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Daily dose: Dallas blames Kay, forgets Burr and other Republicans

JUDGE COGBURN MAY BE HARD FIT FOR ‘JUDICIAL ACTIVIST’ POSTER BOY – In the wake of Friday’s court action to strike down as unconstitutional, North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriage, those who don’t like it have focused on the U.S. district court judge who issued the order -- Max Cogburn of Asheville. “It nationalizes the election and focuses it on federal issues that deal with the U.S. Senate: One key role is confirming or not confirming the president’s judges,” Dallas Woodhouse told reporters on Saturday. Woodhouse runs Carolina Rising, a conservative nonprofit organization based in Raleigh. “If you don’t like this ruling, it is appropriate to take it out on Kay Hagan.” It may also be appropriate to take it out on North Carolina’s other U.S. senator, Republican Richard Burr – and 94 other U.S. senators.

Daily dose: Freedom to marry edition

‘We do (Greensboro News & Record) -- The grooms stood in front of a minister in a corner of the Guilford County Register of Deeds office shortly before 7 p.m. and affirmed during their vows that there was no legal reason they couldn’t be wed — hours after a judge struck down North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriages. And just like that, history was made.
http://www.news-record.com/news/videos-we-do/article_e3d7c636-50c0-11e4-b540-001a4bcf6878.html

Gay Marriages Allowed to Proceed in Idaho (New York Times) -- In two terse sentences, the court denied Idaho officials’ request to block the Ninth Circuit’s decision striking down bans on same-sex marriage. … Those ripples reached Colorado and West Virginia this week, where same-sex marriages have already started, and North Carolina, where a federal judge on Friday struck down the state’s ban based on one of the appeals court decisions that the Supreme Court had let stand on Monday.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/11/us/politics/supreme-court-lifts-stay-on-same-sex-marriages-in-idah...

Daily dose: Today's the final day for voter registration

Time to call it: NC voting law a dishonest, unjust and racist attack on rights (Raleigh News & Observer column) -- The Supreme Court's disappointing ruling against reinstating same-day registration and counting out-of-precinct votes serves as a stark reminder that it is time for everyone outraged by the ongoing war against voting in North Carolina to call this coordinated attack for what it is:
http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/10/09/4220150/time-to-call-it-nc-voting-law.html

Daily dose: Voter merry-go-round edition

U.S. SUPREME COURT ORDERS ON VOTING LAW
Supreme Court upholds North Carolina's new limits on voting (LA Times) -- North Carolina can enforce new, strict voting restrictions adopted by the state's Republican leaders and opposed by civil rights advocates, the U.S. Supreme Court said Wednesday. The justices lifted a lower court order by a 7-2 vote. The state can end same-day registration for new voters and bar the counting of ballots cast in the wrong precinct, even if they involve statewide races. A third provision of the law, which was not under challenge this week, will reduce the days for early voting from 17 to 10. In dissent, Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor said these measures are likely to have a discriminatory effect on black voters. Ginsburg said the Voting Rights Act of 1965 had "worked to safeguard long-obstructed access to the ballot by African Americans" by blocking such election-law changes in the South. But the court voided that "pre-clearance" rule" last year in a 5-4 decision. North Carolina's GOP-controlled Legislature had adopted a series of changes to the election rules, but until Wednesday it was unclear whether they would take effect this fall.
http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-supreme-court-upholds-north-carolina-voting-20141008-story.html

Daily dose: Post-debate punditry version

THE DEBATE: ROUND 2
Hagan, Emboldened By Small Lead, Goes After Senate Challenger in Debate (Huffington Post) -- Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) came out swinging against Republican challenger Thom Tillis in their second debate Tuesday, perhaps encouraged by her small but consistent leads in polls. During the debate, moderated by ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, Hagan repeatedly pointed out that Tillis, the state House speaker, had dodged questions on the Islamic State, federal education standards and bucking the Republican Party's leadership. Hagan was more assertive about Tillis' answers than during their first debate on Sept. 3. Tillis, for his part, continued his strategy of tying Hagan to President Barack Obama, using the president's comment from last week that his policies would be on the ballot in November.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/07/kay-hagan-thom-tillis-_n_5949238.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

Thom Tillis Burdens Kay Hagan with Presidential Baggage (TIME) -- Thom Tillis, the Republican senate candidate in North Carolina, kept to a simple message about his opponent Sen. Kay Hagan in the contest’s second debate Tuesday: “A vote for Senator Hagan is a vote for President Obama’s failed policies,” Tillis said. With the trap set, Sen. Kay Hagan seemed to stumble into it. Asked to name an instance where she regretted a Congressional vote, after Tillis noted the Democrat has voted with Obama “96% of the time,” Hagan failed to come up with one. Tillis said this was proof that she was “proud” of voting with the President.
https://time.com/3479837/thom-tillis-kay-hagan-north-carolina-senate-debate/

