Category Archives: Elections

Press Release from NC General Assembly on 4th Circuit Ruling

This press release was just sent from the North Carolina General Assembly.  If you want to contact someone about this, you can call Shelly Carver in Senate Pro Temp Berger’s office at 919-301-1744 or Anna Roberts in Speaker Tillis’ office at 919-733-5917. Raleigh, N.C. – Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Thom TillisContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, October 1, 2014

• A $5 million ad buy from the Karl Rove group Crossroads GPS again takes aim at incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s vote for Obamacare. • At a weekend campaign stop in Iredell County, Hagan told the crowd, “We’re kicking [GOP nominee] Thom Tillis out as speaker of the House” — an unusual statement, sinceContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Jenna Ashley Robinson reports for Carolina Journal Online that the UNC system’s data on faculty teaching loads are unreliable. John Hood’s Daily Journal probes the reliability of North Carolina election pollsters, including two polls based at private universities.

Dispatches from the campaign trail, September 30, 2014

• Republican U.S. Senate nominee Thom Tillis comes out swinging against Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan and her attendance record at security hearings dealing with the Islamic State. • The King, Richard Petty, endorses Tillis in an ad sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. • A polling firm focusing on Hispanic voters says Hagan — andContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, September 29, 2014

• Candidates for judicial seats are teaming up to boost their buying power. Republican Chief Justice Mark Martin has joined with former Appeals Court Judge Eric Levinson in an ad series. Their opponents, Republican Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis and incumbent Democratic Justice Robin Hudson, respectively, haven’t spent any advertising money. Meantime, Democratic Appeals CourtContinue Reading

TIME’s Klein has some nice things to say about Tillis, Walker

Joe Klein of TIME magazine recently parachuted into North Carolina for a Republican political rally. In his latest column, he shares his relatively positive impressions. In North Carolina, a few days earlier, I attended an actual political rally. It was staged by Republicans in Greensboro and featured their U.S. Senate candidate, Thom Tillis, who wasn’tContinue Reading

JLF’s John Hood profiles Hagan-Tillis race in the latest National Review

The latest print edition of National Review features John Hood’s profile of North Carolina’s hotly contested U.S. Senate race. Under the headline “Hagan Hiding,” Hood details incumbent Democratic Den. Kay Hagan’s efforts to transform her re-election bid into a referendum on Republican challenger Thom Tillis’ record as speaker of the N.C. House of Representatives. Hood’sContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, September 26, 2014

• A new ad from state Rep. Tom Murry, R-41st District, says he’s not afraid to stand up to other Republicans, particularly on spending cuts. • The State Board of Elections announced there will be more early voting sites available and more evening early voting hours than in previous off-year election cycles. Early voting starts Oct.Continue Reading