Civitas Calls on Tillis to Drop Debate

CivitasRALEIGH, N.C. – Civitas President Francis X. De Luca is urging Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis to withdraw from a U.S. Senate debate co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters, which has two active lawsuits against the state and is part of a left-wing organization known for its controversial call to “eviscerate” and “cripple” the state’s political leadership.

“It is outrageous that the Speaker of the North Carolina House and current candidate for the Senate is involved with a group which is also suing the state to block good legislation — and which apparently condones undemocratic tactics,” De Luca said.

Tillis campaign launches new ad entitled “Math”

RALEIGH, N.C. – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis’ campaign unveiled a new television ad today entitled “Math.” The ad will begin airing next Tuesday.

According to a release from Tillis’ campaign:

The ad highlights Thom’s leadership in providing North Carolina teachers with a historic pay raise while contrasting his record of results with Kay Hagan’s record of rubber-stamping President Obama’s failed policies.

Under Thom’s leadership as Speaker, education funding has increased every year. This summer, he played an instrumental role in achieving a compromise budget that fulfilled his promise to give teachers a much-deserved salary increase. The average 7 percent pay raise instantly makes North Carolina among the most competitive states in the region for teacher compensation.

Opinion: Candidates at Starting Line

John Hood

John Hood

by John Hood

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan has been running hard for reelection for more than a year. Republican nominee Thom Tillis, the speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, has been campaigning against Hagan for nearly as long. Republicans, Democrats, and independent-expenditure groups have already begun their battle over control of the state legislature.

So far, there isn’t much evidence that any of these actions and expenditures have made much of an impression on the intended audience — the North Carolinians likely to vote this fall.

Hagan Welcomes American Legion to Charlotte

Hagan, Kay 010809-18418-rb 0014WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kay Hagan today addressed the American Legion’s 96th National Convention in Charlotte today to welcome veterans from across the country to the North Carolina, the most military-friendly state in the nation, and discuss steps that the federal government and Obama Administration should take to restore the trust and faith of veterans in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

“I have told the President that promises alone aren’t going to get it done. The Obama Administration must understand that we need a complete change in culture at the VA,” said Senator Hagan. “The Obama Administration has a long road ahead to restore the faith and trust of our veterans.”

Senator Hagan Comments on President’s Attendance at American Legion Convention in Charlotte

Hagan, Kay 010809-18418-rb 0014WASHINGTON, D.C. – Below is a statement from Senator Kay Hagan on the White House’s announcement that he will be speaking at the American Legion national convention in Charlotte on Tuesday:

“The Obama Administration has not yet done enough to earn the lasting trust of our veterans and implement real and permanent reforms at the VA. I hope to hear the President address these challenges at the American Legion’s National Convention in Charlotte. I will be there to discuss some of the steps I want to see taken in Washington to uphold the commitment our government has made to North Carolina’s veterans.”

Tillis: Hagan broke promises to N.C. Veterans

RALEIGH, N.C. – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis’ campaign blasted incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan on Friday, accusing her of breaking promises to the state’s veterans.

A release from the Tillis campaign had this to say: “Kay Hagan is refusing to take any responsibility for breaking her promises to veterans, instead pointing blame at the Obama administration to distract from her own failures. After six years of watching the quality of care at the VA worsen, Hagan’s election-year rhetoric is too little, too late. Unlike Kay Hagan, Thom Tillis will constantly demand accountability and transparency from Obama and the VA to ensure that our veterans are receiving the timely and quality healthcare they deserve.”

Hagan Calls for Federal Action to Combat Child Trafficking

Hagan, Kay 010809-18418-rb 0014WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (NC), Chair of the Subcommittee on Children and Families, is calling on the U.S. Departments of Education and Health & Human Services (HHS) to take action against the growing prevalence of child trafficking in the United States. After holding a hearing last month that examined how child victims are going unidentified, misidentified or underreported because of gaps in training for health care providers, school personnel and social workers, Hagan is pressing the Departments to issue guidelines that will help these dedicated professionals better identify and treat victims. A copy of the letter is available here.

Concerned Women for America holding rally in Charlotte this Wednesday

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, August 27 Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee President and CEO Penny Nance, Founders of North Carolina based Benham Companies, David and Jason Benham, Executive Vice President of Students for Life, Tina Whittington, and Susan B. Anthony List Activist, Tami Fitzgerald will hold a rally as part of the “Summer of Life” campaign in front of Sen. Kay Hagan’s office. The rally will highlight Sen. Hagan’s opposition to the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, S. 1670 and Majority Leader Harry Reid’s attempt to shield Sen. Hagan from taking a vote on this legislation which regulates abortion after 20 weeks of gestation. Because these unborn children are capable of feeling pain after 20 weeks fetal age, this bill would regulate abortion, except in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is threatened.

New poll shows Hagan with slight lead over Tillis

PPPRALEIGH, N.C. – A new poll by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm based in Raleigh, shows incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan with a slight lead over Republican challenger Thom Tillis in the race for North Carolina’s U.S. Senate seat. Hagan also led in PPP’s previous poll, but their blog post indicates that the race has tightened up some in the past month.

Hagan earned 42% in the most recent poll, compared to 38% for Tillis and 8% for Libertarian Sean Haugh. Haugh’s supporters say they would support Tillis 61%-19% over Hagan if they had to choose between the two major party candidates. When you allocate them to their second choice the race is virtually tied, with Hagan leading 43%-42%.

Hagan Pushes FAA to Develop Plan for Long-Term Plan for Contract Towers

Hagan, Kay 010809-18418-rb 0014WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Kay Hagan sent a bipartisan letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta, asking the FAA to develop a long-term strategy and plan for the Federal Contract Tower Program. The Federal Contract Tower Program has existed for over 30 years as a partnership between the private sector and Federal government aimed at improving air traffic safety. Federal contract towers supplement FAA-staffed facilities around the country, and the surrounding communities depend on the contract towers for commercial and general aviation services, jobs and support for the military and a variety of air ambulance services. There are five of these towers located in North Carolina – Concord, Hickory, Kinston, New Bern and Winston-Salem.