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1 candidate in 12th District yet to file with FEC

1 candidate in 12th hasn’t filed with FEC

All the major Democratic candidates running in the 12th Congressional District have filed with the Federal Election Commission – except one.

Former Charlotte City Councilman James Mitchell has yet to file not only a spending report but another document called a statement of candidacy. The FEC requires that document 15 days after a candidate raises at least $5,000.

Mitchell says he’s raised more than $57,000 since mid-January. But Maurice Daniel, an adviser, said the campaign only has about $16,000 in the bank. The rest are pledges.

As for the FEC deadline, Daniel said, “I know we were cutting it close.”

Mitchell, who lost last year’s Democratic mayoral primary to now-Mayor Patrick Cannon, also hasn’t filed a year-end report from that race with the county elections board. It was due Jan. 31. Jim Morrill

A new wrinkle to state House race

The Republican primary to succeed Republican Thom Tillis in the N.C. House may no longer be a faceoff between two prominent Cornelius town leaders.

Sharon Hudson of Huntersville, a founder of the group Lake Norman Conservatives, could enter the race this week. Filing ends Friday.

Former Cornelius Mayor Lynette Rinker and current town commissioner John Bradford are already running. So is Democrat Natasha Marcus of Davidson.

Hudson’s candidacy would inject a new dimension into the GOP contest. It would also throw another issue on the table.

She and her group have been vocal critics of the proposed toll lanes for Interstate 77. Both Rinker and Bradford support the lanes.

“The candidates currently running … have not listened to their constituents, particularly on the toll road issue,” Hudson says. Jim Morrill

Quoting:

“We’re not giving out a lifetime achievement award, nor are we giving a consolation prize for not having won another election.”

Democrat George Battle III, running in the 12th Congressional District, in a field that includes two long-serving legislators and a candidate who lost last year’s mayoral primary in Charlotte.

Liberal super PAC favors Adams

A liberal super PAC called Progressive Kick (“Give Conservatives the Boot!”) touts its support of 12th District Democrat Alma Adams .

But the website that brandished her endorsement also carried a testimonial from one of her rivals.

The California-based group featured the testimonial from Democrat Marcus Brandon, whom it endorsed in an earlier legislative campaign. Asked about the dual endorsements last week, the PAC removed the Brandon testimonial from its site.

“Alma was the clear choice we talked to among progressive people in North Carolina,” said PAC President Joshua Grossman. Jim Morrill

Harris, Tillis get key endorsements

The political action committee of the Family Research Council has endorsed Republican Mark Harris in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race.

“He will help lead this country from the cultural and economic chaos our country is now experiencing,” PAC Chairman Tony Perkins said in a statement. “We need his leadership and offer our full endorsement and our prayers.”

Harris is a Charlotte pastor who helped lead the push to put a gay marriage ban in the state constitution, an effort backed by the FRC.

“When I talk about being a North Carolina voice for North Carolina values,” Harris said in a statement, “I am envisioning the day of standing alongside the Family Research Council, who work diligently for those values every day.”

And last week, House Speaker Thom Tillis received the support of BIPAC, a national business political group. As The Hill reported, the Tillis endorsement is one of a number in which the organization is backing candidates threatened by tea party challengers.

The endorsement will likely help Tillis increase his fundraising lead. He faces four Republican candidates in the primary who are cozying up to the tea party: Harris, Greg Brannon, Heather Grant and Ted Alexander. Jim Morrill and The (Raleigh) News & Observer

Cooper revs up fellow Democrats

Attorney General Roy Cooper revved Wake County Democrats on Friday evening, saying the years of progress under the party’s former leaders “came to a crashing halt” 14 months ago.

The reference to Gov. Pat McCrory’s ascension to office was no mistake. Cooper is making clear his intention to challenge the Republican in the 2016 governor’s race. And he rallied the party’s faithful at a fundraiser in Raleigh with a speech fit for the campaign trail.

Cooper said he is encouraged by the “Moral Monday” protests and “convinced that a majority of the people of North Carolina do not want to go in this direction.”

He called the Republican plan to address teacher pay “a political Band-Aid.” In the upcoming short legislative session, he said, Democrats need to pressure lawmakers to “make them expand Medicaid, make them raise teacher salaries, make them clean our water, (and) make them change our laws so people can more easily register” to vote.

“In 2014, we are going to make a dent in the House and Senate, and then in 2016, we are going to take it all back and move North Carolina forward,” he said to a roar from the crowd. The (Raleigh) News & Observer

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