Senator Thom Goolsby

Sen. Goolsby will not seek re-election in 2014

Thom_FamilyState Senator Thom Goolsby of Wilmington announced today that he will not seek re-election in 2014.  Goolsby cited a need to spend more time with his family in announcing his decision.  “My wife and I are blessed with two wonderful young daughters and they need me at home more often than service in the Senate allows.  For this reason, I will focus on my family and law practice and not seek re-election this year,” he said.

Goolsby ran for office in 2010 promising to help enact reforms that would spur job growth.  He kept his promises and the reforms quickly slashed the unemployment rate.  When Goolsby took office in January 2011, New Hanover County’s unemployment rate was a staggering 10.3%.  By November 2013, the jobless rate had fallen to 6.7%.

“I ran for the Senate to be New Hanover County’s Jobs Senator, and I have been the Jobs Senator,” Goolsby remarked.  “I co-sponsored and successfully fought for tax reform, regulatory reform, medical malpractice reform and private property rights reform.  I helped slash wasteful spending, cut taxes and helped make the state budget solvent.  These important reforms improved our economic climate and greatly helped create jobs.”

In addition to his central policy focus on job creation, Goolsby was the primary sponsor of enacted legislation that toughened penalties for human trafficking and restored the death penalty for violent murderers.  Goolsby was recently appointed to serve on the Governor’s Crime Commission and will continue serving the public in that role.

“I am a citizen legislator, not a career politician,” Goolsby said.  “I have enjoyed serving my state and nation as a Marine Corps officer and a state senator.  I will look for other opportunities to serve in the future.  For now, I’m pleased someone else will have the opportunity to build on our successes and keep New Hanover County moving in a positive direction.”

“I offer the people of New Hanover County my deepest thanks for the honor of a lifetime: serving them,” Goolsby concluded.

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Sen. Goolsby appointed to Governor’s Crime Commission

A former General Counsel to the Governor’s Crime Commission, Sen. Thom Goolsby will serve the body again in a term to expire February of 2015.  He brings experience to the commission as co-chair of the Appropriations on Justice and Public Safety committee, the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety and the Senate […]

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End in Sight for Sex Trafficking

To our state’s shame, North Carolina ranks number eight in the nation for sex trafficking. Criminologists list many different reasons for this fact, including interstate highways bisecting the state, a large transient military population, a high rate of tourism and lax laws regarding prostitution, solicitation and pimping. As of October 1, thanks to the recent […]

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Classroom Size & Vouchers: More Lefty Lies

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As North Carolina schools crank up for another year, the de facto teachers union (NCAE) and its media lackeys continue to bash Republicans with outright lies and disinformation. One big falsehood is that the GOP-controlled General Assembly increased classroom sizes. This is yet one more example of the length to which the Raleigh educrats (education […]

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Dispelling Education Lies

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Last week, this column broke the fact that North Carolina ranks at the top (number 11) in state-level spending on education. Although the Tar Heel State ranks 45th on overall spending on education, it has nothing to do with any policy promulgated by the General Assembly. In high spending states, city and county governments make […]

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Hoodwinking Education — Lies Continue

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With a wink and a nod, the left-wing media continues to help push the deceptive agenda of the teachers union (NCAE) in the Tar Heel State. It is readily apparent that neither the NCAE nor the media support real educational reform in North Carolina. The original lie touted by the NCAE was that Republicans were […]

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K-12 Education Cuts: Outright Lies

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Vladimir Lenin said, “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” Professional educrats (education bureaucrats) and their buddies in the mainstream media have taken this quote to heart. Before Republicans passed the recent state budget, pundits on the Left had been screaming for weeks that spending on K-12 education was being cut by hundreds of millions […]

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Photo Voter ID: What Do Liberals Know that We Don’t?

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The Democrat complaint list goes on and on against photo voter ID in North Carolina: voter suppression, new Jim Crow laws, onerous requirements for college students to cast ballots, etc. Liberals and their mainstream press allies are at it again, but this is nothing new. They are spouting the exact same old rhetoric used in […]

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Video: Largest tax cut in North Carolina history

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House Bill 998 – Tax Simplification and Reduction Act Personal Income Tax: · Reduces and simplifies the 3-tiered state personal income tax from the current maximum rate of 7.75% and minimum rate of 6% to 5.8% in 2014 and 5.75% in 2015. · Increases the standard deduction for all taxpayers, applied to the: o First […]

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Time for Truth in Abortion Protesting

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When Republicans fought hard this session to stop sex trafficking in our state, little was heard from so-called women’s rights advocates. A few groups dealing directly with this type of abuse provided suggestions and help. However, the effort to stop sex trafficking was weak at best for a state that ranks eighth in the nation […]

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‘Moron Monday’ Remarks Way Off Base

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Several weeks ago I penned a column where I referred to the weekly protests by political leftists at the General Assembly as “Moron Monday.” I was completely off base and now realize my mistake. With the latest revelations from the Raleigh-based Civitas Institute, I should have referred to the demonstrations as “Money Monday.” Researchers at […]

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