Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >>
RALEIGH, NC (WECT) – The conservative group Americans for Prosperity has launched its first ad of 2014 against incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, once again tying Hagan with the controversial Affordable Care Act.
The ad features a woman named Sheila Salter of Chapel Hill, talking about having her health insurance policy canceled because of the Affordable Care Act. "Kay Hagan told us, if you like your insurance plan and your doctors, you can keep them," Salter says to the camera. Salter goes on to say she now has a temporary policy that costs her 20% more, and that her coverage will increase another $4,500 under Obamacare in 2015.
"More than 470,000 North Carolinians had to have their insurance plans reinstated, only to pay more for the same plan, due to this disastrous law," Donald Bryson, AFP-North Carolina's policy specialist said in an email news release announcing the ad. "People literally have to pay more for the same plan, and it's all because of Senator Hagan's vote. Senator Hagan still says she would ‘vote for it again,' despite the disastrous effects of this law. That is why we are educating North Carolinians on the issue and holding the Senator accountable."
Hagan's campaign released a comment on the new ad. "A new year and a new smear from a Koch-brothers backed group that has no accountability to North Carolinians, takes secret, undisclosed cash and has a record of airing ads that fact checkers call ‘false,'" Sadie Weiner, Hagan Campaign Communications Director said in an email. "Outside interests like the Koch Brothers are spending millions to buy a Senate seat because they know Kay will never carry the water for their special interest agenda like her opponents have shown they are all too eager to do. Kay supports a commonsense fix to allow people to keep their plans, but all of her opponents and their special interest backers want to go back to a time when insurance companies can charge women more for coverage, drop you from your plan when you get sick and deny you care altogether because of a pre-existing condition."
The ad is the third in a series of political ads aired by AFP. Bryson says the ad will run for three weeks statewide, at a cost of about $1.4 million. That will bring the campaign total to about $4.2 million since it began in October of 2013. Bryson says the group is spending $100,000 to air the ad in the Wilmington television market.
Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:48 AM EDT2014-09-02 11:48:52 GMT
Retiring Seventh District Congressman Mike McIntyre was inducted into The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor bestowed in the state of North Carolina. McIntyre received a certificateMore >>
Rep. Mike McIntyre has received the highest honor given by the state of North Carolina, induction into the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine. More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 7:30 AM EDT2014-08-29 11:30:47 GMT
Rep. Ted Davis (R-New Hanover) and Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-New Hanover) are spearheading an effort to get Gov. Pat McCrory to call a special session of the General Assembly to deal solely with economic developmentMore >>
Local lawmakers' request for a special session is being met with some opposition tonight. Reps. Ted Davis & Susi Hamilton of New Hanover County believe a session focused solely on economic development is needed. But one conservative group is opposing the need for lawmakers to meet again to increase the JDIG program.More >>
Thursday, August 21 2014 7:37 AM EDT2014-08-21 11:37:34 GMT
Republican leaders in the General Assembly say they have reached a compromise deal on implementing new coal ash regulations, and forcing Duke Energy to close all 33 of its coal ash ponds across North Carolina. AccordingMore >>
House and senate lawmakers in the NC General Assembly passed a bill mandating cleanup of all Duke Energy coal ash ponds by the year 2029. The action follows a massive spill of coal ash into the Dan River in February from a company site in Eden. You can click on a link inside this story to see the specifics of the bill, which is now headed to the Governor's desk.More >>
Monday, August 18 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-08-19 01:51:31 GMT
The Film and Entertainment Grant Fund proposal will go back in front of state lawmakers tomorrow and Wednesday, after House and Senate conferees made slight changes to the proposal already approved inMore >>
It appears lawmakers are moving forward with a grant fund that will replace the current Film Incentive Tax Credit that has been in place to lure film and television productions to North Carolina.More >>
Monday, August 18 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-08-18 21:30:44 GMT
Governor Pat McCrory is appointing Senior Associate Justice Mark Martin as the new Chief Justice of North Carolina's Supreme Court. Judge Martin will replace the current Chief Justice, Sarah Parker, whoMore >>
Governor Pat McCrory's decision to elevate Senior Associate Justice Mark Martin to be the new Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court is being met with criticism from Judge Ola Lewis of Brunswick County, who is opposing Martin for the seat in the November General Election.More >>
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