Tillis is still toast

I've been away for a month, celebrating my retirement ... and decompressing a bit from the frenzy of politics that has occupied my life for the past ten years. A lot has changed in my absence. Fall has arrived, for example, and North Carolina is more beautiful than ever.

But in the political arena, things look pretty much like they did when I left. Money continues to be a blight on our democracy. Our valiant teachers continue to work for our children, despite being shafted by our Republican government. Duke Energy still calls the shots at DENR. And no matter how much he tries to present himself as a decent guy - and no matter how much national right-wingers spend on his behalf - Thom Tillis can't buy votes from anyone besides assholes and bigots. There are a ton of both in North Carolina, but not nearly enough to give him a victory. Polls continue to show Hagan beating Tillis, just like they always have.

Keep working, vote early, and stay strong. Thom Tillis is still toast.

Daily dose: Money, money, money edition

ONE STOP VOTING AS OF SUN. OCT. 26: 326,042 votes cast; 48% Democrat; 31 percent GOP; 20% Unaffiliated/other

CAMPAIGN 2014
Are Our Courts for Sale? (New York Times column) -- One of the most shocking ads aired this political season was aimed at a woman named Robin Hudson. Hudson, 62, is not a congressional or Senate candidate. Rather, she is a State Supreme Court justice in North Carolina, seeking her second eight-year term. It wasn’t all that long ago when, in North Carolina, judicial races were publicly financed. … This ad in North Carolina, which aired during the primary season, was a startling departure. First, the money came from an organization called Justice for All NC — which, in turn, was funded primarily by the Republican State Leadership Committee. That is to say, it was the kind of post-Citizens United money that has flooded the political system and polluted our politics. And then there was its substance. “We want judges to protect us,” the ad began. The voice-over went on to say that when child molesters sued to stop electronic monitoring, Judge Hudson had “sided with the predators.” It was a classic attack ad. Not surprisingly, the truth was a bit different.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/28/opinion/joe-nocera-are-our-courts-for-sale.html

National Organzation for Marriage drops $100K for Tillis

Why would Thom Tillis would spend state funds defending NC's Amendment One after Supreme Court rulings struck down the law as unconstitutional? Why would Tillis spend those funds to hire a flunkie from the National Organization for Marriage to file briefs on the case?

Was it just pandering for extremist evangelical votes?

Tillis banking on "kitchen table" issues

In other words, he's waiting for Fox News to tell him what to scare people with:

But the political ripples of legislation the General Assembly has passed that reduced unemployment benefits, initiated new voting and abortion restrictions and rejected Medicaid expansion also awakened Democrats into action. And allegations from Hagan and her allies — amped with millions of dollars for television ads — that Tillis harmed public education wasn't easily shaken entering the fall.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Tillis said the path to persuading the undecideds to vote for him runs along kitchen-table issues and increased worries of average citizens that have grown under Democratic leadership. "I will be obsessed with fulfilling the promise that these Republicans running across the country are making today," Tillis said at the Raleigh rally.

What Tillis seems to be forgetting here: Hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians are struggling to put food on that kitchen table, and many of them owe that difficulty to the Republican Party's gross mistreatment of the unemployed. And dedicating yourself to serving the desires of Republicans from other states has got to be one of the stupidest things I've ever heard. That statement needs to be part of Hagan's ad blitz, like right now.

Daily dose: Rick Perry is roadkill edition

Rick Perry Compared N.C. Barbecue to 'Roadkill’ (LA Times) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry is learning all kinds of ways that words can come back to haunt a guy. … Perry’s in hot water in North Carolina for a remark he made all the way back in 1992, when he was Texas agriculture commissioner and Houston was hosting the Republican National Convention. According to "Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue," in 1992 he tried some Eastern North Carolina barbecue from King's of Kinston, which was served at the Republican National Convention in Houston. "I've had road kill that tasted better than that," Perry was quoted as saying. … “People across North Carolina are outraged over a presidential candidate's comments on ENC [Eastern North Carolina] barbecue,” said a story on the website of WCTI-TV, the region's ABC affiliate. ENC barbecue is known for smoking the whole hog and dousing it with a vinegar-based sauce. (Western North Carolina is known for using pork shoulders with a tomato-based sauce. In South Carolina, the preference for a mustard-based sauce makes North Carolinians crazy.)
http://articles.latimes.com/2011/sep/27/news/la-pn-perry-barbecue-carolina-20110927

EARLY VOTING THROUGH SAT. OCT 25 – TOTAL 283,758; 49% Democrats; 30% Republicans; 20% Libertarians and Unaffiliated. The early vote total is 82% of where 2010 was on the same day. But, remember in 2010 there were 7 additional extra days of in-person early voting.

Thom Tillis is the worst of the worst

Here is what the Raleigh N&O wrote in this week's Notable Numbers on its editorial page:

66: The percentage of the tax cut passed by the 2013 General Assembly that will go to the wealthiest 1 percent of North Carolinians

$513 million: The original estimate for the cost of that 2013 tax plan

$1.1 billion: The latest estimate of its cost to the state

We have an oligarchy ruling our country. We have to oppose the Koch Brothers and Carl Rove and their minions like Thom Tillis. Under Speaker Tillis there was an income transfer from the typical and lower level taxpayers to the top 1% of NC taxpayers. Republicans are disdainful of any transfer from the wealthy to the poor, but they supported in NC a 660 million Dollar transfer of tax money-- our dollars--to the Oligarchy of the 1%. I can think of dozens of better uses for that money for the majority of North Carolina's citizens.

Dem ground game is on fire

UCDP rally

It is crunch time folks. I don't know what your local Democratic Party is doing, but here in Union County we are knocking on doors, sending personal notes to voters, and calling potential voters at a pace that beats efforts made in past presidential election years. We know that our chances are slim with voter registration numbers looking the way they do, but we are fighting to push that needle just a little more in our favor.

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