Grass Roots North Carolina has issued its assessment of the current candidates for political office in North Carolina. We've reviewed their report, which can be found at: www.grnc.org .
In summary, here are some highlights:
Senate District 1 candidate Bill Cook received a 4-star rating, the highest, indicating that based on his response to the GRNC survey, his voting record and endorsements by other gun organizations, such as the NRA, he could be expect to vote "pro-gun rights" 90%+ of the time. His opponent, Stan White received no stars.
In House District 6 Mattie Lawson also received a 4-star rating, while her opponent Paul Tine received no stars.
In House District 3 Mike Speciale received a 4-star rating while his Democrat opponent, Bob Cayton got no stars.
Walter Jones garnered a high rating with 4-stars while his Democrat opponent got no stars.
In the First District G. K. Butterfield got a no-star rating.
In the state-wide races Dan Forrest, candidate for Lt. Governor, led the pack with a 4-star rating while Pat McCrory pulled 3 stars over Walton Dalton's 1-star. Libertarian Barbara Howe, who is running for Governor, got 4 stars.
Editor's note: We are not publishing the NRA ratings. We investigated their candidate evaluation process during the primary and found it to be very unreliable. When we confronted the Washington NRA officials they at first tried to defend the process but the information they furnished us did not check out. When we discovered what they had told us was not true we confronted them again. They refused to respond after they found out we were checking out what they told us. We therefore are of the opinion that the NRA ratings are neither valid nor reliable. Moreover, we went to Raleigh to cover the committee hearings on several gun-related bills during the last session of the Legislature. Our observations were that Grass Roots North Carolina was a much more effective representative of gun owners than was the NRA. We urge our readers to check out the GRNC at www.grnc.org