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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.

 
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 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. 
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"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
 
State Republican Party Gears Up For Fall, Opens New Office In Fayetteville PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 June 2014 15:01

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - A Fayetteville office will help state Republicans coordinate grassroots  election efforts in the fall, says  the chairman of the Republican Party.

 
Claude Pope was scheduled to be on hand at the opening of the office in Cumberland County. 
 
The office is located at 3035 Boone Trail Extension.
 
“Momentum continues to build for a strong election year for North Carolina Republicans. Our new office in Fayetteville continues to expand our reach across the state and will help us coordinate grassroots efforts in the area. Kay Hagan’s reelection campaign is clearly floundering, and with our new office in Fayetteville, the NCGOP is only growing stronger by the day," Pope said in a statement.
 
Cumberland County Republican Party Chair Linda Devore focused her comments on the U.S. Senate.
 
“It is great to have our Fayetteville Victory campaign office open for 2014. Volunteers in Cumberland County have been working hard for months, and having a large office space to work from will provide our candidates a good operating base and infrastructure for their campaigns. Cumberland County is a conservative community, and we look forward to electing good Republicans in November to take back the U.S. Senate, and keep our state red and on the road to recovery. It is a great time to be a Republican in North Carolina."
Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 15:01
 
2016 Issue? Hillary Clinton Doubles Down On Gay Marriage Support PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 June 2014 16:14

NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is defending her embrace of gay marriage, denying in an interview that she declined to support it in the past for political reasons.

 
Clinton accuses National Public Radio's Terry Gross of "playing with my words" in a tense exchange during an interview broadcast Thursday.
 
Gross repeatedly asked Clinton whether she had changed her opinion on same-sex marriage or whether the public's evolving views on the subject allowed her to be supportive.
 
Clinton says it's, quote, "flat wrong" that she announced her support for political reasons. She says she has a strong record on the issue.
 
The former secretary of state backed gay marriage in 2013 after she left the State Department.
 
It followed President Barack Obama's announcement during the 2012 presidential campaign that he supported gay marriage.
 
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 16:15
 
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