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Dems Take a Big Swing in N.C. — And Miss



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Raleigh — Months ago, as the 2014 election cycle was shaping up as a good one for Republicans, the Democrats in North Carolina resolved to buck the trend. They had a great deal of help — from a friendly news media, from left-wing interest groups furious with the conservative reforms enacted by the GOP legislature, and from deep-pocketed donors and independent-expenditure groups that significantly outspent their counterparts in the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Kay Hagan and challenger Thom Tillis.

The Democratic effort was massive. It was expensive. It was brash, sometimes even to the point of being obnoxious. And it was, in the end, a failure.

Tillis never sustained a lead in the public polls. In fact, his strategists admitted that Tillis never sustained a lead in his own polling. The campaign’s strategy of tying Hagan tightly to Obama and holding her accountable for his unpopular economic, health-care, and foreign policies was widely criticized as unimaginative. Tillis also drew criticism for lackluster fundraising and for allowing Hagan to use his legislative record to turn the Senate contest into “a school-board race,” as one Hagan aide put it with a sneer.

Who were these critics? Some were Republican consultants on the outside looking in. Some were Democratic activists trying to shape the conventional wisdom to their advantage. Some were liberal journalists who shed the illusion of objectivity and openly rooted against Tillis because they wanted the race to serve as a public referendum against Governor Pat McCrory and the Republican legislature.

I’ll admit that I had my doubts about the prospects for Tillis winning the race, too. But those doubts began to weaken during the month of October, as I saw him recover from Hagan’s barrage of attack ads in September while she struggled to move her average poll numbers above 45 percent. A key reason why so many Democratic partisans and liberal commentators discounted the Tillis rebound is that they fell prey to confirmation and selection bias. Any poll that showed Hagan ahead was greeted as “high-quality” and “independent.” Any poll that showed the race tied or Tillis ahead was dismissed as “shoddy” and “biased.”

In my tracking, I included every public poll. During the last week of the race, I counted twelve of them. Averaging the results produced an exact tie: 45–45. Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm that uses automated survey technology, produced three of the twelve. All showed Hagan ahead. Three other firms with Republican ties or conservative leanings also did robo-polls: Gravis, Harper, and Vox Populi. Harper, which was set up explicitly as a Republican competitor to PPP, produced a +2 edge for Tillis. That turned out to be the most accurate poll of the race.

As I talked to national reporters about the race, most were incredulous when I explained that many North Carolina Democrats didn’t really care about Kay Hagan’s fate or which party would control the U.S. Senate. What they really wanted to do was defeat House Speaker Thom Tillis as part of their quest to regain control of state government. They hoped a Tillis loss coupled with significant Democratic gains in the legislature this year would build momentum for broader gains in 2016, including the defeat of McCrory, the state’s first Republican governor in 20 years. In this, the Democrats were doubly disappointed. Not only did Hagan lose, but most of the candidates they put up in competitive legislative races fell short. Republicans actually expanded their majority in the North Carolina Senate and lost a net of just three seats in the North Carolina House. Conservatives also defeated sales-tax increases on the ballot in several counties, including populous Mecklenburg and Guilford. Only the Democrats’ takeover of the county commission in Wake County, the second-most-populous in the state, brightened what was an otherwise dismal disappointment for a party that, until just six years ago, seemed firmly ensconced as North Carolina’s governing majority.

At its core, the Democratic strategy was predicated not just on turning out its base — which it did fairly well — but also on convincing previously Democratic voters to rejoin its coalition. They swung for the swings, and they missed.

Tags: Thom Tillis , Kay Hagan

Tillis Hopeful, but What about His Own County?



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As I write, nearly 80 percent of North Carolina precincts have reported results, and Republican Thom Tillis is still clinging to a 50,000-vote lead over Democratic incumbent senator Kay Hagan. Why aren’t Tar Heel Republicans jumping up and down in elation just yet? Because most of Mecklenburg County, the state’s most populous, has yet to report in. It’s been trending blue in recent elections, although it’s worth noting that several of the most-Democratic precincts have already been counted. Tillis currently represents part of the northern end of the county in the state house of representatives. It would be ironic if late-breaking results from Mecklenburg flip the race back to Hagan.

Tags: Thom Tillis , Kay Hagan

Don’t Overestimate Those Eleventh-Hour Scandals



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Color me skeptical that eleventh-hour scandals or news stories have a significant impact on Election Day.

