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  • Hagan lead pretty steady in NC Senate race

    10/20/2014 2:35:06 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 23 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | October 16, 2014
    PPP's newest North Carolina poll finds a steady race, with Kay Hagan leading at 46% to 43% for Thom Tillis and 5% for Sean Haugh. This is the third month in a row that Hagan has held an advantage of either 3 or 4 points. In a two candidate race Hagan still leads Tillis 47/44, indicating that Haugh's potential 'spoiler effect' on the race is waning. Haugh's supporters only say their second choice would be Tillis by a 34/30 spread now, considerably closer than the difference was earlier in the campaign. Both candidates remain unpopular in the closing stretch of...
  • Flawed Ebola protocols left U.S. nurses vulnerable, health official says

    10/20/2014 5:43:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 19, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    An Obama administration health official said Sunday that U.S. protocols on Ebola failed because they originally were intended for African field hospitals, while the White House came under another round of attacks for its refusal to restrict travel from nations suffering epidemic outbreaks. Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the original Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instructions for dealing with the virus were taken from the World Health Organization’s protocol for Africa, where conditions are much different from those in U.S. hospitals. Two nurses caring for an Ebola patient flown into...
  • Kay Hagan's October Surprise

    10/19/2014 2:10:34 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 36 replies
    National Review ^ | October 17, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Campaigning for the Senate in 2012, former Harvard law professor cum left-wing populist Elizabeth Warren touched down in North Carolina and told voters, “The game is rigged.” She was more right than she knew. As it turns out, North Carolina’s Democratic senator was doing some of the rigging. Now, Kay Hagan’s political future may depend on how voters react to the story. Hagan’s vote for the 2009 stimulus, coupled with revelations that the legislation resulted in taxpayer funding for her family’s businesses, has emerged as an October surprise in a race hitherto marked by her unexpected resilience in a difficult...
  • Family of Ebola victim Duncan holds memorial service in N.C.

    10/18/2014 8:06:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    CNN Health ^ | October 18, 2014 | Ben Brumfield and Ray Sanchez
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Are you on the front lines of Ebola? We'd like to hear your story.As questions continue to swirl about how to deal with the ever-growing fears of Ebola, relatives of the first person to be diagnosed with the deadly virus in the United States gathered to grieve Saturday. Wiping tears from their eyes, family and friends of Thomas Eric Duncan told CNN affiliate Time Warner Cable News Charlotte he was a "compassionate and respectful young man." As relatives said their final farewells to Duncan, a Liberian national and father of four, at Rowan International Church in Salisbury, North Carolina, they...
  • Memorial Service Held for Ebola Victim Thomas Eric Duncan (North Carolina)

    10/18/2014 11:22:38 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 41 replies
    NBC NEWS ^ | 10/18/2014 | Uncredited
    Family and friends of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first and so far only person to die of Ebola in the U.S., gathered Saturday for an emotional memorial service in North Carolina. Mourners celebrated the 42-year-old's life at Rowan International Church in Salisbury, where his sister, mother and nephew worship, according to NBC affiliate WCNC. Duncan died in Dallas on Oct. 8, and had started showing symptoms of the virus on Sept. 24 after travelling to Texas from Liberia. He wasn't admitted to a Dallas hospital until Sept. 28 — two days after he first visited the hospital.
  • Planned Parenthood mobilizes for Hagan

    10/18/2014 11:07:22 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 18, 2014 | Jessica Taylor
    If Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) pulls off an unlikely reelection win, she may have a behind -the-scenes ground army to thank. Chief among the outside groups devoting resources is Planned Parenthood, working for months in the Tar Heel State to mobilize a massive turnout and targeting operation, hoping to lift the vulnerable incumbent over her GOP challenger, state House Speaker Thom Tillis. But while the group praises her defense of women’s healthcare access and abortion rights, they see an enemy in Tillis, hitting him over bills in the state’s unpopular legislature they say would roll back access to healthcare, contraception...
  • Hagan Flip Flops Again, Issues Third Position On Ebola Travel Ban

    10/17/2014 9:19:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 17 Oct 2014 | Caroline May
    Not again! After being for a travel ban, then changing her position to say such restrictions would not work, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) is back on board with a travel ban. “I am calling on the Administration to temporarily ban the travel of non-U.S. citizens from the affected countries in West Africa,” Hagan, who is running for reelection,
  • Sen. Kay Hagan: CDC 'Is Certainly Giving Us Great Guidance' On Ebola (Really?)

