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."
It appears well established that if President Obama and/or Senator Hagan are for something, Thom Tillis is going to be against it; and if Ted Cruz and/or the Koch brothers are for something, then Thom will be for it, too (after all, he knows where his bread is buttered).
So it's not much of a surprise that Thom opposes any increase in the minimum wage. Obama and Hagan support it; Ted and the Kochs don't. And Thom has stomped on the poor so aggressively and frequently that it's quite natural for him to want people to work hard for a pittance.
U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis on Wednesday said he opposes President Barack Obama’s plan to increase the federal minimum wage, calling it a “dangerous idea.”
Phil named two Republican co-chairs to go with the mostly Republican (and highly extremist) members of the committee, who are supposedly going to investigate the effects of the ACA on North Carolina, but actually are going to exaggerate, cherry pick facts, showboat and smear President Obama and Senator Hagan.
And we thought that using public money on campaign purposes -- in this case, to elect Thom Tillis US senator -- was illegal.
Submitted by Vicki Boyer on Tue, 02/04/2014 - 7:35pm
When it comes to the election of 2014, we are going to see a close correlation between polling numbers for the Affordable Care Act and for Sen. Kay Hagan. Last summer when Moral Monday events were feeding the press, everyone in the state was angry at the actions of the NCGA. Hagan’s numbers were high. Now, with the news concerned only with what is happening in Washington and local Republicans out of the headlines, that anger has faded, and with it her poll numbers.
According to a statement from the legislative leaders' offices, "The committee is being formed to explore the real world impacts that the Affordable Care Act is having on North Carolina's economy and citizens through disruptions in the insurance marketplace, dropped coverage for families and higher premiums without improved access to providers."
We know it's a politically motivated sham because they've all but said that they will ignore positive effects of Obamacare and ignore the negative impacts of the NCGA's own stupid policies such as not setting up a state exchange and refusing federally funded Medicaid expansion.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Tue, 01/14/2014 - 8:45am
Slate has a piece this morning about a Republican PAC funded by Matt Rhodes, the former campaign manager for Mitt Romney. America Rising is videotaping and collecting every public utterance by key Democratic candidates in senate and house races, part of an effort in "opposition research" by the party. They have a full-time staff of almost 50 people and have an expected budget of $10 to $15 million.
“Something in a research file now that doesn’t seem relevant may be relevant six months from now,” says Pounder. “The benefit of working on this full time, through the cycle, is that you’ll stay aware of it.”
I've been of the firm opinion that the US Senate race is Kay Hagan's to lose, but I may have spoken too soon. As it turns out, that the only person who appears able to knock Hagan out of the race is Kay Hagan herself. And that's just what she's doing by signing on to an ill-conceived plan to impose more sanctions on Iran, instead of giving diplomacy a chance to work.
This sort of thing won't cause hordes of people to vote for the execrable Thom Tillis, but it might very well depress turn-out among folks who are less than excited about all the warmongering going on in the US Senate.
On Thursday, McCrory’s Deputy Communications Director Ryan Tronovitch shot back at Hagan in a written statement. It reads:
“Governor Pat McCrory is focused on providing real world solutions but unfortunately Senator Hagan is more focused on empty Washington rhetoric. As one of the Senators labeled with ‘Lie of the Year’ for her false claims about Obamacare, maybe she should focus on that debacle instead of speaking on the Senate floor with remarks high on partisan wrangling but lacking serious solutions. Name calling might be what Senator Hagan wants to focus on, but Governor McCrory remains focused on solutions-oriented approaches that will continue to improve economic opportunities for all North Carolinians.”
Really? You just did the equivalent of calling her a liar, and then you accuse her of name-calling? And since you felt the need to use the word "solutions" three times in this poorly thought-out retort, Senator Hagan is in the process of trying to solve a huge and painful crisis that was manufactured by Legislators and a Gubernatorial puppet who are only there to serve the needs of the few over the many. But please do keep up your sophomoric approach to messaging. It will make the job of removing you from office much easier.
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