Category Archives: Elections

Dispatches from the campaign trail, October 22, 2014

• As Republican Thom Tillis took the stage for a debate Tuesday next to an empty chair representing incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, new ads from both sides are on the air. The National Republican Senatorial Committee’s ad highlights Hagan and her family’s use of stimulus funds for family-owned businesses. The Hagan campaign is upContinue Reading

Heritage expert evaluates significance of Texas voter ID ruling

Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation devotes a Daily Signal column to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Texas’ voter identification law. On Saturday, the Supreme Court rejected an emergency petition filed by the NAACP and refused to overrule the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which had thrown out an injunction against theContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Joe Johnson profiles for Carolina Journal Online the rematch in North Carolina’s Senate District 1 election. John Hood’s Daily Journal notes the importance and effectiveness of advertising in election campaigns.

Dispatches from the campaign trail, October 21, 2014

• U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan comes out with an ad defending herself from reporting suggesting her family businesses benefited from federal taxpayer handouts. • Yours truly’s take on all this is here. CJ’s reporting and analysis is here. And Politico discusses the state of Hagan’s Senate race with Thom Tillis here. • Unless the situationContinue Reading

Fund outlines problems linked to early voting

As early voting approaches in North Carolina, John Fund of National Review Online devotes a column to some of the problems tied to the early voting process. There’s no doubt that many people in our increasingly mobile and hectic society want voting to be as easy and convenient as buying fast food. But too muchContinue Reading

If the Koch brothers are so bad … revisited

Fortune magazine is the latest media outlet to puncture the myth that Charles and David Koch are buying American elections. The tide, however, appears to be changing. True, in the age of dark money (think Super PACs and the like), not all political giving is transparent, but so far this election season, Democratic bankrollers haveContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online that North Carolina’s 2014 U.S. Senate race is not likely to be the state’s costliest on a cost-per-voter basis. Rick Henderson’s Daily Journal explains why information uncovered by WRAL-TV news makes the Hagan stimulus story even worse than it previously appeared.

Dispatches from the campaign trail, October 20, 2014

• National Review Online looks at the controversy surrounding energy grants received by businesses owned by family members of Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan. Over the weekend, the News & Observer and WRAL News entered the fray. Carolina Journal’s reporting is here. • The Charlotte Observer’s Jim Morrill suggests the Hagan-Tillis race will surpass theContinue Reading