Another women’s group is entering the U.S. Senate fray on behalf of incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan.
EMILY’s List debuts a new television advertisement Monday that attacks Republican candidate Thom Tillis for cutting money for education while preserving tax breaks for the wealthy. (See it below.)
It represents a significant commitment from the organization, which backs women candidates through its Women Vote project, and demonstrates the liabilities for Tillis as he moves to finalize a budget with the state Senate.
The 30-second spot features a pregnant Raleigh teacher who feels the financial pinch from buying supplies for an increasingly crowded classroom.
An announcer says Tillis cut $500 million from education (in the 2013 budget he supported) and makes the connection to the teacher’s classroom situation. It also notes that the Republican tax overhaul kept a sales tax break for people who buy yachts and jets.
The kicker: “It just doesn’t seem right for the kids,” the teacher says.
The outside group’s ad is running in the state’s three largest media markets – Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro – on broadcast and cable stations through the end of June. EMILY’s List wouldn’t release a total cost on the buy, except to say it is a “significant, upper six-figure buy.” It is part of a $3 million campaign the organization will fund to help re-elect Hagan.
Earlier this month, Planned Parenthood announced it would spend the same amount to boost Hagan, calling North Carolina its No. 1 priority.
Hagan is one of four southern Democratic women on the ballot this fall in key races that could tilt the balance of power in the U.S. Senate.
The Senate will draw most the attention Monday. Republicans leaders are introducing a bill to toughen coal ash regulation and putting it to a hearing at 3 p.m. in room 643 LOB. (See a preview below.)
The chamber convenes a full session at 7 p.m. to consider a full calendar. The House is not meeting Monday.
The Moral Monday protest starts at 5 p.m. A judge suspended some building rules Friday (see below) so how they conduct themselves will be a point to watch.
It represents the worst prognostication for Hagan compared to a handful of others that list it at even or a tossup.
Check out the details and roll the dice on who gets control in November here.
It details all the letters the Democrat wrote to the administration on hot-button issues such as voter ID, health care and environmental regulations. The campaign suggests the letters are designed to mask her votes and other statements on the issues.
The spin: “Kay Hagan thinks she can erase the fact she votes with President Obama’s liberal agenda 95 percent of the time by sitting down and writing letters backtracking from her failed partisan record,” said Tillis campaign manager Jordan Shaw. “The reality is that North Carolinians want a proven leader and problem solver like Thom Tillis, not a part-time pen pal and full-time rubber stamp for President Obama and Harry Reid’s destructive policies that are crushing middle-class families and small businesses.”
Now we will see how the Republicans handle a similar question. Read more here.
The two sides have bought or reserved more than $116 million since the beginning of January, those documents show. ...
The race for a North Carolina seat held by Sen. Kay Hagan (D) has drawn the most attention, those documents show. Since the beginning of the year, Republicans have spent more than $13 million on the contest, while Democrats have dropped $11 million to defend the senator. ... Tillis and his allies spent a few million dollars getting him through the May 6 primary, but most of the GOP’s money has gone toward attacking Hagan.
The North Carolina numbers: Republicans outspent Democrats by $1,591,021. Democrats spent:: $11,815,533. Republicans spent: $13,406,554. The grand total so far: $25,222,087. Read more here.
The N.C. Education Lottery warned legislative staffers that the House’s plan to boost lottery sales by doubling the advertising budget would generate only $59 million next year – far less than the $106 million designated in the budget.
It is outlined in a fiscal memo sent to legislative staffers before the House voted Thursday and Friday to approve the $21.1 billion spending plan.
The documents, obtained by The News & Observer, show that the House’s projection didn’t take into account language in the bill eliminating lottery advertising at college sporting events and restricting the description about jackpot payouts. The lottery commission suggests the limits would cost them $47 million in sales.
State Rep. Nelson Dollar, the lead House budget writer, would not say whether he saw the projection before the House vote. Read more here.
Judge Carl Fox, an Orange County judge presiding in Wake County this week, made the ruling after hearing arguments from attorneys for the NAACP and the special deputy attorney generals representing the state.
Fox said a rule stating that visitors to the legislative complex “may not disturb or act in a manner that will imminently disturb” the General Assembly, its members, committees or staff, was overly broad. Read more here.
The grand jury subpoena delivered to the N.C. Utilities Commission on Friday directs the agency’s staff to provide additional records involving the two coal ash dumps at Duke’s Dan River Steam Station in Eden. A pipe running under one of the dumps collapsed Feb. 2, triggering a spill that coated 70 miles of the Dan River with toxic sludge. Read more here.
The prospects for local shale-gas exploration, which is under moratorium until 2015 in North Carolina, are less clear. Access to an interstate pipeline could reduce barriers to entry for local energy exploration, but local fracking operators still may not be able to compete with established upstream producers.
“This will impede exploration in North Carolina,” said Mark Bridgers, a pipeline construction consultant and principal with Continuum Advisory Group in Raleigh. “Simply building a pipeline doesn’t get around the fact that most of the other infrastructure doesn’t exist.” Read more here.
Over the weekend two of the candidates were said to have chosen a partner. Roskam, according to sources, has unofficially tapped Rep. Richard Hudson as his running mate ... Hudson, from North Carolina, is known to be to Roskam’s right. Read more here.
N.C. A&T researchers find a “miracle material” that uses coal ash. Read more here.
In first, N.C. to use drone to explore state historic site. Read more here.
LEGO gets a Moral Monday theme. Read more here.
O’Connor: Phil Berger shows the civil approach. Read more here.
N.C. Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller: McCrory, cronies sold out to fracking. Read more here.
Pay for North Carolina CEOs rises 14 percent. Read more here.
N.C. appellate court helps remedy federal inquiry of state’s employment agency. Read more here.
Judge rules against N.C. alienation of affection law. Read more here.