    10/16/2014 5:07:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 16, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    As Ebola’s arrival in America becomes a more pervasive story, some candidates in the 2014 election are weighing in on the subject. Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina took some time to say that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is “giving us great guidance, but we've got to make sure the implementation is perfect.” Hagan Praises CDC's Handling of Ebola These remarks come after a second nurse caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian citizen who became the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, had become infected with the virus. The nurse, Amber Vinson, was...
  • NC Senate - Tillis 46 - Hagan 45

    10/16/2014 6:20:00 AM PDT · by mrs9x · 20 replies
    SurveyUSA ^ | 10/14/2014 | SurveyUSA
    Most recent poll from North Carolina. Tillis 46 - Hagan 45.
  • Open Up and Say ‘Aah.’ Here are the new rules governing gay “marriage” in NC

    10/15/2014 5:43:33 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 16 replies
    The Daily Haymaker ^ | Brant Clifton
    Richard Burr’s favorite judge legalized gay “marriage” in North Carolina around 5:30 PM on Friday. By Tuesday, the Administrative Office of the Courts — the state agency overseeing all those guys and gals in the black robes – had published the ground rules for this brave new era:
  • [North Carolina] Gov. to French, Irish: Don’t mess with our tobacco

    10/15/2014 2:56:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 15, 2014 4:31 PM EDT | Jonathan Drew
    In a Trans-Atlantic debate over cigarette packaging, North Carolina’s governor poses a rhetorical question to the Irish and French governments: Would Guinness be recognizable labeled simply as “beer?” Or would champagne sell as well in a bottle lacking its distinctive curves? Gov. Pat McCrory has written letters to French and Irish officials decrying plans in those countries to force manufacturers to package their cigarettes in plain containers. McCrory argues farmers and manufacturers in the top U.S. tobacco-producing state would be hurt by the proposals to remove brand logos and colors from cigarette boxes. “Plain packaging laws are a direct assault...
  • Hagan Husband Pocketed Stimulus Savings

    10/15/2014 3:14:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 10-15-14 | Michael Warren
    A company owned by the husband of Democratic senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina received taxpayer money for a green energy project through the federal stimulus of 2009, later revising down the project's estimated cost and keeping the difference. Don Carrington at the Carolina Journal, a publication of the conservative John Locke Foundation, has the scoop on how JDC Manufacturing, co-owned by Chip Hagan kept savings from a stimulus grant instead of returning the money to taxpayers: The company’s original application stated the total project would cost $438,627, and said JDC would contribute “leveraged funds” amounting to $187,983, or 43...
  • GOP Senate Candidate: Welfare Is Basically Slavery Reparations

    10/13/2014 9:56:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The New Republic ^ | October 13, 2014 | Brian Beutler
    When the North Carolina State Assembly set out to pass a resolution in 2007 expressing the body’s regret for its participation in the institution of slavery, conservatives objected on the grounds that black North Carolinians would use it to advance the cause of reparations. Republican Assemblyman Thom Tillis, who is now challenging Democrat Kay Hagan for her U.S. Senate seat, sought to allay those conservatives' concerns by flipping the argument. Reparations already exist in the form of welfare programs, he noted, and Republicans would be better positioned to oppose them if they purchased some goodwill with conservative Democrats by acknowledging...
  • Truck containing 36,000 pounds of Crisco stolen

    10/13/2014 10:40:50 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 93 replies
    A.P ^ | October 13 2014 | No Attribution
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A truck containing 18 tons of Crisco sticks headed to a grocery store chain distribution center was stolen in a Florida city. St. Petersburg Police say that a tractor-trailer containing the 36,000 pounds of vegetable shortening was snatched Sunday morning.
  • Will Blacks in North Carolina, and Elsewhere, Continue to Buy the Liberal Line?

