Emily's List attacks Tillis over equal pay in North Carolina
GOP Senate nominee Thom Tillis
August 7th, 2014
09:07 AM ET
4 months ago

Emily's List attacks Tillis over equal pay in North Carolina

Washington (CNN) - Democratic candidates this cycle are working feverishly to exploit their party's edge among female voters, thrusting issues like equal pay, paid sick leave and women's health to the forefront of their campaigns.

Emily's List, the political action committee that backs female Democratic candidates, is stepping into the fray in North Carolina, home to the country's most expensive Senate race.

The group is launching a television ad Thursday attacking Republican Senate nominee Thom Tills over equal pay – a topic that President Obama has highlighted as a driving issue for Democrats this midterm election year.

Tillis is trying to unseat Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in a race that most polls show as a dead heat. Outside groups have spent more than $14 million to influence the race so far.

"The same pay for the same work, but Thom Tillis said no," the ad's narrator says. "He led the effort in the statehouse to kill equal pay for women. Tillis doesn't understand. Working women help support their families."

As North Carolina House Speaker, Tillis blocked a paycheck fairness act in the state legislature. He says he opposes workplace discrimination but sees state legislation as redundant given the federal regulations already on the books.

Emily's List says the ad, backed by more than $500,000, will run in Charlotte, Asheville and Greensboro. It's the second TV spot Emily's List has aired in their $3 million political program targeting North Carolina women.

The equal pay issue has become a well-worn talking point for Democrats on the campaign trail this year, especially in North Carolina, Georgia, New Hampshire and Kentucky – all states with women candidates on the Senate ballot.

Obama slipped a now-familiar data point – that women earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns – into his 2014 State of the Union speech when he demanded that Congress pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would strengthen the 1963 Equal Pay Act signed by President John F. Kennedy.

Obama called the income disparity between genders an "embarrassment" and proclaimed that "women deserve equal pay for equal work."

Democrats have since seized on the issue to drum up support among women and flummox Republicans, who have sometimes struggled to answer questions about "paycheck fairness."

"2014 is all about women – women voters, women's issues and women candidates, and women are going to be the key to Democratic victory in November," said Emily's List president Stephanie Schriock. "The issues affecting women and families are economic ones, and this election women voters are looking for candidates who are focused on creating economic opportunities and giving families a fair shot."


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soundoff (125 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "Second, Romney is putting way more money back into the economy than that person making 35k a year. "

    Second, Romney is pulling way more money out of the economy and putting it into offshore accounts than that person making 35k a year.

    FIFY

    Mittens wouldn't show his tax returns for a reason...and we all know what it is. Scramble, flail and rationalize all you want. The only people you'll convince are already convinced that we're somehow abusing people like Mittens for forcing them to pay any taxes at all. And before you start yammering about how much he spends into the economy, keep in mind that there are, for all practical purposes, two different economies in this country: one for them and one for the rest of us. His spending that mimics our own (grocery shopping, etc) is equal to our own. Spending on 5-6 figure Rolex watches, magical healing horses and car elevators does not really contribute to the economy the rest of us live in.

    August 7, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. rs

    smith

    @rs-First, your focus is on the rate, try looking at the actual dollar amount. Romney will pay out more in one year than that person making 35k will in their career. Second, Romney is putting way more money back into the economy than that person making 35k a year. Last, if you want equal rates go for a flat tax. There are simply not enough rich people to pay for all our issues and bills. So even if we taxed the rich at way higher rates the middle class will still pay.
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    Obviously, Mr. Romney pays more, but based on percent of income he pays less- lots less, and as income tax is based upon percentages, it makes little sense to take MORE money away from people who make less on an annual basis- right? Besides- he "invests" off-shore- that does nothing for our economy or American workers.
    As to the old canard that the rich make jobs- well we have 40 years of data from Regan to present that shows giving the rich more money produces the lowest jobs growth. These tax breaks to the rich cost pretty close to $1 trillion per year. That sounds like a lot of money in my book.
    The biggest economic growth, and job growth occurs at the income base- that's what worked post-war when top income tax rates were 90% or better.
    Lastly, the ultimate giveaway to the rich is a flat tax, as deductions (for things like dependents, low income, loan interest and more) are excluded.

