Let’s start this frosty day with a tweet and a soundbite – both of which are sure to warm you up.
From Newt Gingrich @ newtgingrich earlier this week: “Had great meeting with North Carolina Speaker of the House Thom Tillis, really understands the country’s challenges, strong Senate candidate.”
And then there’s this from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, talking Wednesday at a Republican National Committee meeting in Washington: “If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it.”
Huckabee has endorsed, Mark Harris, another Republican who wants Sen. Kay Hagan’s job. Read more here.
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Elsewhere those who aren’t happy – or perhaps those who are – can weigh in on a proposed insurance rate increase for home owners. The public comment session is from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in the Jim Long Hearing Room of the Dobbs Building, 430 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh.
“John Dudley is an experienced businessman who has seen the havoc that overregulation and out of control spending has on the economy," said Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity in a statement announcing Dudley’s hire. “While we face big challenges ahead, like passing a state constitutional amendment on private property rights, we know John and the entire North Carolina team will be a capable and effective force for economic freedom.”
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