Kay Hagan

Democratic primary alternatives to oligarch-servant Hagan

There are two alternatives to Kay Hagan in the Democratic primary.

Tillis got his big boy pants on

Mother Jones has up some secretly recorded audio of Thom Tillis in an encounter with some TeaBagger activists who accused him of not being conservative enough in order to better his chances running against Kay Hagan.

Chairs slamming into tables, angry words and pouting ensue.

Hagan presses Obama to approve Keystone pipeline

Bad for the environment, bad for energy independence, and bad politics. I suppose the Hagan campaign thinks this move will improve her standing among moderates, and maybe it will. But it's a risky game she's playing. Because in addition to moderates, Hagan needs liberals to turn out big time in November. Yet she seems to be doing everything she can to dampen our enthusiasm.

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Senate seat for sale

When the supply of desirable items is limited, demand soars. With only a few US Senate seats available for purchase this year, outsiders are dumping truckloads of money into North Carolina. So far, the highest bidders are the Koch brothers.

[Karl Rove's $1.1 million pro-Tillis] American Crossroads ad follows $8.3 million spent on six ads against Hagan and the health care law, which she supported, by Americans for Prosperity, a group backed by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch. Koch Industries has headquarters in Kansas.

It's old news that Karl Rove and the Koch brothers have already launched an all-out attack on Kay Hagan in the form of television ads. But the amounts are staggering:

Koch Zero

As the Wall Street Journal reports, Democrats are beginning to shine some light on the Koch brothers dark world. That includes the Koch tentacles that reach into our state:

In North Carolina, Democrats think they have found a way to counter the Kochs at a chemical factory the company owns along the Cape Fear River, where, right before the holidays last year, 100 workers learned they would lose their jobs. Senator Kay Hagan, Democrat of North Carolina, who has been the target of millions of dollars in negative ads from Americans for Prosperity, said the job cuts were a cruel slap to her state, especially since they came right as the group started to spend significant sums attacking her.

Make your own Tillis campaign ad!

HuffingtonPost has a pair of articles (here and here) about the latest trend among campaigns.

Candidates aren't allowed to coordinate with SuperPACs and issue advocacy groups. Of course, these groups want to make ads supportive of their candidates and need clean, professionally shot footage of them.

So, what's a candidate to do?

Well, you post unedited "b roll" footage of yourself to the Internet that SuperPACS and issue advocacy groups can download and use in their own ads. Both Republicans and Dems are doing it, including Kay Hagan.

Want to make your own ad about Thom Tillis? Have yourself at some sweet sexy soft-focus b-roll here and here.

Triad Conservative blog advises Senate candidates to avoid debates

The blog Triad Conservative is advising Republican candidates for Kay Hagan's Senate seat to avoid a debate being staged April 22nd and 23rd by Time Warner News and McClatchy. Because, really, who needs open debate in a free democracy when the Koch brothers and Karl Rove's American Crossroads are talking for you?

Greensboro News and Record editorial writer Doug Clark thinks the idea is as ridiculous as you do.

Meanwhile, Hagan is portraying herself as the voice of sanity in the Senate race.

Koch Brothers defend Fannie and Freddie

No, this is not an April Fools joke:

A conservative seniors group with ties to the billionaire Koch brothers on Monday announced $1.5 million in ads against seven members of the Senate Banking Committee in the hopes of derailing a proposal that would effectively scrap mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

"First it was Obamacare. Millions of Americans saw their health plans canceled," says one ad running against Sen. Kay Hagan, the North Carolina Democrat facing a tough re-election bid. "Now, Kay Hagan is teaming up with Barack Obama to take over the mortgage industry," the ad continues, trying to build voters' frustration with the national health care law.

And before you say it, you're right: this has nothing to do with "saving" Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and everything to do with compounding the Koch Brothers' attacks on Kay Hagan and other Senators. In reality, the right-wing opposition to this bill is based on the idea that Fannie and Freddie should be destroyed completely and not replaced by something else:

To the Executive Council.

As a teacher the way we write lesson plans is to first state the objective.
So with that being said what is the objective?
We need to emerge from the meeting with a competent ED. The next executive director needs to be from the inside, they need to know the landscape of the state. They need to be able to make money, they need to bring into others into the party. The need to know how to run a campaign and get democrats elected. They need to be able to work with others to find the middle ground. The only person who fits these requirements is Casey Mann. She can lead this party back to winning elections.

We also need to discuss the end goals of the members of the council, especially those in elected positions, with all parties seeing eye to eye. Our communities and our constituents need to see that we can come together to get Democrats elected.

Bob Geary on Kay Hagan

I don't think I've ever seen a deeply thoughtful analysis about the pros and cons of Kay Hagan before this morning. Most observers either jump to her defense or sling dirt, depending on their interpretation of her record. Bob Geary threads the needle with an article in Indy Week today.

It's also important to keep in mind that Hagan thinks like a legislator. She carefully weighs each sub-paragraph before taking a stand. On major issues from gay rights to immigration to the Affordable Care Act, she's been slow to embrace the Democratic view, let alone the progressive one. And yet, on each of these issues, she's come to a progressive position—and she was strong from the start on women's rights and gun issues, for which the loonies running the National Rifle Association give her an "F."

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