    August 7, 2014 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    smith

    @rs-First, your focus is on the rate, try looking at the actual dollar amount. Romney will pay out more in one year than that person making 35k will in their career.
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    Uh, huh. Okay, let's spin it your way. Let's look at the actual dollar amount then, shall we?

    And if put together enough people making $35k per year to equal Romney's income, the little guys would be paying more. In fact, the little guys would be paying a whole lot more. The tax return Romney released proves it.

    August 7, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Bill from GA

    Rudy NYC – "Wrong. Raising the minimum does not mean paying everyone the same rate regardless of experience. Try again."

    If you raise the minimum wage, those at the bottom catch up, in wages, to the next level. The second tier's wages are raised; they catch up to the next tier. See if you can take it from there.
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    History fof raising the minimum wage says you're wrong. Raising the minimum doesn't mean everyone gets a raise. Why is it so hard for some people to accept facts, particularly when the facts do not contradict their vision of the world?

    August 7, 2014 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  5. Bill from GA

    Rudy NYC – " If your carpenter wants a raise, too, then it would likely be because he was underpaid. Besides, if you had both of them under a union agreement, you could tell the government to take a hike of its' own with its' wage hikes. LOL "

    You are so out of touch.
    1) Residential construction in the South is not unionized.
    2) Builders, who hire framing crews, must build a house at a certain price to sell it in a competitive market.
    3) Builders pay a certain price (per square foot, varying with complexity) for framing, and similar other trades.
    4) The person with the framing crew has to make wages fit within the builder's price, and (hopefully) have some left over for his own pay.

    Further complicating the issue is the fact that most home buyers can't tell the difference in a well-built house and thrown together crap.

    And then we get the influx of cheap, illegal labor.

    Business owners do not do it to hire people; they do it to make more than they might make as a worker. They want a return on investment. And most fields have a limit on what the market will pay. All labor, materials, fees, etc. has to fit into the final price, because the product HAS to sell to make any money at all.

    August 7, 2014 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. Bill from GA

    Rudy NYC – "If your carpenter wants a raise, too, then it would likely be because he was underpaid. "

    I don't know what planet you are from, but here EVERYBODY wants a raise.
    I want a raise.

    August 7, 2014 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "Rudy NYC – "If your carpenter wants a raise, too, then it would likely be because he was underpaid. "

    I don't know what planet you are from, but here EVERYBODY wants a raise."

    And in the GOPer/Teatrolls' economic religion, only the already wealthy are virtuous enough to deserve one.

    August 7, 2014 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. Tommy G

    salty dog
    Well Tommy, if they are so important, they would be making more than $15 an hour, next!
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    And I would love to pay them more but if I did the business would not survive. Heck I'd like to pay everybody $100/hr but then I'd have to charge my customers (you) much more but they can't afford to pay that much so now I have one customer left instead of the 200 that I had. And guess what? One customer can't sustain my business so every now makes $0/hr. But at least now you, Sniffit and Rudy are happy because another evil business and all the jobs are gone.

    August 7, 2014 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. Tommy G

    Bill from GA
    Business owners do not do it to hire people; they do it to make more than they might make as a worker. They want a return on investment.
    ---

    Or all to often, they are just hoping to be able to pay off all the loans they took out to start the business or to keep paying the mortgage on their private residence, which they have also used to fund their new company. These clueless clowns can't even begin to comprehend the amount of work and risk people take to start and try and build a business. Many times their entire family is in a very risky financial situation for a while and many do not succeed and lose everything.

    August 7, 2014 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Bill from GA

    Rudy NYC – "If your carpenter wants a raise, too, then it would likely be because he was underpaid. "

    I don't know what planet you are from, but here EVERYBODY wants a raise.
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    Of course, everybody wants a raise. The only question is who'd be foolish enough to give it to him. You make a strong argument to give the carpenter that raise. Like I said above, you'd deserve to go about of business.

