to set up community college and vocational job programs. I would ensure we have the latest in after school facilities like the other areas of Raleigh are receiving.

3. What in your record as a public official or other experience demonstrates your ability to be effective on the issues you've identified? Please be as specific as possible in relating past accomplishments to current goals.

I have been a director on two Home Owner Associations, one large and one small. Each HOA had its own budgeting and miscellaneous issues. I am also a volunteer on the Wake County Nursing Home Advisory Committee, placed on this board by both Democrat and Republican Commissioners.

4. How do you define yourself politically, and how does your political philosophy show itself in your past achievements and present campaign platform?

I am a Conservative who sees the government as the referee and protector of our lives. I do not see the government as all knowing who runs our daily lives. Unlike Nancy Pelosi, I do not see the government as giving us rights. Our rights are endowed upon us by God through the Constitution. If government thinks they can give you rights they think they can take them away. That is called tyranny.

5. The Independent's mission is to help build a just community in the Triangle. Please point to a specific position in your platform that would, if achieved, help further that goal.

What do you mean by just? To me that is just a code word for something. We create a just community by following the Constitution. Is it just to take from those who have to give to those who do not? We are the land of the free, and ensuring that people are allowed to live those lives without being punished for their success is just.

6. Identify and explain one principled stand you would be willing to take if elected that you suspect might cost you some popularity points with voters.

I would sponsor a bill to increase the penalties on Nursing Homes who allow residents to be abused.

7. The current state budget was balanced with approximately equal amounts of spending cuts (primarily to human services and local school districts) and tax increases. Another very tough budget battle looms ahead next year. Will you support: (a) deeper spending cuts? (b) Greater tax increases? (c) Another mix of the two? Please tell us what you'd cut and which taxes should be raised, if any.

You forgot to notice that as the taxes were increases during the budget negotiations the cuts were decreases. There is an easy $289 Million in cuts we could make that would not directly impact anyone group or person. Yet the Democrats raised TAXES during a recession. No wonder we are losing jobs by the day. A. Yes B. NO C. NO. Our government has grown over 45% in less than a decade, I would start there.

8. North Carolina is sending record numbers of people to prison, and when they're released, they're often lost and get in trouble again. The Governor's StreetSafe initiative is aimed at breaking this vicious cycle and reducing the recidivism rate. As a legislator, what would you propose that she and the General Assembly do to help?

I would encourage the administration to hire the needed parole and probation officers with the funds that are available or I would take the money away and use it for rehabilitation.

9. Health care: What should the state do next to address the problem of adults and children without adequate health care or insurance? What do you propose to do to address the mental health crisis?

We will be paying taxes for the next four years for the just passed health care reform. And now this state will have to pay more Medicaid insurance while states like La. And Nebraska will be let off the hook. Kay Hagan failed us.

10. What is your position on capital punishment in North Carolina? If in favor, will you support a moratorium on executions while the question of whether the death penalty can be administered fairly is studied by the General Assembly? Administered fairly?

Death Row inmates were convicted by Juries of their peers. Maybe increasing criminal penalties for prosecutors and defense attorneys who subvert the process will help.

11. What is your position regarding LGBT rights? Please address whether gay marriages or civil unions should be made legal in North Carolina; also, whether sexual orientation and identity should be added as a protected class under state anti-discrimination laws, including state personnel laws.

Marriage has to be defined as the union between one man and one woman at one time. How about we all have the same rights as guaranteed under the US Constitution? Giving one group additional special rights discriminates against the groups who do not get them. Why do progressives like to pick the winners and losers?

12. Do you support women's reproductive rights, including the "right to choose" as set out by the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade? Given that North Carolina has the ninth highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation, do you support medically accurate sex education that includes information about birth control?

By right to choose you mean pro-abortion? Every life has the right to self determination. I am an unabashed pro-Life person. I am against giving this education to elementary children like group you support do. Allow the education to High school students with a parental opt out provision.

13. Should public employees have the right to bargain collectively in North Carolina?

Under collective bargaining, people who choose not to join a union would be FORCED to join the union and pay dues. These dues would be used against the consent of these forced employees. I am also against taking away the secret ballot on union voting. So NO.

14. The latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that 11.2 percent of North Carolina's workforce is unemployed. Please state specifically what the state should and can do to create new jobs, describe the kinds of jobs the state should support and what your role will be in creating them.

Please learn this fact. The government cannot grow the economy through creating government jobs. Government jobs are just a drain on the taxpayers if it is beyond what is needed. Allowing taxpayers to keep more of what they earn will stimulate the economy because they will spend more. Perdue and the Democrats raised taxes in a recession. That has proven to be a boondoggle. Government needs to give small businesses tax relief and then get out of the way. More government is not the answer.

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