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Duane’s #1 priority is to restore teaching positions and increase their pay.
As a member of the North Carolina Legislature he will also oppose the further expansion of charter programs that are starving our public schools. Instead of diverting our already scarce tax dollars to benefit the few, we should be concentrating on solutions to make ALL of our schools better!
Two of the most effective ways to achieve this long term goal is to restore funding for Smart Start and More at Four.
The best jobs program will always be to ensure we provide our children with a world class education. The Raleigh – Cary area has been on countless lists of the best places to work and do business in the nation.
The best way for us to make sure we remain among the most desirable places for businesses to relocate and to grow is to continue offering a well educated workforce, not by having a third world tax rate.
There is no doubt that North Carolina is facing serious budget difficulties. However, when hard choices have to be made, the absolute last thing we should be doing is to starve the very thing that made us great, education!
As a member of the North Carolina Legislature, Duane will fight to maintain a woman’s Constitutional right to choose.
The current legislature has been among the most aggressive in history in its attempt to intrude into the doctor patient relationship. Their legislation creates several new hurdles to overcome before the doctor can help. It requires every doctor to force a woman to sit where she can directly view an ultrasound of the fetus, while he describes it!
In addition to a new 24 hour waiting period, the law further forces this legislature’s right wing ideology on the woman by requiring the doctors to talk to the women about public assistance programs for the poor and to inform them that should she change her mind after all this pressure, the father will be responsible for child support.
And then, after forcing the woman to listen to government mandated speech, the law says she has to wait and think about what he told her for at least four more hours before the doctor can begin.
The new law is also intended to scare every doctor who provides abortions. If doctors don’t comply correctly, they can be sued by the woman seeking the abortion, the man who impregnated her, the woman’s other family members, or even other doctors!
Doctors already provide thorough informed consent based on their Hippocratic Oath. They should not be forced to become mouthpieces for politicians. Most importantly, we have to stop this legislature’s erosion of a woman’s right to choose!
The new Voter ID bill is a solution for a problem that does not exist. Incidents of voter fraud in North Carolina are extremely few and far between.
The result of requiring photo identification will be to prevent thousands of North Carolinians from exercising their Constitutional right to vote.
South Carolina’s Supreme Court has already struck down similar legislation based on studies that show it will result in a 20% reduction in minority voting.
Requiring photo identification will also drastically reduce the votes of the elderly, who are less likely to still possess drivers’ licenses.
This legislature has further attempted to disenfranchise voters by shrinking early voting periods and eliminating same day voting.
As a member of the North Carolina Legislature, Duane will work to ensure that more, not fewer citizens are afforded the ability to vote.
Representative Duane Hall - June 1, 2014
Rep. Hall, a former Juvenile attorney, was a Primary sponsor of House bill 725. After decades of trying, with a vote of 77-39, The House finally approved the creation of a Juvenile system for our 16 and 17 year olds, as 48 other states have already done. See article here.
Legislative Update - Newsletter
Representative Duane Hall - May 1, 2014
NCLCV Announces Green Tie Winners
Rep. Duane Hall to receive "Rising Star" award for championing environment
The NC League of Conservation Voters this week announced the 2014 winners of its Green Tie Awards for outstanding pro-conservation leadership by North Carolina legislators. This year's awards recognize the leadership of six State Senators and nine State Representatives.
The Rising Star award specifically recognizes new voices at the General Assembly who make the environment a cause they champion. Rep. Hall will receive the "Rising Star" award at The League's annual Green Tie Awards Dinner. It will be held Tuesday, May 27, in Raleigh.
Rep. Duane Hall ranked in top half for most effective House Democrats!
The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research has released their 2014 effectiveness rankings for Legislators. Serving in only his 1st term, Rep. Duane Hall has been ranked in the top half of all the Democrats currently serving in the NC House of Representatives.
The Center surveyed both Legislators and lobbyists for the purpose of "identifying the most effective Legislators in the General Assembly. Their ratings were based on the Legislators' participation in committee work, their skill at guiding bills through committee and floor debate, their general knowledge and expertise in special fields, the respect they command from peers, their ethics, the enthusiasm with which they execute various legislative responsibilities, the political power they hold, their ability to sway the opinions of fellow legislators, and their aptitude for the overall legislative process."
There are 43 Democrats currently elected to the North Carolina House. Rep. Hall was ranked by the Center as being more effective than half of his mostly more senior caucus. Despite being in the minority, Duane's ranking of 89 places him in the top three-fourths of the entire House, ahead of many in the majority. The Center also checked members' attendance and voting participation. Rep. Hall's attendance placed him in a 45th place tie among the 120 members, with a 97.2% attendance record. Duane's participation ranking for roll call votes was 97.9%.
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House Bill 725 could change how juveniles are treated www-wsoctv-com
Indy Week - August 7, 2013
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Toughen Voting Laws
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Senate Republicans unveil stricter NC voter ID bill
Legislature struggles to put limits on HOAs
January 27, 2013
Rep. Duane Hall
Democrat, Wake County
Representing Cary and western parts of Raleigh, Hall said he plans to focus on pushing for alternative transportation models now that he’s on the transportation committee. “There’s really no option except to find some rail options,” he said, noting projections showing Wake County will only continue to grow.
Hall, a 45-year-old attorney, also is taking strong stances on major issues. He vows to fight a plan from leading Republican lawmakers to eliminate income taxes.
And the Democratic caucus chairman has asked him to prepare a position paper on the voter ID issue to share with the caucus as it prepares to counter any GOP efforts to impose new voting restrictions. “It really upsets me,” he said. “I want as many people to vote as they can.”