Yes, we all recall the revelation of President George W. Bush’s DUI in the final days before the 2000 election. But that was a particularly effective “October Surprise”: Americans want to feel a sense of connection and trust with their president, and learning that Bush’s past drinking problem had had more serious consequences — and that he had not shared this with the public — shook just enough voters to turn the 2000 election in the overtime drama it was.

In the past day or two, we’ve seen new stories about the possibility that North Carolina Democrat Kay Hagan and her family improperly benefited from stimulus spending, and contending that New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen is more directly tied to the IRS scandal than previously thought.

In theory, a story like this suggesting that Hagan and Shaheen aren’t just partisan hacks but corrupt and/or vindictive may energize Republican voters a bit. But let’s face it, how many Republican voters in a state like New Hampshire or North Carolina, after months and months of a hard-fought campaign and fortunes’ worth of political advertising, weren’t fired up before these stories? Considering the administration’s record, previous scandals, policies, and these senators’ lockstep support of the president, Republicans in these states should be more fired up than the Human Torch.

How many independents will decide based on something like this? How many were certain to vote, yet still undecided, and will be motivated to vote for Tillis or Brown because of these stories?

Having said that, the polls in Oregon did detect a slight shift away from the Democratic incumbent governor John Kitzhaber after scandals surrounding his fiancée — but Democrats may be more eager to express disapproval by responding to a pollster than through their actual vote.

One big reason that an eleventh-hour scandal or revelation can’t make a huge impact is early voting. Already 1.1 million voters in North Carolina have cast their ballots; New Hampshire does not have early voting.

Tags: Kay Hagan , Jeanne Shaheen

‘A Vote for [Democratic Candidate Here] Is a Vote for Obama’s Failed Agenda.’



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More ads unveiled today:

Freedom Partners Action Fund, a free-market Super PAC, is launching a $6.5 million ad campaign designed to deliver a clear closing argument that a vote for the Democratic candidate in several states is a vote for President Obama’s failed agenda. The ads will air in Alaska, Arkansas, North Carolina, Colorado, Iowa, and online in New Hampshire . . . 

The ads all involve the general theme that the incumbent hasn’t earned the vote of the state, and tie the Democratic candidate to Obama, but they tailor their criticism to the particular flaws of each Democratic candidate. Here’s the one hitting Bruce Braley in Iowa:

The one hitting Mark Begich in Alaska:

The one hitting Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire:

The one hitting Kay Hagan in North Carolina:

Tags: Barack Obama , Kay Hagan , Bruce Braley , Jeanne Shaheen , Mark Begich

The Brutal Ads of 2014 Appear



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Lots of new campaign ads unveiled this morning.

That nutty liberal group that ran an ad blaming Republicans for the Ebola outbreak is now running an ad claiming Joni Ernst is responsible. The group’s release boasts, with perverse pride, “In launching this effort, we are the first major progressive group to directly blame GOP budget cuts for the nearly 4,500 deaths caused by the Ebola crisis.”

Meanwhile, Conservative War Chest is unveiling a hard-hitting ad comparing the foreign-policy crises of today to the crises of the 1970s and other dark chapters of recent American history, complete with an image of Ground Zero after 9/11 — “Here’s what every American needs to know about why liberals can’t protect them or their children . . . ” The group is running versions of the ad in North Carolina . . . 

. . . and, curiously, Minnesota . . . ​

Tags: Campaign Ads , Ebola , National Security , Al Franken , Kay Hagan

Kay Hagan, With Tiny Lead, Chooses to Skip Debate



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Senator Kay Hagan, Democrat of North Carolina, chose to not appear at tonight’s debate against Republican Thom Tillis.

“Senator Hagan declined our invitation.”

For this decision, she was ripped by . . . Rachel Maddow, who describes the race as “basically tied” — Hagan has enjoyed a shrinking lead in recent weeks.

Maybe she had a cocktail hour to attend; that’s what kept her from an Armed Services Committee classified hearing on ISIS.

Tags: Kay Hagan , North Carolina , Thom Tillis

NRSC Feeling More Confident About Tillis in North Carolina



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Somebody at the NRSC feels good about Thom Tillis:

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is planning to reserve more than $6 million in additional North Carolina airtime Monday, sources tell POLITICO.

