North Carolina will have a new and very different Lt. Governor come January. Dan Forest is an extremely conservative Republican from Raleigh who, though the son of a congresswoman, has never before served in elected office. An architect by training, Forest defeated Democrat Linda Coleman by a razor-thin margin in a race that wasn’t officially settled until more than a week after Election Day.
That Forest is almost certainly the most conservative Lt. Governor in decades and quite likely the most conservative statewide elected official in North Carolina, period, seems little in doubt. Whether he’s keeping his own children out of the public schools to be “home schooled,” championing controversial anti-abortion “crisis pregnancy clinics” or opposing the very existence of the minimum wage, Forest appears to be in step with the most extreme wing of the state’s Tea Party movement on just about every issue
A thoroughly researched and well-documented memo and website produced by the State Employees Association of North Carolina (which strongly backed Coleman) confirms this. It shows that Forest has staked out extreme positions on numerous other issues that would put him on the right of the right – whether it’s abolishing all corporate income taxes, repealing every single aspect of the Affordable Care Act, supporting school vouchers or aligning himself with far right conspiracy theorists who fret about “Agenda 21.”
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