November 2, 2018/Press
NCDP TAKEAWAY – GOP FOCUSED ON FEAR AND DIVISION, DEMS FOCUSED ON EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE – REPUBLICANS LOSE IT IN THE FINAL STRETCH – TARTE’S TOLLS: A “FULL FLOP” – HONEY THE GOVERNOR’S HERE! – DEMS KEEP FINANCIAL ADVANTAGE
NC GOP CLOSING MESSAGE FOCUSED ON FEAR AND DIVISION
SD-27: Sen. Trudy Wade
Senator Trudy Wade’s closing ad is a fear-mongering message focused on asylum seekers more than 1,000 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border.
Sen. Gunn and the NCGOP sent a mailer accusing Democratic candidate J.D. Wooten of “helping illegal aliens avoid deportation and stay here illegally.” J.D. is a veteran and intellectual property lawyer.
Rep. Bob Steinburg and Justice Jackson are running an ad attacking Democratic supporter and Jewish-American George Soros, claiming that “Soros and the radical left” are trying to take over the North Carolina courts.
Justice Jackson’s closing message is about sanctuary cities that “protect illegal immigrants,” with quick motion shots of scary images. North Carolina banned sanctuary cities in 2015.
John Adcock revived Jesse Helm’s racist 1972 campaign slogan, “One of Us,” which was used by Helms’ as a “slur” against his opponent’s heritage. Adcock is running against African-American family law attorney Sydney Batch.
NCGOP’s Closing Slogan
The Republican Party’s closing slogan to voters – “Jobs Not Mobs” – fans the flames of bigotry.
DEMS CLOSING MESSAGE FOCUSED ON HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION
HD-37: Sydney Batch
“I’m running for the legislature to change that – to stand up to insurance companies that raise premiums or try to deny coverage for preexisting conditions. To me, health care has always been important; now, it’s personal.”
[When knocking on doors, Russell asked a woman what mattered to her.] “She just cried. It took her a long time to get anything out. She said, you know, I’m not a deadbeat. I’ve worked all my life since I was 14 years old. And I have to choose between my asthma medicine and eating. That woman is why I’m running for this position.”
From the Daily Reflector: “Rixon held a campaign event on the steps of the Pitt County Courthouse on Saturday to push for Medicaid expansion … If Medicaid is expanded more than 600,000 North Carolinians will have health insurance, Rixon said.”
“Everyone deserves a chance to succeed no matter what zip code you’re from. That’s why I’ll fight to give schools more resources and raise teacher’s pay.”
HD-74: Terri LeGrand
“We need to make sure that every child in North Carolina has access to quality Pre-K education so that they can have an opportunity for success in the future.”
REPUBLICANS FALL APART IN THE FINAL STRETCH
- The NC GOP is lying in dozens of advertisements across the state by claiming that Democratic candidates want to enact single-payer health care. Their ads were rated completely false.
- Sen. Dan Bishop invested in hate-speech fueled social media site Gab.
- Sen. Trudy Wade, Rep. Rick Gunn, and NC Republicans are running false ads rooted in dog whistle racism.
- Rep. Chris Malone lied about a sample ballot and is being accused of intimidating voters at the polls.
- Rep. Ted Budd violated federal law by accepting illegal campaign contributions.
- Rep. Andy Dulin is facing trial for a DUI charge from this summer. A neighboring, fellow Republican even called on him to step down after the DUI surfaced.
- Sen. Wesley Meredith put countless people at risk by putting a dangerous individual with a checkered driving record behind the wheel of a company car – resulting in a serious injury.
- Sen. Tamara Barringer tried to say that her opponent’s company being featured in a music video was disqualifying for office. The claim was rated false.
- House Republicans might be illegally coordinating with outside groups for polling, research, even what constitutional amendments to put on the ballot
- Sen. Michael Lee received an ethics complaint from a former GOP chair for using his public position “to curry favor for his legal clients.”
- The NC GOP sent cards attempting to shame voters into voting. The move backfired terribly. From WRAL:
- House Speaker Tim Moore is under fire for attempting to enrich himself and his friends at the expense of North Carolina’s public schools.
TARTE’S TOLLS: A “FULL FLOP”
- In 2009, Tarte said he “had no concerns” with the construction of managed lanes on I-77
- In 2013, Tarte called the tolls “the least onerous of the alternatives”
- In 2014, Tarte wrote an op-ed in which he says “I am still in favor of I-77 tolling.”
GOP ATTACKS ON SUNDAY VOTING MAKES NATIONAL HEADLINES
POLL SHOWS APPROVAL FOR GOV. COOPER, DEMOCRATS
- Cooper Job Approval +32 (55-23%)
- Democrats +11 in Generic NCGA Ballot (48-37%), up 1 pt since August
- Democrats +11 in Generic Congressional Ballot, up nearly 5 pts since August (49-38%)
“HONEY, THE GOVERNOR’S HERE!”
NC DEMS KEEP FINANCIAL ADVANTAGE
- The NCDP has raised $14 million this cycle, compared to the GOP’s $8.7 million
- Democratic candidates have raised more money than their Republican opponents in at least 26 districts across the state, including Rachel Hunt (HD-103), Christy Clark (HD-98), Sam Searcy (SD-17), Brandon Lofton (HD-104), Sydney Batch (HD-37), Julie von Haefen (HD-36), and Mack Paul (SD-18)
- Anita Earls raised a record $983,000 in the third quarter, bringing her total to more than three times that of Republican opponent Barbara Jackson.
NC SUBURBS SPELL TROUBLE FOR THE GOP
WHAT EDITORIAL BOARDS ARE SAYING
“President Trump is trying to whip our nation in a frenzy over this caravan, coincidentally on the eve of midterm elections that, if Democrats do well, could make his remaining time in office extremely difficult… It is much easier to put on a show, toss out some red meat and scare the public into voting out of fear. And that is perhaps the real disaster here.”
“Even the president now is admitting – without any fact-checker intervention – that he just makes up stuff. Neither he, nor the vice president, can say for a fact that there are Middle Eastern terrorists in a Central American refugee caravan 1,000 miles from the U.S. border. Yet, they are mobilizing and putting boarder authorities on alert and alarming the nation. No mere coincidence that it just happens to be just a few days before the mid-term Election Day.”
On Republicans deception over pre-existing conditions…
“OP lawmakers and the president have shown no signs outside their words that they will offer the same level of protections for preexisting conditions that Obamacare is providing… Republicans, as they did last May, believe that’s still enough to claim they are protecting Americans with preexisting conditions. It’s not. Voters should remember that Tuesday.”
On Sen. Dan Bishop’s investment in Gab…
“To believe Bishop’s remarks this week, you also would need to believe he wasn’t aware in 2017 of Gab’s links to hate groups — despite common knowledge and the article he cited — and that he did he not investigate or even explore the site before giving it $500 of his money.”
On Gov. Cooper’s climate change announcement…
“The Republican-controlled legislature twiddles its thumbs when not actively blocking reasonable measures to cut the emissions that contribute to warming. So Gov. Roy Cooper has stepped up… Those changes are starting to do some good, but that doesn’t mean the state can afford to do nothing further about the growing threats from climate change. Cooper is right to take action.”