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AFP pushes the envelope on 501-C (4) restrictions

Jumping into the 2014 US Senate race in a most uncharitable fashion:

Americans for Prosperity is targeting Democrat U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan in a new web ad about renewable energy at the same time the conservative organization touts Republican Thom Tillis on taxes. The timing of the two ad campaigns is coincidental, said Dallas Woodhouse, the group's North Carolina director. "They have nothing to do with each other," he said.

Pardon our French, but that is a steaming pile of bullshit. Of course they're related; having the ads run simultaneously will make it much more likely voters will be able to connect the two candidates down the road. And behavior like this is also a big reason why the IRS focused on conservative "charities" in their recent crackdown:

Daily dose: Declaration of war edition

With their definitive repeal of the Racial Justice Act, North Carolina Republicans have taken arrogance to dangerous heights. If this legislation finds its way to McCrory's desk and he signs it, he will be signing a declaration of war.

Much more misery below the fold.

DAG McCrory's spin doctors make a House call

And Democratic leaders had a few words for the Deputy Assistant Governor:

In anticipation of public outcry, General Assembly legislative assistants were summoned to a meeting held by Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Dale Folwell, in which they were given talking points on how to respond to angry callers. These talking points did not direct callers to individuals with the authority to
change this policy, but said merely to acknowledge the loss of benefits without explanation or assignment of responsibility. In short, these talking points provided political cover for the McCrory administration and legislators who support cutting the benefits.

Here's a thought: if you know something is going to hurt people so much you need to start doing damage control before the pain even begins, then maybe you've made a horrible mistake. Here's the letter in its entirety:

McCrory: The Rodney Dangerfield of governors

Good stuff from PoliticsNC.

McCrory’s first term in office should be a time when he uses the political capital gained from being elected the first Republican governor of North Carolina in 20 years. Instead, he’s treated like a pesky little brother by GOP leaders in the legislature. They routinely ignore his agenda and even belittle him.

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