Emily's List attacks Tillis over equal pay in North Carolina
GOP Senate nominee Thom Tillis
August 7th, 2014
09:07 AM ET
1 month 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. Tony D

    Sniffit
    Yeah, especially since NC's GOP/Teatrolls have enacted every voter suppression trick in the book since taking control of the state.
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    The fact is that the Obama administration using the IRS and several other government agencies to attack, harass and suppress the TEA Party after they took control of the House away from the Democrats, is the largest voter suppression effort ever conducted.

    August 7, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. salty dog

    Smith, inequality is a natural occurrence, record inequality, that threatens the health if your economy is bad, all the expert economists are saying the same thing, and because I'm not an expert, I tend to believe them, and I'm not watching MSNBC, or fox, but Bill Moyers, Charlie Rose, when the top1% take 95 % of all wealth, cry about how unfair it is, ridiculous.

    August 7, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. Tampa Tim

    smith – Where do you get the crazy ideas in the crap you post?

    August 7, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. Bill from GA

    "The old adage about a rising tide raises all boats could never be more true. Income inequality is hurting the middle class, which hurts our economy"

    If all 'boats' are rising, wouldn't the rich-guy boats rise proportionate to the rest? That might just cause more inflation. That's what we usually get with widespread wage increase.

    And if employers are required " to pay their employees not based on what it costs to live and what they need in order to afford a middle-class lifestyle", we will have way fewer employers. Most mid-level and small business are struggling as it is. They want to pay what it takes to fill a job.

    If someone needs twice as much as someone else because they have a large family, that person should have done more to qualify for a better job. Or have fewer children. Or lower their expectations. It is not the job of businessmen to pay someone more than someone else when the first person is less, or equally, qualified, and just because that first someone has higher expenses. Businessmen (or women) pay what they have to, and most struggle to make any profit.

    Supply and demand works in employment, and now we have a government flooding the job market with cheap labor. And liberals wanting to legalize more so that they can compete evenly in our existing labor market.

    if we enforced our laws as they are written and used immigration laws to benefit our existing citizens, maybe women wouldn't need the governments to write more laws to 'protect' them. They could compete on an even basis.

    After all, 'women are smarter', they are now getting more education than men, and they out number (slightly) men.

    August 7, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. Tampa Tim

    Tommy G – Thanks for the laugh. I can see why you are a republican.

    August 7, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  6. foxghostwriter

    He says he opposes workplace discrimination but sees state legislation as redundant given the federal regulations already on the books.

    Gotta love these guys. When it comes to voting, the more laws and the more law changes, the better. Anything else, is too much legislation. Oh...and abortion. Basically anything they agree with needs no new legislation and anything they hate needs as much legislation as possible.

    August 7, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  7. Tampa Tim

    Time for republicans to demand tanks and aircraft to combat 57 thousand children at the border.

    August 7, 2014 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. Bill

    Hagen keeps the seat in November. Next.

    August 7, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    "On a less depressing note I hope you're doing well my friend."

    I am well, indeed. Brought to our knees? Yeah. One hope eventually even the GOP supporters will get the message, but apparently only Democrats have reached the point of understanding the difference between healthy economic policies and complete despair.

    Good to see so many on the right side of the aisle unaffected by the 2008 recession and its lingering economic downturn for so many Americans who did indeed work hard for so much of what they lost ... all of them being Democrats apparently.

    August 7, 2014 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    smith

    @Sniffit, Rudy, and Wake up- All your guys cryin` add up to you hate wealthy people because they have more than you. Sniff Sniff, its not fair. There is nothing holding anyone back in this country to accomplish your goals (within reason, not everyone can become famous). If you think there is then your making an excuse or in denial.
    ---------------------------
    The only folks who are in denial are the ones who actually believe what you just wrote about there is nothing to hold people back. Jealousy? That's a joke, right? Conservatives are the ones who put a high priority on money, smith.

    You are in need of a serious reality check. I suggest that you try to live off of just $40 for week in an urban setting. Better still, try it from the luxury of your own home.

    August 7, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. foxghostwriter

    TommyG...your belief that minorities are beholden to politicians for our every need is part of the reason republicans are having issues with minorities.

    It would be funny if democrats were making this stuff up. But...all they have had to do is post the comments of republican politicians.

    August 7, 2014 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Bill from GA

    "The old adage about a rising tide raises all boats could never be more true. Income inequality is hurting the middle class, which hurts our economy"

    If all 'boats' are rising, wouldn't the rich-guy boats rise proportionate to the rest? That might just cause more inflation. That's what we usually get with widespread wage increase.
    ==============================================================
    Explain to the class why that would cause inflation. The historical record shows that raising the minimum wage, not only raises all boats, but the boats themselves *always* increase in size.

