by Jon Ham
Vice President and Publisher Carolina Journal
• One of the hallmarks of the Obama administration is the extent to which he has perfected the art of crony capitalism. Of course, that wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Democrats in the Senate. Apparently, Generation Opportunity, a group promoting itself as “a free-thinking, liberty-loving, national organization of young people promoting the best of America,” feels voters need a reminder that N.C. Sen. Kay Hagan is one of those. Here’s their latest ad:
• The New York Times offers this compendium of its latest polling on the fight for the U.S. Senate. They say Republicans have a “slight” chance of taking the Senate, and they rate the North Carolina race a virtual toss-up, with House Speaker having a 51-49 edge over incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan.
• Americans for Prosperity announces it has released new radio ads thanking four legislators for their votes in support of the $2.4 billion tax cut passed last year by the Republican-controlled legislature. The ads are running in Raleigh, Asheville, and Sanford to thank Senator Chad Barefoot, Representatives Tom Murry, Mike Stone, and Tim Moffit. Click the legislators’ names to hear their ads.
• WRAL reports that State Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger has bought $122,000 of airtime in September. Reporter Laura Leslie says this is “sparking talk that his presumably safe seat may be more vulnerable than expected.”