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Kay Hagan – call your office? (#NCSEN)

Kay Hagan – call your office? (#NCSEN)

New revelation could make for a Stimulating last few weeks.

Tom Bevan from Real Clear Politics tweets that Kay Hagan needs to call her office:

Here’s the link, from Carolina Journal, Hagan Firm Keeps Stimulus Project Savings, Sends None to Taxpayers:

DC Manufacturing, a company co-owned by Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s husband Charles “Chip” Hagan, lowered the total cost of a 2010 stimulus-funded energy project but kept all of the savings, sending none back to taxpayers who had funded the stimulus grant.

The company’s original application stated the total project would cost $438,627, and said JDC would contribute “leveraged funds” amounting to $187,983, or 43 percent of the total. As the project reached completion, however, JDC revised the total budget downward by $114,519 and applied all the savings to its share, keeping all the taxpayer funding.

Also, JDC’s decision to hire Solardyne/Green State Power, a separate company co-owned by Chip Hagan and the Hagans’ son Tilden, to install a portion of the stimulus-funded energy project at the JDC building appears to violate a conflict-of-interest provision that was included as part of the original application for the stimulus grant.

(Related stories here and here.)

Admittedly, I haven’t followed the NC Senate race that carefully, but just about every analysis reflects that Hagan is outperforming expectations, and that Thom Tillis is running a lackluster campaign forcing the NRSC to try a massive rescue operation.

The expected response from Hagan: War on Women.


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This story is a week old or more here locally (I’m in NC), but that’s a long time with less than three weeks to go. It correlates (if not causes) to improved polls for Tillis, from -4 down before to even or +2 currently. GOP/Conservative PACs are hitting her hard in ads with this revelation of crony corruption and nepotism.

I’m not sure it’s known nationally that NC is probably second only to Louisiana in the category of Statewide Democrat Officeholders Sent To Prison with a recent house speaker and Ag Dept chief sent to prison, numerous midelevelers, and two former Democrat governors remaining under investigation. In 2010, with the election of Governor Pat McCrory, it was the first time since RECONSTRUCTION that the NC GOP held both state houses and the governorship. Are you familiar with the lost look on the faces of hurricane victims and they stumble unbelievingly through the rubble of their former lives? That’s the look on NC Democrat faces since 2010.

We have one GOP US Senator, Richard Burr. Thom Tillis would fill the final hole in statewide offices as regards representation in DC. The true final hole is that we somehow still have a Democrat State AG who looks and acts like an antelope surrounded by lions. He refused to defend NC’s traditional marriage law. He’s toast.

It’s understandably lost among current events with Ebola, ISIS, midterms, etc., but I think it is a major story and an excellent topic for some political author – North Carolina will have (if Tillis wins) completely flipped from all-Dem to all-GOP in just three two-year election cycles. And the positive results are coming into evidence in terms of economy, jobs, investments, tax cuts, voter ID, trad marriage laws, etc., with more to come. Fracking begins next year, for one.

I had joked recently, well, half-joked, that only Texas and California stories make the list at LI, so I really appreciate this article. I’d hit the Like button, but… yeah.

Why not call this for what it really is? Embezzlement.

What’s “conflict of interest” to a Democrat? It’s business as usual in North Carolina.

Gee, on the same day former Charlotte NC Mayor Patrick Cannon (DEMOCRAT and Obama buddy) sentenced to 44 months in the fed for corruption.

The two major NC dailies, Charlotte Observer and Raleigh News and Observer, both owned by McClatchey, are semi-official Democrat Party rags and will sugarcoat Sen. Kay Hagan’s husband’s corruption. This will not affect the race. What is making a difference is the Independent Candidate, siphoning off 8 or 9 percent of the vote.

Tillis is a Dr. Karl Rove RINOplasty patient. But still, he wouldn’t vote along Harry Reid/Obama party lines.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Redneck Law. | October 14, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Tillis will and has gone hard right on a vote, but only if it’s politically expedient, not a principle thing for him. At his baseline, he’s a GOP center-right who will sit comfortably at the feet of the GOP establishment if elected. His origin is corporate business and his ladder climbing skill set will see him ascending the RINO ranks.

I believe that 80% of the stimulus that obama got after taking office went to blue states and Demorats. So this is not a new meme for Hagan.

Hagan’s TV ads are driving me nuts. She claims the Republican legislature cut school spending when it actually increased the state school budget. She claims my county, Wake, has lost teachers because of the Republicans when in fact the public schools here have gained teachers. She is a nonentity in the Senate, even as a Democrat.

I have to say that, in what has been a close race, I have a hard time understanding how sufficient North Carolinians claim to support a pizza delivery guy (and not a college attending kid) to the extent of up to nine percent support. I know he’s run a losing campaign before, so did Harold Stassen, with much more in the way of a political resume.

    tarheelkate in reply to Edward. | October 14, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Do you mean the Libertarian, who tweeted that Republicans only want to kill black people? I don’t know why ANYONE is supporting him.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Edward. | October 15, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Depends on how polls are done. If you are asked to choose between Tillis, Hagan, and Haugh and you don’t like Tillis or Hagan, you might choose Haugh even though you’ve never heard of him because he isn’t Tillis or Hagan. Doesn’t mean you support Haugh or intend to vote for him.

    This is one reason why it is unwise to trust polls. Polls are valued not because they are consistently accurate, but because they are the only thing one has before an election.

NC Mountain Girl | October 14, 2014 at 8:44 pm

The Democrats are frantic. The state house and Senate races are being run on platform of lies about the performace of the legislature. Hagen has grabbed onto the same strategy because Tillis is Speaker of the House. Three weeks ago PPP polled me with some questions on issues in the state house races that were very close to push polling.

I got another poll last week with a lot of questions about whether a candidate being a woman was a factor in my vote. Where I live that cuts both ways because the Republican state rep is a woman. The Democrats are pulling out all stops to try and beat her.

In the primary the Democrats couldn’t find a candidate for state senator here. Despite this they funneled money into the campaign of the primary challenger to our Republican State Senator

    Henry Hawkins in reply to NC Mountain Girl. | October 15, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    In my end of the state the onslaught of direct mail campaign materials has begun to fill my home and office mailboxes, covering everything from the Tillis/Hagan race down to local dog catcher. One conspicuous observation: The GOP candidates at all levels identify themselves as such in their campaign materials, yard signs, etc. The Democrat candidates are leaving party affiliation off their stuff. Translation? Democrat Party inside polling says they are toast.

Hey all LI Tarheels!

Look, if the Libertarian wasn’t in the race, Tillis would be up beyond a statistical dead heat. Since there are three running, the statewide media is pushing the Dem meme that Hagan is running strong when she has never polled higher than the high forties. If the Republicans take her senate seat here, all is lost for the Dems.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Redneck Law. | October 15, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Another way to read the polls is that about 55% of North Carolinians do not support the incumbent, Kay Hagan at 2.5 weeks before the election.

    Another consideration is the CW that any incumbent polling less than 50% is in deep doo doo.

    Another consideration is that much of the support polling shows going to a third party candidate is a protest choice, but not necessarily the way they’ll actually vote. CW = third party candidates always poll higher than the actual vote they get. One of few exceptions: Ross Perot in ’92.

    Barring unforseeable events (video of Tillis eating black babies), Hagan is toast.

PowerLine blog article from 10/14 says “Tillis finally pulls even in North Carolina”::