    10/13/2014 6:26:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2014 | Star Parker
    Republicans need to pick up six seats in November to gain control of the Senate. Consensus to date points to good prospects of this happening. But one state where the picture remains unclear for Republicans is North Carolina. Republican challenger, speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives Thom Tillis, has failed to pull ahead of Democrat incumbent Senator Kay Hagan and average of latest polling shows him behind 3 to 4 points. Mitt Romney won North Carolina in 2012 by three points. In the last ten presidential elections, Republicans prevailed in North Carolina eight times. North Carolina is anything...
  • Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Echoes as West Virginia Relents and South Carolina Persists

    10/10/2014 6:41:16 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    ny times ^ | ERIK ECKHOLM
    A Supreme Court order legalizing same-sex marriage in five states reverberated further on Thursday, with the attorney general of West Virginia conceding that its ban on same-sex marriage was no longer defensible but South Carolina officials vowing to keep fighting to restrict marriage to a man and a woman. Since the Supreme Court decision on Monday and a ruling from a federal circuit court on Tuesday, new developments have appeared almost hourly as gay-rights advocates press for action in nine other states: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming.
  • So why isn’t the NRSC doing more in, say, New Hampshire’s Senate race? Or, indeed, anything?

    10/10/2014 7:40:18 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 10/9/14 | Moe Lane
    I’m not exactly sure what the reasoning is, here. It’s not because the race isn’t competitive. It is – or, more accurately, it could be. Jeanne Sheehan is ahead of Scott Brown by 6.5 points in the current RCP average, sure. But she’s also under 50% in the aggregate polling, which is the usual rule of thumb for an incumbent in trouble. This is the sort of situation where throwing some advertisting cash into the mix could really come in handy. Of course, it’s a little late for that now – back in May the Democrats blocked out about $1...
  • Lost Electricity Generation Capacity 7X Higher Than EPA Estimates

    10/10/2014 9:19:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 9, 2014 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    (CNSNews.com) – Power plants generating 72 gigawatts (GW) of electricity in 37 states have either closed or are scheduled to shut their doors to comply with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, according to the Institute for Energy Research (IER). The loss of generating capacity is “over seven times the amount originally predicted by EPA modeling,” IER’s updated report, released October 7, noted. “Originally, EPA calculated that only 9.5 GW of electrical generating capacity would close as a result of its MATS (Mercury and Air Toxics Standard) and CSAPR (Cross State Air Pollution Rule) rules,” the report stated. “Before President Obama’s...
  • Historic day: Gay marriage is legal in North Carolina

    10/10/2014 4:43:50 PM PDT · by BurningOak · 42 replies
    FOX 8 WGHP ^ | October 10, 2014 | Web Staff
    ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Federal U.S. District Court Judge Max O. Cogburn Jr. has overturned North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriage. The case was filed by members of the clergy seeking to marry gay couples. ... Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis issued the following statement following the ban being overturned: While we recognize the tremendous passion on all sides of this issue, we promised to defend the will of North Carolina voters because they – not judges and not politicians – define marriage as between one man and one woman and placed that in our state constitution....
  • Gay marriage is now legal in North Carolina

    10/10/2014 3:31:36 PM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 47 replies
    Charlotte observer ^ | 10/10/14 | Michael Gordon.
    Same-sex marriage became legal in North Carolina Friday, with a federal judge ordering the state to immediately put aside its ban. With a stroke of his pen, U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn of Asheville struck down the state’s bans on gay marriage.
  • Boone hospital monitors patient for Ebola infection

    10/09/2014 8:37:08 PM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 29 replies
    WRAL ^ | 10/9/14
    Watauga Medical Center officials said late Thursday that they are monitoring a patient who showed up at the Boone hospital earlier in the day for a possible Ebola infection. The person had recently traveled to a foreign country and had a fever, officials said, adding that the patient presents no threat to the community. ... Boone also is home to Samaritan's Purse, a missionary group that employs Dr. Kent Brantly, one of the first Americans to contract Ebola in west Africa. Brantly has since recovered from his infection.
  • Latino group hits Hagan, Pryor could be next

    10/10/2014 8:08:27 AM PDT · by dangus · 8 replies
    Latinos' furor with red-state Senate Dems escalated this week when the grassroots advocacy group Presente Action began running radio ads against Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), targeting her push against executive action on immigration. The Spanish-language ads will air for a week on two stations and tells listeners: "Senator Hagan voted with the most anti-immigrant senators in Congress in support of the continued deportations of our community." Hagan, locked in one of the most competitive Senate races this cycle, has for months publicly resisted Obama moving unilaterally on immigration and that has earned her the wrath of groups like Presente -...
  • Renee Ellmers on same-sex marriage, illegal immigration, the war on women and Clay Aiken

