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Tillis’ switch on Medicaid draws fire

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Jim Morrill, News and Observer, October 23, 2014. In last spring’s Republican primary, U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis ran an ad touting his fight against an expanded Medicaid program. “Thom Tillis has a proven record fighting against Obamacare,” the narrator said. “Tillis stopped Obama’s Medicaid expansion cold. It’s not happening in North Carolina, and […]

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Stop dwelling on the past

| October 2, 2014 | 1 Comment

By Rick Henderson, Carolina Journal, October 2, 2014. ALEIGH — As incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis have battled to represent North Carolina for the next six years in Washington, their messages have focused on the past — Hagan’s tenure in the Senate, and Tillis’ leadership of the state House. But […]

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Why Hagan won

| October 2, 2014 | 1 Comment

By Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, October 1, 2014. Yes, there’s still five weeks to go. Yes, anything can happen. But the story of this race is likely to be that Thom Tillis lost it when he stayed Speaker in this year’s legislative session. Apparently Tillis stayed on so he could raise money. But he […]

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Art Pope ranks No. 15 on political power list

| September 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Mary Cornatzer, Under the Dome, September 8, 2014. Former state budget director Art Pope is ranked No. 15 in the U.S. Billionaires Political Power Index. The ranking as the title indicates assesses the country’s top billionaires in terms of their overall political influence. The list was compiled by Darrell M. West, author of “Billionaires: Reflections […]

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Senate offers adjournment smorgasbord

| August 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Laura Leslie, WRAL, August 14, 2014. Senate leaders are preparing to send the House three different proposals for terms of adjournment, indicating that there’s still no agreement between House and Senate leaders about when to come back or what they should take up when they do. In the Senate Rules Committee on Thursday night, […]

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N.C. Senate sends House bargain on teacher assistants

| August 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Gary Robertson, Associated Press, published in News and Observer, August 14, 2014. Senate Republicans offered solutions late Thursday to end the General Assembly’s extended work session this year. But they also offered a hard bargain to House members to resolve a problem about teacher assistants by linking it to a sales tax and economic […]

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Coal money to Tillis; Duke money to Hagan

| August 8, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Renee Schoof, McClatchy Washington Bureau, published in News and Observer, August 7, 2014. Money from coal companies has been fueling Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis’ race to unseat U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, including $21,100 from the nation’s largest privately owned coal company. The contributions came from the Ohio-based Murray Energy Corp. The owner and […]

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With midterm elections at hand, GOP legislators get kinder, gentler

| August 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

by John Frank and Jim Morrill, Charlotte Observer, August 2, 2014. Is this the kinder, gentler Republican legislature? This session, in the shadow of a U.S. Senate race and legislative elections, GOP leaders preserved teacher tenure, protected Medicaid eligibility for thousands of vulnerable residents and gave underpaid teachers a substantial pay raise. “I actually believe […]

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Advocates wary of scant budget details

| July 29, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Laura Leslie, WRAL, July 28, 2014. As lawmakers work out details of the $21 billion budget deal struck this weekend, advocates for groups at the center of the stalemate are voicing skepticism about the information revealed so far. House and Senate leaders announced via Twitter Saturday night that they had agreed on a “framework” that would […]

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Hagan sidesteps Democratic Party turmoil

| July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Derek Willis, The Upshot, New York Times, July 22, 2014. Having lost its grip on political power in North Carolina, the state’s Democratic Party has the chance to prove its mettle by helping Kay Hagan retain the Senate seat she won in 2008. But internal party disputes have prompted Ms. Hagan to set up an alternative […]

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