About: Rick Henderson

Rick Henderson

Managing Editor, Carolina Journal, John Locke Foundation

Recent Posts by Rick Henderson

Dispatches from the campaign trail, October 31, 2014

• Time for closing arguments via advertising. The National Republican Senatorial Committee runs a spot going after Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan using Kay Hagan’s 2008 campaign observations. The Hagan campaign is touting the incumbent’s newspaper endorsements, including one from The Charlotte Observer calling her a “disappointment.” • Longtime political analyst Stuart Rothenberg shifts his callContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, October 30, 2014

• The final Elon University Poll of the campaign shows Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan maintaining a 4-point lead, 45-41, over Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis. The Elon Poll found an even 50 percent of respondents favoring same-sex marriage, a finding that differs from the High Point University poll cited below. • It’s official: SpendingContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, October 29, 2014

• Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, backs GOP House Speaker Thom Tillis’ bid for incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan’s U.S. Senate seat in an ad for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Romney will make a campaign stop for Tillis today in the Triangle. • Along with Romney’s support, Tillis (and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-11th)Continue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, October 28, 2014

• In an ad for the independent group Our America PAC, outspoken Louisiana state Sen. Elbert Guillory has a message for black voters: “Send [Sen.] Kay Hagan home.” • A new High Point University poll finds the race for the U.S. Senate seat between incumbent Democrat Hagan and Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis tied atContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, October 27, 2014

• From the War on Women to the War on Highways? The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is out with a new ad, attacking Republican Senate nominee Thom Tillis for supporting toll roads. • Meantime, the independent Faith Family Freedom Fund is out with an ad attacking incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan for supporting tax-funded abortionsContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, October 24, 2014

• Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Sean Haugh gets an unexpected boost from the American Future Fund, a Koch-brothers group, with a series of ads highlighting Haugh’s support of marijuana legalization. • It’s the time of the season for high-profile surrogates to make a late pitch for candidates. In the Senate race, this weekend two formerContinue Reading

Hagan spin team hopes TV stations can’t use a dictionary

Remember: Businesses owned by family members of Kay Hagan received more than $400,000 in direct federal stimulus funding, tax credits, and other renewable energy payments and Team Hagan wants you to believe no one in the family benefited from the free cash. This helps explain the latest installment in the ad war saga involving thoseContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, October 23, 2014

• The campaigns of 7th District Congressional candidates Jonathan Barfield (Democrat) and David Rouzer (Republican) have new ads on YouTube. Barfield: Rouzer: • Early voting opens today! Find an early voting site and the hours it will be open at your county Board of Elections site using this portal. • Speaking of early voting, inContinue Reading

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