Tillis is playing hardball with Democrats in the NCGA; with the intraparty fighting on his own side, I'm not sure its wise to be picking these types of fights (and getting press for it):
(House Minority Leader) Larry Hall has come out accusing Speaker of the House Thom Tillis of defunding the House Democratic Caucus as a retaliation for Democrat's questioning of the new legislative building rules that were clearly aimed at stifling Moral Monday. He says that he was told he would be defunded if he did not "apologize" to House Republican leaders for questioning the building rules changes. The "defunding" simply takes away the Democrats General Assembly earmarked budget to hire a chief-of-staff.More NC-Sen:
It is unheard of in NC General Assembly history for the majority party
to defund the minority party.
Freedom Partners, one of the primary Koch fronts, is dropping "at least" $2.8M here between August and September.
The Patriot Majority PAC is countering
with a $1M buy linking Tillis to the Kochs.More NC-Sen:
In terms of its financial/logistical standing, the NC Democratic party is about on par with the MN or NV Republicans. As such Hagan's campaign has mostly been operating without its help. Instead, Hagan has been working closely with the Wake County Democrats; this isn't really a new development, but the NYT has some fundraising numbers. In June, for instance, the Wake County Dems outraised the state party by about 4:1.LA-Sen:
On the fundraising front, I don't think it comes as a surprise that this will be the most expensive race in LA history. Combined, Cassidy and Landrieu have raised nearly $22M plus a little over $1M for Maness. Also, for some perspective, in 2008, John Kennedy raised $4.8 million. Casssidy surpassed that...after Q1.
Some good news for Cassidy is that, while he's always been outraised, he's pulling close to Landrieu in terms of CoH. Its a bit worrisome for Landrieu, but she did drop over $2M for large ad buys. That series of ads has been running since April, so at least she got a lot of 'mileage' with that buy. LA-05:
Should McAllister drop the GOP and run as an Independent? Between his poor treatment by the GOP rank-and-file and his mavericky appeal, state political sage Jeremy Alford thinks an Independent run might make sense for McAllister. Alford also argues that since Independents are growing in numbers (both in LA and elsewhere) they should get some representation in Congress.
Speaking of this race, Elbert Guillory extend his decision deadline to July 15...still no word. I guess, as with his party affiliation, Guillory can't make up his mind about which races to run in. LA-06:
This may end up as an ad, but Garret Graves has a cutsy video out featuring his young kids. Claitor has released a few brief web videos, but I don't think anyone has actually gine up on the air here.