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Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 9:58am

CAMPAIGN 2014
No GOP apologies for nasty McCollum ad (Asheville Citizen-Times) -- Unfortunately, politics requires no shame. Or decency. Or apologies. So I suspect no apology will be forthcoming from the N.C. Republican Party to Henry Lee McCollum or former state Sen. John Snow. The party paid for and mailed a particularly nasty flier during the 2010 election that featured a threatening photo of McCollum, who is black and was serving a life sentence at the time for the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl. The flier, which also featured a white convict labeled “child killer,” said Snow, a former judge and prosecutor — and death penalty advocate — wanted them to get another chance. “These men committed unspeakable crimes,” the mailer stated, “but when they were on death row, liberal John Snow tried to give them a second chance.” Well, not exactly. Snow did vote in favor of the Racial Justice Act, a 2009 law that allowed murderers and other criminals to appeal to have death sentences converted to life sentences if racial bias during the trial could be proved. The Republican-controlled legislature overturned the act last year.
http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2014/09/06/boyle-column-go...

Tillis counting on 'informed electorate' (Greenville Daily Reflector) -- An informed electorate will deliver a second Republican to the U.S. Senate in November, the Republican candidate told an audience of supporters in Greenville on Saturday. N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis made the remark during an hourlong stop at the Pitt County Republican Party headquarters in Greenville to campaign against first-term incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan. “When people know the choices between the two candidates and understand the consequences of allowing Kay Hagan to rubberstamp Barack Obama for another two years, they want a change to people who will be decisive and get things done,” Tillis said.
http://www.reflector.com/news/election/tillis-counting-8216informed-elec...

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Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 10:21am

CAMPAIGN 2014
Environmentalists’ campaign spending to see huge jump (Washington Post) -- The League of Conservation Voters will spend $25 million in campaign funding this election season, a fivefold increase over what the group devoted to the last midterm elections, LCV President Gene Karpinski said. … The races LCV is targeting — including Senate contests in North Carolina, Alaska, Colorado, Iowa, Michigan and New Hampshire, as well as the Maine gubernatorial race, where it is opposing Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s reelection, and state legislative races in Oregon and Washington — all involve significant contrasts between the two candidates on climate change and other signature environmental issues.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/environmentalists-campaign-spendi...

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Friday, September 5, 2014 - 2:36pm

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Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 12:18pm
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Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 9:57am

If you don't keep up with Carolina Mercury, you should. Old-school meets new-school in a steady stream of reporting with Kirk Ross' special twist. Lots of nooks and crannies out there, and he covers them better than most.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 8:17am

THE DEBATE, ROUND 1

Listening to the Hagan-Tillis U.S. Senate debate on the radio, the following impressions remain to ponder:

  • Did House Speaker Thom Tillis really lecture Kay Hagan on what women think and need? “Sen. Hagan needs to talk to these women and explain why the government has determined a health care policy they were satisfied with is no longer fits the bill and that justifies her broken promises -- promise. … The women who opened up 475,000 (Washington Post said of this claim: “Unlike wine, tired talking points don’t age well”) see cancellation notices are wondering why? I was happy with it. Now I'm not sure if I can keep my same doctor.”
  • Why did Hagan let Tillis lecture her on what women think and need? (mentions of “women” – 24; mentions of “men” – 7)
  • Will Sen. Hagan repeatedly refer to Speaker Tillis as “Tommy” in the next debate? (Mentions of “Kay” – 48; mentions of “Thom” -- 6)
  • Will Speaker Tillis tell people whether he thinks the N.C. minimum wage of $7.50 an hour is too much, just right, not enough or none of your business?
  • Will Sen. Hagan let me keep my doctor or not (does my doctor want to keep me)?

In debate, Hagan says Tillis takes NC backward (AP) -- Sen. Kay Hagan accused Republican challenger Thom Tillis of short-changing education as a leader of the North Carolina legislature on Wednesday night, and he cast her as a rubberstamp for President Barack Obama in the first debate of a close and costly race with national stakes. The hour-long confrontation marked the first major post-Labor Day event of a national struggle between the political parties for Senate control. Republicans must gain six states to win the Senate majority and have long listed North Carolina as a top target. Hagan and Tillis stood 10 feet apart at identical podiums as they exchanged accusations central to a race that public opinion polls rate a toss-up. Tillis recalled Hagan's comments from her successful 2008 campaign, when she criticized GOP incumbent Elizabeth Dole for having voted 92 percent of the time with then-President George W. Bush. And yet, he said, Hagan has sided with Obama 95 percent. "Kay 1.0, Kay 2.0," he said unflatteringly, adding, "At the end of the day we need to say what we mean."
http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/politics/article/Tillis-Hagan-to-meet-i...

