7:01 AM, Aug 26, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
One United States senator believes that the Obama administration “has not yet done enough to earn the lasting trust of our veterans and implement real and permanent reforms at the VA.”
As reported by Catalina Camia of USA Today, Senator Kay Hagan (D. North Carolina) said this with the President is scheduled to appear today in her state (Charlotte) to deliver a speech at the American Legion’s annual conference.
Senator Hagan is, of course, in a tight race for re-election in a state with a significant military presence and a number of veterans among its population. So the senator’s shot at the unpopular president and leader of her party can be described as either “fearless” or “pandering.”
You be the judge.
10:17 AM, Aug 18, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Thom Tillis of North Carolina says the Senate needs "more people who had to sweat for a living" in a new TV ad. The 30-second ad features the Republican Senate candidate speaking directly to the camera inside a diner.
"Washington has completely lost touch with working Americans," Tillis says. "The federal budget's a joke, and senators never pay the price." Tillis, who is challening incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan, says he's worked as a paper boy, a short-order cook, a warehouse clerk, and "eventually, a partner at IBM." Watch the ad below:
12:00 AM, Jul 24, 2014 • By FRED BARNES
Republicans have distinct advantages in Senate races this year, including President Obama’s low job ratings, the number of vulnerable Democrats, and an unhappy national mood. But there’s another advantage: the generally high quality of their candidates. This wasn’t the case in 2010 and 2012, when Republicans blew chances to capture the Senate.
11:35 PM, May 6, 2014 • By FRED BARNES
The Republican drive to capture the Senate in the 2014 midterm election got a significant boost Tuesday in North Carolina with the victory of house speaker Thom Tillis in the GOP Senate primary. Tillis will face Democratic senator Kay Hagan in the November election.
Ellmers, Jones hang on in House primaries11:02 PM, May 6, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Thom Tillis is projected to win the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in North Carolina, defeating physician Greg Brannon and pastor Mark Harris in Tuesday's primary.
10:39 AM, Apr 29, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
With a week to go before the North Carolina Republican primary for U.S. Senate, Thom Tillis has broken 40 percent support, according to a new poll. Tillis, the state speaker of the house, has 46 percent support, with top rivals Greg Brannon and Mark Harris receiving 20 percent and 11 percent, respectively. The finding comes from PPP, a Democratic polling firm based in North Carolina.
1:21 PM, Apr 25, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Walter B. Jones, the longtime Republican congressman from North Carolina, is facing a tough primary challenge. Jones has made his anti-war stance central to his political identity, and Peter Hamby of CNN reports on how Jones is being challenged on his position on Iraq and Afghanistan:
9:01 AM, Apr 23, 2014 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
The Arkansas Senate race has been close in virtually every serious poll. The Republican challenger, Tom Cotton, probably had a small lead a month or so ago; after a massive negative assault on him by Harry Reid's Super PAC, the Democratic incumbent, Mark Pryor, is probably now ahead by a point or two. That's the story told by every reputable public and private poll, including, I'm told, polls by both campaigns.
So what's up with the New York Times/Kaiser Family Foundation poll released today showing Pryor up by 10 points?
8:06 AM, Apr 23, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor has a 10-point lead in his race to retain his Senate seat, according to a new poll from the New York Times and the Kaiser Family Foundation. A two-term senator, Pryor has 46 percent support, while his challenger, Republican congressman Tom Cotton, has 36 percent support. Pryor also has 47 percent approval rating as senator, the poll found.
So go Republican hopes to take over the Senate.Apr 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 31 • By FRED BARNES
To win the Senate, Republicans must win North Carolina. While it’s mathematically possible to take the Senate without ousting Democratic senator Kay Hagan, the chances of that happening are close to zero. For Republicans, North Carolina is necessary. It’s the key to control of the Senate.
8:01 AM, Mar 26, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Two hundred North Carolina teachers are getting their hours cut due to Obamacare, WITN reports:
"Substitute teachers are trying to find ways to substitute their incomes after recent cuts," says one local anchor.
1:31 PM, Jan 15, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Democratic senator Kay Hagan refused to appear with President Obama during his trip today to her home state of North Carolina. But Obama went out of his way to "publicly" thank Hagan anyway:
"Your senator, Kay Hagan, couldn't be here. But I wanted to thank her publicly for the great work she's doing," said Obama.
Hagan's up for reelection this year.
11:11 AM, Jan 15, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
President Obama’s approval ratings are down, the country’s wrong-track numbers are up, the most recent employment numbers came in (“unexpectedly”) as dismal. And as Jennifer Epstein of Politico reports, the president is telling his Cabinet: