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Rep. Alma Adams' Congressional Campaign Manager Killed In Car Crash PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 June 2014 15:42

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Kyle Gott, the campaign consultant who helped steer Rep. Alma Adams's successful campaign for the Democratic nomination for the 12th District seat in Congress, has been killed in a car accident in Kentucky.

Roll Call reported on Monday that Gott, 31, died June 19. The accident occurred on I-65.
He was a native of Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Gott's career in Democratic Party politics included time with the Adams campaign, as well as the Rob Wallace for Congress campaign.
He was educated at Western Kentucky University.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 15:44
Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund Endorses Thom Tillis For U.S. Senate PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 23 June 2014 09:37

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The pro-life political action committee, the Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund, has announced its endorsement of Republican Thom Tillis for U.S. Senate in North Carolina.

Tillis faces Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan and Libertarian Sean Haugh in the fall election. 
The Susan B. Anthony List news release is below.
"As Speaker of the House, Thom Tillis has led the charge to enact compassionate laws that protect North Carolina's women and unborn children," said SBA List Candidate Fund President Marjorie Dannenfelser. "Speaker Tillis' strong pro-life record stands in stark contrast to that of Senator Kay Hagan, who has voted for taxpayer funding of abortion under Obamacare and even opposes legislation that would end late-term abortions. While Thom Tillis stands strong for unborn children and mothers, Kay Hagan stands with the deep-pocketed abortion lobby that fills her campaign coffers. Kay Hagan's extreme views on abortion are out of step with the majority of North Carolinians and she must be defeated."
Thom Tillis was first elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives in 2006 and currently serves as Speaker of the House. He formerly served as the NC House Republican Whip. On May 6th he won the Republican Primary with 46 percent of the vote. Prior to serving in elected office, Rep. Tillis had a successful business career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, North Carolina's largest bank, and IBM.
Rep. Tillis has been endorsed by National Right to Life and holds a 100 percent pro-life voting record. Tillis' opponent, Sen. Kay Hagan (D), has been endorsed by EMILY's List, and has a 0 percent National Right to Life score.
Last Updated on Monday, 23 June 2014 09:38
Democratic National Committee Goes After Republican Outreach To Minorities PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 20 June 2014 13:37

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - On Thursday, June 19, 2014, the Democratic National Committee issued the following statement.

 WASHINGTON, D.C.- In response to the Republican National Committee's announcement of a North Carolina Black Advisory Board, DNC National Director of African American Media Kiara Pesante issued the following statement:
"Republicans are desperately trying to clean up Thom Tillis' mess. By separating African American North Carolinians from what he deemed the 'traditional' population in the state, Tillis makes it clear that he isn't interested in uniting North Carolina, but diving it. This is not the first time Thom Tillis has made comments that are deeply offensive, and the reality of his divisive record is clear. From saying he wants to 'divide and conquer' people on public assistance to his dangerous record on jobs and health care that hurts middle class families across North Carolina, Thom Tillis has repeatedly shown that he is too out of touch to work for all North Carolinians in the Senate. The failed RNC 'African American Outreach' office in Charlotte couldn't fix that, nor can this Advisory Board."
Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 13:38
N.C. Free Enterprise Foundation: Impact Of Cantor Defeat On 6th District GOP Runoff PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 June 2014 15:37

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's defeat in the Republican primary in Virginia last week has already had an impact on North Carolina, according to analysis by the North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation.

The nonpartisan group says issues that pundits believed help defeat Cantor and send his Tea Party opponent, Dave Brat, to victory are being raised in the 6th District GOP runoff between Phil Berger, Jr. and Mark Walker.
The nonpartisan group's analysis is below, as detailed in a news release issued Monday. 
"The Berger campaign last week unleashed what it referred to as a 'major media buy' for ads on conservative radio stations contending Walker supports amnesty for illegal aliens (an issue some pundits point to as impacting the Cantor-Brat race), and highlighting the fact that as a district attorney, Berger knows 'first hand the effect of illegal immigration: the overcrowding of our jails, illegals feeding off our tax dollars, and jeopardizing public safety.'
 For its part, the Walker campaign shot out two press releases following Cantor's defeat - one reinforcing that Walker is against amnesty for illegal immigrants and touting his endorsement from Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson, and the other attempting to link Berger to Cantor through a political consultant connected to both campaigns (some political analysts felt Cantor was in part a victim of an anti-establishment mood among voters).
Berger, who is the son of NC Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger Sr., received 34.27% of the first primary vote, to Walker's 25.20%. Conventional wisdom holds that, all other factors being equal, first primary winners are generally favored to go on and win runoffs and Berger certainly appears to be in a stronger position than Walker in terms of campaign resources available for advertising and other voter contact over the coming weeks.
 But Walker's second place showing surprised many political observers, coming about with an intensive grassroots effort (Walker's been campaigning for some time now, having launched his campaign in March 2013, prior to incumbent Rep. Howard Coble's announcement that he would not seek another term in 2014), including lots of door-to-door voter contact and traveling about the district in a brightly painted campaign bus.
Walker has also secured the endorsement of four Republican primary rivals: Mike Causey, Don Webb, Bruce VonCannon, and Charlie Southerland. Combined these candidates received just over 20% of the first primary vote.
In what is expected to be a miniscule turnout of Republican voters on July 15th to select who will face Democrat Laura Fjeld in November, the winning candidate is most likely to be the one that turns out their supporters most effectively. 
Conversations with local political observers over the past few weeks reveal most feel Berger is likely to prevail but many suspect the runoff ihas the potential to be close, so we'll be keeping an eye on it over the coming weeks."
Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 15:37

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