Thom Tillis

The Party Line
1:11 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Let The Libertarian Media Hype Begin

Michael Bitzer

There are certain stories that just come out every election cycle like clockwork, akin to a consistent dog whistle for some reporters who really don’t want to take the time to investigate the past to discover what might be in the present.

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Local News
9:38 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Because Of Senate Run, Tillis Only State Lawmaker Who Can Take Lobbyist Money

House Speaker and U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis

By now you may have heard Thom Tillis is running for U.S. Senate. With the short legislative session beginning in Raleigh today, he also returns to his political day job, Speaker of the House. This sets up an interesting ethical question.

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WFAE Talks
5:18 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

WFAE Talks Tillis vs. Hagan, Teacher Pay, Panthers

The political rhetoric is high in North Carolina's U.S. Senate race, which is already already one of the most closely-watched races in the country. Greg, Lisa and Ben also discuss teacher pay proposals, and Ben gives his analysis of the Carolina Panthers' first round draft pick and the team's receiving corps.

WFAE Talks, recorded Friday, May 9.

Local News
11:43 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Looking Ahead To The General Election With Michael Bitzer

It’s House Speaker Thom Tillis versus incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Kay Hagan in the general election. Tillis cruised to victory in the Republican primary, winning about 45 percent of the vote in the 8-person race. Catawba College political science professor Michael Bitzer joined us to talk about this race and other observations from the primary results.

Listen to the discussion.

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Local News
3:01 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Hagan Vs. Tillis: Let The General Election Commence

Thom Tillis and his family at his victory party in Charlotte.
Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

The 2014 race for North Carolina’s U.S. Senate seat is set. Thom Tillis will take on Kay Hagan this November.  Tillis won the Republican primary last night. He garnered 45 percent of the vote, avoiding a runoff.

Tillis' supporters started gathering in a ballroom in uptown just as the results started trickling in. Soon, there were a few hundred supporters on hand, all waiting to hear from the man they believe can take down the junior senator from North Carolina.

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Local News
2:23 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Watchdog Groups Say WCNC Failed To Follow Political Ad Rules

The ad in question is called "Bad Company"
Credit Youtube

Charlotte’s NBC affiliate has failed to properly disclose information on political ads.  This is the claim being made by two national watchdog groups.  And they’ve asked the Federal Communications Commission to take action. 

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Local News
10:36 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Republican Senate Candidates In The Home Stretch For Primary Next Week

Credit Denise Cross Photography

Primary election day is this upcoming Tuesday, May 6, so today we discussed it with our political science professor, Michael Bitzer of Catawba College who also writes for our political blog the Party Line.

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Local News
5:18 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Tillis Expands Lead In Latest Polls, Could Avoid Runoff

Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis

New polls show Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis pulling ahead in the crowded Republican primary election and near the threshold to avoid a runoff election in June

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Local News
10:05 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Money Pouring In As Senate Primary Approaches

Senator Kay Hagan
Credit http://hagan.senate.gov/

North Carolina hosts one of the most watched electoral races in the country this year, as first-term Democratic Senator Kay Hagan is up for reelection. Who will win is already a toss-up, in a year where Republicans and Democrats are battling for control of the Senate. WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined Morning Edition Host Kevin Kniestedt to discuss the race.

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Politics
9:10 am
Wed April 2, 2014

B-Roll Footage Blurs Lines Between Campaigns And Interest Groups

Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

Many of the political ads you see and hear are produced by independent third-party interest groups. They are called “independent” because it’s illegal for these groups and candidates to coordinate their campaigns.

But this year it’s harder to distinguish between these groups and some candidates in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate Race.

This year the campaigns of Thom Tillis and Kay Hagan are pushing the boundaries of election law.


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