Category: "Campaign Updates"

The Truth About Education, Unemployment, and Medicaid


  • Public education budgets have increased $1 billion from 2010-11 to 2014-15, not cut $500 million, as is being falsely stated.  $7.53 billion in 2010-11: $8.6 billion in 2014-15
  • Gov. Perdue and her party froze teacher pay in 2009; We unfroze it in 2014. Every teacher is getting a raise; Largest raises to teachers hit hardest in the freeze.
  • $321 million=largest amount for education raises in N.C. history, 7% average = one of the largest percents for teacher raises.
  • Lt. Gov. Forest set a goal to be at or above the national average for teacher pay in three years; this is year one.
  • In 2011, we inherited a $3 billion budget shortfall from Gov. Perdue and her party. We balanced the budget while cutting taxes for every N.C. family.
  • The average family of four has saved over $1200 since 2011 just on sales tax; this is everyone who buys things. EVERYONE


  • Gov. Perdue inherited a $1 billion surplus unemployment insurance.  Four years later, 2013 she left Gov. McCrory a $2.7 billion debt in unemployment insurance.
  • Our tax reform, regulatory reform and other reforms have made it easier for small businesses to hire more people; the unemployment rate has dropped from almost 10% to near 6.5% since early 2013.  This is in spite of federal policies that make it harder for small businesses.


  • Our election reforms simply brings us in line with most other states; only one other state had same day registration.
  • Over 35 states have a for of voter I.D. Georgia’s experience has shown that photo I.D. does not reduce voter turnout for minorities the elderly, etc.


  • State Medicaid costs have more than doubled since 2011.  The proposal to also expand eligibility could cost the state $5 billion, possible doubling your state sales tax.
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See Who Had Endorsed State Representative Jonathan Jordan for Re-Election

  • North Carolina Right to Life endorsed Jonathan based on his pro-life voting record.
  • The North Carolina Values Coalition supporting leaders who share pro-family, Biblical values, named Jonathan one of their 2014 “Champions for the Family, for his 100% pro-family voting record.
  • The American Conservative Union recognized Jonathan for the third year in a row as a “Defender of Liberty” for his 100% score in support of limited government, promoting prosperity, individual freedom, defending traditional values, and adherence to the Constitution.
  • The National Federation of Independent Businesses, the nation’s leading small-business association stated that “Representative Jordan clearly understands the challenges facing North Carolinas small, family businesses and is the clear choice in this years election.”
  • The Employees Political Action Committee, a member led subsidiary of the State Employees Association of North Carolina announced its endorsement by stating; “Representative Jordan has been a strong ally of state employees in our quest for transparency and accountability in the retirement system, favoring working families in North Carolina over Wall Street fat cats.”
  • The North Carolina Police Benevolent Association announced that it is proud to put its full support behind Jonathan by stating “A vote for Representative Jordan is a vote for the men and women of law enforcement and the citizens they serve.”
  • Other endorsements include North Carolina Voters for Animal Welfare, the, National Rifle Association, Grassroots North Carolina, and MADD, (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers who chose Jonathan as their 2013 Legislative Champion.)
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NRA Endorses, Gives A to Rep. Jonathan Jordan

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Employees Political Action Committee Endorses Rep. Jonathan Jordan

seancI am pleased and proud that the State Employee’s Association of North Carolina has endorsed me for reelection.

“Rep. Jordan has been a strong ally of state employees in our quest for transparency and accountability in the retirement system, favoring working families in North Carolina over Wall Street fat cats,” SEANC President and Statewide EMPAC Committee Chairman Wayne Fish said.

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North Carolina Voters for Animal Welfare Give Representative Jonathan Jordan an A+

aaaa NCVAWNorth Carolina Voters for Animal Welfare recent awarded State Representative Jonathan Jordan an A+.

Rep. Jordan said of the endorsement, “Thank you, North Carolina Voters for Animal Welfare! I appreciate and am proud of the A+ rating you awarded me. I hope to return to the NC LEGISLATURE for another term and I believe I will be able to continue to live up to your high ratings and hope that I can count on your continued support!”

To view the full endorsement, visit

Representative Jonathan Jordan

District: 93
2014 Election: Running for re-election in the general election 11/4/2014

Party: Republican
Counties: Ashe,Watauga
Responded to survey: No
Grade: A+
Ranking Created By: Voting record, responsiveness to inquiries, and feedback from constituents

Link to page on NCGA website    Link to voting record

Voting Record Survey Responses

Bills Sponsored

Vote Bill

Bill Supports animal welfare
Bill allowed rescue workers to remove animals from hot cars. Failed in to come to vote in the house. Similar provision passed in SB626

Bill Supports animal welfare
The “Puppy Mill Bill”.Provides standards for dogs living in commercial breeding facilities.