The article says the committee is “seeing overnight tracking numbers that show the race tightening.”

It’s worth noting that the Libertarian candidate, Sean Haugh, continues to draw a significant percentage of voters. In the latest Survey USA poll, Tillis actually leads head-to-head with Hagan, 46 percent to 45 percent. But when the Libertarian candidate is an option, Hagan leads, 44 percent to 41 percent.

Haugh — “Libertarian” — not only supports term limits, but (tongue-in-cheek?) calls for term limits for “aides, bureaucrats, journalists, and anyone in the political class.” That may be a good idea or a bad idea, but it’s hardly a limited-government idea to impose new rules on who can participate in the political process.

He also wants to “stop all war” and this is his response to U.S. military action vs ISIS:

Somebody has got to look you dead in the eye and remind you that killing people is wrong. And I guess that somebody has got to be me. . . . If you want an excuse to keep on killing, you’ve come to the wrong guy. Killing people is wrong, period. Somebody has got to be smart enough to see the results and realize that we’ve got to try another way. Somebody has got to be moral enough to be the first to stop the killing. And it’s got to be us . . . 

The people you see on the news are not abstract concepts. Those dead bodies are real. Real human beings who have been murdered to advance some government policy of ours, whether it’s in Mosul, or Gaza, or Ferguson, or Nogales.

It’s long past time we tried different, peaceful solutions. I’m Sean Haugh, and I am not at war.

Maybe Tillis’s messaging in the closing weeks ought to be something that can peel off a portion of the Libertarian demographic? His desire to eliminate the federal Export-Import Bank? Concerns about NSA abuses?

Gay marriage and drug testing for those collecting public benefits are out, obviously.

Tags: Thom Tillis , Kay Hagan , North Carolina

‘While ISIS Grew, Obama Did Nothing. Hagan Did Cocktails.’



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Over on the Corner, our Joel Gehrke details how Senator Kay Hagan, North Carolina Democrat, admitted after a debate earlier this week that she attended a fundraiser rather than a classified hearing on the threat of ISIS.

But not just any fundraiser. A cocktail party. If this happened in a novel, you would roll your eyes at the cliché.

Earlier, we examined Thom Tillis’s folksy, quasi-biographical ads that had run through late September, and wondered aloud if they were tough enough.

Take a look at Thom Tillis’s tough ad: “Cocktail party.”

“Hagan admits she prioritized a cocktail party to benefit her campaign. While ISIS grew, Obama did nothing. Hagan did cocktails. To change policies, change your senator.”

Tags: Barack Obama , Thom Tillis , Kay Hagan , ISIS

Expect a Lot More ‘Soccer Mom’ Ads in North Carolina



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From the midweek Morning Jolt:

Expect a Lot More ‘Soccer Mom’ Ads in North Carolina

Remember when I showed you the television commercials for Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis, and asked if they were too soft?

Are the TV ads from Thom Tillis’s Senate campaign in North Carolina too generic or nice? Look them over, and you can see the points Tillis and his team want to emphasize:

• Tillis raised school funding and raised teachers’ pay.
• He’ll work with both parties.
• Hagan voted with Obama 96 percent of the time.
• He’s been a paperboy.

Well, here’s the answer . . . 

The most recent Fox News poll in North Carolina has Democrat incumbent Kay Hagan winning among women, 46 percent to 30 percent.

The most recent PPP survey finds, “Hagan continues to have a massive advantage with women at 49 percent to 33 percent.”

And then the most recent Civitas poll, which has Hagan ahead among women, 52 percent to 38 percent.

So there you have it. Thom Tillis is trailing by a handful of points against an incumbent stuck in the mid-40s, and she’s hanging on because of her margin among women. So North Carolina television watchers can continue to hear more about Tillis’s paper route, and his first election as president of the PTA, and more visuals of him at the diner and in the school library.

Not the red meat that conservatives want to see, but then again, Thom Tillis already has most conservatives voting for him — 71 percent of self-identified conservatives in the Civitas poll, 76 percent of self-identified Republicans in the Fox News poll, and 81 percent of the self-identified “very conservative” and 63 percent of the “somewhat conservative” in the PPP poll.

Some of you may be asking, ‘Why isn’t he getting 90 or 100 percent?’ But remember that some portion of self-identified conservatives have completely misidentified themselves. A national Gallup poll found 20 percent of self-identified conservatives say they have a positive view of socialism.

