Tillis banking on "kitchen table" issues

In other words, he's waiting for Fox News to tell him what to scare people with:

But the political ripples of legislation the General Assembly has passed that reduced unemployment benefits, initiated new voting and abortion restrictions and rejected Medicaid expansion also awakened Democrats into action. And allegations from Hagan and her allies — amped with millions of dollars for television ads — that Tillis harmed public education wasn't easily shaken entering the fall.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Tillis said the path to persuading the undecideds to vote for him runs along kitchen-table issues and increased worries of average citizens that have grown under Democratic leadership. "I will be obsessed with fulfilling the promise that these Republicans running across the country are making today," Tillis said at the Raleigh rally.

What Tillis seems to be forgetting here: Hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians are struggling to put food on that kitchen table, and many of them owe that difficulty to the Republican Party's gross mistreatment of the unemployed. And dedicating yourself to serving the desires of Republicans from other states has got to be one of the stupidest things I've ever heard. That statement needs to be part of Hagan's ad blitz, like right now.

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"Allegations"

And allegations from Hagan and her allies — amped with millions of dollars for television ads — that Tillis harmed public education wasn't easily shaken entering the fall.

That Tillis harmed public education is not an "allegation." It is a fact. And if it takes millions of dollars for TV ads to spread the word about that fact, then so be it.

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The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

I love it when they say that increased funding for schools

Every time any one claims that the current GA increased funding for schools the vast majority of people know that the speaker is lying -- or, at best, twisting the truth on technicalities. Nearly everyone has seen what the cuts have done. So, GOP, be sure to keep telling us how there's more school funding than ever. It's really helping your credibility.

Yeah, they can't dodge the education issue

After bad-mouthing teachers for a couple of years, funneling taxpayer dollars into charter/private schools, kids coming home with tattered ten-year-old textbooks (when they are allowed to take them home at all), thousands of teachers marching on Raleigh, and a plainly politically-motivated "teacher raise" stunt, there can't be more than a handful of voters who believe NC Republicans care about public schools.

That may serve them well with the wing-nuts who view public schools as some sort of "Socialist training camp" or other government indoctrination method, but most people aren't that crazy.

The vitriol in the ad war has hurt volunteer turnout

I spoke with a Republican volunteer who said she was having trouble getting people to step up too. People are tired and worn out from the nastiness and they have no desire to find out whether it is as nasty on the ground. Unfortunately, at one of our polls it is pretty rough for the poll workers.



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