The four tea party candidates in the U.S. Senate race found a common enemy Thursday and it wasn’t Democrat Kay Hagan.
If you take a look at Jim Morrill’s report from the Gaston County tea party meeting, Thom Tillis is the target of most the barbs. It didn’t help that the Republican House speaker reinforced the perception that he is the establishment candidate by holding a fundraiser the same day with Karl Rove.
From the story: “Let’s face it,” said local tea party leader Christian Hine, who carried a sign that read: “Liber-TEA, not Rove.” “Karl Rove declared war on the tea party in February.” That was when Rove launched the super PAC called Conservative Victory Project designed to back candidates that he said would give Republicans the best chance to win.
To illustrate just how far the criticism went, the topic of toll lanes on Interstate 77 north of Charlotte – which Tillis supported – drew strong words. Greg Brannon and Bill Flynn suggested such partnerships were close to “fascism.” Heather Grant said they were “detrimental.”
“You and I know it’s a bad premise,” Mark Harris added. “You and I know it’s got to be stopped.” Read more here.
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Staffers for U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., a critic of President Barack Obama’s administration, have vetted five witnesses who will share their mostly negative experience with so-called Obamacare before several members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. On the other side, liberal advocates for the federal health care expansion will be on hand to demonstrate and protest the hearing outside the Gaston County courthouse. Read more here.
Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who orchestrated the change, called the 52-48 vote a blow against gridlock. Republicans warned Democrats will eventually regret their actions once political fortunes are reversed and they can no longer block appointments made by a GOP president.
Billy Ray Hall, who resigned this summer amid questions about handling of grants at the agency, will not get an expected payment of $242,000 from a fund created for him 10 years ago, according to a statement released by the board. The decision was made behind closed doors.
The decision was made after “a thorough and thoughtful discussion” that lasted about an hour, Bill Gibson, acting chairman of the board, said in a statement. He described the account as a “severance pay plan award previously recommended” for Hall.
The Rural Center, charged with helping the poorest areas of the state, had made periodic contributions of $10,000 to $40,000 to the account, according to center officials and a state audit that first disclosed it. Read it here.
"As North Carolina’s unemployment rate remains far too high and our economy continues to recover, Vice Chair Yellen’s impressive public sector and academic experience will make her a stable hand at the helm of our central bank," Hagan said in a statement. "I’m pleased to join my colleagues on the Banking Committee from both sides of the aisle to support Vice Chair Yellen’s nomination, and I hope the full Senate confirms her as the first woman to head the Federal Reserve with broad bipartisan support in the coming weeks." Read more here.
Paul Guthery was an IT manager at the Department of Health and Human Services, where he had worked since January 2010. At a hearing Wednesday, State Auditor Beth Wood described him as the agency's "point person" for CSC, responsible for certifying NCTracks' testing process. Read more here.
“The Raleigh, N.C.-based Civitas Institute wants the email correspondence, phone records, and calendars of Gene Nichol, director of the UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity and a Moral Monday protest participant. It seeks Nichol's records during the period from Sept. 14 through Oct. 25, the day the request was filed. Civitas submitted the FOIA request the week after Nichol wrote a newspaper column critical of the McCrory administration.” Read more here.
“But DC insiders are gearing up to try to buy this seat. They've once again decided to back their hand-picked lobbyist who has taken a ton of money from outside special interest groups. That could translate into a crushing number of misleading ads against me right here in North Carolina.”