Thom Tillis

Politics
3:15 am
Mon November 3, 2014

The Science And Strategy Of Getting Out The Vote

Finding 'drop-off' voters, yup, there's an app for that.
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On Tuesday, the polls will open, ballots will be cast and the victors of the 2014 midterm elections will be known...we hope.

Historically, the turnout in midterm elections is low. Whichever candidate or party can best mobilize their base is the victor.  It’s what’s known as the ground game. And there is a science behind the strategy.

Don’t let the calm nature of Bruce Epperson fool you. The 42-year-old is on a hunt. "I’m on Danview Avenue, 2800 block."

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WFAE Talks
1:13 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

WFAE Talks: Senate Candidates' Accomplishments, Sales Tax

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Election week is finally upon us.  Ben Bradford, Tom Bullock and Lisa Worf talk about what the Democratic and Republican candidates for Senate have accomplished in their political careers.  We also talk about the sales tax referendum on Mecklenburg County ballots - what it goes for and how it got on the ballot in the first place. 

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Local News
1:35 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Democratic Senate Candidate Hagan: A Primer

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When asked her top accomplishment in Washington, Senator Kay Hagan starts with the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.

From the 1950s to ‘80s, Marines and their families stationed at the base unwittingly used drinking water laced with chemicals like benzene. Along with Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Congressman Brad Miller (D-NC)—both North Carolina Republicans—Hagan pushed legislation to give medical care to those exposed.

Republican Senate Candidate Tillis: A Primer

“I met with generals,” she recalls. “We met with the commandant of the Marine Corps. We met with every entity you can imagine that had some sort of input.”

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Local News
10:41 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Republican Senate Candidate Tillis: A Primer

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On Thursday, WFAE will take a similar look at the Democratic incumbent, Senator Kay Hagan.

The Republican challenger in the U.S. Senate race, Thom Tillis, has had a hand in every new law in North Carolina the past four years. As Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, Tillis decides what bills the House votes on. Along with Senate leader Phil Berger and Governor Pat McCrory, he has led a conservative shift, which has touched nearly every aspect of state law. But, Tillis says, he has had one overarching focus:

“Working to get our economy back on track by repealing regulations that didn’t make sense and reducing taxes so businesses have more money to grow,” Tillis says.

Democratic Senate Candidate Hagan: A Primer

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Election 2014
4:19 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Hillary Clinton Campaigns For Senator Kay Hagan On Early Voting Tour

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton campaigns for Senator Kay Hagan during Hagan's early voting tour of the state on Saturday.
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined Senator Kay Hagan on Saturday in Charlotte on Hagan's "early voting tour."

About 2,000 people showed up to hear Clinton speak at the Charlotte Convention Center. Clinton urged women to vote and said there need to be more women like Senator Kay Hagan in Washington.

Twelfth Congressional District Candidate Alma Adams of Greensboro was the warm-up act. She said Republican extremists have taken over the state legislature. She called state House Speaker Thom Tillis an "Uncle Tom." 

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Politics
4:54 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

The 'Hatred Parade' Of Hagan And Tillis

Screen grabs from ads attacking Kay Hagan (top) and Thom Tillis (bottom).
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“Tar Heeled and Feathered” is the headline of a report released Thursday.

No, it’s not about any scandal at Chapel Hill.

Instead, the study from the Center for Public Integrity focuses on new dubious distinctions for the U.S. Senate race between Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis.

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Politics
10:04 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Thom Tillis, The Chair, And How A 'Debate' Became A Really Long Interview

Tuesday night's debate-turned-conversation. Thom Tillis and "the chair" are on left.
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Normally, when a high profile politician sits down with a news program, it’s billed as an interview. If the politician in question is a big enough name, it’s called an exclusive. 

But Tuesday night, when Thom Tillis took his seat on the set of Capital Tonight on Time Warner News, it was billed as a debate. Then, after some behind the scenes drama, it went from a debate to something else.

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Sunday Headlines
10:31 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Senate Race Spending Tops $100M; Clinton To Visit

The two major-party U.S. Senate candidates in North Carolina are traveling the state this weekend trying to energize their allies with speeches and visits from out-of-state politicians. The campaigns of Republican Thom Tillis and incumbent Democratic Senator Kay Hagan also are raising a ton of money. With help from wealthy donors and outside groups, more than $100 million now has been spent on the North Carolina Senate race, the Charlotte Observer reports.

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Local News
7:14 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Elon Poll: Ballot Order Could Help Hagan In Race Against Tillis

Senator Kay Hagan and state House Speaker Thom Tillis
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  Come Election Day, the candidate who’s listed first on the ballot has an advantage. At least that’s the conventional wisdom. But a new survey from Elon University casts doubt on that logic, and that could be good news this November for Democratic U.S. Senator Kay Hagan in her race against Republican state House Speaker Thom Tillis.

WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen joins Morning Edition Host Marshall Terry with more about the poll.

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Local News
8:10 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Top Talking Points And New Discussions In Third Senate Debate

Kay Hagan, Sean Haugh, Thom Tillis
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North Carolina Senate candidates met in Wilmington last night, for the final of three scheduled debates before the election. The candidates largely stuck to the talking points and attacks, which have become familiar during earlier debates and the 64,000 TV ads bought for the election.

Hagan criticized the state tax overhaul and budget, which Tillis oversaw, while Tillis hammered Hagan’s voting record as almost entirely aligned with President Obama.


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