News from the Trail: Polls in State Senate races; Updates on US Senate Race

vote buttonDemocrat leads in Republican-held Senate District

According to a recent poll from the Civitas Institute, Democrat Thomas Bradshaw leads Republican John Alexander 49%-39% in the race for NC Senate District 15.  The seat is currently held by Republican Neal Hunt, who is not seeking re-election.  Former State Rep. Jim Fulghum had filed for the seat, but was forced to withdraw due to a battle with cancer, which he lost earlier this year.  Click here for more.


Meredith leads Richardson in Senate District 19

Vote 2 Reduce Debt Announces North Carolina Effort

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Vote 2 Reduce Debt (V2RD) announced their North Carolina team today as part of a national effort underway in seven states.  The PAC’s strategy is aimed at electing conservative U.S. Senate candidates in order to return leadership of the U.S. Senate to Republicans.  The national political director for the organization is Patrick J. Davis.  Davis was the political director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee in 2004 – the last time Republicans gained back control of the U.S. Senate from Democrats.  The North Carolina team leading V2RD’s 2014 effort is Chairman Mike Rusher and State Director Matt Mercer.

News from the Trail: NFIB Endorses Tillis; Hagan uses Koch Brothers in money pitch; Rand Paul coming to NC


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

NFIB endorses Tillis for Senate

Yesterday, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), which describes itself as the nation’s leading advocate for small businesses, endorsed Thom Tillis for U.S. Senate. Tillis was joined by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, North Carolina NFIB state director Gregg Thompson, and Gordon Hunt, owner of Illuminating Technologies Inc. in Greensboro for the announcement.  Click here for the NFIB’s announcement from its website.  A video from the endorsement is below.


Hagan again uses Koch Brothers, Rove in fundraising pitch

Opinion: Ad’s Apples-to-Oranges Comparison Misses Mark

SarahCurryby Sarah Curry

t is an election year, and that means our televisions and radios are littered with campaign ads. Advertisements try to persuade you to vote for candidates based upon their morals, past experience, community involvement, and ability to influence or pass legislation. Or they attack with a sensational fact designed to make you think poorly of an opponent as a candidate.

I am not here to tell you who to vote for, but I do want to shed some light on an ad that I’ve seen that doesn’t get the facts right regarding the North Carolina budget.

News from the Campaign Trail

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


Tillis:  Hagan is Missing in Action

Tillis says Hagan MIA


Hagan campaign works to register college students

Hagan College Voters

Meadows Jabs Hagan
Congressman Mark Meadows’ campaign retweeted a tweet quoting a jab he took at Senator Kay Hagan over whether there are boots on the ground in Syria or Iraq:

Meadows jabs Hagan


NC House Republicans Praise Court Ruling on Opportunity Scholarships

NC HOuse Caucus Opportunity Scholarships


Tillis:  Reid’s Super PAC “Resorts to More Falsehoods”

Hagan Statement on VA’s Publication of Final Regulations for Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Victims

Hagan, Kay 010809-18418-rb 0014WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kay Hagan today commented on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) publication of the final regulations implementing the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012. Hagan played a critical role in the passage of the legislation and has worked in the U.S. Senate to find answers and ensure justice for the veterans and their families affected by water contamination at Camp Lejeune.

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.

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.”

Senators Hagan & Coons Introduce Bill to Give Students a Head Start at a College Degree

Hagan, Kay 010809-18418-rb 0014WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Kay Hagan (NC) and Chris Coons (DE) introduced legislation to help more low-income students access and complete a college education. The Fast Track to College Act supports state and local efforts to implement early college high schools and other dual or concurrent enrollment programs that enable students to start earning college credits while in high school – free of cost.