Under the Dome Blog

  • Smiling Bill Clinton appears in early voting ads

    Posted by Colin Campbell on October 23, 2014

    This ad featuring a smiling President Bill Clinton appeared on news websites around North Carolina on Thursday.

    The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is working to reelect Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina, but that’s not who appears in its early voting ads.


  • Analysis finds NC’s US Senate race leads in negative ads

    Posted by Craig Jarvis on October 23, 2014

    U.S. Senator Kay Hagan, left, and North Carolina House Leader Thom Tillis

    This will come as no surprise to anyone in North Carolina with a TV set, but last week the state had more negative campaign ads than anywhere in the country, according to the Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan, non-profit investigative news organization.


  • Billboards criticize Hagan on immigration

    Posted by Renee Schoof on October 23, 2014

    Two billboards in Spanish have gone up criticizing U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan on immigration, one in Raleigh and another in Durham, backed by a coalition of Latino families.


  • Hagan voted against Obama position only once in 2014

    Posted by Renee Schoof on October 23, 2014

    U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan talks to supporters during a campaign stop at Sharp Farms in rural Wilson County, N.C., Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Hagan the Democratic incumbent will face Thom Tillis in November's general election.

    U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan voted with President Obama 99 percent of the time in 2014, or 118 out of 119 votes where Obama had a position (disagreeing only over a Pennsylvania judge), Congressional Quarterly senior writer Shawn Zeller reports.


  • NC Commission says Common Core leaving some students behind

    Posted by T. Keung Hui on October 23, 2014

    Charges that the current academic standards are unrealistic, geared too much toward high-achieving students and are leaving some kids behind were repeatedly mentioned Monday by members of a state commission helping to develop a replacement to the Common Core.


  • Two apply to run virtual public charter schools

    Posted by Lynn Bonner on October 22, 2014

    The legislature ordered two virtual charter schools be approved for pilot programs beginning next year. The State Board of Education put out the call for applicants and got two responses. The North Carolina Virtual Academy, which would contract with the for-profit company K12, and North Carolina Connections Academy applied.


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