    August 7, 2014 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. salty dog

    But there is a difference between wanting a raise and feeling your not being paid what your worth too. Yes owners need to turn a profit, and small business is tough, and most if us know that its the MacDonald's and Walmart stores that should pay more, and how would they outsource that, it already is an outsourced warehouse, its just been moved to the states. If you have a certain amount of sales, your costs should be adjusted accordingly as far as minimum wage. And Rudy, I too think the push for corporation votes is coming soon, and the rwnj will support that too, SMH.

    August 7, 2014 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. salty dog

    Or even better, the tom Perkins way, number of votes based on how much taxes you pay, one dollar, one vote, all with a smirk on his face that makes you want to slap him senseless.

    August 7, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Smart move by the List Guns Over People teatards are shaking in their boots.Their War on women will bite them in November

    August 7, 2014 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. Silence DoGood

    @NATHAN WIMBERLY
    Smart move by the List Guns Over People teatards are shaking in their boots.Their War on women will bite them in November
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    Just like McDaniel learned in Mississippi. The "wrong kind" of people, be it non-white or women are allowed to vote in this country. Join the current decade GOP.

    August 7, 2014 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. salty dog

    Tommy, i feel your pain, and I'll also say, I hate seeing a woman on welfare, that's been collecting, and popping out more kids, I can't afford them, and there nit even mine. I also think the border situation is abysmal, I want them to follow the law, that being said, its bush mess, and the gop isn't serious about it, it being politicised, just like all the gop scandals, you'd think they would have found one piece of real evidence by now. And Christie could be in serious trouble, the fact that the feds are being quiet makes me wonder, nit expecting anything before elections.

    August 7, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Tommy G

    Bill from GA
    Business owners do not do it to hire people; they do it to make more than they might make as a worker. They want a return on investment.
    -

    Or all to often, they are just hoping to be able to pay off all the loans they took out to start the business or to keep paying the mortgage on their private residence, which they have also used to fund their new company. These clueless clowns can't even begin to comprehend the amount of work and risk people take to start and try and build a business. Many times their entire family is in a very risky financial situation for a while and many do not succeed and lose everything.
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    You've lost sight of the original argument, Tommy. So has Bill. The argument was made that raising the minimum wage would cause everyone's salary to go up, which, in turn, would cause high inflation. That's complete nonsense.

    August 7, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    @ Tommy G, before you start speaking about others as " clueless clowns", have you bothered to consider the possibility that they have had the same experiences that you have had, and drawn different conclusions? No one has ever suggested that a person with no experience be paid the same as someone with experience: I have yet to see anyone float that concept. As for the risk involved in a small business, I have to look no further than my wife to see someone who is doing just that. She also knows that she can't get good help to stay if she does not pay them enough, and that she will lose that person/persons if she does not. However, she also wants to make sure her workers do not starve as well. For you to assume that someone who disagrees with you is clueless, is, well, an example of someone who is clueless themselves. You make every comment an ideologically-driven one. Maybe you're tired and overworked, or maybe you're just lazy and can't be bothered to consider that the people you are talking to have a perfectly valid point to make, and you are ignoring them because it does not fit your cookie-cutter narrative. You assume we don't understand the risk: I am living with that risk right now, so don't patronize me and others in here with talk of us being clueless.

    August 7, 2014 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. salty dog

    And the gop minorities issue, that's a no brainer, if you truly were looking out for them, you wouldn't have to try so hard to convince them you are, beaten dogs flinch when their abusers raise their hand, just natural reaction. His does that go, the worst thing you could here from a Republican is, I'm here to help?

    August 7, 2014 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  19. Bill from GA

    Sniffit – " And in the GOPer/Teatrolls' economic religion, only the already wealthy are virtuous enough to deserve one. "

    They definitely feel that way. In the 1900's they were reined in by high taxes. And, largely, the money went into building this country. Now the filthy rich make gazillions, and pay (relatively) little taxes as well. and our country is falling apart.

    And, of course, there is MUCH more to it than just that. But I don't see a way to really tell a company that they can"t pay a lot. (A Federal Maximum Wage??)

