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The other most important race in North Carolina: Robin Hudson for Supreme Court

Everyone who's paying attention knows that control of the US Senate rests with the election here in North Carolina. Moderate Kay Hagan has her hands full with extremist Thom Tillis, a race that is being covered to death by media around the world. The stakes couldn't be higher.

And yet they are. Because there's an equally important election for the North Carolina Supreme Court, where Justice Robin Hudson is up against the dark lord, Art Pope. Having already acquired the legislature and the governor's office, Mr. Pope would have absolute control over the future of North Carolina with a hand-picked NC Supreme Court.

The recent retirement of Chief Justice Sarah Parker has left Robin Hudson as the highest-ranking woman in the entire NC court system. In addition, she is the senior Democrat on the NC Supreme Court. With her seat, justice truly hangs in the balance.

There is only one way to combat the millions the right wing is pouring into our state. Word of mouth. And no matter how much money you have or don't have, you do have an email list and a voice you can use.

1. A personal note to your friends is a powerful and motivating force. Here's what I'm saying to mine:

Fracking brings jobs, for homeless t-shirt wearers

A new low for the mother frackers fossil fuel industry:

Another 18 or so men sported turquoise-colored “Shale Yes” T-shirts. Some of them expressed confusion about why they were in Cullowhee. A handful removed their shirts or turned them inside out after anti-fracking supporters quizzed them about their knowledge of fracking. One of the men told The Herald he stays in a Winston-Salem homeless shelter and came because he had been told it would help the environment. He said he felt misled. The man, an Army veteran receiving mental-health care, refused to provide his name or additional details, saying he didn’t want any trouble. To prove his story, he fished in his pocket and produced a Bethesda Center For The Homeless business card.

The men who would talk – none were willing to provide their names -- seemed nervous. They asked reporters to close their notebooks when other people approached. One warned another to be quiet. They denied receiving money to attend the hearing.

This was somebody's "bright idea," and that somebody needs to be splattered all over the nightly news and the front pages of newspapers.

What's not to like?

McCrory is less creepy than Tillis, but they both have the same baggage

It's not surprising that Tillis wants to cozy up to somebody, anybody, who could possible help burnish his miserable personality. But Pat McCrory? Seriously?

Chris Fitzsimon has a good take on the very odd couple:

But there’s somebody else who is surely watching the Senate battle carefully— Governor Pat McCrory—and not just because of his own political affiliation or his close relationship with Speaker Tillis. The race is in many ways a preview of what McCrory will face in 2016 when he presumably will be running for reelection. Despite his efforts to claim independence from the powerful leaders of the General Assembly—most notably his incessant claim that he is “stepping on the toes of the right and the left”—he has been a willing if not enthusiastic partner of the hard-right agenda of the legislative leadership that is so unpopular.

Tuesday Twitter roundup

More whistling past the graveyard from McCroryland:

Another grossly overpaid empty suit:

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Polls show Hagan building a lead over Tillis (Greensboro News & Record) -- Republican challenger Thom Tillis lags behind U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan as their race moves into its final leg, according to two polls released Monday.
http://www.news-record.com/news/polls-show-hagan-building-a-lead-over-ti...

New polls show Hagan widening lead (WRAL-TV) -- Two polls released Monday show Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan opening up a lead over Republican challenger Thom Tillis.
http://www.wral.com/new-polls-show-hagan-widening-lead/13982381/

NC survey shows Hagan with narrow US Senate lead (AP) -- A survey of North Carolina likely voters shows Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan holding a narrow lead over Republican challenger Thom Tillis roughly two months from Election Day.
http://www.wral.com/nc-survey-shows-hagan-with-narrow-us-senate-lead/139...

Elon Poll gives Hagan lead, shows gender gap -- Results (Elon Poll) Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan has opened a four-point lead over her challenger in the November elections, according to the latest Elon University Poll. Hagan leads Thom Tillis, the Republican speaker of North Carolina’s House of Representatives, by a 45-41 margin among likely voters. Nine percent of likely voters said they plan to support another candidate, and 5 percent are undecided on their vote. FULL RESULTS:
http://www.elon.edu/docs/e-web/elonpoll/091514_ElonPollExecutiveReport.pdf

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Rural Wifi investment

For some time I have pointed out that the best way to ensure economic development in our rural counties is to provide broadband wifi services to those areas. Free access would be ideal, but fees for service will most likely be necessary.

A letter to the editor in Saturday's News and Observer demonstrates a need for some kind of program in North Carolina that would bring wifi service to our countryside. The letter writer feels she is "sealed off from the digital age, because broadband service has not been extended to our homes."

We live in an area of Chatham County where there is no DSL or cable and weak cell signals. The best service one can get is satellite or a trip of 10-15 miles to a library when it is open…

Another straw on the camel's back: Moral Monday appeal successful

The first Moral Monday arrest case to make it to Superior Court has resulted in the trumped-up charges being dismissed.

A Wake County Superior Court judge has dismissed a trespassing case against a protester arrested at the N.C. Legislative Building in the summer of 2013 in a ruling that could have broader effect on cases still in the judicial pipeline.

Judge Donald Stephens, the chief resident Superior Court judge of Wake County, ruled the constitutional rights of Leonard Beeghley were violated when he was arrested on June 17, 2013, demonstrating against the General Assembly's new agenda.

As in recent District Court cases, the judge cited the recent US Supreme Court ruling about protests on public property.

A U.S. Supreme Court decision in June has had an impact on the cases in recent weeks.

Tillis in a tailspin

A number of polls show Speaker Tillis falling behind Senator Hagan. To turn things around, Tillis needs to climb a treacherous mountain. He needs to paint the Senator as a radical socialist who does nothing but support Obama's agenda. He needs to convince people that she's lazy, disengaged, and out-of-step with North Carolina values. That's not going to happen. None of that stuff is even remotely true, and people know it. The more Tillis beats the drum, the sillier he seems. He tried this approach in the first debate and came away looking like a schmuck.

This is exactly what happened in the State Supreme Court primary when Republican liars went after Robin Hudson with attack ads that didn't pass the smell test:

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