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At 2nd Debate in 2 Days, Tillis Remains Focused on Kay Hagan

After a solid performance in the first North Carolina Republican primary debate last night at Davidson College, Thom Tillis remained focused on Kay Hagan at a 2nd debate tonight in Raleigh.  Tillis, conservative candidate for US Senate and North Carolina House Speaker, again compared his record of conservative results to Kay Hagan’s track record of rubber-stamping the Obama/Reid agenda.

“I’m running for the United States Senate because Kay Hagan has failed the citizens of North Carolina,” Tillis said.  “I’ve been cleaning up her mess for three years in Raleigh.  I’ve led a conservative revolution in this state and that’s the kind of leadership we need in Washington.”

The debate was held at WRAL-TV studios in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Tillis will participate in one other televised debate next Monday, April 28th.  The primary election will be held on May 6th.  For more information, visit www.thomtillis.com.



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NC GOP Senate Debates This Week

Be sure to tune in live to the North Carolina Senate debates tonight and tomorrow. These debates are a great opportunity to discuss my conservative record as Speaker.

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Here’s how you can watch this week’s debates:

Tuesday Night – April 22nd
Time Warner Cable News Debate
7:00 P.M.
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Wednesday Night
WRAL Debate
7:00 PM
Watch live on WRAL-TV and WILM-TV or online at wral.com


National Right to Life Endorses Thom Tillis for Senate North Carolina Pro-Life

National Right To Life Endorses Tillis

Honored to earn the endorsement of National Right to Life. An excerpt of the release is below. If you’d like to join our faith and family coalition, click here.

“Thom Tillis has been an outspoken leader in the fight to protect innocent human life in North Carolina, and he is the only candidate with a proven record of leadership who can defeat pro-abortion Sen. Kay Hagan this fall,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life.

Under his leadership as Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, the legislature passed a number of measures protecting unborn children and their mothers including:

• Women’s Right to Know Act (Speaker Tillis led the effort to override Governor Perdue’s veto of the measure)
• Ethen’s Law recognizing unborn children as victims of violent crime
• Prohibiting North Carolina taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortion or to pay for insurance coverage for abortion
• Health & Safety Law – a 2013 omnibus pro-life bill that included language extending conscience protections to health care providers who oppose abortion, opting North Carolina out of abortion coverage in the federal health care exchange, prohibiting sex-selection abortions, prohibiting abortion from being covered in city and county health care plans, banning web-cam abortions, and issuing regulations of abortion clinics.

In contrast, since being elected to the U.S. Senate, Kay Hagan voted for the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” – better known as Obamacare – which provides government funding for insurance plans that pay for abortion-on-demand, and will lead to the rationing of lifesaving medical treatments. Earlier this year, Hagan voted against a measure that would have protected the religious liberties of employers by protecting them from being forced to purchase health plans that cover drugs and procedures to which they have religious or moral objections.

“Speaker Thom Tillis has earned the support of all pro-life voters and he is the candidate who can defeat Kay Hagan this November,” said David N. O’Steen, Ph.D., National Right to Life executive director. “Why would any pro-lifer cast their ballot for anyone besides Thom Tillis?”

Read the full release here.



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Tillis Announces Women For Tillis Coalition

Raleigh, N.C. - Thom Tillis, conservative candidate for U.S. Senate and North Carolina House Speaker, today announced the Women for Tillis Coalition, to be chaired by leaders from across North Carolina, including Maria Luddy, Willa Kane, Mary Susan FulghumJeanne J. Smoot, Hannah Salem, Kristen Laster, Betsy Gray Barrus, Nan Dupree Miller, Blanche Robertson Bacon, Beth Southern, and Blake Simpson Fricks.

Maria Luddy is a former English teacher and has been married to Raleigh businessman, Robert Luddy, for ten years.  Maria serves on the board of Birthchoice and helps support the Gabriel Project, two local pro-life organizations.  In addition, Maria shares her husband’s support of school choice – including private and charter schools.  She has a B.A. in English from Virginia Commonwealth University and an M.A. in Educational Administration from American University.

Willa Kane is a Raleigh native, a founding vestry member of Holy Trinity Anglican Church, and a national trustee for the Anglican Relief and Development Fund.  Willa has also served on the board of The Healing Place of Wake County, Friends of Habitat, North Carolina Theatre, and Kids Voting-NC.  Willa is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she did her post graduate study in journalism at the University ofFlorida and she is married to Raleigh businessman John Kane.

Mary Susan Fulghum, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. is a retired OB-GYN who is very active in the Raleigh community. She currently serves on the Rex Healthcare Foundation Board, North Carolina Symphony Society Board of Trustees, St. Timothy’s School Board of Trustees,  Sir Walter Raleigh Cabinet, Raleigh Fine Arts Society, and Junior League of Raleigh. Maria serves as the Chair of the North Carolina Early Childhood Advisory Council. She graduated from the University of North Carolina and is married to Dr. James S. Fulghum,III, M.D., neurosurgeon.

