Last night at UNC, Chapel Hill Rep. David Price and Dr. Lawson squared off in a debate, drawing a sharp contrast in their approach for the direction of our country. Dr. Lawson presented a clear and concise message to the students — restore common sense.
A video will be made available in the next day or so of the full debate, and I am confident you all will be as excited as we were last night.
Energy issues will play a role in four key states that could decide control of the Senate in the 2014 mid-term election, according to a new poll. Specifically, President Barack Obama’s decision on the Keystone XL pipeline will weigh on voters’ minds.
The poll, conducted by Hickman Analytics on behalf of Consumer Energy Alliance, found that more than three-quarters of likely voters in four states — Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, and North Carolina — “said they will consider a candidate’s position on energy issues, such as the Keystone XL Pipeline, before deciding whom they will support.”
More than two-thirds of likely voters in these four states support building the Keystone XL pipeline. Sens. Mark Pryor (D-AR), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), and Kay Hagan (D-NC) support construction of the oil pipeline. Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO), however, does not.
Whether or not these Senate Democrats support Keystone XL may prove irrelevant depending on what action President Obama takes. The poll found that voters in these four states would be less likely to support a Democratic incumbent if the White House rejects the proposed oil pipeline:
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) has endorsed Dr. Greg Brannon in the North Carolina Republican Senate primary and plans to campaign for the conservative candidate in the Tar Heel state later this month.
In a statement released this morning by Brannon’s campaign, Lee called 2014 a “critical year for conservatives,” noting that North Carolina will play an important role in this year’s mid-term election. He stressed the importance of electing candidates that will “work to restor[e] the proper role of government” and “forward positive, specific policy proposals to get America back on track.”
“Greg Brannon is dedicated to enacting a conservative reform agenda in Congress. He is willing to challenge the status quo and entrenched special interests,” said Lee in the statement. “And he has pledged to work alongside myself, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and others in the Senate to change the way Washington works.”
Lee, a Tea Party favorite, has put forward a number of reform proposals in recent months, including pro-family tax reform and policies that would strengthen the middle class as well as create opportunity for the poor.
“Greg Brannon will be a strong voice for the people in the Senate and I am proud to endorse him,” Lee added.
The United States Senate rejected the controversial nomination of Debo Adegbile, President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, largely due to his defense of a convicted cop killer.
Adegbile is a controversial nominee because he filed a brief at the Supreme Court on behalf of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who killed a Philadelphia police officer in 1981, when he worked for the NAACP. The brief argued that Abu-Jamal’s conviction was invalid, according to the Washington Post, “because of racial discrimination in jury selection.”
Though the Senate did reject Adegbile’s nomination by a 47 to 52 vote, three vulnerable Senate Democrats up for reelection this year backed the controversial choice: Sens. Mark Begich (D-AK), Kay Hagan (D-NC), and Mary Landrieu (D-LA).
While it’s true that everyone is entitled to legal representation, even cop killers, this trio’s votes for Adegbile’s nomination may not play well back home.
One reason is because it shows their almost unquestioning support of President Obama. The other is because they cast a vote in conflict with the National Fraternal Order of Police (NFOP), which opposed Adegbile because of his defense of Abu-Jamal.
Nearly a week after she filed paperwork to seek reelection, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) could not be in a worse position. The latest Elon University poll shows that North Carolina Democrat’s approval rating has fallen yet again:
Only one-third of North Carolina registered voters approve of U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s job performance, her lowest rating in a year, according to the latest Elon University Poll.
“Kay Hagan’s slight drop in approval rating would not necessarily be a concern by itself. However, this is the fourth straight fall in a year. And this last decline occurred when many elected counterparts saw increases in approval ratings. The trend suggests the Senator will face a tougher-than-expected reelection battle this November,” said Dr. Jason Husser, Assistant Director of the Elon University Poll.
Hagan, a Democrat, faces a tough re-election fight this year as the national GOP has identified North Carolina as a state to win. Television advertisements attacking her support of the Affordable Care Act have been running across the state since January. Fifty-two percent of respondents in Elon’s latest poll said they thought Obamacare would make health care worse, and only 30 percent said it would improve care.
Since the Elon University Poll in November, Hagan has lost support among two key constituencies. In November, 63 percent of Democrats favored her job performance, compared with 55 percent last month. Thirty-three percent of women gave her a thumbs up in February versus 40 percent in November.
Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) filed paperwork on Monday to seek reelection, in what is expected to be one of the most interesting and consequential races of the 2014 mid-term election, and like most politicians who formally file to run for office, she held a press conference.