    On the Supreme Court’s decision not to take up same-sex marriage: RENEE ELLMERS: That was a states issue. In my personal opinion, I did feel my concern about the actual legislation that the state was putting forward, I did feel it went too far. (SNIP) Q: What happened to immigration reform? ELLMERS: I wish we had addressed it. We were this close, we were very, very close to starting to vote on immigration reform.
  • Police pepper spray Wake County teen inside his home after he's mistaken for burglar

    10/08/2014 8:05:49 AM PDT · by redreno · 25 replies
    http://abc11.com ^ | Wednesday, October 08, 2014 | unknown
    FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. (WTVD) -- The parents of a Wake County high school student are outraged that police pepper-sprayed him inside their home after a neighbor mistook him for an intruder. It happened Monday afternoon on England Avenue in Fuquay-Varina. Ricky and Stacy Tyler have fostered 18-year-old DeShawn Currie for about a year. The Tylers, their three young children and DeShawn moved to Fuquay-Varina in July. They said while they're still getting to know their neighbors, it's hurtful someone would assume DeShawn was a burglar just for going about his normal routine of walking home after school. "He's my baby boy...
  • Kay Hagan, Thom Tillis pull no punches in second debate

    10/08/2014 6:20:04 AM PDT · by drellberg · 28 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | Tuesday, Oct. 07, 2014 | Craig Jarvis
    Tuesday’s second debate between U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and state House Speaker Thom Tillis picked up right where the candidates left off when they met last month, but with far more vigorous and direct criticism of each other.
  • Pro-Life Ad: Kay Hagan Too Extreme on Abortion for North Carolina

    10/07/2014 8:31:11 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Mallory Quigley |
    Today Women Speak Out PAC, partner of the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), launched an 11-day, $620,000 television ad campaign in the Raleigh, North Carolina media market to expose Senator Kay Hagan’s position on abortion. kayhagan“This hard-hitting television campaign is air support for our extensive ground game. To date, our field team has knocked on more than 104,000 doors and made more than 245,000 phone calls to turn out pro-life voters who don’t typically vote in midterm elections,” said Women Speak Out PAC President Marjorie Dannenfelser. The ad featuring Ned and Rebecca Ryun and their daughter...
  • New Crossroads Ad Uses Hagan’s Own Words Against Her

    10/07/2014 4:10:41 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 16 replies
    Rollcall ^ | October 7, 2014
    Crossroads GPS will air a new ad Wednesday, turning an attack Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., used in her 2008 election campaign against her. The ad, provided first to CQ Roll Call, uses footage of Hagan attacking now-former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C. “Voting 92 percent of the time with the president, whether you support him or not, doesn’t work here in North Carolina,” Hagan says in the old footage. “So Sen. Hagan, why do you vote with Obama 95 percent of the time?” asks a male narrator.
  • Hagan hit with $620K ad buy on abortion

    10/07/2014 10:25:48 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 10/7/14 | Elise Viebeck
    A national anti-abortion group is redoubling its efforts to beat Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) with a new $620,000 television ad buy in the Raleigh media market. Women Speak Out PAC, an affiliate of the Susan B. Anthony List, will hit Hagan for opposing a 20-week abortion ban. A TV ad on the issue will air for 11 days starting Tuesday. “This hard-hitting television campaign is air support for our extensive ground game," said Women Speak Out PAC President Majorie Dannenfelser. "To date, our field team has knocked on more than 104,000 doors and made more than 245,000 phone calls to...
  • Hagan’s Husband Used Stimulus Money To Hire His Own Company ( North Carolina )

    10/07/2014 7:03:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Carolina Journal ^ | Oct. 7th, 2014 | Don Carrington
    Solar company formed weeks before Chip Hagan's business received grant. RALEIGH — Sen. Kay Hagan’s husband and son created a solar energy contracting company in August 2010, and then, using $250,644 in federal stimulus grant funds, her husband hired that same company to install solar panels at a building he owns. Public records show that Green State Power was formed seven weeks before JDC Manufacturing — a company owned in part by Greensboro attorney Charles “Chip” Hagan III, Sen. Hagan’s husband — received the stimulus grant for the solar project at a 300,000-square-foot facility in Reidsville, N.C. ... Hagan, a...
  • In Arkansas, Bill Clinton tries to save Democrats from Barack Obama

    10/06/2014 5:51:09 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 6, 2014 | Byron York
    what is likely to become a theme of the last weeks of campaigning before the midterm elections, former President Bill Clinton all but begged voters here in Arkansas not to use their vote as an expression of disapproval for Barack Obama. The president is playing an outsized role in the race between Arkansas Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican challenger Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. Obama is seriously unpopular here; a recent survey by the Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling put his job approval rating at 31 percent, versus 62 percent disapproval. ... The Democratic effort to free Pryor and...
  • Exclusive: Rand Paul Discusses Why He's Pro-Life at Rally with 400 North Carolina Pastors

    10/03/2014 7:50:13 AM PDT · by rktman · 2 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 10/2/2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) rallied 400 North Carolina pastors Tuesday evening, explaining to them why he is pro-life—an issue that, given Paul’s libertarian leanings, could be a point of attack from other conservative candidates in his likely 2016 presidential campaign.
  • Clay Aiken Trying to Confuse Voters in NC?

    Twitter Google Plus Reddit E-mail Print What’s a Republaiken? Lawn signs have been popping up in the 2nd Congressional District sporting a mash-up between the word Republican and the last name of Democratic candidate Clay Aiken. That’s “Republaiken” written in blue and red. Most of “aiken” is in red
  • NPR, Fox News Polls: Republicans lead in Senate battleground states

    10/03/2014 3:19:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/03/2014 | Guy Benson
    Consistent: The topline results — Republicans are ahead. Inconsistent: The margins. NPR measures Obama’s job approval at (41/56) in states with contested Senate races, and an abysmal (29/67) among independents. But on the generic Senate ballot, the GOP leads by just three, fueled by a 16-point advantage among those aforementioned independents: In case you’re curious, NPR’s partisan sample is a reasonable, if slightly generous, D+4. Fox News’ pollster included two more states in their survey, but excluded Alaska. Results: Unless I’m missing something glaringly obvious (Fox’s poll sample is D+0, in line with 2010), I can’t quite wrap my...
  • NC: Suspect in Wilson County Bus Stop Hit and Run in US illegally

    10/03/2014 12:49:47 PM PDT · by jbwbubba · 12 replies
    WRAL ^ | 10/03/2014 | WRAL
    The man charged with hitting two children Thursday morning at a Wilson County bus stop and then fleeing the scene is in the U.S. illegally, according to the State Highway Patrol. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has an outstanding deportation warrant for Marcos Santiaga Bautista, authorities said. ICE considers Bautista a fugitive after he failed to attend an immigration hearing in South Carolina. The Highway Patrol said 10-year-old German Arroyo-Correa and his 5-year-old sister, Areli Arroyo-Correa, were crossing the street in front of their Sims home when they were hit by a Ford Explorer. The school bus' stop arm was...
  • welfare fraud allegations surface in state senate race

    10/03/2014 10:06:06 AM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 9 replies
    ABC 11 ^ | 10/3/14 | Nicole Carr
    Allegations of welfare fraud have surfaced in the 19th District state Senate race. On Tuesday, Fayetteville attorney and Democrat Billy Richardson called a press conference, where he provided the media with public and private financial records tied to his opponent, Senator Wesley Meredith (R-NC). The documents allege Meredith, a Fayetteville business owner, committed welfare fraud in the late 90s, when he and his now ex-wife, Elizabeth, were making annual incomes in the six-figure range. The couple separated in 1997.
  • Analyst: Tillis doing worse with white voters than Dole in 2008, Romney in 2012 (& McCrory got 70%)

    10/02/2014 1:53:24 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 24 replies
    Daily Haymaker ^ | Brant Clifton
    Over at the conservative web site Ace of Spades HQ, we’ve got some more eye-opening analysis on the Senate race: [...] Senator Hagan’s thin lead suggests a close race, much like what we saw in Alaska, Colorado, and Iowa, but unlike her collegues there, she has managed to stay ahead. (SNIP) As you can see, not even Elizabeth Dole, who lost her seat in 2008 by an 8-pt margin, did as poorly with white voters as Tillis is doing now. She carried them by 18-pts.
  • Teacher’s plastic pirate sword leads to school lockdown

