I've been thinking about this a lot lately, and so I thought I would post it and get others opinions. What are the real North Carolina progressive issues that the good folks here at BlueNC would like to see the gubernatorial candidates discussing this year? And do we know where the candidates stand on them?
Here's what I see as progressive issues for N.C.
Revamping our sales tax system to include more taxation on services to better reflect a 21st century economy. (Haven't heard any candidates discuss this.)
Ending the cap on the gas tax (our underfunded roads desperately need the revenue, and capping the gas tax did absolutely nothing to impact the price of gas).
No ban on homosexual marriage (I know the real progressive issue would be to recognize homosexual marriage, but this is North Carolina we are talking about here. You've got to crawl before you can walk.)
Supporting a federal amnesty program on illegal aliens.
Figuring out how to fund our state's $60 billion (or thereabouts) transportation funding gap.
Improving our state's pathetic dropout rate. (This is not really a progressive issue, but what I'm looking for here are progressive ideas to deal with this problem. And no, raising the dropout age to 18 is not one of them.)
Reducing the number of involuntary uninsured people in North Carolina.
I'm going to research Moore and Perdue's Web sites to see if they address any of these issues. If you have ideas of what you think N.C.'s progressive issues are, please post them on here.