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New poll: Background check position is boosting Hagan (video)

One of the nation’s most influential and widely respected pollsters has new and encouraging data for Senator Kay Hagan and all those who support background checks for gun purchasers. In a poll released yesterday, Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling (see the video below) reported the following:

“PPP’s newest round of polling finds that Kay Hagan and Mary Landrieu helped their cause for reelection with their recent votes in support of background checks for gun sales. Read more

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Good for Kay Hagan

Kay HaganRaleigh’s News & Observer reports that she has endorsed masrriage equality.

The article quotes Hagan as saying:

“I know there are strong feelings on both sides, and I have a great deal of respect for their opinions. But after much thought and prayer on my part this is where I am today. I know all our families do not look alike. We all want the same thing for our families. We want happiness, we want health, prosperity, a bright future for our children and grandchildren. After conversations I’ve had with family members, with people I go to church with and with North Carolinians from all walks of life, I’ve come to my own personal conclusion that we should not tell people who they can love, or who they can marry. It’s time to move forward with this issue.”

Good work. About time.

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Senator Berger outlines the far right plan

Phil BergerWRAL has video of all 36 minutes of Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger’s surprisingly far-ranging press conference today and today’s edition of the Fitzsimon File will have a thorough analysis shortly.

For those looking for some preliminary quick takeaways, however, here were a few of the highlights/low-lights:

Berger has decided to go all in with the far right agenda and appears to see it as his pathway to seeking the GOP nomination to take on Kay Hagan in 2014. Moreover, his legislative “agenda” was/is an utterly predictable recitation of Locke Foundation/Civitas/Art Pope priorities: Read more

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Corporate interests pushing Hagan to cut unemployment benefits?

Updated at 2:45 pm — see below…

The debate in Washington over the extension of critical unemployment insurance benefits appears to have taken a  troubling (if sadly predictable) turn. According to folks “in the know” in DC, the business lobby is pushing members of the Senate, including North Carolina’s Kay Hagan, to endorse a proposal that would make it possible for states like North Carolina to slash worker benefits.

Here’s the skinny:  Read more

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Hagan tax proposal least effective job creator

As Chris noted the other day, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has examined several potential job-creation proposals to see what would do the most. Yesterday, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities noted that the proposal that comes in last is Senator Hagan’s ill-conceived giveaway to corporations with foreign income.  

Sounds like it might be time for North Carolina’s junior senator to send that one to the circular file.