Raleigh, N.C. – Republican consultant Chris Sinclair yesterday appeared on Capital Tonight, where he touted Governor McCrory’s legislative and transportation victories.
Raleigh, N.C. – Republican consultant Chris Sinclair yesterday appeared on Capital Tonight, where he touted Governor McCrory’s legislative and transportation victories.
Raleigh, NC – Last night, the Associated Press posted a factually incorrect and misleading news story online about Governor McCrory in an attempt to smear the governor over personal business dealings.
In response to the story, North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Claude E. Pope, Jr. issued the following statement:
“The Associated Press took no time after Governor McCrory’s re-election kick-off to begin releasing misleading news stories that have no factual evidence to back up their claims against the governor. The Governor’s office quickly released rebuttals to the false claims made by the AP. As we enter into this next election cycle, it is disappointing that the AP would launch a smear campaign and play partisan politics instead of reporting real facts to the people of North Carolina. I hope that moving forward we can expect honest news reporting from the AP instead of acting like a Democrat Party press shop.”
Raleigh, NC – Both national and North Carolina fact checkers are calling out Senate Majority PAC’s recent attacks ads against Thom Tillis as “false.”
Senate Majority PAC, which is affiliated with Kay Hagan supporter Harry Reid, makes the patently absurd claim that the state’s recent tax relief package “raised taxes on 80 percent of North Carolinians.” Hagan has also repeated this dubious claim multiple times.
Not only do fact checkers all agree the claim is false, but even the left-wing organization that commissioned the questionable study citied in the ad admits the ad is “inaccurate.”
Additionally, a different study conducted earlier this year by economists at Suffolk University concluded that North Carolina’s tax relief package resulted in tens of million of dollars in tax cuts for every income bracket.
“It concluded that ‘the average North Carolina household in every income category received a tax cut from the 2013 tax reform.’” (Robert Farley, “Twisting Tillis’ Tax Record,” FactCheck.Org, 5/15/14)
Fact Check Recap:
The Washington Post gave the ad “Three Pinocchios.”
“Our old adage applies: If a factoid sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Senate Majority PAC should have checked the facts before rushing on the air with this ad.” (Glen Kessler, “Senate Majority PAC’s faulty tax math in the N.C. Senate race,” Washington Post’s The Fact Checker, 5/14/14)
FactCheck.Org said the claim in the ad was “wrong.”
“Two new ads from Senate Majority PAC wrongly claim North Carolina Senate candidate Thom Tillis ‘raised taxes on 80 percent of North Carolinians.’ The claim is based on the Democratic super PAC’s misreading of an analysis of a 2013 Tillis-backed tax plan.” (Robert Farley, “Twisting Tillis’ Tax Record,” FactCheck.Org, 5/15/14)
WRAL gave the ad a “Red Light.”
“But in its zeal to win the argument and the election, Senate Majority PAC is misinterpreting an analysis of the 2013 tax plan and making a statement that is unsupported by the facts. The director of the center whose report is the basis of the 80 percent claim says it is an inaccurate use of their analysis. At the end of the day, the 80 percent claim is simply not right. We give this ad, and any other that repeats this claim, a red light.” (Mark Binker, “Fact Check: Did GOP raise taxes on 80 percent in NC?,” WRAL, 5/16/14)
BACKGROUND: Kay Hagan Repeatedly Lied About North Carolina’s Historic Tax Reform Law
“At the same time, they’ve gotten tax cuts for the wealthy and put that burden on 80 percent of the middle-class families, increasing their taxes.” (Tal Kopan, Kay Hagan slams the Koch brothers, Politico, 2/13/14)
“…Passed a tax plan that cut taxes for the wealthy and raised them for 80 percent of North Carolina families.” (Kay Hagan, press release, 4/23/14)
“Passed a tax plan that cut taxes for the wealthy while raising taxes for 80 percent of North Carolina families” (Kay Hagan, press release, 2/26/14)
“The North Carolina Legislature Raised Taxes On 80% Of North Carolinians…” (Kay Hagan, press release, 2/6/14)
“Under Thom Tillis’ leadership, the N.C. General Assembly raised taxes on 80 percent of North Carolinians…” (Tillis-Koch Agenda, http://tilliskochagenda.com/, accessed 5/14/14)
Raleigh, NC – The Associated Press is reporting that many Americans who enrolled in ObamaCare are losing access to their doctors despite repeated assurances made by President Obama and ObamaCare supporters like Kay Hagan:
Stories like Pool’s are emerging as more consumers realize they bought plans with limited doctor and hospital networks, some after websites that mistakenly said their doctors were included
Before the law took effect, experts warned that narrow networks could impact patient’s access to care, especially in cheaper plans. But with insurance cards now in hand, consumers are finding their access limited across all price ranges.
