The charges and countercharges started early in Wednesday’s U.S. Senate debate between Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis.
Here’s a look at some:
In 2013, the most recent year analyzed, Hagan voted in line with Obama’s preference 96 percent of the time.
She was not alone among Democrats in the closely divided Senate. A check of CQ’s report on voting by all senators in 2013 shows that every Democratic senator, as well as independents Bernard Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Maine, voted yes on bills the president favored at least 90 percent of the time in 2013.
U.S. District Judge James Beaty Jr. said lawmakers had made clear that the denial of funds was intended as political punishment for the organization.
At least 575,000 low-income adults in the Carolinas earn too little to get subsidies and don’t qualify for Medicaid. Some estimates run as high as 689,000 in North Carolina alone, many working in such low-wage jobs as home health aides, waitresses, bus drivers and construction workers.
From Politifact, a nonpartisan fact-checking project: “Obamacare does not literally cut funding from the Medicare budget, but tries to bring down future health care costs in the program. Much of this is accomplished by reducing Medicare Advantage, a small subset of Medicare plans that are run by private insurers.”
A teacher with 30 years’ experience, however, would get a 0.29 percent increase.
It also created a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants who met certain requirements. Hagan voted for it, as did 14 Senate Republicans. But Republicans in the House of Representatives rejected it. The House never took up the broad immigration package that the Senate passed.
In 2012 and 2011, Hagan ranked 32nd most liberal.
Critics argue that the rankings are subjective, determined by the votes the Journal chooses to analyze.