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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

Daily dose: Voters score a victory version

APPEALS COURT ON VOTING RIGHTS
Appeals court blocks part of NC voting law. (Christian Science Monitor) -- With five weeks left before the mid-term elections, a divided federal appeals court panel on Wednesday ordered a federal judge to block implementation of two provisions in North Carolina’s new voting law. The appeals court panel ruled 2 to 1 that North Carolina voters must be allowed to register to vote on the same day they cast their ballots. The panel also ruled that voters in the state must be allowed to cast a ballot – and have it counted – regardless of whether they vote in their assigned precinct. … The new law also calls for a gradual phase-in of a statewide voter ID requirement and a reduction to ten days for early voting. The appeals court declined to issue an injunction blocking those and other provisions of the new law. … Writing for the majority, Judge James Wynn said that same-day registration had been a feature of North Carolina elections since 2007. Wynn, who was nominated to the court by President Barack Obama, was joined by Judge Henry F. Floyd, who was initially nominated by President George W. Bush to the U.S. District Court, and by President Obama to the Appeals Court. … Wynn said experts had presented unrebutted testimony that African Americans in North Carolina used same-day registration at a higher rate than whites in the three federal elections held since 2007. … In a dissent, Judge Diana Gribbon Motz who was appointed by President Bill Clinton, said the plaintiffs had failed to meet the high burden necessary to obtain an injunction. In addition, she said, issuing an injunction and changing the rules so soon before an election was a recipe for confusion.
http://news.yahoo.com/appeals-court-blocks-part-n-c-voting-law-224631926.html

Daily dose: Tea Party Tillis edition

Tea party activists remain wary of Thom Tillis (Charlotte Observer) -- Tea Party champion Rand Paul will campaign with Thom Tillis in Raleigh on Wednesday, trying to shore up a base that could threaten North Carolina’s GOP Senate hopeful.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/09/30/5211245/tea-party-activists-remain-wary.html

With a month to go, Tillis still seeking to secure GOP base, brings in Rand Paul (AP) -- Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is helping N.C. Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis even after supporting Tillis' chief rival in the GOP primary.
http://www.wral.com/rand-paul-in-nc-to-help-tillis-jones/14032664/

Daily Dose: You can't trust a thing Thom Tillis says edition

Did accident cause Tillis’ college detour? Lawsuit raises question (Daily Beast) -- Kay Hagan’s Senate challenger is known as a fan of extreme sports and tort reform. But when Tillis was 17, he sued over a car accident that left him with a ‘35% permanent partial disability.’ Long before Thom Tillis was a mountain-biking crusader for tort reform, the North Carolina GOP Senate nominee was a badly injured 17-year-old plaintiff in a lawsuit over a car accident. Just before 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, 1978, Tillis was driving his then-girlfriend and future ex-wife down a street in Nashville, Tennessee, when 16-year-old Patricia Duncan took a left turn into his 1978 Ford. … The accident left Tillis, according to court documents, with a “35% permanent partial disability.” said Tillis’ lawyer John Hollins, who noted that the disability ratings came from doctors, “I can’t remember if he limped at all, but he got a pretty severe injury.” Tillis had a very good case, Hollins said, pointing out that fewer cases were settled then and that, knowing the defendant’s lawyer, “he would have tried the case if he had a damn chance to win it.” Tillis, despite the prognosis, was able to make a full recovery. Daniel Keylin, a spokesman for the Republican’s campaign, told The Daily Beast: “The injuries were serious, requiring surgery on Tillis’s hand and a lengthy recovery for full range of motion in his back. Now more than 35 years later, he has made a full recovery, but at the time it was feared—and expected—the injuries would leave lasting effects.” … Tillis’s 1978 lawsuit wasn’t just about his injuries, however. Much of his case for damages hinged on the claim that the resulting injury left him unable to take advantage of an Air Force scholarship to attend college. In his complaint, Tillis alleged that while he “still desires to go to college, having lost his scholarship, he has been without the funds to do so.” Keylin echoed that argument, saying: “The injuries sustained in the accident prevented him from pursuing his path to the Air Force, which obviously impacted the trajectory of his life. Instead he immediately entered the private sector, where he worked hard and enjoyed early success in emerging technology sectors.” That doesn’t entirely jibe with a statement by Tillis to the Charlotte Observer in 2011, when he said he wasn’t “wired to go to college.” Eventually, the Republican graduated from college in his 30s via a long-distance program run by the University of Maryland’s University College and built a successful career in business as a consultant for IBM and PriceWaterhouseCooper.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/30/north-carolina-republican-thom-tillis-lawsuits-for-...

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