One other thought — as mentioned in last week’s article, North Carolina is one of the most expensive states to run in this cycle (at least one of the most expensive with a competitive Senate race). Yes, the DSCC committed $9 million to helping save Kay Hagan. But if they find themselves needing to triage . . . all that money going to help her might go a lot farther in Arkansas, or Alaska, or Louisiana, or some other cheaper state.

Tags: Thom Tillis , Kay Hagan , North Carolina

Thom Tillis’s Television Ads: Folksy, but Are They Tough Enough?



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Are the TV ads from Thom Tillis’s Senate campaign in North Carolina too generic or nice? Look them over, and you can see the points Tillis and his team want to emphasize:

  • Tillis raised school funding and raised teachers pay.
  • He’ll work with both parties.
  • Hagan voted with Obama 96 percent of the time.
  • He’s been a paperboy.

There’s only so much a campaign can squeeze into a 30-second ad, but perhaps he needs to explain why it’s such a problem for North Carolina that Hagan votes with Obama 96 percent of the time . . . 

(UPDATE: Maybe with poll results like this . . . 

. . . the connection to Obama is damaging enough!)

This ad, “PTA,” is a newer one; it was added to YouTube three days ago. Still quasi-biographical in tone:

Contrast his approach with Kay Hagan’s attack ad, suggesting that the North Carolina state budget left teachers “without a textbook” in order to give money to “corporations and millionaires.”

Tags: Thom Tillis , Kay Hagan

Who’s Saying Veterans Can’t Trust the Obama Administration?



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You almost have to admire the opportunism of Senator Kay Hagan as she suddenly turns into a full-throated critic of the Obama administration, months from Election Day: 

Ahead of President Obama’s speech Tuesday before the American Legion, a vulnerable senator in his own party voiced skepticism about the commander in chief’s commitment to veterans. Sen. Kay Hagan, who is locked in a tight re-election race against Republican Thom Tillis in North Carolina, said in a statement that the Obama administration “has not yet done enough to earn the lasting trust of our veterans and implement real and permanent reforms at the VA.”

The American Legion is holding its convention in Charlotte this week; Obama is scheduled to speak there tomorrow. Hagan is scheduled to attend the event.

The CQ/Roll Call study found that Senator Hagan voted with the Obama administration’s position 96 percent of the time

Senator Kay Hagan, left, with an unidentified supporter.

UPDATE: Here’s Kay Hagan back in 2008, talking about how she’s heard first-hand about how veterans are having difficulty getting care at VA hospitals, and how, “we really need to honor them for their service and make it a seamless transition from the time they get out to when they get their care. And that’s one of the things that we’ve got to correct.”

How’s she doing on that, huh? 

Tags: Kay Hagan , Veterans , North Carolina

New Tillis Ad: Washington Is Out of Touch



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In North Carolina’s Senate race, Republican Thom Tillis enjoys a small lead over incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan in recent polls, but the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee committed $9 million to help Hagan last week. Television advertising is going to be one of the key battlegrounds in this fight, and Tillis is starting the week with a new ad, declaring, “Washington has completely lost touch with working Americans.”

“The Senate could use more people who had to sweat for a living, and fewer of the politicians who made this mess.”

Tags: Thom Tillis , Kay Hagan , North Carolina

The DSCC Just Put $9 Million Behind Hagan. Your Move, Republicans.



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Also in today’s Jolt, a clear indicator of where the DSCC thinks they absolutely must win in November:

Democrats Bet All Their Chips — Well, Almost All — on North Carolina

Here’s the bad news: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee just committed more than $9 million dollars to help Senator Kay Hagan in her reelection bid in North Carolina — a big, big sum for a national committee in one state.

Here’s the good news: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee just committed more than $9 million dollars to help Sen. Kay Hagan — meaning she must need it. You don’t spend a sum like that willy-nilly.

The ad buy, the largest so far in North Carolina, would be paid out through the end of the campaign. It reflects both the outside interest in a race that will help decide control of the Senate and, some say, concern about Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan.

“It tells me a couple things,” said Jennifer Duffy, an analyst with the Washington-based Cook Political Report. “One, that she really is in trouble. They’re not going to spend that kind of money defending an incumbent who’s in reasonably good shape.

“Two, they’re going to do the negative ads because I don’t think her approval ratings can take any more hits.”