Daily dose: Trailer park Thom edition

Thom Tillis Trailer Park Deal Shows 'What Conflict Of Interest Is All About’ (Huffington Post) – Republican U.S. Senate candidate and state House Speaker Thom Tillis bought a trailer park in early 2007 -- an investment he hoped would increase in value while providing him rental income. But now, as he presses his run for the Senate, the story of that trailer park may cause voters to question whether Tillis used the trappings of his office as a state legislator for personal gain. That's because in the months after he bought the trailer park, Tillis introduced state legislation and sought political compromises that likely would have increased the value of his property. … Tillis' involvement in legislation with the potential to affect his personal portfolio complicates Republican attacks against his opponent, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), who has been accused of profiting from federal stimulus funds. That Tillis wasn't forthcoming about his potential conflict at the time -- he would disclose the property a year later when he was required to by law as part of his ethics disclosure forms -- also has raised concerns from government watchdogs. "The problem is that as Tillis was advocating a bill that would impact his property value, he should have disclosed his ownership," said Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy North Carolina, a good-government advocacy group with a history of calling out both Democrats and Republicans on ethical lapses. Tillis' actions may not have violated North Carolina's lax ethics laws, but Hall said his conduct nevertheless left a bad impression.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/06/thom-tillis-real-estate-conflict_n_5929934.html

Daily dose: Tillis has no base edition

CAMPAIGN 2014
Tillis struggles for conservative support in N.C. (Washington Times) -- North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan was supposed to be one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats this year but she has managed to consistently lead in the polls, as Republican challenger Thom Tillis struggles to muster the support of tea party voters he needs to win in November. Mrs. Hagan meanwhile is energizing her base by accusing Mr. Tillis, speaker of North Carolina’s House, of being a right-wing extremist who she characterizes as anti-woman and anti-education. … From his career in corporate America to his support of toll roads to his comment that legal gay marriage is likely inevitable, Mr. Tillis has alienated much of the state’s conservative base, said Thomas Mills, a Democratic political analyst in North Carolina. “If you’re living in a town of 2,000 people in rural North Carolina that’s the base,” he said. “He culturally can’t connect with those people. He’s not a tea party guy and they never accepted that he is.”
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/oct/5/thom-tillis-struggles-for-conservative-support-in-/

Daily dose: Mid-Term woes and Nuns on the Bus

Parties Target Voters Who Skip Midterms (Wall Street Journal) -- With polls showing a low regard for Washington and weak interest in the midterm election, both parties say victory, more than ever, may go to whoever does the better job nudging tentative voters to the polls.
http://online.wsj.com/articles/both-parties-target-voters-who-skip-midterm-elections-1412367022

Nuns on the Bus to support voting rights in NC (AP) — A group of nuns who tour the country talking about various social justice issues is coming to Raleigh in support of voting rights.
http://www.news-record.com/news/north_carolina_ap/nuns-on-the-bus-to-support-voting-rights-in-nc/art...

Daily dose: OMG! ISIS! edition

Senate candidates wage foreign policy battles (WRAL-TV) -- U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and state House Speaker Thom Tillis have attacked one another on foreign policy in the two weeks leading up to their second debate. But dealing with ISIS and other threats abroad aren't issues that lead themselves to quick sound-bites and easy answers.
http://www.wral.com/senate-candidates-wage-foreign-policy-battles/14041003/

Tillis runs 2nd Islamic State ad in NC Senate race (AP) -- Thom Tillis' Senate campaign released another ad Friday criticizing Sen. Kay Hagan's national security record, this time featuring a North Carolina veteran whose son is a Marine. In the ad, Air Force Lt. Col. Nancy Anderson of Union County reinforces the Republican House speaker's recent condemnation of the Democrat's efforts to monitor the threat of Islamic State militants from her Senate seat. It's Tillis' second TV ad on the topic.
http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/tillis-runs-2nd-islamic-state-ad-nc-senate-race-2671083

Daily dose: The Ebola Virus steps up to provide Republicans with a replacement for BenghaziCare and IRS probes on their tortured memes list

Ellmers, Tillis want travel restrictions to keep Ebola out of US (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers and House Speaker Thom Tillis, who is running for U.S. Senate, are calling for travel restrictions on countries with Ebola outbreaks. Their announcements come after Ebola was diagnosed for the first time in United States. A Liberian man visiting Texas is being treated for Ebola in a hospital there. The White House said Wednesday it would not impose new travel restrictions on West African countries. “I think that’s not the way to go about it,” Ellmers, who represents the 2nd Congressional District, told a Republican Women’s Club on Thursday. “Travel arrangements need to be addressed and they need to be restricted.”
http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/10/02/4201668/ellmers-and-tillis-want-travel.html

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