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NC House of Representatives District 31

The North Carolina House of Representatives is the lower house of the North Carolina General Assembly. The House of Representatives consists of 120 members who serve a term of two years. Each member represents an average of 79,462 residents, as of the 2010 Census. The presiding officer of the House of Representatives is the Speaker of the House, who holds powers similar to those of the Senate President pro-tem. The Speaker is elected by the members from their membership for a two-year term. The Speaker’s duties include maintaining order in the House and appointing members to the House standing committees.The North Carolina General Assembly, of which the House is a part, is to convene a new regular session every two years, and the dates for these sessions are set by law. The NC legislature makes decisions on the budget: taxes, tax credits, economic development, education funding, Pre-K, the courts, Medicaid, etc. It also passes laws that set environmental standards such as water and air quality, tax rates, tax credits, criminal justice. Legislators in both chambers serve two-year terms without term limits. Sessions begin at noon on the third Wednesday after the second Monday in January.

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    Sean Haugh
    (Lib)

  • Zack Hawkins
    (Dem)

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What do you see as your most important priority if you are elected? [Youtube video for this question or text or both].

Education policy and funding issues have been in the news lately. What are your views and priorities on how this should be addressed in the coming year?

Health care access and cost issues continue to be on the top of many voters' concerns. What are your views and priorities on how this should be addressed in the coming year?

Recently the legislature changed both the NC and US legislative districts. What are your views about drawing maps in 2021 when this will again need to occur?

Age (optional) 59
Contact Phone (919) 402-3489
email address genushaha@gmail.com
Twitter @EmperorSean
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Position/philosophy statement Every human being has the right to live a full life according to their own values. Just don't hit people or take their stuff and we'll all be cool.
The video I chose is from my 2014 US Senate campaign yet these principles are most relevant today. We must end all violence by the government against the people. Police violence is at the top of our minds, yet this is a symptom of a much deeper problem. We must end the War on Drugs in North Carolina. Release and pardon everyone in prison for nonviolent drug offenses and give them reparations for time served. I also favor abolishing rogue police agencies such as Alcohol Law Enforcement.

There are other policies that keep our people from surviving and thriving. Reform occupational licensure laws that keep people from going to business for themselves, starting with hair styling and cosmetology. Abolish corporate welfare handouts that take our tax dollars and give them to large corporations and sports team owner billionaires. Repeal the recent taxes on trades and pretty much every other economic activity. Wherever you look, you can find government policies that oppress working people by transferring their labor and wealth to corporate special interests.

Here's the connection: Eric Garner was murdered for the crime of selling loose cigarettes. If you try to get around the laws that keep you from engaging in peaceful economic activity, that's when the police violence comes out. Every law, no matter how benign it appears to be, is enforced by a death penalty.
We could do a much better job of supporting our teachers and educating our kids while saving a whole lot of money. Our educational system is bloated with administrators making six figure salaries while providing little value. Meanwhile, teachers have to pay out of their own pockets to copy materials and provide basic supplies, which is ridiculous.

Education should be driven from the bottom up rather than top down. Teachers are trained professionals who should be empowered to control their own classrooms and curriculum. We have grassroots organizations already, such as Planned Learning Communities, that can ensure a sound and consistent curriculum I would look to get out of the federal mandates that require 'teaching to the test,' and in general as legislators we should resist the urge to tell teachers how to do their jobs.

The current pandemic will have a major impact on the coming school year. It is entirely possible that traditional schooling will be completely unsafe in the coming year. We simply can't turn our K-12 facilities into coronavirus hotspots. That means we have to be ready to empower teachers to provide remote learning and every other way they can recommend to keep in contact with their students in the coming year.
The pandemic has exposed many deep systematic flaws in our health care system. Many laws that restrict access and raise prices, such as Certificate of Need and restrictions on licenses to practice medicine, have proven to be obstacles to health care, and should be repealed permanently.

As with education, public support of our health care system should be bottom up, not top down. We specifically need to support and in some cases reopen rural hospitals, and in general ensure that all North Carolinians have easy access to life saving care when they need it.

Another area where large-scale deregulation would save money while expanding access to health care is in Medicaid. People who could be served by the program have to endure a bureaucratic nightmare, and doctors who would accept Medicaid patients are discouraged from seeing them.

Abortion is simply a matter of women's healthcare and should be treated as such. I am strongly in favor of eliminating all restrictions to women's access to whatever health care services they require.
The Libertarian Party of North Carolina is on record in full support of Fair Districts NC (fairdistrictsnc.org) and their five principles for redistricting reform:

1) Include the legislature in the process, such as in naming some of the commissioners.

2) Include citizens and/or impartial experts as commission members.

3) Set strict rules for the commission’s work that: a) apply traditional redistricting standards (compact, contiguous, communities of interest); b) do not allow the use of partisan data or partisan objectives, and; c) use voting rules that require bipartisan support for the maps.

4) Provide for extensive citizen participation and transparency.

5) Make the maps final on the commission’s vote.

I would add to this that in any case, we need to take redistricting out of the hands of the partisan General Assembly and empower an independent nonpartisan commission to create our legislative maps.
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