NFIB Endorses Candidates in 35 Legislative Races

NFIBRALEIGH, N.C. — The National Federation of Independent Business, North Carolina’s leading small-business association, has endorsed candidates in 35 state legislative races. The endorsements were made by NFIB/North Carolina SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, which is comprised exclusively of NFIB members.

“Our members support the candidates who support small business and will protect free enterprise,” said Gregg Thompson, state director of NFIB/North Carolina. “These candidates have shown a deep commitment to reducing the burdens on small businesses and opposing legislation that would make it even harder for them to grow and create jobs.”

High Point Poll: Race Between Tillis & Hagan Too Close to Call

High PointHIGH POINT, N.C. — The first High Point University Poll of the 2014 fall semester finds that the race for U.S. Senate between incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan (D) and N.C. Speaker of the House Thom Tillis (R) is a statistical tie, with Hagan receiving support from 42 percent of likely voters and Tillis receiving 40 percent support. A statistical tie means that the survey results are too close to call as they are within the margin of error.

Polling Snapshot: Presidential Approval, Generic Congressional Ballot, Local vs. State Government, Various Races

Chartby Frank Williams

The following are snapshots from recent opinion polls:

Presidential Approval: Rasmussen Reports’ daily presidential tracking poll shows that 47% of likely U.S. voters approve of President Obama’s job performance, while 52% disapprove. The latest figures include 21% of all likely voters who strongly approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 41% who strongly disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -20. Meanwhile, Gallup finds that 43% approve of President Obama’s job performance, while 50% disapprove.

Prison farm donates truckloads of extra squash to Food Bank

Public SafetyTILLERY, N.C. — Correction Enterprises, the prison industry and inmate job training section of the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice, is donating 4,500 cases of canned squash to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.   The squash was grown and canned by inmates working at the Caledonia Prison Farm in Halifax County.

The Food Bank received the first shipment of two truckloads last week and a second shipment today.  The entire donation of 4,500 cases fills five tractor-trailers.

First Lady Ann McCrory Highlights Family Day

RALEIGH, N.C. — First Lady Ann McCrory encouraged parents throughout the state to spend time with their children today and every day in honor of “Family Day” in North Carolina.

Family Day is a national initiative created in 2001 by CASAColumbia, a science-based organization focused on effective solutions to address addiction and substance use. The day is celebrated on the fourth Monday of September each year and was also recognized by the first lady in 2013.

Hearings Set for Captive Cervid Licenses and Permits Proposal

NC WildlifeRALEIGH, N.C. — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold two public hearings to take comments on proposed changes for captive cervid licenses and permits.

Cervids are the family of mammals that includes white-tailed deer and elk, both native to North Carolina. The proposed changes to 15A NCAC 10H .0301 would allow the Wildlife Resources Commission to issue new captivity licenses and permits for the purpose of holding cervids in captivity and allow certified herd owners to sell or transfer cervids to any licensed facility.

The first public hearing is scheduled for Oct. 7 at the Iredell County Extension Center, 444 Bristol Drive, Statesville, beginning at 7 p.m.

NCDOT Accepting Proposals for Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grants

ncdotRALEIGH, N.C. — The N.C. Department of Transportation is accepting proposals from communities for the 2015 Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative. In its 10th year, the program provides funding for municipalities across the state to develop comprehensive bicycle and/or pedestrian plans. Smaller communities with populations of less than 5,000 are also encouraged to apply, and also have the option to develop combined bicycle and pedestrian plans.

The deadline for applications is Friday, Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. All applications must be submitted electronically. Award recipients will be notified in June 2015.

Opinion: Regions Cast Different Votes

John Hood

John Hood

by John Hood

If Republican Thom Tillis were running for the U.S. Senate from the state of North Piedmont, he’d be clearly favored to defeat incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan. Alternatively, if Hagan represented the state of Trianglia, she’d be such a shoo-in that we’d all lose interest in the race.

No, I’m not pining for a breakup of my native state (if back in the land of my ancestors, I’d have voted to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom). I’m delighted that North Carolina encompasses diverse communities. Indeed, to understand our state’s politics in the 21st century is to recognize that differences in history, economics, and demographics produce marked differences in political preference.

Sunscreen Innovation Act Cosponsored by Hagan Passes the Senate

Hagan, Kay 010809-18418-rb 0014WASHINGTON, D.C. – A bipartisan bill cosponsored by U.S. Senator Kay Hagan to modernize the FDA review process for over-the-counter sunscreen ingredients passed in the full Senate this week. The Sunscreen Innovation Act now heads to the House of Representatives. Although using sunscreen is one of the primary ways to protect against skin cancer, an FDA backlog has resulted in Americans not having access to the most advanced sunscreen ingredients.

News from the Campaign Trail

vote buttonThe following are updates from the 2014 campaign trail in North Carolina:

Hagan vs. Koch?

Recent emails from the re-election campaign of Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) — including one this weekend with the subject line “Koch brothers kool aid” — seem predominantly focused on villifying the Koch brothers and linking them to Republican challenger Thom Tillis.  The tactic has been employed by Democratic candidates throughout the nation this year.


Tillis:  Hagan’s campaign built on falsehoods.

In recent days, Tillis’ campaign has often repeated the refrain that “Senator Hagan’s entire campaign is built on half-truths and falsehoods.”