BATHROOM BILL DAN BISHOP IS NC-09 REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE
ICYMI: “NC REPUBLICANS REVEAL THEIR TRUE COLORS ON SCHOOL VOUCHERS”
“By offering the scholarships to families making $70,000-plus, Republicans are showing that their aim all along isn’t really helping low-income families, but weakening public schools. Why? Lawmakers know that voucher programs take money from public schools, both directly and indirectly.”
Republicans desperately want teachers to believe they’re putting public education first. But instead of actually prioritizing our public schools, they’ve lied to, misled, and tried to silence teachers. Now, they want to weaken public education by propping up unaccountable private schools.
TILLIS’ PRIMARY PROBLEMS – WEEK ONE
1. Washington Republicans panic and then head to NC to “rescue” Senator Tillis.
The NRSC blasted his conservative challenger right after his launch, an attack that Tucker found “pretty amusing,” while RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel came to NC to fundraise with Senator Tillis and was greeted with voters protesting Senator Tillis’ attacks on their health care.
2. Coverage defines Senator Tillis as “very, very weak” Washington insider who “caved like a $4 suitcase”
Tillis’ primary challenger blasted him as “very, very weak” to Hannity’s millions of listeners, while mentions in the News & Observer, Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, WWAY Wilmington, WXII Greensboro, and more highlighted Senator Tillis’ spineless flip-flop on the president’s national emergency in which he “caved like a $4 suitcase.”
3. True cost of the primary – “a pricey and distracting intraparty fight” – takes shape
Tucker ended the week launching television ads statewide, saying, “What Congress needs is backbone,” and announced that he’d seed his campaign with $1 million in preparation for a $6 million primary fight.
TILLIS SURRENDERS TO TRUMP TRADE WAR
– Ronald Simmons, Duplin County Hog Farmer
“[Farmers] are going to find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place.”
– Lorenda Overman, NC soybean farmer
MEDICAID MOMENTUM: DOCTORS URGE LEGISLATORS TO EXPAND MEDICAID
WHAT EDITORIAL BOARDS ARE SAYING
“The Observer editorial board endorsed McCready in his race against Harris last fall, and we continue to believe he is the best candidate to represent a changing 9th District. That’s especially true now, given the Republicans who’ve lined up for the opportunity to face him…They’re led by N.C. Sen. Dan Bishop, the unrepentant author of the discriminatory HB2, which cost the state countless millions in lost jobs and events. Bishop also invested in a controversial social network site that he knew had been linked to white supremacy.”
On the NC GOP’s school voucher bill…
“Instead of just attempting to drain struggling schools of low-income families, lawmakers are about to provide middle-class families with a subsidy to attend private schools when perfectly good public schools might be available. That’s money that could and should go to public education. The result? If the Opportunity Scholarship Program grows, bad schools will get worse, and better schools also will lose students and resources. The weaker public schools get, the more parents will become dissatisfied and the more clamoring there will be for vouchers at different income levels. That’s long been the goal of Republicans here and across the country.”