Under the Dome Blog

  • Super PAC ad hits Tillis on sex scandal

    Posted by John Frank on April 16, 2014

    Democrats aren’t waiting until November to play a trump card against House Speaker Thom Tillis in the U.S. Senate race. A super PAC is putting about $1 million behind a new television ad in North Carolina that attacks Tillis for the romantic relationships his two legislative aides had with lobbyists and the severance payments he gave them after they resigned. (See the ad below.)

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  • Beaufort lab gets more political support

    Posted by Renee Schoof on April 16, 2014

    Efforts to save the federal ocean research lab near Beaufort appear to be gaining traction. On Tuesday, Sen. Kay Hagan’s office released a letter Hagan wrote to Senate Appropriations Committee members urging them to reject the Obama administration’s proposal to close the federal ocean research lab near Beaufort. Her letter follows a similar effort in the House by Reps. Walter Jones and Mike McIntyre.

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  • Morning Memo: Washington takes great interest in race to oust Walter Jones

    Posted by John Frank on April 16, 2014

    Republican challenger Taylor Griffin is getting a good bit of attention from Washington in his bid to unseat veteran GOP Rep. Walter Jones. Columnist Rob Christensen asks: “Could this be former Vice President Dick Cheney’s revenge for U.S. Rep. Walter Jones suggesting that he should rot in hell for his role in the Iraq War?”

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  • Super PAC shifts Tillis’ Obamacare stance in TV ad after criticism

    Posted by John Frank on April 15, 2014

    A super PAC supporting Thom Tillis’ bid for U.S. Senate is airing a new television commercial that subtly shifts his position on the federal health care law.

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  • Talking about the “dynamics” of the NC General Assembly‘s short session

    Posted by T. Keung Hui on April 15, 2014

    Kevin Leonard, deputy director of the N.C. Association of County Commissioners, says factors such as this year’s election cycle, the relative inexperience of state legislators and House Speaker Thom Tillis’ run for U.S. Senate will impact the upcoming short session of the General Assembly.

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  • Aiken raises close to one-quarter million dollars but still trails Crisco

    Posted by Craig Jarvis on April 15, 2014

    Clay Aiken has raised close to a quarter million dollars in the first three months of this year for his campaign for Congress – trailing his main competitor in the Democratic primary, Keith Crisco, who has raised almost $450,000.

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