Senate seat for sale

When the supply of desirable items is limited, demand soars. With only a few US Senate seats available for purchase this year, outsiders are dumping truckloads of money into North Carolina. So far, the highest bidders are the Koch brothers.

[Karl Rove's $1.1 million pro-Tillis] American Crossroads ad follows $8.3 million spent on six ads against Hagan and the health care law, which she supported, by Americans for Prosperity, a group backed by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch. Koch Industries has headquarters in Kansas.

It's old news that Karl Rove and the Koch brothers have already launched an all-out attack on Kay Hagan in the form of television ads. But the amounts are staggering:

Money from the outside groups spent directly for and against candidates already exceeds totals from the 2010 Senate race won by Republican Richard Burr.

According to our calendar, it's April. About 7 months until the general election. The mudslingers already have spent more than the entire previous US Senate election, and they're just getting warmed up.

And now they don't even have to tell you who they are.

Thanks, Supreme Court.


Gonna be a long summer

and fall.

If we thought that television, radio, print media and Internet were flooded with political ads in past elections, that was nothing.

There will be more money to buy ads than there will be ad time for sale. Maybe this election will finally be the tipping point when negative ads stop being effective. Especially if, in spite of SCOTUS, we are able to expose who's paying for them.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

I hope there's a GOP runoff

And I also hope Greg Brannon wins it. His dedicated acolytes might be able to shrug off his recent lawsuit, but methinks the general voting public won't be so forgiving.