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Condoleezza Rice backs Tillis in US Senate Race

CORNELIUS, N.C.–Thom Tillis has received the endorsement of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in North Carolina’s close U.S. Senate race.

Tillis’ campaign released a statement Friday quoting Rice in which she calls the state House speaker “an effective leader who can work across the aisle to solve problems and make our government more accountable to the people.”

The Rice endorsement comes in the final days before Tillis’ election with Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan.

Rice worked in President George W. Bush’s administration, also serving as national security adviser. Rice’s backing comes as national security issues, including the Islamic State and Ebola, have taken a larger role in the campaign debate.

Former President Bill Clinton was scheduled to campaign with Hagan later Friday in Raleigh.

Suspect in Death of Democratic Strategist Pleads Not Guilty

RALEIGH—The man facing charges in the 2013 death of Democratic fundraiser Jamie Hahn pleaded not guilty to all charges in court on Wednesday.

Jonathan Broyhill, 32, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Hahn in her
North Raleigh home last April.

He underwent a mental evaluation a few months ago but his attorney said he doesn’t expect to raise any defense of diminished mental capacity at trial.

Broyhill worked for Hahn’s political fundraising firm, Sky Blue Strategies, and managed campaign funds for former congressman Brad Miller.

His trial is set to begin in February.

NC DHHS Details Strategies For Handling Potential Ebola Cases

RALEIGH — State health officials gave an update Wednesday on how they are preparing for the possibility that someone in the state could be diagnosed with Ebola.

The secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Aldona Wos hosted the conference call to answer questions about what the state is doing to handle a potential case of someone affected with the virus.

Wos said there two categories that someone with a potential Ebola exposure fits into and they monitor those cases carefully.

“Our second category was travelers with an Ebola exposure risk, but with no symptoms. And our third category was travelers from affected areas with no risks whatsoever that we can identify. So those are our two, category No. 2 and category No. 3. Presently in the state we have a few,” said Wos.

The state laboratory of public health is one of 15 sites in the country to test blood samples for Ebola infections. Wos said as of Tuesday the state’s Ebola information website has been visited more than 18,000 people.

There are no cases of Ebola in North Carolina.


Full Interview: Elizabeth Dole

Watch the full interview as Geoff Bennett sits down with former U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole.

Capital Tonight Oct. 10: Elizabeth Dole, Same-Sex Marriage, Voting Rights

On Capital Tonight: Geoff Bennett sits down with former U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole, three NC candidates for the U.S. Senate go head-to-head in a debate, and gay couples across the state await a final ruling on same-sex marriage.


Watch the full episode here.

Tillis Sends Letter to Hagan Asking for Debate Reconsideration

RALEIGH—On Tuesday, Rep. Thom Tillis sent a letter to Sen. Kay Hagan, encouraging her to accept the debate invitation from TWC News, The Raleigh News & Observer, and The Charlotte Observer.

In the letter Tillis also asked her to reconsider her position on the five other debate invitations from other major media outlets and professional organizations she has previously declined.

Hagan’s decision to decline the debate invitation came as a surprise to some political observers due to how close the race is. In 2008, Sen. Hagan repeatedly pressured her opponent for more debates, once claiming she would debate anywhere and anytime.

Full copy of letter:

Dear Senator Hagan,

I would first like to thank you for an outstanding debate last Wednesday hosted by the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters. It gave North Carolinians a rare opportunity to hear directly from their U.S. Senate candidates on a number of important issues outside the filters of media consultants and 30-second television ads.

Several months ago, I accepted an invitation for a debate to be hosted by TWC News, The Raleigh News & Observer, and The Charlotte Observer. Participating in a debate hosted by a respected statewide television news channel in addition to the state’s two largest newspapers would help significantly increase the interest surrounding our race, which could very well determine the control of the U.S. Senate. 

I hope you will promptly accept this invitation so both campaigns can work on finalizing the details of the debate.

Additionally, due to the large viewership and vast interest of the first U.S. Senate debate hosted by the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters, I kindly ask you to also reconsider your position of declining the five other debate invitations from major media outlets and professional organizations.
• WGHP-TV/Greensboro News & Record/Winston-Salem Journal
• N.C. Bankers Association
• N.C. Medical Society
I look forward to hearing your response, and hope you will join me in giving North Carolinians as many opportunities as possible to hear from their U.S. Senate candidates in this pivotal race.


Thom Tillis

Bill Clinton Coming to NC for Hagan Fundraiser

GREENSBORO–Former President Bill Clinton is slated to attend a fundraiser in North Carolina later this month for Sen. Kay Hagan’s re-election bid.

Hagan’s campaign said Thursday the ex-president will attend a luncheon event Sept. 30 in Chapel Hill. No other event details were released, although campaign spokeswoman Sadie Weiner says the first-term senator is honored that Clinton has offered to help with her campaign.

Hagan had a large campaign cash advantage over Republican challenger Thom Tillis entering July, although a wave of spending from outside groups has reduced that margin and its impact.

Clinton was elected president in 1992 and 1996 but failed to carry North Carolina on both occasions.

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State Releases End-of-Grade Test Scores, Graduation Rates

RALEIGH–The State Board of Education met in Raleigh on Thursday and released reports on statewide graduation rates and end-of-grade test results.

Officials say the percentage of students graduating from high school in four years or less is 83.8 percent, that’s more than a 1 percent increase from the year before and up nearly 16 percent from 2006–the first year the state reported a four-year cohort graduation rate.

End of grade testing results were also released Thursday.

They show 56 percent of students grades 3 through 8 scored high enough on their EOG’s to be considered proficient in reading and about 51 are considered proficient in math.


• For a summary on statewide graduation rates, click here

• To see end-of-grade test results, click here

• To see full details on 5-year statewide graduation rates by school district and individual school, click here


Capital Tonight Sept. 3: U.S. Senate Debate

On Capital Tonight: A recap of the first debate between Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis


Watch the full episode here.

Kay Hagan, Thom Tillis to Square-Off in First Debate

The first debate between U.S. Senate candidates Thom Tillis and Kay Hagan will be held Wednesday evening. The race has drawn national attention because it could decide control of the Senate.

Capital Tonight anchor Tim Boyum has a preview.