Voting Record

Vote Bill

Voted for bill that Harmful to animal welfare
Allowed Brasstown, NC to capture a live Opossum, and drop it in a cage on new year’s eve.

Voted for bill that Supports animal welfare
The “Puppy Mill Bill”.Provides standards for dogs living in commercial breeding facilities.

Voted for bill that Supports animal welfare
The main purpose of this bill is to improve regulations for animal shelters in North Carolina. But it also includes a provision that would allow an animal control officer, animal cruelty investigator or other emergency workers to break into your car if they think a pet locked inside is in danger. The bill requires them to try to find the owner first.

Voted for bill that Supports animal welfare
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The Mountain Chapter of the North Carolina Police Benevolent Association Endorses Jonathan Jordan

aaaa nc pbaRepresentative Jonathan Jordan is one of thirteen candidates endorsed by the Mountain Chapter of the North Carolina Police Benevolent Association Endorses Jonathan Jordan.

These candidates also demonstrated to the Mountain Chapter of the North Carolina PBA that they are committed to making strong, effective law enforcement a priority in their campaign.

President of the North Carolina PBA Mountain Chapter Brandon McGaha said, “These candidates are deeply rooted in the community today and the North Carolina PBA is proud to put our full support behind them and we ask that you do the same. A vote for these candidates is a vote for the men and women of law enforcement and the citizens they serve.”

Representative Jordan said of the endorsement, “I am honored to receive the endorsement of our law enforcement front-line men and women, for a second time in a row. I will continue to work hard on those issues of importance to our public safety.”

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Public Townhall Meeting – Tuesday, September 16, 7 PM – 9 PM, Ashe County Courthouse, Main Courtroom


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MADD Thanks Rep. Jordan For Authoring Legislation Requiring Interlocks for All Convicted Drunk Drivers

This past session, Rep. Jordan authored legislation requiring all convicted drunk drivers to have an Interlock device in their vehicles. A driver must breathe into the an Interlock device before the car can be started. If alcohol is detected the device prevents the car from starting.

This is proven lifesaving technology – and now is required for all those convicted of drunk driving.

Here’s the full text of the letter. You can also download a copy with the research.

June 10, 2014

The Honorable Jonathan C. Jordan
NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 420
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Thank you for authoring legislation requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers

Dear Representative Jordan,

One life lost to a drunk driver is one to many. My daughter was killed in a drunk driving crash and for over 20 years I have advocated for tougher laws to protect the innocent. Today, on behalf of all the drunk driving victims and as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) National President, I am writing to thank you for authoring HB 536 requiring the use of ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers in North Carolina.

Similar legislation has been passed in 23 states and these states have recognized a significant reduction in drunk driving deaths.

Drunk driving is a violent crime. And, drunk deaths are 100 percent preventable. Yet in 2012, 402 people in North Carolina were killed in crashes caused by a drunk driver—representing 31 percent of all traffic fatalities. In addition to the extraordinary emotional burden for victims, drunk driving deaths are an unnecessary economic hardship for North Carolina, costing the state and taxpayers $1.96 billion in 2012.

I also want to share with you some interesting research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This research was instrumental in framing MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving and
advancing our number one legislative priority—ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers.

Research has found that (1) requiring interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers saves lives and is effective in reducing drunk driving recidivism by 67 percent; (2) license suspension alone is no longer a practical way to deal with drunk drivers, as 50 to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers will continue to drive even with a suspended driver’s license; and (3) first-time convicted DUI offender is not a first time drunk driver but rather has driven drunk at least 80 times prior to being arrested.

Ignition Interlocks for convicted drunk drivers represents a sound approach to stopping drunk driving. Ignition interlocks allow convicted drunk drivers to use an interlock to continue driving following a drunk driving arrest, and in a way that will protect families and North Carolina residents. An ignition interlock teaches sober driving and stops a convicted DUI offender from drinking and driving. License suspension and driving restrictions alone do not accomplish this.

As a result of the federal highway bill, MAP-21, North Carolina could qualify for approximately $573,000 each year if lawmakers enact an all-offender interlock law. This money would offset any costs to the
state in implementing a statewide all-offender interlock law.

Interlocks are proven to save lives and protect the public, while giving drunk drivers the opportunity to continue driving. MADD thanks you for authoring HB 536 requiring interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact MADD North Carolina Executive Director LaRonda Scott at or 919-787-6599 ext.3753. Thank you in advance for your consideration of this request.