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 9:39am

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Tillis, Hagan to meet in first NC Senate debate (AP) — Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Republican state House Speaker Thom Tillis are meeting for the first debate of their campaign stretch run, a key contest in the national battle for Senate control.
http://www.news-record.com/news/north_carolina_ap/tillis-hagan-to-meet-i...

In advance of debate, Hagan takes aim at Tillis (Greensboro News & Record) -- Sen. Kay Hagan rallied with volunteers and supporters in Greensboro Tuesday night, on the eve of her first debate with challenger Thom Tillis.
http://www.news-record.com/blogs/killian_lehmert_the_inside_scoop/inside...

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 8:03am

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Candidates WIll Likely "Play It Safe" in First Senate Debate (WFDD-FM) -- Caution may be the key word in the upcoming first debate between incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis. At this point, the race is too close to call, with most polls showing that it is a dead heat. Kenneth Fernandez directs polling at Elon University. He says he’s expecting the candidates to play it safe to avoid making gaffes that could make the rounds on social media and in political ads. “With the Internet and with the TV ads, that one kind of foot-in-the-mouth can be played over and over again,” he says. Fernandez says that unlike a national presidential debate, the effects of senate debates are harder to measure because so few people watch them. But with a race this close, there may be a chance for the candidates to gain some ground.
http://wfdd.org/post/candidates-will-likely-play-it-safe-first-senate-de...

Banks reliable source of campaign cash for Hagan (McClatchy Newspapers) -- U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan has received $962,000 since 2008 from employees and political action committees of industries that are under the jurisdiction of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, where she has served for a large portion of her first term in Congress. The industries are some of the biggest sources of money for both Democrats and Republicans. Historically they’ve been particularly generous to members of the committee and its House of Representatives counterpart, the Financial Services Committee. An examination of the financial sector’s campaign contributions in this year’s highly competitive North Carolina Senate race, tallied and analyzed by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, shows that Hagan’s Republican opponent, Thom Tillis, also has collected large sums from some of the same industries. The sector’s political action committees, however, have given more to Hagan.
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/09/01/238275_banks-have-been-a-reliable-...

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Monday, September 1, 2014 - 8:40am

CAMPAIGN 2014
Moral Monday movement looks to show its clout at the polls (MSNBC) -- Despite the Moral Monday movement’s righteous rhetoric and grassroots enthusiasm, as November approaches, it faces its toughest test yet: Can it turn the progressive energy that it has generated into actual votes?
http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/moral-monday-movement-looks-show-its-clout-th...

In N.C. and 5 other states, ‘Citizens United’ gives GOP 10-point advantage (Washington Post) -- The Supreme Court ruling on political spending has given Republicans an advantage.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/08/28/study-citizens...

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Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 10:15am

AFP highlights a big study by the American Energy Alliance and (surprise) it finds that people LOVE pollution, climate change, and more profits for Duke Energy!

AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY: Proposed EPA standards to hurt N.C. (Burlington Times-News column) -- The Environmental Protection Agency is on a cross-country roadshow this summer to sell its newest mandate, which will cut the country’s carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent. The agency’s and the Obama Administration’s sales pitch is simple: This will usher in a “cleaner, healthier, and more prosperous future.” The slick marketing campaign isn’t working. The more people learn about the mandate, the more they oppose it — especially here in North Carolina. That’s the conclusion of a new survey of registered voters in North Carolina commissioned by the American Energy Alliance. According to the survey, 59 percent of our state supports the regulations when hearing about them for the first time — who doesn’t love Mother Earth? When they hear both the pros and the cons, however, support evaporates. The first thing to know is that the mandate forces North Carolina to cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 40 percent — 10 points higher than the national average. Although the national target is 30 percent, the Obama administration has assigned different reduction targets to each state. Ours is one of the highest in the country. This will unavoidably hurt North Carolina’s ability to compete for jobs.
http://www.thetimesnews.com/opinion/opinion-columns/proposed-epa-standar...

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