July 23, 2014
Hagan’s campaign reserves $4.4M in TV ad time: U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan is capitalizing on her campaign cash advantage. The Democrat’s campaign said Tuesday that it has reserved $4.4 million in television advertising for the final four weeks ahead of the Nov. 4 election. Even with the huge expenditure, Hagan’s coffers are still richer than Republican rival Thom Tillis. Read more here.
Hagan continues to grow lead: PPP’s newest North Carolina poll finds Kay Hagan continuing to grow her lead over Thom Tillis as the legislative session drags on. Hagan now has 41% to 34% for Tillis and 8% for Libertarian Sean Haugh. Her lead is up from 2 points in May and 5 points in June. Read more here.
How a budget fight in Raleigh could hurt Republican chances of taking back the U.S. Senate: Tillis faces Sen. Kay Hagan (D) in one of the most contentious, most closely-watched Senate contests of the year. The Hagan campaign, and Democratic outside groups that have poured millions of dollars into attack ads, have made a concerted effort to associate Tillis with his unpopular colleagues in Raleigh. “His role in the legislature’s leadership is a factor in his problems,” Stu Rothenberg said in an e-mail. Read more here.
‘Dialogue’ but no progress on budget: A meeting between Senate budget writers and Gov. Pat McCrory on Tuesday yielded "good dialogue" but no progress, Senate leaders say. Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown told reporters that no House members were present at the morning meeting with McCrory. Read more here.
Houston school district holds 2nd job fair in Raleigh: The North Carolina Association of Educators say the Houston Independent School District job fair is appealing to frustrated teachers in North Carolina. Jewell said it’s no coincidence that the Houston district is looking in North Carolina. Read more here.
Senate, House on collision course on border money: Senate Democrats prepared Tuesday to whack $1 billion from President Barack Obama’s emergency spending request for the border, while leaving out policy changes Republicans have demanded as their price for agreeing to any money. The developments pointed to a hardening stalemate over the crisis in South Texas with lawmakers preparing to leave Washington for their annual summer recess at the end of next week. Read more here.
Clinton sharpens her message: Hillary Clinton is sharpening her message months ahead of a likely bid for the White House. After a rocky first few months back in the spotlight where she struggled to offer crisp sound bites, Clinton is now test-driving various campaign themes. The former New York senator is signaling that this time around — unlike in 2008 — she will offer a concise and cohesive vision for the country. Read more here.
White House backing down on ObamaCare contraception mandate: The White House is developing a workaround to let religious nonprofits opt out of ObamaCare’s contraception mandate without filing a form they say violates their religious belief, according to a senior administration official. Read more here.
Poll: ObamaCare approval holding steady: When asked if they are better off because of the healthcare law, a plurality of respondents, 46 percent, say their family is about the same. Thirty-five percent believe other families around the country are better off now because of the law. Those numbers have changed little. Read more here.
Democrat-Led Cities Offer to Shelter Illegal Migrants: Massachusetts Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick said military bases in his state were available as shelters. New York City, Syracuse, Los Angeles, and Dallas are among the municipalities willing to pitch-in. Political Scientist Louis DeSipio of the University of California says that the politicians willing to help are moderate to liberal Democrats and located in communities that have considerable immigrant populations. Read more here.
Senate tax bill targets Wake, Mecklenburg: The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday approved a proposal to limit the power of four large North Carolina counties, including Wake County, to raise sales taxes. The measure, House Bill 1224, would make it easier for most counties in the state to raise sales taxes. For four counties, however, the opposite is true. Read more here.
OC Board of Elections Approves More Early-Voting Hours, But Not Sunday: The Orange County Board of Elections voted Tuesday to expand early voting hours for the upcoming fall election. But the three-member board did not add as many hours as more than 60 supporters that showed up at the Board of Elections meeting in Hillsborough would have liked. Read more here.
Fracking company makes offers in Durham: Almost two months after fracking was legalized in North Carolina, a Pennsylvania company is offering to buy mineral rights from landowners in Durham. And since the company’s agent has not registered with state officials, he could be breaking the law. Read more here.