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The Raleigh news & politics blog of the Independent Weekly - Thursday, February 2, 2012
My god, is it an earthquake? Or —
And the ground is still shaking in House District 11, where Duane Hall's groundswell of support (Chris Corchiani!) caused him to get in the race.
Raleigh lawyer Duane R. Hall II is running for state House District 11, an open seat created in the latest redistricting plan. The district covers west Raleigh and eastern Cary.
Hall, a Democrat, said he is running because he disagrees with the priorities of the Republican-led legislature.
"They ran on an agenda of jobs and education," he said. "Everything they do seems to be a social agenda."
The 44-year-old N.C. State grad has been active in politics for years. He ran in House primaries in 1994 and 1996.
Rep. Hall appearing "On the Record" with David Crabtree, Laura Leslie and Rep. Nelson Dollar to discuss the Budget.
I am proud to announce that I have filed to run for re-election to the North Carolina House of Representatives! It has been an honor to serve the residents of Raleigh and Cary, and I look forward to continuing.
In my first term, I was able to sponsor and pass legislation that has now become North Carolina law! I was also honored to have been elected by my colleagues in the House to serve as the Minority Freshman Leader.
As a practicing attorney, the Speaker appointed me to serve on the North Carolina Courts Commission. Between sessions, I became one of the few minority Freshmen appointed to two non standing Legislative Research Committees, the House Committee on Mechanics Liens and Leasehold Improvements, and the House Committee on Property Owner Protection and Rights.
Several other bills I have written are also making their way through the Legislature. I authored a bill to protect our online privacy that has passed the House and headed to the Senate. A Juvenile bill that I sponsored, passed 2nd reading in the House, and will stop North Carolina from being one of only two states that continue to treat our children as adults. Both bills have heavy bi-partisan support and were co-sponsored by both Democrats and Republicans.
Despite much of the above that I feel are genuine accomplishments to move North Carolina in the right direction, there was a great deal that happened last year with which I did not agree. I spoke out on the House floor and offered several amendments to fix the voter ID bill that will disproportionately place voting hurdles before the elderly and minorities. I also voted and spoke out against the drastic cuts to education.
My voting record on the environment earned a perfect 100% grade from the League of Conservation Voters! But my Republican colleagues weakened numerous environmental protections, including the Jordan Lake Rules, which will have detrimental effects on the drinking water for our district.
I stood with Planned Parenthood to oppose legislation that made it harder for women to protect their health and make their own decisions.
However, one of the most disheartening moments for me was the majority’s refusal to participate, as even most Republican states have, in the federal expansion of Medicaid. That vote took away the chance for more than a half million North Carolinians to have health insurance.
This Legislature needs to change, and I hope you’ll join me in those efforts. If you agree with the work and votes of my first term, I hope that you will help by sharing this announcement with friends and then becoming involved in the campaign!
A Wake County Democrat has been chosen as the leader of his party’s House freshman caucus.
Duane Hall is a real estate attorney who’s never held elected office before. His Cary-area district is officially new, but it’s made up of portions of the old districts of Democrat Jennifer Weiss and Republican Nelson Dollar.
WRAL-TV January 30, 2013
NC House District 11
Why I am running -
Broken Republican Promises:
The Republican Majority ran on promises of new jobs, but then they put thousands of teachers and state employees out of work. Instead of jobs they’ve focused on a fundamentalist social agenda, rolling back personal rights and civil liberties on reproductive choice, voting rights, even what defines a family.
Standing Up for Public Education:
The Republicans have starved our schools and universities, pleading poverty while cutting taxes for their campaign contributors. North Carolina is now 49th in the nation in per pupil spending! I’m running for the House to reverse the damaging Republican cuts to education that are foreclosing our future.
Restoring Our State’s Economic Leadership:
An educated work force and a culture of innovation, not third-world labor conditions, attract the higher salaried jobs that have made our community one of the best places to do business in America. We need to return to the vision of leaders like Terry Sanford and Jim Hunt rather than retreat from the investments that built our state.
I hope you’ll join me in my campaign for real economic growth, restoring public education, and protecting our individual rights and personal freedoms.
Elaine F. Marshall,
Secretary of State
"I am excited about Duane Hall's candidacy for the NC House District 11. He has deep roots in the District and is eager to be a progressive voice for the people of Raleigh and Cary".
- Representative Jennifer Weiss
“I’ve known Duane since he worked at the State Democratic Party in the 1980’s.
I’m supporting him because of his lifelong dedication and commitment to progressive causes.
As a member of The North Carolina Student Legislature, Duane co-sponsored a bill 25 years ago making it illegal for a man to rape his wife.
Today he’s committed to stopping the legislature’s vicious assault on a woman’s right to choose.
Duane will also fight to ensure the legislature doesn’t disenfranchise thousands of elderly and minority voters through their Voter ID legislation.
I hope you’ll join me, and support Duane Hall for the North Carolina House.”
“I’ve worked for several Representatives in the General Assembly, and have seen what it takes to be a successful member of the legislature.
I’ve worked with Duane both on campaigns and in the Wake Democratic Party.
I’m supporting him because I know he’ll be a strong advocate for women’s issues.
He’s made it a priority of his campaign to oppose the recent anti choice legislation that will place a heavy burden on women.
Duane will also work hard to reverse recent cuts to teaching positions; that will disproportionately affect North Carolina’s women.
I hope you’ll join me, and help elect Duane Hall to the North Carolina House of Representatives.”
Ruth Merkle, Cary, NC
-Vice chair Wake Democratic Men
-Vice Chair Cary Democrats