North Carolina is one of three “firewall” states that Democrats are banking on to help them hold the Senate — so tonight’s debate between incumbent Democratic Senator Kay Hagan and N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) is bound to get heated. Continue reading
Today in the Morning Line: N.C., Colo., Iowa tops in ad spending for final two months of campaign Democrats have edge on the air in all three Republicans spending more in Ark., Alaska, La. New polls show Roberts in trouble … Continue reading
A federal appeals court panel is ordering parts of North Carolina’s strict new voting law set aside for next month’s elections because it is likely to disenfranchise black voters. Continue reading
Her re-election in doubt, North Carolina’s Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan has an uncomfortable decision to make as President Barack Obama appears in her state before a critical audience she’s trying to woo: Veterans. Continue reading
For Republicans, the Senate race is all about tying Democrats to Obama — especially to a health care law that remains unpopular with many Americans. And for Democrats, the election is about just about anything else, especially if they can steer attention away from Washington and federal matters. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a group of homeowners in North Carolina can’t sue a company that contaminated their drinking water decades ago because a state deadline has lapsed, a decision that could prevent thousands of other property owners in similar cases from recovering damages after being exposed to toxic waste.
In a 7-2 decision, the justices said state law strictly bars any lawsuit brought more than 10 years after the contamination occurred — even if residents did not realize their water was polluted until years later.
The high court reversed a lower court ruling that said federal environmental laws should trump the state law and allow the lawsuit against electronics manufacturer CTS Corp. to proceed. Continue reading
Last year, a coalition of progressive organizations including church groups, unions and the NAACP staged rallies every Monday outside the North Carolina legislature in Raleigh to protest voter ID laws, cuts to social services and the failure of the state government to expand Medicaid. Nearly 1,000 people were arrested at the rallies which became known as “Moral Mondays.” Similar protests spread to South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. The Moral Monday protests have resumed this year. Organizers say they hope to influence the legislative session, as well as the midterm elections in November. Continue reading
Today in the Morning Line: House GOP targets IRS, Benghazi Benghazi: All about the base and Clinton? Republicans split on fundraising off Benghazi 2014 watch: Aiken waits while Tillis regrets ‘divide and conquer’ comments House holds Lerner in contempt: The … Continue reading
On Tuesday, voters headed to the polls for midterm election primaries in North Carolina, Indiana and Ohio. Republican contenders backed by the Washington establishment, like Senate candidate Thom Tillis in North Carolina, and incumbents like House Speaker John Boehner, made a good showing. NewsHour political editor Domenico Montanaro joins Gwen Ifill to make sense of the results. Continue reading