Jeanne J. Smoot served under President Reagan and President Bush as Director of Academic Programs and on the National Humanities Council, respectively.  She is the past President of Wake County Republican Women and a past Chair of the Fourth Congressional GOP District, as well as a former Vice President and Capital Area Region Director of the North Carolina Federation of Republican Women.  Jeanne is married to David M. Smoot, and they have four grown children and six grandchildren.

Hannah Salem is the founder of Salem Strategies and a veteran of numerous political and public affairs campaigns.  She has over 10 years of experience working for candidates, elected officials, and Fortune 500 companies, as well as unique insight and experience working with the U.S. Military.  In 2011, Hannah was recognized by Air Force Chief of Staff Norton Schwartz as the 2011 Air Force Key Spouse of the Year for her efforts to strengthen and streamline communication among military spouses.  Hannah more recently served as Chief Legislative Aide and Campaign Manager to North Carolina State Senator Ronald Rabin.  She resides in Spring Lake, North Carolina, where she volunteers with many NCGOP organizations and serves as the Key Spouse Mentor to the 14th Air Support Operations Squadron at Pope Army Airfield.

Kristen Laster, a North Carolina native, opened Southern Strategy Group’s North Carolina office as Managing Partner in July 2012.  Kristen has spent her professional career specializing in government relations and lobbying state and local governments, with a proven ability to establish and maintain working relationships with all branches of government.  Born in Boone and raised in Fayetteville, Kristen graduated from WesternCarolina University with a degree in Public Relations. Kristen and her husband, Scott, live in Fuquay Varina with their two sons.

Betsy Gray Barrus attended North Carolina State University, where she earned a B.A. degree in Political Science.  During her time at N.C. State, she worked part-time for the Financial Director at the NCGOP and volunteered for several political campaigns.  From 2003-2006, Betsy worked for the Bush Administration as the Deputy White House Liaison to the U.S. Department of the Interior.  In 2006, Betsy Gray returned to Raleigh, where she was a Corporate Accounts Manager for Maxwell Marketing.  She is married to Alban Barrus III and is currently a stay at home mother to two boys, Alban (3½) and Gray (6 months).

Nan Dupree Miller received her undergraduate degree from Wake Forest Universityand her M.A. in English from North Carolina State University.  She taught college composition and literature for 26 years:  8 years at NC State and 18 years at MeredithCollege, where she opened and directed the Meredith College Writing Center.  As a “Road Scholar” or lecturer for the North Carolina Humanities Council, she has given presentations on literary topics in libraries across the state.

Blanche Robertson Bacon is from Salisbury, North Carolina and graduated from St.Mary’s Jr College in Raleigh, North Carolina.  She served on boards of St. Mary’s School, Wake County Boys and Girls Clubs (where she was the first female president), North Carolina Museum of History, WakeMed Hospital, Penick Village Retirement Home, Junior League of Raleigh, Member of Christ Episcopal Church, and she is also a former vestry member.

Beth Southern is Associate General Counsel at Hanesbrands Inc., based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Prior to joining Hanesbrands in 2012, Beth was in private practice in Winston-Salem at the law firm of Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice, LLP.  Beth received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.  She resides in King, NC with her husband, Bill, and children Kate (4) and Flynn (2).

Blake Simpson Fricks is a corporate attorney for Smith Anderson and has been actively involved in the Raleigh community through her involvement with Neighbor to Neighbor,Marbles Kids Museum, the North Carolina Museum of History, the North Carolina Ballet and Holy Trinity Church. She was appointed by Governor McCrory to serve on the North Carolina Child Care Commission. Blake attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a B.A. degree in Political Science in 2003 and her J.D. in 2007. Blake is married to Wesley Fricks, a board member for the North Carolina Community College System, and they have two boys, Wells (3½) and Smith (1).

“I’m honored to have the support of these talented and successful women from across the state,” Tillis said. “I look forward to working closely with them over the course of the campaign.”

To learn more about Women for Tillis or to get involved, fill out the form below:

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Legislative Endorsements Roll In for Thom Tillis

Thom Tillis, conservative candidate for U.S. Senate and North Carolina House Speaker, today announced that the following North Carolina legislators have endorsed his bid for the United States Senate:

Sen. David Curtis (R-Lincoln)
Sen. Thom Goolsby (R-New Hanover)
Sen. Rick Gunn (R-Alamance)
Sen. Wesley Meredith (R-Cumberland)
Sen. Ron Rabin (R-Harnett)
Sen. Tommy Tucker (R-Union)
Sen. Trudy Wade (R-Guilford)

Rep. Dean Arp (R-Union)
Rep. Rayne Brown (R-Davidson)
Rep. Dana Bumgardner (R-Gaston)
Rep. Josh Dobson (R-McDowell)
Rep. Mike Hager (R-Rutherford)
Rep. Mark Hollo (R-Alexander)
Rep. Craig Horn (R-Union)
Rep. Julia Howard (R-Davie)

Rep. Linda Johnson (R-Cabarrus)
Rep. Donny Lambeth (R-Forsyth)
Rep. J.H. Langdon (R-Johnston)
Rep. Chuck McGrady (R-Buncombe)
Rep. Michele Presnell (R-Yancey)
Rep. Steve Ross (R-Alamance)
Rep. Mitchell Setzer (R-Catawba)
Rep. Sarah Stevens (R-Surry)
Rep. John Torbett (R-Gaston)
Rep. Rena Turner (R-Iredell)
Rep. Roger Younts (R-Davidson)

“I am honored to have the support of my friends and colleagues in the North Carolina General Assembly,” said Tillis. “They are all dedicated public servants and I look forward to campaigning with them in the months ahead.”