Brad Dayspring, spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said the buy signals that Democrats have hit the “panic button.”

“The DSCC very clearly believes that if Kay Hagan loses North Carolina, their majority is gone,” he said in a release.

If you’re the type who likes giving to campaigns, maybe you can throw some bucks at Thom Tillis, and help balance out the DSCC’s big spending.

 

He’s got her back.

Tags: Kay Hagan , DSCC , North Carolina , Thom Tillis

Time for Republicans to Unite to K-O Kay in North Carolina



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From the midweek edition of the Morning Jolt:

Time for Republicans to United to K-O Kay in North Carolina

Tuesday’s primary elections offered one big, somewhat surprising result:

N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis, who had full-fledged support from the state and national Republican establishment, beat back challengers favored by tea party activists and Christian conservatives to win the right Tuesday to take on Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in November.

With percent of the precincts reporting, Tillis, who lives in Huntersville, received about 45 percent of the vote. He needed 40 percent to avoid a July 15 runoff that would have forced him to spend precious time and money that he’ll now get to spend trying to unseat Hagan.

Dr. Greg Brannon of Cary, whose campaign was propelled by the tea party, finished second with 27 percent. And the Rev. Mark Harris, pastor of First Baptist Church of Charlotte and a champion of socially conservative issues, was third at 17.5 percent.

The usual suspects will argue that this result is one more sign of the decline of the Tea Party. But this continues the chaotic classification system, in which all a candidate needs to be considered the “Tea Party” candidate in the narrative is to say, “Hi, I’m the Tea Party candidate.” Tillis is hardly a squish, and 59 percent of self-identified Tea Party supporters felt positively about Tillis; 24 percent felt unfavorably.

A more accurate interpretation is that “Establishment” candidates — read, those who have actually been elected to office before — are getting better at adapting to a political environment shaped by “Tea Party” supporters and making the case that they will indeed fight for conservative reforms.

In Tillis’ victory speech, delivered in front of an American flag at an uptown Charlotte hotel, he wasted no time in framing the fall campaign as a fight to not only retire Hagan, but also strike a blow against President Barack Obama’s policies and wrest control of the Senate from the Democrats.

“Kay Hagan and (Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid are nothing but an echo chamber for President Obama’s worst ideas,” Tillis said. “If we want to change the mess of Obamacare, we have to change our senator.”

Good news on the GOP party unity front, from Rand Paul:

Congratulations to Thom Tillis. Now that the primary is over, it is time for our side to unite to defeat the Democrat who cast the deciding vote for ObamaCare, Kay Hagan, in November. I endorse Thom Tillis and look forward to working with him in the Senate. I congratulate my friend Greg Brannon on a well fought race and encourage all the candidates to unite for victory in November.

Oh, by the way, Kay Hagan . . . took 77 percent in the Democratic primary. More than 100,000 North Carolina Democrats voted for one of two other little-known options.

Beyond that, little drama on primary day:

So much for roiling anti-incumbent sentiment. Every House member with a challenge won, most of them pretty comfortably. Only two under 60 percent.

Also make sure to check out Eliana Johnson’s reporting on the race over on the homepage.

Tags: Kay Hagan , Thom Tillis , Greg Brannon

Hagan and Landrieu Are in Trouble . . . But Pryor’s Okay?



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From the midweek edition of the Morning Jolt:

Hagan and Landrieu Are in Trouble . . . But Pryor’s Okay? Really?

This morning the New York Times drops a poll showing most southern Democratic senators up for reelection this year in trouble, with one striking exception:

Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas, a two-term incumbent who has been considered perhaps the most imperiled Democratic senator in the country, holds a 10-point lead over his Republican opponent, Representative Tom Cotton.

Kind of out of whack compared to other polling so far this year, showing a neck-and-neck race. Democrats will undoubtedly begin the victory party, but we’ll see if the Times’s sample is just an outlier, showing them what they want to see.

Elsewhere the Times poll finds:

Senator Kay Hagan, Democrat of North Carolina, appears more endangered as she seeks a second term. She has the support of 42 percent of voters, and Thom Tillis, the Republican state House speaker and front-runner for his party’s nomination, is at 40 percent.

In Kentucky, Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, is also effectively tied with his Democratic rival, Alison Lundergan Grimes, a race that may be close because Mr. McConnell, first elected to the Senate in 1984, has the approval of only 40 percent of voters, while 52 percent disapprove. But Ms. Grimes must overcome Mr. Obama’s deep unpopularity in the state, where only 32 percent of voters approve of his performance.

