Category Archives: Elections

New at CJO: Billionaire Democratic funder linked to anti-Tillis ads faces IRS probe

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online that the IRS is investigating Jim Simons, a billionaire Democratic donor who has helped fund television ads criticizing Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis.

Dispatches from the campaign trail, July 25, 2014

• The Karl Rove-founded Crossroads GPS runs an ad using a statement by Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan opposing the expanding federal debt to attack her for voting to increase the debt ceiling and refusing to support a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. • 2nd Congressional District Democratic nominee Clay Aiken made a low-profileContinue Reading

Barnes likes GOP Senate candidates, including Tillis

Fred Barnes tells Weekly Standard readers that he’s impressed with the crop of candidates Republicans have lined up for U.S. Senate races this year, including North Carolina’s Thom Tillis. Republicans have distinct advantages in Senate races this year, including President Obama’s low job ratings, the number of vulnerable Democrats, and an unhappy national mood. ButContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Pundits and prognosticators have spent a lot of time discussing Mark Walker’s dominating win over Phil Berger Jr. in North Carolina’s 6th Congressional District Republican primary runoff election. Rick Henderson offers his thoughts about the 6th District, other runoff results, and the high-profile U.S. Senate race during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. DukeContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, July 24, 2012

• Billionaire hedge fund manager Jim Simons, a Democrat who’s one of the major financiers of the Senate Majority PAC — which has run a host of ads attacking Republican U.S. Senate nominee Thom Tillis — is under siege by senators of both parties — and the IRS. The Washington Free Beacon reports that the Simon-runContinue Reading

Republican wave in 2014 — likely or not?

Josh Kraushaar of National Journal explores whether this fall’s elections are likely to lead to a “wave” of Republican victories. When writing about politics, it’s all too frequent to use terminology that often obscures more than elucidates. That’s especially true when it comes to the word “wave”—shorthand for a landslide victory for the winning party.Continue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, July 23, 2014

• A new attack ad by the Democratic group Patriot Majority PAC, whose 527 political organization has received heavy funding from public employee unions, tries to link Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis with the Koch brothers. • Meantime, the campaign of incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan has set aside $4.4 million for ad purchasesContinue Reading

In case you missed him …

Rick Henderson discussed the latest statewide poll in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race during his latest appearance on Time Warner Cable News’ “Capital Tonight.”