Today’s legislative endorsements come in addition to dozens of lawmakers who had previously endorsed Tillis’ campaign:

Senators Harry Brown, Jim Davis, Fletcher Hartsell, Brent Jackson, Bill Rabon, Bob Rucho, and Jeff Tarte.

Representatives Marilyn Avila, John Bell, Jamie Boles, Bill Brawley, Brian Brown, Rob Bryan, Justin Burr, Rick Catlin, Jeff Collins, Leo Daughtry, Ted Davis, Jimmy Dixon, Nelson Dollar, John Faircloth, Jim Fulghum, Jon Hardister, Pat Hurley, Frank Iler, Charlie Jeter, Chris Malone, Susan Martin, Pat McElraft, Allen McNeill, Tim Moffitt, Tim Moore, Tom Murry, Nathan Ramsey, Jason Saine, Ruth Samuelson, Jacqueline Schaffer, Phil Shepard, Paul Stam, Mike Stone, John Szoka, and Roger West.



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For Immediate Release: Hagan Campaign Gives 3 Answers to Same Question: When Did She Know?

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Raleigh, N.C. - The struggling re-election campaign of Sen. Kay Hagan is now offering its third different answer to journalists asking the same question: when did Sen. Hagan know that her Obamacare promise was false?

Answer #1: No answer.
For months, Sen. Hagan and her campaign refused to even answer the question or offer a response, despite her repeating the “if you like your health plan you can keep it” promise more than 20 times. To date, almost 500,000 North Carolinians have received cancellation notices as a result of Obamacare.

Answer #2: She Knew When Insurance Companies Started Offering “Disingenuous” Plans
Last fall, Hagan spokeswoman Sadie Wiener told the Greensboro News & Record that Sen. Hagan knew people would be getting cancellation letters when she found out that insurance companies were offering what she called “disingenuous” plans that would not be permitted under the Affordable Care Act.

Answer #3: She Knew When People Started Getting Cancellation Notices Last Fall
On Friday evening, the Hagan campaign told WTVD in Raleigh that she knew last fall that her Obamacare promise was false, as their office began receiving reports of citizens receiving cancellation notices.

“The Hagan campaign continues to mislead the media and the citizens of North Carolina, and it’s time for them to give a straight answer to a very simple question,” said Tillis spokesman Jordan Shaw. “Did she know her promise was false when plans were being offered, or did she know when plans were being cancelled? North Carolinians deserve the truth.”


Hagan refuses to answer questions about when she knew her Obamacare promise was false: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vk6pN01xRhc&feature=youtu.be

Hagan campaign spokeswoman says Hagan’s work on the HELP Committee allowed to her to know that insurance companies would be offering substandard policies that would be cancelled under the Affordable Care Act: http://www.news-record.com/blogs/north_state_politics/article_72ff1902-4d40-11e3-950f-001a4bcf6878.html

Hagan campaign tells WTVD that she knew “last fall,” when citizens began receiving cancellation notices: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIFXz9eFhTU&feature=youtu.be


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Commit Your Vote Today!

Today, I filed the necessary paperwork with the Secretary of State and officially qualified to be a candidate for the United States Senate.And I’m asking you to commit your vote below today.
I’m running for the US Senate because I believe that North Carolina deserves a Senator that represents our conservative North Carolina values, not Barack Obama and Washington special interests.
For the past six years, Kay Hagan has voted with Barack Obama 96% of the time. Hagan’s support of the President includes:
  • Casting the deciding vote to pass Obamacare and continuing to defend the law.
  • Voting to confirm two liberal Supreme Court justices
  • Cutting military pensions
  • Earning an “F” rating from the National Rifle Association
  • Supporting Barack Obama’s failed stimulus package and adding trillions to our National Debt.
With so much at stake in 2014 – we cannot allow President Obama to continue to have a liberal majority in the United States Senate. Kay Hagan, Harry Reid, liberal union bosses, and special interest SuperPACs will be spending millions trying to defeat me, protect Kay Hagan, and preserve their liberal Senate Majority.
Stand for conservative principles by committing your vote today to defeat Kay Hagan. Sign up below.
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Petition: Say NO To Union Bosses

National Big Labor bosses have announced a massive campaign to help Obama retain Democrat control of the US Senate, and they’ve made North Carolina one of their top targets. To prop up Kay Hagan, they’re going to spend a fortune to try to take me down. But we’re going to fight back. If you want to send Kay Hagan back to Greensboro and place the Senate in the hands of conservative republicans, we need you to say NO to Obama’s Union Bosses and sign our petition today.

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