    August 7, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. salty dog

    And let me say one of the most disheartening moments in politics, was the day the Republican talking head praised the repeal of the voting rights act as a moral victory for all. How far before you wake to find you gave your rights away, because the rich know what's best for you?

    August 7, 2014 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. Bill from GA

    Rudy NYC – " You've lost sight of the original argument, Tommy. So has Bill. The argument was made that raising the minimum wage would cause everyone's salary to go up, which, in turn, would cause high inflation. That's complete nonsense. "

    No, Rudy. You choose to ignore the fact that when wages at the bottom go up, they go up proportionately for all.

    You said as much with your own statement: " a rising tide raises all boats could never be more true ".

    August 7, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    salty dog

    Or even better, the tom Perkins way, number of votes based on how much taxes you pay, one dollar, one vote, all with a smirk on his face that makes you want to slap him senseless.
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    Don't laugh. Those days just might be coming back. The Hobby Lobby case set the extraordinary legal precedent of granting the same rights to corporations that actual living persons have. How soon before the "corporate people" will want to vote? I shudder to think at the number of "corporate people" that one person could own. Welcome to the oligarchy.

    August 7, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. Bill from GA

    Rudy NYC – " You've lost sight of the original argument, Tommy. So has Bill. "

    And, BTW, Rudy, the original argument was about the government mandating equal pay for women.

    With all the variables involved, that sounds like welfare for LAWYERS.

    August 7, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. rs

    Klutch Cargo

    Holy No Explanation will do,
    No matter how many times it is explained some of you don't get it. The people that make the money make the rules !!! The Government has tried to give you income equality !! So after over 100 years of big (Dumb Ass) liberal politics why isn't everything fixed???? Looking at the latest polls the people are not buying any more liberal politics. Nothing is fixed!! You can keep trying to fix the problems. That's what the Liberal's did. Well there is a never ending supply of Snake Oil....
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    So, we should be happy to work 50 hours a week at substandard wages while the Waltons give themselves a $1.6 billion raise, and all their workers get food stamps (at tax payer costs)? Your thinking is really screwed- you realize that right?

    If livable wages for the majority are too tough for the rich to do, please explain how it all worked so well when the top tax bracket was 90%? Further please explain why since the inception of the minimum wage, why there was economic GROWTH after each increase?

    August 7, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  25. definitely

    Marcus (from...?) @ definitely – salty dog, need help with facts huh! Osama was turned in by a Pakistani doctor, Obama didn't just find him, stock market crashed due to Clinton democrats wanting to give affordable housing to people who could afford them, housing struggling to recover because Obama's refusal to address jobs by pushing socialism and last but not the last obamacare. If you have the best insurance for first time in ten years it is because 145 million working Americans and their families were screwed because of obamacare and are paying a hefty price for it and subsidizing your socialist program.

    "FAUX NEWS all over, where to start? The buck stops with the POTUS whenever he says 'get into that country and get that man now!', especially if they US forces (thanks guys!) that do the job do it WITHOUT the knowledge of the local government."

    I agree this is the only presidential action that warrant appreciation. Especially to the special forces who planned and executed the mission. That been said you guys meaning liberals always present the statement of , but bush didn't find and kill osama, to which I will continue to point out that if the Pakistani doctor had not informed the US of his location Osama may have never been found.

    " Learn a little about exactly what MEANS to be a sitting POTUS."
    YOU should learn exactly what IT means to be POTUS. LEADING FROM BEHIND IS NOT IT.

    " You failed to acknowledge the further ammendments that the law got when the (R) where in charge of both House and Senate."
    And, you failed to mention no Republicans voted for it.

    "The POTUS is the one refusing to do his job regarding bills about jobs?"

    You got it."

    "You must be one of the 'one digit %' dudes that praise the House for its 'job'... "

    Absolutely, Obama has dug us in a hole so deep that you nor I will ever know the severity of harm.

    "Obamacare is the POTUS legacy, and he's not running from it, is he?"

    Failed miserably, he may not be running from it be everyone else is including Establishment Democrats.
    76% of Americans know it and so you will.

    August 7, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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