The dilemma undercuts President Obama’s 2009 pledge that: “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period.
Hagan promised North Carolinians no fewer than 15 times that if they liked their doctors they could keep them under ObamaCare.
“Kay Hagan repeatedly lied to North Carolinians by falsely promising them that they could keep their doctors, keep their plans, and keep their Medicare coverage,” said North Carolina Republican Party spokesman Daniel Keylin. “When will she take some accountability for her broken promises and finally propose fixes for the complete mess she’s created?”
BACKGROUND: Hagan Falsely Promised Americans They Could Keep Their Doctors No Fewer Than 15 Times
HAGAN: “First of all I want to be clear that if you have your insurance, you like your insurance, and your doctors, you keep them. We don’t want to do anything that’s going to change that part.” (Kay Hagan, Press Conference, 10/10/09)
HAGAN: “If you have health insurance and you like you physicians, keep it. Nothing is gonna change along those lines.” (WXII, “NC Politicians’ Views on Healthcare Reform,” 8/15/09)
HAGAN: “If you like your doctors you can definitely keep it, keep your health insurance.” (Carolina News 14, 8/09)
HAGAN: “The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee crafted a bill that ensures that people who like their insurance and their doctors keep them. They also expand access to health insurance for those without it and slows down the skyrocketing cost of health care. Three critical components that President Obama called for in his speech to congress two weeks ago.” (Kay Hagan, Senate Floor Speech, 9/23/09)
HAGAN: “I have been focused on a reform bill that…ensures that if you like your insurance and your doctors, you keep them.” (Kay Hagan,Senate Floor Speech, 11/5/09)
HAGAN: “Under this bill, people who lose or change their jobs can keep their health care. And we make certain that people who like their health insurance and their doctors get to keep them.” (Kay Hagan, Op-Ed, “What I Want In Health Care Reform,” Charlotte Observer, 8/2/09)
HAGAN: “…We’ve got to be sure that if you like your doctor and your health insurance, we’re not going to change.” (Sarah Campbell, “Hagan Visit Emphasizes call For Health Care Reform,” Kinston Free Press, 8/24/09)
HAGAN: “While there are many details that still need to be worked out, we ultimately need health insurance reform that ensures people who like their insurance and doctors keep them, expands access to health insurance for those without it, and slows down the skyrocketing cost of health care. I am committed to working with my Senate colleagues to ensure these critical components are included in the final bill.” (Kay Hagan, Press Release, Hagan Comments On The Finance Committee’s Health Care Bill, 9/16/09)
HAGAN: “‘We have passed a compromise health care reform bill that will stabilize costs and ensure that people who are happy with their health care and doctors can keep them.” (Kay Hagan, Press Release, “Health Reform Bill Passes Health Committee With Hagan Amendments,” 7/15/09)
HAGAN: “As I have said all along and the President just confirmed – people who like their current insurance and doctors will keep them.” (Kay Hagan, Press Release, “Hagan Reaction To President Obama’s Heath Care Speech To A Joint Session Of Congress,” 9/9/09)
HAGAN: “It also expands coverage and ensures that if you like your insurance and your doctors, you keep them.” (Kay Hagan, Press Release, “Hagan Comments On Finance Committee’s Passage Of Health Care Reform Bill,” 10/13/09)
HAGAN: “We are now ready to debate on the Senate floor a pro-patient, pro-consumer bill that strengthens the current system….Individuals and employers who like their health insurance and doctors will keep them.” (Kay Hagan, Press Release, “Hagan Comments On The Critical Step Forward For Health Care Reform In The Senate,” 11/21/09)
