A conservative advocacy organization is preparing to spend $1.7 million to bash Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan with television advertisements that highlight her support for the federal health care law.
Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips will debut the ad Tuesday morning at an event in Raleigh. Politico reported that North Carolina is one of two states, the other being Louisiana, where AFP is airing ads. “Who gets stuck with the bill? Families and small businesses,” the ad attacking Hagan says, Politico reported. “Kay Hagan: taking care of Washington insiders, not North Carolina families.”
The Democratic Party sees the spot as an effort to boost House Speaker Thom Tillis, the leading Republican candidates. The ads cannot explicitly support one candidate. "Once again, special interest Speaker Thom Tillis is in trouble, and once again shady special interest groups are riding to his rescue,” said Ben Ray, a spokesman.
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The Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations -- known more commonly as GovOps -- meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Art Pope, the state budget director, is expected to brief legislative leaders, including Phil Berger and Thom Tillis, on how much money the state will recover from consolidating outside economic development groups, such as the Rural Center.
The McCrory administration’s plans to repair and renovate some state buildings is also on the agenda. State lawmakers may press back on the recent potty-gate controversy.
A number of North Carolina business leaders and conservatives are meeting in Washington on Tuesday to urge Congress to take up broad immigration legislation. The group is part of a larger event organized by Partnership for a New American Economy, Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform and U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Among the North Carolina names heading to the halls of Congress to lobby: John Barnes, CEO at FarmPak; Lisa Barnes, a Nash County commissioner; Scott and Kristen Laster at Southern Strategies; and Tim Minton, an executive vice president at the Raleigh-Wake Home Builders Association.
The survey also asks people to rank the 10 most influential lobbyists, as well as the five most powerful committees in each chamber and the five most significant bills of the 2013 session. So let the behind-the-scenes lobbying for titles begin. But don’t bother spinning Dome reporters. Even though we receive the surveys, we don’t participate.
The chest-puffing from the conservative think tank comes in its annual report. The report shows Civitas took in nearly $1.9 million in income in the 2013 fiscal year, a 12 percent increase from the year before as Republicans took control of the entire lawmaking process in Raleigh. The nonprofit spent $1.7 million on programs, fundraising and management, it reported.
Since its start in 2005, the organization has received most of its money from the John W. Pope Foundation run by Art Pope, Gov. Pat McCrory’s budget director and a prominent conservative financier. The organization is trying to expand its support and saw contributions about double this year to $109,000. About 28 percent of its support now comes from sources other than Pope’s foundation, which is much higher than previous years because of two large grants.
Redenbaugh, who was elected to the school board in 2008 as a Republican and lost her 2012 re-election bid as a Democrat, said she had been considering running for another local office since the 2012 school board race ended. But over the past several months, Redenbaugh said, she has received almost weekly requests from people asking her to run against Goolsby. Redenbaugh would run for the Senate seat as a Democrat. Read the story here. And more on Redenbaugh here.
Ronnie Edwards, 56, filed organizational documents with the State Board of Elections Oct. 3, naming himself as his campaign's temporary treasurer and Dennis Miller as his campaign manager. He also reported $100 in cash on hand.
The husband of Henderson County School Board member Lisa Edwards, Ronnie Edwards retired in 2011 as a fraud and theft investigator for the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles. He currently works as a fleet manager for Single Source Solutions in Fletcher. Read more here.
"He is in good spirits, all things considered," Butterfield said, according to a news release. Read more here.
Calling it a top White House priority, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and other senior administration officials met with housing and financial industry leaders Monday to ask for their assistance in pressing the Senate to quickly confirm the Charlotte congressman.
“The Senate should move forward to confirm him this week,” said Amy Brundage, a White House spokeswoman; “the President and his senior team will continue to push hard for Watt until he is confirmed and in place.” Read more here.
Ledford began working in the North Carolina parks as a ranger in 1976 at Umstead State Park and rose through the ranks, becoming state parks superintendent and then director in 2003. The department says he helped lead the state's effort to purchase Chimney Rock and Grandfather Mountain. Internet and call-center reservations system took off under his leadership, too.
Grass Roots North Carolina continues to lobby Raleigh’s parks department to update its signs to reflect the state law allowing concealed guns in parks. Grass Roots President Paul Valone says his members are getting ready to send Mayor Nancy McFarlane a gift: rolls of duct tape to cover up the controversial text. Read more here.
The move had been expected since White House spokesman Jay Carney promised quick action last week to resolve a "disconnect" in the implementation of the law. Read more here.
In what could be a sign of challenges to come across the country, two U.S. House races in Michigan mark a turnabout from several years of widely heralded contests in which right-flank candidates have tried — sometimes successfully — to unseat Republican incumbents they perceive as not being conservative enough. Read more here.