    10/02/2014 3:44:46 AM PDT · by markomalley · 39 replies
    EAG News ^ | 10/2/2014 | KYLE OLSON
    Guns and rumors of guns aren’t the only things that will cause schools to go into lockdown mode. Costumes – complete with plastic sword – apparently will do it, too.Four schools in Onslow County, North Carolina were sent into police lockdown when a cafeteria worker panicked when the employee saw someone dressed like a pirate.It was “International Talk Like A Pirate Day” and one school employee apparently decided to take it one step further.A staff member reported seeing a “suspicious person” – the “pirate” – approaching the school and called police.“The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office said that ‘suspicious person’ turned...
  • The Tide of the Culture War Shifts (Bruce Braley goes after Joni Ernst on personhood)

    09/29/2014 6:31:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 28, 2014 | The Editorial Board
    Not long ago, it would have been unusual for a Democratic senatorial candidate in Iowa to run a powerful abortion-rights television ad like the one recently broadcast by Representative Bruce Braley. The ad lists in detail the anti-abortion positions taken by Mr. Braley’s Republican opponent, Joni Ernst. In the State Senate, the ad says, she sponsored a “personhood” amendment (declaring a fertilized egg to be a person) that would have the effect of outlawing abortion even in cases of rape or incest, and would also ban many common forms of birth control. Ms. Ernst is even shown saying at a...
  • Politico: Sen. Kay Hagan’s family directly profited from stimulus she voted to enact

    09/27/2014 4:26:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/27/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Politico’s scoop on Kay Hagen is a couple of days old, but it’s worth mentioning in a tight Senate race in North Carolina, and not just for the scoop itself. Hagan’s vote on the 2009 stimulus package has come under fire after Politico discovered that $390,000 in ARRA grants went to a firm owned in part by her husband Chip: When Kay Hagan voted for President Barack Obama’s 2009 economic stimulus package, the Democratic senator hailed it as “the best way forward for working families across North Carolina.”One of the families that later benefited is her own.JDC Manufacturing, a...
  • Jeb Bush Suggests Republicans Should Pass Amnesty if They Win Back Senate

    09/26/2014 11:00:37 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 95 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 09/25/2014 | Tony Lee
    Even though Republicans may take back the Senate by running against amnesty, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush pushed amnesty legislation while stumping for North Carolina Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis on Wednesday. Bush, according to the New York Times, reportedly said that comprehensive immigration reform "will restore and sustain economic growth for this country." And even though a recent Gallup poll found that illegal immigration is now the top concern among Republicans, Bush said that if immigration reform is "framed in that way, I don’t think there’s a big debate in the Republican Party about the need to do this."
  • How Senator Kay Hagan's husband won stimulus cash

    09/27/2014 6:43:12 AM PDT · by Mangia E Statti Zitto · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/25/14 | Manu Raju and John Bresnahan
    When Kay Hagan voted for President Barack Obama’s 2009 economic stimulus package, the Democratic senator hailed it as “the best way forward for working families across North Carolina.” One of the families that later benefited is her own. JDC Manufacturing, a company co-owned by the Democratic senator’s husband, Chip, received nearly $390,000 in federal grants for energy projects and tax credits created by the 2009 stimulus law, according to public records and information provided by the company. Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/09/kay-hagan-husband-stimulus-cash-111339.html#ixzz3EWVKPLqx
  • Latino Leaders Attack McCrory Comments At Rally

    09/25/2014 4:20:34 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 12 replies
    WITN ^ | Aug 08, 2014
    Advocates for Latinos in North Carolina say comments on child immigration by Gov. Pat McCrory invoke fear and divide their communities. The advocates joined with the NAACP and other community members to address McCrory's comments at a news conference Friday. This week, McCrory said North Carolina officials know too little about the influx of unaccompanied children who eventually arrived in the state after crossing the Mexican border.
  • In NC, more migrant children coming to public schools (Grab a hankie)

    09/25/2014 2:45:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Daily Tar Heel ^ | September 25, 2014 | Lindsey Brunson
    They come up through Mexico, most from El Salvador and Honduras, alone and underage, fleeing the possibility of rape, assault and kidnapping. What will happen to them once they reach U.S. soil is vague at best. It isn’t a new story — unaccompanied minors have been coming to the United States for dozens of years — but the numbers are increasing, and many of the children are coming to North Carolina. Data released in August by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows that nearly 43,500 unaccompanied minors have been released to the care of a U.S. sponsor...
  • Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush Visits Greensboro to Support Thom Tillis