HAGAN: “People who like their insurance coverage and doctors will keep them.” (Kay Hagan, Press Release, “Hagan Comments On Senate Health Care Bill,” 11/19/09)
HAGAN WEBSITE: “Ensures you can keep the coverage you have…Individuals and employers who like their health insurance and doctors will keep them.” (Kay Hagan, Senate website, “Health Care Facts: Middle Class Families”)
HAGAN NEWSLETTER: “She also wants people to have the peace of mind to know that, if they are happy with their current plan and their current doctors, then they will be able to keep them.” (“Hagan Hotline: The Week In Review,” 6/19/09)
Raleigh, NC – The Washington Post’s The Fact Checker has ruled the central claim made in Senate Majority PAC’s latest attack ad is false, awarding it with “Three Pinocchios.”
The ad falsely claims that the General Assembly’s historic tax reform law raised taxes on 80 percent of North Carolinians.
The Fact Checker strikes down that absurd claim, concluding Harry Reid’s super PAC “should have checked the facts before rushing on the air with this ad”:
Our old adage applies: If a factoid sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Senate Majority PAC should have checked the facts before rushing on the air with this ad.
Kay Hagan has repeated the same exact falsehood from the Senate Majority PAC ad over and over again:
Hagan lied to North Carolina seniors with promises that their Medicare coverage wouldn’t be impacted by ObamaCare. But Medicare Advantage was raided to pay for the health-care law, and now seniors who depend on the program are losing their current plans and their doctors.
“Kay Hagan has already indicated her intentions of running the most negative and factually bankrupt campaign in North Carolina’s history,” said North Carolina Republican Party spokesman Daniel Keylin. “Hagan’s pattern of lies demonstrates that she’s willing to do or say whatever it takes to win re-election.”
MoveOn.Org Previously Threatened To Campaign Against Hagan Unless She Supported Obamacare
Raleigh, NC – Kay Hagan’s sudden embrace of Obamacare appears to already be paying off. Only days after Hagan doubled-down on her support for the failed health-care law, the highly controversial left-wing group MoveOn.org endorsed her re-election campaign.
MoveOn.org has donated over $100,000 to Hagan since her first campaign for U.S. Senate.
In 2009, only months after Hagan was sworn-in, the left-wing group threatened to run television ads attacking her unless she supported President Obama’s health-care law and the public option. Hagan ended up supporting both.
The left-wing group is infamous for its role in several controversial incidents, including posting a user-submitted video that compared President George W. Bush to Hitler, and a 2007 New York Times print advertisement that labeled General David Petraeus, “General Betray Us.”
“MoveOn.org’s endorsement is just the latest reminder to North Carolinians that Kay Hagan is literally bought and paid for by fringe, left-wing special interest groups,” said North Carolina Republican Party Executive Director Todd Poole. “After MoveOn.org successfully convinced Hagan to vote for Obamacare and endorse the public option back in 2009, it looks like they’re pleased that she’s taking a sharp turn to the left and doubling-down on her support for the failed health-care law.”
Raleigh, NC – At yesterday’s Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) committee hearing, Kay Hagan doubled-down on her support for Obamacare.
Even ultra-liberal Salon expressed surprise over Hagan’s “vociferous defense” of Obamacare, after she falsely attacked Thom Tillis with an out of context quote to trick voters into believing Hagan opposes the failed healthcare law.
