NEWS & OBSERVER: As he hits Kay Hagan on healthcare, Thom Tillis is facing tough questions about his stance
As conservatives hammer Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan on the failures of the federal health care law, her chief Republican rival is getting squeezed from both sides of the political spectrum on the issue.Thom Tillis, who is leading the GOP’s Senate hopefuls in fundraising and early polling, was criticized in a TV ad earlier this month for wanting to repeal the federal health care law’s more popular items, such as provisions that prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage for preexisting conditions and charging for mammograms.

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POLITICO: Planned Parenthood reveals big 2014 game plan

The political arm of Planned Parenthood is preparing to launch its largest campaign offensive ever, targeting more than a dozen states and some of the cycle’s top Senate and gubernatorial races to raise the alarm about the stakes of the 2014 midterm elections for women’s health care and abortion rights. The cost of the midterm campaign is expected to cross the $18 million mark, including $2.4 million the group spent in 2013 for Virginia’s off-year governor’s race, officials with the group said.

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THE HILL: Hagan joins $10.10 push

Sen. Kay Hagan (N.C.), a vulnerable Democratic incumbent, plans to co-sponsor legislation raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, according to her office. Hagan’s support will boost the number of co-sponsors to the bill introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) to 32. Hagan plans to highlight the issue in her reelection campaign. She has criticized North Carolina General Assembly Speaker Thom Tillis, one of several Republicans vying to oust her, for opposing a minimum wage boost.

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@NCCapitol: Ethics disclosure for Senate candidate Greg Brannon not filed
RALEIGH, N.C. — Dr. Greg Brannon, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, has failed to file an ethics disclosure form required by federal law and Senate rules. Candidates for Senate are responsible for filing the "financial disclosure reports" withing 30 days of "becoming a candidate."

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SFGATE: Candidate filing deadline Friday in North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Most hopefuls for North Carolina office are down to the final hours to enter the 2014 elections or wait to see if they avoid campaign rivals. The three-week filing period for candidates from official political parties ends at midday Friday at the State Board of Elections and at elections offices in all 100 counties. Some highly publicized races are already quite full. Eleven people had filed by late Thursday for the U.S. Senate seat that Kay Hagan wants to keep. Another 11 want to succeed retiring 6th District Rep. Howard Coble.

BLUE RIDGE NOW: Transylvania Democrat Chair files for 113th House Seat
Pledging to bring balance back to the General Assembly, Democrat Norm Bossert filed his paperwork Wednesday to run for the N.C. House District 113th seat currently held by Republican Rep. Chris Whitmire of Rosman.

POLITICO: North Carolina’s Civil War

I left for a few years after graduation, but I’ve been back since 2005. I’ve lived or worked in Raleigh, Rocky Mount, Fayetteville, Winston-Salem, Greensboro and now Charlotte, and I’ve visited all 100 counties. North Carolina has always struck me as a state with ideas and a can-do spirit. I remember how, when a textile mill closed in the town of Kannapolis and left most of the people there out of work, David Murdock, owner of Dole Food Company, turned the old mill property into a top-notch research campus.

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CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: In mayor race, Peacock money wasn’t enough

Republican Edwin Peacock lost November’s Charlotte mayoral race to Democrat Patrick Cannon, but it wasn’t because he was outgunned financially. Peacock raised $392,568 for the entire election, compared with $268,992 for Cannon. Cannon defeated Peacock 53-47 percent to win his first term as mayor.

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La Noticia: Latinas necesitan más conexiones y recursos para lanzarse a la política

EFEUSA- La falta de recursos económicos y de una sólida estructura de conexiones son las principales barreras que tienen las mujeres latinas para optar a puestos políticos, lo que ha generado que solo 92 latinas en el país ocupen un cargo por votación popular, según el grupo Latinas Represent.

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