Daily dose: Gaffes and lies edition

3rd party candidates could tip key Senate races (AP) — A pizza deliveryman in North Carolina, a "libertarian cop" in Kentucky and an Alaska candidate — but not the one who was expected — hope to do what a Kansas businessman did this week: shake up Senate races as third-party candidates, an often-dismissed lot.

Top eight Senate campaign gaffes (The Hill) -- Implying the “traditional population” is white people: North Carolina Republican Senate candidate, N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis, challenging vulnerable Sen. Kay Hagan (D), once referred to the “traditional population” of the state as separate from the “African-American population” and the “Hispanic population.” “The traditional population of North Carolina and the United States is more or less stable,” Tillis said. “It's not growing. The African American population is roughly growing but the Hispanic population and the other immigrant populations are growing in significant numbers. We've got to resonate with those future voters.” The remarks came in a 2012 interview with Carolina Business Review, but they surfaced in June when the liberal Talking Points Memo found them. "’Traditional’ North Carolinians refers to North Carolinians who have been here for a few generations," Tillis campaign Communications Director Daniel Keylin told TPM by way of explanation. "A lot of the state's recent population growth is from people who move from other states to live, work, and settle down in North Carolina. Thom Tillis for example."

Reverend Barber's speech to fast food workers in Durham (video)

Fast food workers and supporters in Raleigh and Durham joined the #Strikefastfood movement today with Rallies, Marches, and Sit-ins. Here's a link to pics from the N&O

Here's a video featuring portions of Reverend Barber's speech in Durham:

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Debate spin

John Robinson said it well on Facebook:

Koch Industries moving to acquire controlling interest in US Senate

And apparently money is no object in their determination to gain control:

The secretive political network of conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch has aired more than 43,900 television ads this election cycle in an attempt to help Republicans take control of the Senate in the upcoming November election.

The total includes the six most active nonprofit groups in the Koch brothers’ coalition: Americans for Prosperity, the American Energy Alliance, Concerned Veterans for America, the Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, Generation Opportunity and the 60 Plus Association.

Just to expose how screwed up our priorities are: if Koch were trying to acquire another private corporation or publicly-traded entity, the transaction would be monitored a lot closer, and full disclosure of funding sources would be required. And an assessment would be made if the transaction would produce a monopoly or other antitrust situation. But they are free to spend hundreds of millions filling seats in Congress with pliable puppets. Puppets who will help them pursue their new-found love of fracking:

Daily Dose: Dissecting the debate edition


Listening to the Hagan-Tillis U.S. Senate debate on the radio, the following impressions remain to ponder:

  • Did House Speaker Thom Tillis really lecture Kay Hagan on what women think and need? “Sen. Hagan needs to talk to these women and explain why the government has determined a health care policy they were satisfied with is no longer fits the bill and that justifies her broken promises -- promise. … The women who opened up 475,000 (Washington Post said of this claim: “Unlike wine, tired talking points don’t age well”) see cancellation notices are wondering why? I was happy with it. Now I'm not sure if I can keep my same doctor.”
  • Why did Hagan let Tillis lecture her on what women think and need? (mentions of “women” – 24; mentions of “men” – 7)
  • Will Sen. Hagan repeatedly refer to Speaker Tillis as “Tommy” in the next debate? (Mentions of “Kay” – 48; mentions of “Thom” -- 6)
  • Will Speaker Tillis tell people whether he thinks the N.C. minimum wage of $7.50 an hour is too much, just right, not enough or none of your business?
  • Will Sen. Hagan let me keep my doctor or not (does my doctor want to keep me)?

In debate, Hagan says Tillis takes NC backward (AP) -- Sen. Kay Hagan accused Republican challenger Thom Tillis of short-changing education as a leader of the North Carolina legislature on Wednesday night, and he cast her as a rubberstamp for President Barack Obama in the first debate of a close and costly race with national stakes. The hour-long confrontation marked the first major post-Labor Day event of a national struggle between the political parties for Senate control. Republicans must gain six states to win the Senate majority and have long listed North Carolina as a top target. Hagan and Tillis stood 10 feet apart at identical podiums as they exchanged accusations central to a race that public opinion polls rate a toss-up. Tillis recalled Hagan's comments from her successful 2008 campaign, when she criticized GOP incumbent Elizabeth Dole for having voted 92 percent of the time with then-President George W. Bush. And yet, he said, Hagan has sided with Obama 95 percent. "Kay 1.0, Kay 2.0," he said unflatteringly, adding, "At the end of the day we need to say what we mean."

NC Sample Ballots NOW available on-line

Today the sample ballots for the November election have appeared.

One way to get one is to find your voter registration at
and then click on the link in the Sample Ballots box (under your information) that takes you to your ballot.

Remember: Deadline for Voter Registration is 10/10.

Duke Energy wearing two hats with nat gas pipeline

Playing both ends against the middle:

Duke Energy: owner and customer

Duke Energy will own its 40 percent share of the pipeline through the company’s Commercial Power business unit.

Separately, Duke Energy’s two North Carolina regulated utilities – Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress – will be customers of the pipeline, paying the pipeline’s owners to transport natural gas.

The transaction between Duke Energy’s commercial and regulated units will require North Carolina Utilities Commission approval, which Duke Energy will request this fall.

Since NC has reverted back to the unwise, unfair, and costly to consumers CWIP (Construction Work In Progress) program, the likelihood that Duke Energy will try to recoup their share of the construction costs of this pipeline via rate hikes is high. Whether they try to do that directly from the Commercial Power "business unit," or if said unit passes along the costs in what it charges the other Duke Energy entities, who will then seek the rate increases themselves, remains to be seen. But it bears watching. Closely.


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