But Hagan’s sudden professed love for Obamacare couldn’t have come at a worse time, as Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina said yesterday that premiums are likely to increase due to a lack of younger people enrolling.
“Once again, Kay Hagan reveals how out of touch she is by doubling-down on her support for Obamacare on the same day the state’s largest insurance provider announces premiums will likely be increasing for North Carolinians because of the mess she created with her failed health care law,” said North Carolina Republican Party spokesman Daniel Keylin.
Raleigh, NC – Tonight, North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Claude Pope issued the following statement:
“The North Carolina Republican Party would like to congratulate Thom Tillis on being elected by Republican voters as our nominee for U.S. Senate. We’d also like to thank the other seven candidates who devoted their time and energy to sharing their conservative solutions with our great state.
“There is no doubt that supporters of all our Republican candidates are united in accomplishing our primary goal of defeating Kay Hagan in November and taking back control of the Senate.
“Over the next six months, thousands of dedicated volunteers across North Carolina will be working around the clock to elect Thom Tillis as our next U.S. Senator.
“The choice North Carolinians have in this election could not be clearer.
“Thom Tillis is a proven conservative leader who has worked to empower North Carolina middle-class families and small businesses. As Speaker, he has balanced the budget, passed bold tax reform for North Carolinians, and protected the integrity of the ballot box with a commonsense voter ID law. Thom will be an outstanding representative for North Carolina in the US. Senate.
“Kay Hagan has rubber-stamped President Obama’s failed liberal agenda instead of putting North Carolina first. She raised our taxes, passed Obamacare and repeatedly lied to North Carolinians. The only thing Hagan has proven in Washington is that she’s bought and paid for by the fringe liberal special interest groups and big labor unions bankrolling her campaign.”
Raleigh, NC – The Kay Hagan campaign’s frantic attempts to spin last night’s U.S. Senate Republican debate reveals the obvious: Hagan doesn’t have a record she can run on.
Another case in point: the first paid media advertisement of Hagan’s re-election campaign wasn’t a warm and fuzzy bio spot to tout her accomplishments in the U.S. Senate. It was a desperate and factually false attack against a Republican challenger.
It’s quite a shift from Hagan’s initial pronouncement that she wanted to run on her record.
“‘I want to run on my record,’ Hagan said. ‘I think my record speaks volumes.’” (Rob Christensen, “Hagan feels good about ’14, would invite Obama to campaign,” Raleigh News & Observer, 8/23/13)
Hagan was correct to say her record speaks volumes. That’s why she is desperately trying to hide it from North Carolinians.
Strike One: Hagan Is A Rubber Stamp For President Obama’s Failed Liberal Agenda.
Kay Hagan voted with President Obama 96 percent of the time in both 2012 and 2013 according to Congressional Quarterly.
Strike Two: Hagan Cast The Deciding Vote For Obamacare And Would Do It Again.
Recently, Hagan doubled-down on her support for the failed healthcare law, saying despite the millions of cancellations, cuts to Medicare, and burdensome mandates, she would still vote for it again.
“But when pressed about whether she would back the health care law if she had another chance, Hagan said: ‘Yeah, I would vote for it again.’” (Manu Raju, “North Carolina’s choice,” Politico, 12/12/13)
Strike Three: Hagan Has Major Issues With Trust And Accountability Issues.
When selling Obamacare to constituents, Hagan promised that “if you like your plan, you keep it” at least 24 times.
However, 470,000 North Carolinians received cancellation notices, and many will be faced to pay significantly higher premiums. PolitiFact named Hagan’s broken promise as its “Lie of the Year” for 2013.
To this day, Hagan has refused to apologize for lying to North Carolinians.
“State Republicans say Senator Hagan should be held accountable for promises she made about the Affordable Care Act…Tonight, she is issuing no apologies.” (WTVD, 11/8/13)
Raleigh, NC – Kay Hagan is once again attempting to dupe North Carolinians and rewrite her failed record, this time by portraying herself as a middle-of-the-road moderate.