For what it’s worth, you don’t see Republicans as worried about McConnell as they were late last year.

With 42 percent support, Senator Mary Landrieu, Democrat of Louisiana, has an early lead in a race that is not fully formed against a large field of Republicans. Representative Bill Cassidy, the Republican front-runner, was the choice of 18 percent, and 20 percent had no opinion. There are two other Republicans in the race, but Louisiana has no primary. So all candidates of both parties will be on the ballot in November and, absent one of them taking 50 percent, there will be a runoff in December.

So the more important number is Landrieu’s 42 percent, nowhere near enough to avoid a runoff at this point and a decent opportunity for Cassidy to put together a majority in the runoff.

Tags: Kay Hagan , Mary Landrieu , Mark Pryor

Democrat Panic Watch, Part Three



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The new strategy for endangered Democratic senators when asked about Obamacare:

1) Say, “I’ll get back to you on that.”

2) Run away.

Vulnerable members of the president’s party appeared to run from questions about it Wednesday.

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) — one of the Senate’s most vulnerable incumbents — twice waved off a reporter’s questions. Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), who will likely face GOP Rep. Cory Gardner in November, said he would prefer to answer a reporter’s question by phone to offer a “coherent” response. But his aides did not later make him available for an interview.

They can run, but they can’t hide.

Can’t wait for the town-hall meetings this summer! Those vulnerable incumbents will have town-hall meetings this summer, right?

Tags: Kay Hagan , Mark Udall

Senate Democrats: Why Didn’t Someone Tell Us Obamacare Would Cut Medicare?



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From the Thursday edition of the Morning Jolt:

Senate Democrats: Why Didn’t Someone Tell Us Obamacare Would Cut Medicare?

The National Republican Senatorial Committee points out that North Carolina senator Kay Hagan and other vulnerable Senate Democrats are now whacking the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid . . . for enacting changes required by Obamacare. Hey, Senator Hagan, if you want to blame someone, blame the foolish or dishonest lawmakers who voted for the law!

Wait a minute, that’s you!

In 2009, Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) promised North Carolinians who depend on Medicare that she was going to “protect Medicare” and that they would “not see a drop in their Medicare coverage.”

But in 2010 Kay Hagan voted to slash Medicare Advantage to pay for ObamaCare. (H.R. 4872, CQ Vote #72: Motion agreed to 56-42: R 0-40; D 54-2; I 2-0, 3/24/10, Hagan Voted Yea)


In North Carolina 463,159 seniors depend on Medicare Advantage plans (28% of all Medicare enrollees).

According to America’s Health Insurance Plans, in North Carolina, seniors on Medicare Advantage plans experienced cost increases and benefit cuts of an estimated $50-60 per month as a result of this year’s 6 percent cut to the program due to ObamaCare.

Now, as North Carolina seniors are being crushed under the weight of ObamaCare and as her own poll numbers plummet, Kay Hagan admits in a letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid that she cut Medicare for seniors after promising North Carolinians that they wouldn’t “see a drop in their Medicare coverage”

Hagan’s letter reads: “We write to raise serious concerns about the Medicare Advantage (MA) 2015 rate notice and the impact further cuts may have on the millions of individuals enrolled in the program,” the senators write. “We are strongly committed to preserving the high quality health plan choices and benefits that our constituents receive through the MA program. Given the impact that payment policies could have on our constituents, we ask that you prioritize beneficiaries’ experience and minimize disruption in maintaining payment levels for 2015.”

Senator Kay Hagan, left, with a supporter of Obamacare.

Tags: Kay Hagan , Senate Democrats , Obamacare , Medicare

Obama and Red-State Democrats: Perfect Matches!



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The National Republican Senatorial Committee marks Valentine’s Day by offering E-lectionHarmony.com, which shows how much Senate Democrats in red and purple states are, in fact, near-perfect matches for President Obama’s agenda. Everybody from Mark Pryor to Mark Udall is a 90 percent to 99 percent match!

Truly, they were meant for each other. Of course, voters in their states may find the perfect compatibility less appealing.

Tags: Barack Obama , Mark Udall , Mary Landrieu , Mark Begich , Mark Warner , Kay Hagan

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