    09/24/2014 3:33:30 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will visit the Gate City on Wednesday to support the campaign of fellow Republican Thom Tillis. The Tillis campaign says Bush will hold a fundraiser in Greensboro after visiting a local business. Last week, New jersey Gov. Chris Christie was also on the stump for Tillis in Wilmington.
  • Fight for Senate Control Down to Five States

    09/24/2014 3:19:57 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 102 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | September 24, 2014 | Stuart Rothenberg
    With six weeks to go, the fight for control of the Senate is down to five states, four of them currently held by Democrats. Republicans must win only two of those contests to guarantee the 51 seats they need to control the Senate for the last two years of Barack Obama’s presidency. And they need to win only one of the Democratic states if they hold the only GOP seat at serious risk. While things could still change — and national polls continue to show an environment that may produce a substantial GOP wave in the House and Senate —...
  • The swarm of attack ads claiming $500 million in North Carolina education cuts

    09/21/2014 6:51:25 PM PDT · by eyedigress · 84 replies
    Notice a theme? In the hard-fought North Carolina Senate race, just about every ad from a Democratic outside organization repeats the same talking point —that the GOP candidate, Thom Tillis, as speaker of the North Carolina House, presided over a $500 million cut in education funding. Tillis’s opponent, Sen. Kay Hagan (D), also raised it in a political debate. In June, we first looked at this issue, when yet another outside group, Emily’s List, ran a similar attack ad. The Emily’s List ad, as well as two of these new ads, pair the $500 million allegation with the bogus claim...
  • Hagan lead steady at 4 points

    09/20/2014 12:28:30 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 32 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | September 16, 2014
    PPP's newest North Carolina Senate poll finds the race steady compared to a month ago. Kay Hagan continues to lead by 4 points, with 44% to 40% for Thom Tillis and 5% for Libertarian Sean Haugh. Haugh's impact on the race is waning- since June his support has dropped from 11% now down to this 5% standing. He's also no longer disproportionately drawing supporters away from Tillis- when Haugh's supporters are reallocated to who they would choose between Hagan and Tillis, Hagan continues to hold a 4 point lead at 46/42.
  • Survey shows less smoking among N.C. teens, more e-cig use

    09/20/2014 12:01:29 PM PDT · by Drango · 9 replies
    Winston-Salem Journal ^ | Sep 19 '14 | Richard Craver
    State health officials said Friday that smoking levels among public high-school and middle-school students reached an historic low rate during 2013. But they also expressed concern that a small, but increasing, number of students are willing to experiment with alternative tobacco products. The findings come from the N.C. Youth Tobacco Survey that is conducted every two years. The survey included 4,092 high school students and 3,927 middle school students. Alternative tobacco products included electronic cigarettes, flavored little cigars, clove cigars, flavored cigarettes, snus, hookahs (also known as water pipes) and roll-your-own cigarettes. The survey determined that 13.5 percent of high...
  • Freepers: Will be showing "Rockin' the Wall" in Atlanta, NC

    09/20/2014 6:32:52 AM PDT · by LS · 5 replies
    self ^ | 9/20/2014 | LS
    Southern Freepers My film "Rockin' the Wall" is on tour in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Here are the Georgia and North Carolina tour dates; Monday, 9/22, we'll be in Atlanta/Marietta at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta, 7:00. Tues., 9/23, Asheville, NC, Montreat College, Gaither Chapel, 7:00 Wed., 9/24, Greensboro, NC, Carousel Theatre, 7:00 (free), courtesy of the John Locke Foundation Thurs., 9/25, Raleigh, NC, North Carolina Museum of Natural History, 7:00, (free) courtesy of the John Locke Foundation, and Saturday, 9/27, 2:00 p.m., Western Carolina University, (free) courtesy of the...
  • GOP House Candidate Has No Qualms About War with Mexico to Stop Illegal Immigration

    09/19/2014 9:56:19 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 15 replies
    Mediaite ^ | Andrew Kirell
    The Republican candidate for U.S. House in North Carolina’s 6th district recently suggested that the United States military could use force in Mexico to prevent the flow of foreigners crossing the border with drug cartels. During a GOP runoff forum in June, hosted by a tea party group in Rockingham County, Mark Walker was asked how he would secure the United States’ southern border.