The inconvenient truth for Hagan is that she is a liberal by any definition, even in an ultra-polarized Congress.
Hagan voted with President Obama’s failed liberal agenda 96 percent of the time in 2012 and 2013 according to Congressional Quarterly.
To put Hagan’s record in context, remember that Hagan attacked Senator Elizabeth Dole for voting with President Bush 92 percent of the time. Hagan said Dole’s voting record wasn’t “representing the interests” of North Carolinians.
“Tanking in the polls and getting more desperate by the day, Kay Hagan is now attempting to dupe North Carolinians into believing she’s a moderate,” said North Carolina Republican Party Communications Director Daniel Keylin. “Unfortunately for Hagan, voters are going to take a close look at her abysmal record, which shows she has voted for President Obama’s liberal 96 percent of the time, cast the deciding vote for Obamacare, and put liberal special interests ahead of North Carolina.”
BACKGROUND: KAY HAGAN IS NO MODERATE
Does A Moderate Unapologetically Support Obamacare?
Hagan Cast The Deciding Vote For Obamacare. (H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #396, Adopted 60-39: R 0-39; D 60-0, 12/24/09, Hagan Voted Yea)
Hagan Has Doubled-Down On Her Support For Obamacare, Saying She Would Vote For It Again. “But when pressed about whether she would back the health care law if she had another chance, Hagan said: ‘Yeah, I would vote for it again.’” (Manu Raju, “North Carolina’s choice,” Politico, 12/12/13)
Hagan Falsely Promised That “You Can Keep Your Plan If You Like It” At Least 24 Times. (Full List)
Hagan Has Refused To Apologize For Lying To North Carolinians. “State Republicans say Senator Hagan should be held accountable for promises she made about the Affordable Care Act…Tonight, she is issuing no apologies.” (WTVD, 11/8/13)
Does A Moderate Have An Anti-Second Amendment Record?
Hagan Has “F” Ratings From The National Rifle Association And Gun Owners Of America. (Aaron Blake, “Where the Senate stands on guns — in one chart,” Washington Post, 12/17/12
Anti-Second Amendment Billionaire Michael Bloomberg Is The Biggest Donor To Senate Majority PAC, Which Has Already Spent Nearly $4 Million To Prop Up Hagan’s Campaign. “Senate Majority PAC, the Democratic super PAC focused on Senate elections, raised more than $4.7 million from donors in the last half of 2013, according to a report filed on Friday. The largest contribution came from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who gave $2.5 million to the group in July.” (Paul Blumenthal, “Senate Democratic Super PAC Raises Big Bucks To Defend Majority,” Huffington Post, 1/31/14)
Does A Moderate Support Big Unions Over Workers?
Hagan Supports Check Card Legislation, Which Eliminates The Secret Ballot For Rank And File Union Members. HAGAN: “I know that one piece of legislation that is important to each and everyone of you is the Employee Free Choice Act. And it looks like the bill as it is currently written…is not gonna come up for a vote this session. But I’m looking forward to seeing a bill that passes that levels the playing field for workers and ensures that unions can get contracts with their employers. (Kay Hagan, AFL-CIO Convention, 9/11/09)
Hagan Voted Along Party Lines To Uphold NRLB Regulations Allowing Ambush Union Elections. (S.J. Res. 36, Roll Call Vote #36, Rejected 45-54: R 45-1; D 53-0, 4/24/12, Hagan Voted Nay)
Hagan Voted To Kill An Amendment To Extend “Right To Work” To Workers Nationwide. (S.Amdt. 31 To S. 1818, Roll Call Vote #11, Tabled 66-31: R 9-31; D 57-0, 1/22/09, Hagan Voted Yea)
Hagan Voted Against Allowing Companies To Award Merit Raises Or Bonuses To Unionized Employees. (S.Amdt. 2166 To S.3240, Roll Call Vote #163, Rejected 45-54: R 45-1; D 0-53, 6/21/12, Hagan Voted Nay)
Hagan Has Proudly Touted Receiving The Endorsement Of The AFL-CIO. HAGAN: “I Am Honored To Receive The Support Of AFL-CIO And Of Working Families Across North Carolina.” (Press Release, “North Carolina AFL-CIO Endorses Kay Hagan,” Kay Hagan For U.S. Senate, 3/20/14)
Does A Moderate Vote To Cut Medicare To Pay For Obamacare?