Jan Withers
MADD National President

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Jordan Ranked 33rd Most Effective in NC House; High Country State Representative Ranks Highly for Second Time in Nonpartisan Survey

N.C. House Representative Jonathan C. Jordan (R-93), representing Ashe and Watauga Counties in the High Country, was rated the 33rd most effective state representative in the 120-member N.C. House for 2013 by the nonpartisan N.C. Center for Public Policy Research. He was ranked 49th during his first term in office in 2011.

In addition, Jordan was ranked the 10th most effective House member of those currently serving their second term or less. He also achieved a 99.4% participation in roll call votes taken during the session.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to be ranked so strongly in my effectiveness for the High Country by my peers and third-party observers of the political goldfish bowl in Raleigh,” Jordan stated. “I think the rating emphasizes that a legislator doesn’t have to be the one with the loudest voice or most media appearances to be an effective advocate for our constituents. That is a positive message for our citizens in this era of uncivil discourse that has taken over the public policy process.”

Center officials conducted the legislative effectiveness survey from October through December, 2013. The survey asked 50 state senators, 120 representatives, 438 registered lobbyists, and 36 state news correspondents to rate the effectiveness of each member of the General Assembly on a scale of one to 10.

The survey’s purpose was to identify the most effective legislators in the N.C. General Assembly. Center officials asked respondents to base their ratings on 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 (virtue of office, longevity, or personal skills), their ability to sway the opinions of fellow legislators, and their aptitude for the overall legislative process.

The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 1977 by a diverse group of private citizens dedicated to the goals of a better informed public and a more effective, accountable, and responsive state government. In all its efforts, the Center values reliable and objective research as a basis for analyzing public policy, independence from partisan bias and political ideology, the richness of the state’s diverse population, and a belief in the importance of citizen involvement in public life.

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Truth About Education in North Carolina

Coming home from Raleigh after the legislature adjourned, I received many emails and phonecalls from members of our community, concerned about education in our great state.  I want to take this opportunity to lay out the facts about education funding in North Carolina, and dispel some of the inaccuracies spread by otherwise well-meaning citizens who want the best opportunities for our students, as do I.

FACT:  This budget spends more money on education than has EVER been spent on education in North Carolina ($11.5 billion out of a total $20.6 billion budget – more than half).  In addition, the NC legislature budgeted more than $18 million to invest in statewide school security and safety measures, including crisis planning, panic alarms, instant communication with police and other measures.  The budget agreement also increases K-12 education spending by 2.1% when compared to 2011-2013 actual spending ($15.29 billion in 2011-13 and $15.91 billion appropriated for 2013-2015).

At the college level, the budget allows increases in out-of-state tuition at public universities to keep tuition affordable for North Carolina families.  The budget does phase-out new pay supplements for teachers who earn a Masters’ degree, unless the advanced degree is required for their position.  If a teacher is already collecting supplemental pay, or their Masters degree will be completed by April 1, 2014, they will be grandfathered in and will still collect that supplement.

The plan also moves teachers to multi-year renewable contracts.  Their contract length will depend on experience and performance reviews. The plan is intended to reward high-performing teachers with longer contracts and give principals the flexibility they need.

This session, the legislature also made targeted investments to modernize North Carolina’s education system for the new economy.  For example, money was targeted for increasing digital textbooks and digital training for teachers and administrators as part of their licensure.  Another measure directs the State Board of Education to work with community colleges to create high school programs in engineering, technology and other high-employment fields.  The programs will prepare high school students for work, higher education or both.  The Back to Basics law passed this year provides a return to NC classrooms of proven curriculum, such as cursive writing and multiplication tables memorization, as well as at least one art class during middle school.

A pilot program called Opportunity Scholarships also passed this session.  The scholarships allow low-income students with disabilities to attend private school if their needs are not able to be met in traditional public schools.  This pilot program would allow low-income families to receive the same opportunity that wealthier families enjoy.  It is part of North Carolina’s ongoing effort to create new, innovative programs so that kids with high potential and low opportunities do not fall through the cracks.

In the Tax Reform plan signed into law by Governor McCrory, all North Carolina citizens, including teachers, pay less in taxes.  Standard deductions increased to $15,000 for taxpayers who are married filing jointly, $12,000 for heads of household and $7,500 for single filers.  The child credit also went from $100 to $125 per dependent for families making less than $40,000.  For the most vulnerable North Carolinians, the tax rate is still 0%.  When teachers, parents and all taxpayers keep more of their hard-earned money, it is good for our state economy.  In fact, the tax reform plan moved North Carolina from 44th to the 17th most business-friendly state.  That ultimately means more jobs for North Carolinians, and more money for schools, roads, and all of our priorities.

Change is always unsettling, but as a state we must meet the challenges of a changing economy and provide our children the opportunities they need to lead this state into the future.  A results-driven plan with a focus on modern skills and a smooth transition to higher education will allow us to leave our students with a better North Carolina than we inherited.

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