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Thom Tillis Flip-Flops On Expanding Medicaid After Lagging In The Polls

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics

In recognition that he has become politically vulnerable in his race against Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) over the state's lack of Medicaid expansion, Repu...

Samantha Lachman

Emboldened By Small Lead, Kay Hagan Goes After Senate Challenger

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) came out swinging against Republican challenger Thom Tillis in their second debate Tuesday, perhaps encouraged b...

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Group With Ties To Kochs Mails Out Incorrect Voter Registration Info To... A Cat?

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics

A conservative group with financial and political ties to the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch sent hundreds of North Carolina voters -- an...

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How The Fight Against Voting Rights Restrictions Could Decide This Year's Marquee Senate Race

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics

DURHAM, N.C. -- President Barack Obama won North Carolina by just 14,000 votes in 2008. Now, as Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and state House Speaker Thom T...

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OB-GYN Group Chides GOP Senate Candidates On Birth Control

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

The country's leading group of physicians providing reproductive health care chastised Republican U.S. Senate candidates for supporting over-the-count...

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Kay Hagan, Thom Tillis Vie For North Carolina's Support In First Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) met Wednesday for the first debate in a Senate race th...

Black LGBT Activist Arrested For Distributing Voting Rights Information

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics

Police in Charlotte, North Carolina, arrested a black LGBT activist and former state Senate candidate Monday, saying that he violated a city ordinance...

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Moral Monday Movement Expands To 12 States For Week Of Protests

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly 51 years ago this week, Martin Luther King, Jr. exhorted the 250,000-strong March on Washington audience to "go back to Mississip...

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Controversial North Carolina Budget Director With Ties To Koch Brothers Resigns

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Conservative financier Art Pope, the North Carolina’s deputy budget director partly responsible for engineering the state's strong rig...

North Carolina Attorney General To Stop Defending State's Gay Marriage Ban

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics

A federal appeals court ruling striking down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is reverberating across the state's border. Roy Cooper, North Caro...

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Republican Mayor Partners With Moral Monday Movement, Walks 273 Miles For Rural Health Care Access

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics

A Republican mayor has partnered with the progressive-backed Moral Monday movement to protest the closure of his small-town's hospital. Belhaven, ...

On Millennial Voting, It's Time for Some Common Sense

Sam Gilman | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Sam Gilman

We constantly hear politicians tell us that it is time for your generation to take ownership in the political process. Of course, in order for new voices to be heard at the policymaking table, Millennials must turn out to vote in higher numbers and engage more with our elected officials.

Senate Candidate: GOP Must Appeal To Minorities Because 'Traditional' Voting Population Isn't Growing

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics

A Republican nominee in a high-profile race that could determine the balance of power in the Senate differentiated between what he called "traditional...

Koch Brothers Group Holds Polar Opposite Of Moral Monday Protest

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics

Local conservatives defended the actions of the Republican-controlled North Carolina General Assembly with a "tax reform rally" on Wednesday touting ...

Moral Monday Returns As GOP Senate Candidate Tries To Distance Himself From Legislature

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics

Protesters affiliated with the Moral Monday movement rallied in Raleigh, North Carolina, and staged a sit-in at the office of state House Speaker Thom...

Karl Rove-Backed Group Spends Millions Attacking Kay Hagan Over Obamacare

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

A group backed by Republican strategist Karl Rove is investing more heavily in this year's midterm elections with a nearly $3.6 million ad blitz targe...

Clay Aiken's Dem Opponent Found Dead Days After Primary

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics

Former North Carolina Commerce Secretary and businessman Keith Crisco, who challenged former "American Idol" star Clay Aiken for the Democratic nomina...

Anti-Thom Tillis Ad Takes Place At Tillis Victory Party

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics

A Democratic super PAC trying to hold the party's majority in the upper chamber this election cycle appears to have shot its latest ad for North Carol...

Mitt Romney Makes An Endorsement Ahead Of Critical GOP Primary

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics

Former Massachusetts governor and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced his support for Senate candidate and North Carolina House Speaker ...

Rand Paul To Campaign For Tea Party Senate Candidate Just Before GOP Primary

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will head to North Carolina next week in a last-ditch effort to boost a candidate favored by the tea party over the pick of the...

New Ad Questions Clay Aiken's 'Invisible' Presence On Presidential Committee

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics

One of Clay Aiken's Democratic primary opponents is attacking the former "American Idol" runner-up for missing meetings during his tenure on the Presi...

GOP Senate Candidate Says He Fired Staffers Who Resigned

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

Senate candidate and North Carolina state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) responded Thursday to Democratic attacks, saying he had fired staffers who had...

GOP Senate Candidate's Women's Campaign Coalition Includes Planned Parenthood Founder

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

North Carolina state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R), who is running to unseat Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), announced a "Women for Tillis" coalition Monday ...

North Carolina: Using Race (Again) as a Tool to Disrupt Multiracial Political Coalitions

Michael Curtis | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics
Michael Curtis

History repeats itself, but thankfully, not exactly. Still, we have a distressing degree of repetition in North Carolina.

GOP Senate Candidate: Minimum Wage Is An 'Artificial Threshold,' Raising It 'A Dangerous Idea'

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics

Thom Tillis, the speaker of the North Carolina General Assembly and one of seven Republicans vying to challenge U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D), said raising ...