But Hagan’s press conference got entertaining. As she was exiting an elections office, the North Carolina Democrat was asked canceled health plans caused by Obamacare, at which point she began running away:
Like President Barack Obama, Hagan said the Affordable Care Act would allow North Carolinians to keep their existing insurance plans if they liked them. The pledge proved false – and earned Obama PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year honors.
Pressed on the question two more times as reporters followed her outside to the parking lot, Hagan did not answer. She offered this explanation without further details: “it wasn’t clear that insurance companies were selling substandard policies.”
Blue Cross Blue Shield, the state’s largest insurer, responded by saying Hagan’s comments “are simply not true and she should know better.” Company spokesman Lew Borman said the insurer notified customers that they could keep a grandfathered plan. Customers were also given an opportunity to return to a grandfathered plan, Borman said.
Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) fails to capture more than 40% of the vote against any of her potential Republican opponents, according to a poll released this morning by Public Policy Polling, though the race remains competitive.
“Hagan is tied with Edward Kryn at 40% but beyond that trails the Republican field,” wrote Tom Jensen, director of Public Policy Polling. “She’s down 2 points to Heather Grant, Mark Harris, and Thom Tillis at 41/39, 42/40, and 42/40 respectively, trails Greg Brannon by 3 at 43/40, and has her largest deficit against Ted Alexander of 7 points at 45/38.”
Though still statistically tied with most of her potential Republican opponents, the vulnerable Democrat’s numbers have fallen significantly in the past several months. In September, for example, Hagan lead Tillis by 15 points, at 51/36, and Brannon by 16, at 52/36.
Since that time, however, she has been significantly hurt by the disastrous Obamacare rollout and the canceled health plan controversy. Just 38% of North Carolina voters approve of the law, while 51% disapprove.
Hagan’s approval rating is at 41%, up slightly from 39% in January. But 50% disapprove of her job performance, according to the latest poll, also up from last month’s 49%.
Apparently lacking the gene that lets the brain identify irony and hypocrisy, the NAACP recently led a march in North Carolina to protest voter ID requirements in the state, which they claim improperly disenfranchises some voters, and disproportionately affects minorities and the poor.
The leader of the march, William Barber, II, calls the march the “Moral March” and exhorts followers to engage in a “wave of civil disobedience” against policies and laws passed by the Republican-controlled legislature and a Republican governor. If Barber’s name rings a bell, it’s likely because he was in the news last month for calling Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), the first black person to serve as a senator from the South since Reconstruction, a “ventriloquist’s dummy”, a derogatory slur hurled at Scott because of his staunch conservative principles (I guess you aren’t a “real” black person, and therefore deserving of respect, unless you are a liberal Democrat).
The irony and hypocrisy comes in the form of a flyer handed out to all of the march participants, which gave them instructions, a set of “Do’s and Don’ts” to abide by during the march. This included instructions such as reporting members of the public that attempt to join the march, reporting any altercations, and the final instruction, “DO bring photo identification (driver’s license, passport, or other photo id) with you and keep it on your person at all times.”
Got that? The NAACP marchers, out protesting photo ID requirements for voting, require participants to have a photo ID on them at all times during the march.
Senate Democrats running in red states are in serious trouble, according to internal polling released by a Republican super PAC, indicating that control of the chamber is very much in play this fall.
Americans Crossroads, a major Republican super PACs, commissioned polls in seven states, five of which are held by incumbent Senate Democrats. In a memo released on Friday, Steven Law, President and CEO of American Crossroads, detailed the results of the polling:
Virtually all Democrat incumbents in red states and purple states are in trouble – either down or tied in head-to-head contests with their likely GOP opponents, or upside down in approval ratings:
Vulnerable Senate Democrats have been working overtime to distance themselves from President Barack Obama by highlighting differences they have with the White House on various issues, even avoiding appearances with him in visits to their home states.
But are these Democrats as independent as they would have voters at home believe? Not really, according to a 2013 vote analysis by Roll Call:
As Sen. Mark Pryor runs for a third term in Arkansas — he’s the only incumbent now rated an underdog by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call — he will surely delight in announcing he voted more often against Obama than any other Senate Democrat last year. That will sound much more like a boast than a confession in a place where the president’s approval last year was 35 percent, according to state-by-state approval numbers released last week by Gallup.
But Republican Rep. Tom Cotton will just as undoubtedly promote his challenge by describing Pryor’s presidential support score in a way that sounds exactly the opposite, but is just as precise: The sitting senator sided with Obama 90 percent of the time.