Hagan Voted To Cut Medicare Advantage By $200 Billion Over 10 Years To Pay For Obamacare. “ObamaCare enacted $200 billion in cuts to Medicare Advantage over 10 years…” (Russell Berman, “GOP hits Obama on Medicare Advantage,” The Hill, 2/13/14)
Because Of Those Cuts, Seniors Who Rely On Medicare Advantage Are Already Losing Their Plans And Their Doctors. “Benefits experts say patients are seeing fewer plan choices this year, and more are losing doctors from their insurance coverage networks.” (Tom Murphy, “4 keys to scrutinizing Medicare Advantage cuts,” Associated Press, 11/15/13)
Does A Moderate Support Partial Birth Abortion?
Hagan Supports Partial Birth Abortion And Recently Refused To Support The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. “U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan on Tuesday made it clear that she would not vote for a bill that would ban abortions beginning at 20 weeks.” (Renee Schoof, “Hagan will not vote for anti-abortion bill,” Raleigh News & Observer, 11/19/13)
Hagan Has A 0 Percent Rating From The National Right To The Life. (2013 Positions, “Rating Group: National Right to Life Committee, Vote Smart, 1/14/14)
Planned Parenthood Is Supporting Hagan’s Re-Election Campaign.
“Planned Parenthood’s Dawn Laguens said North Carolina is a ‘top priority’ for the group, and they want to use a playbook similar to their successful campaign to target Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governors race.” (Anna Palmer, “Ground game up for grabs in battleground race,” Politico, 3/21/14)
Does A Moderate Support Cap And Trade And Oppose Offshore Drilling?
Hagan Is On Record In Support Of A Cap And Trade Tax Bill. “The bill, known as the Climate Security Act, includes provisions for a variety of special interests, from job-training funds for renewable energy workers to funding for green buildings. At its heart, though, the bill is a basic cap-and-trade system for energy companies that emit greenhouse gases… state Sen. Kay Hagan of Greensboro, supports the bill, which her spokeswoman said fit Hagan’s energy plan offered this spring.” (Barbara Barrett, “Climate Bill Has Unlikely Ally,” Charlotte Observer, 6/6/08)
Hagan Voted Against A Bill That Would Expand And Speed Up Offshore Drilling In 2011. “The Senate on Wednesday rejected Republican-backed legislation intended to speed up and expand offshore oil and gas drilling. In a 42-57 vote, the Senate failed to move forward with the bill, which was opposed by the White House and most Senate Democrats. Republicans needed 60 votes for the measure to proceed.” (Ben Geman, “Senate rejects GOP bill to expand, speed up offshore drilling,” The Hill, 5/18/11)
Hagan Voted Against Expanding Offshore Drilling In 2012. “An amendment from Vitter to expand offshore drilling into new waters — including areas of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans — failed on a 46-52 party-line vote.” (Puneet Kollipara, “U.S. Senate rejects oil pipeline, expanded offshore drilling,” Houston Chronicle, 3/9/12)
Left Wing Environmental Groups Have Already Spent $1.6 Million In Television Ads To Boost Hagan’s Campaign. “They were purchased by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, the Environmental Defense Fund and the League of Conservation Voters. Total spending by the three groups was about $1.6 million.” (Renee Schoof, “North Carolina Senate race a magnet for money and ads,” McClatchy, 4/6/14)