    August 7, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. Sniffit

    "The fact is that the Obama administration using the IRS and several other government agencies to attack, harass and suppress the TEA Party after they took control of the House away from the Democrats, is the largest voter suppression effort ever conducted."

    For one, evidence already disproved that it was just conservative groups...not to mention that the lack of any evidence of any direct connection between Obama and the activities in which the IRS actually was engaged disproves that he was involved, however you characterize what the IRS was doing.

    Second, what other agencies? Now you're just making ish up because you think it sounds better and it fits more with your hysterical tinfoil hatted delusions to say that it was other agencies too.

    Third, your hyperbole is duly noted: Unproven accusations and lengthy, expensive witch hunts that have yet to provide any evidence whatsoever that Obama was involved in trying to use the IRS to suppress Teatroll voters from voting...that's all clearly much greater voter suppression than Jim Crow laws, segregation, poll taxes or even the 3/5 rule that's right there in the Constitution, etc. Do you guys even listen to yourselves?

    August 7, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. it must be said

    Only looney tune leftists and their low IQ voters think you can simply pass a law and guarantee equal pay for anybody. It is a farce, a joke, a ruse. Does everybody have the same experience? No. Does everybody have the same education? No. Does everybody live in the same geographical area with the same job demand as other parts of the country? Of course not. Does everybody have the same work ethic? No.

    Bottom line is that this is just another leftist/communist BS rallying cry that is impossible to do. Another one of their victimhood creation scams to con women, just like they con everybody else.

    August 7, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    "And if employers are required " to pay their employees not based on what it costs to live and what they need in order to afford a middle-class lifestyle", we will have way fewer employers. Most mid-level and small business are struggling as it is. They want to pay what it takes to fill a job."
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    The booming economic times of the 1950s and most of the 1960s are proof positive that you're dead wrong.

    August 7, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  16. foxghostwriter

    Bill, supply and demand at this point favors the employer. And has for some time. I'm not anti-business, but if a business can't hack it, they should go out of business. Just as if an employee needs more money, they should do better. It works both ways. But only recently has it become common practice to look at employees as expenses to be cut as much as possible and not as people who need to feed their families.

    And it does make sense to take the company into consideration. A small business probably has reason to keep wages low. Probably. A better way of looking at it is a company not doing too well has a reason. Wal-Mart has no excuse. Nor does ay company that has record breaking profits.

    August 7, 2014 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    smith
    @Sniffit, Rudy, and Wake up- All your guys cryin` add up to you hate wealthy people because they have more than you. Sniff Sniff, its not fair. There is nothing holding anyone back in this country to accomplish your goals (within reason, not everyone can become famous). If you think there is then your making an excuse or in denial.
    ----------–

    Having watched my husband agonize over decisions he was forced to make during the loss of his job in 2007, I find that I would never wish that same scenario upon anyone ... be they Republican or Democrat. There is no hate involved, smith. Simply put: it was survival to house, feed, and clothe himself, and by extension of being his wife, me.

    Snif, snif ... indeed.

    August 7, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    And once again, we hear the babble coming from the whack-job chorus about how Democrats are wrecking the economy, and chasing companies out of the country, blah, blah, blah. Any solutions being floated here? Any alternative ideas, and how you expect to implement them? Not a one. Not a single idea that has not already been shot down and disproved already, but that has not stopped the apologists for inaction from saying this is about politics and not about helping people. If leftist insanity is defined as giving a damn about your community, your nation, and the world as opposed to making millionaires out to be victims, then I would gladly accept the diagnosis. The people spouting that sort of nonsense, who are happy with inaction because of a perception that helping others is exploitation, are the ones that are giving away this country, piece by piece, to the highest bidder under the warped guise of " freedom". They have done nothing to create jobs, but they applaud giving more money to people who don't need it. I don't hate the wealthy nor envy them, but its nauseating watching some of them make themselves out to be persecuted because they no longer feel an obligation to help this country and hate being reminded that they have those obligations. You never would have heard George Washington moan about obligations in public: he went and did what he had to do despite his personal feelings about whatever he was confronting.

    August 7, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. Sniffit

    "@Sniffit, Rudy, and Wake up- All your guys cryin` add up to you hate wealthy people because they have more than you. Sniff Sniff, its not fair. There is nothing holding anyone back in this country to accomplish your goals (within reason, not everyone can become famous). If you think there is then your making an excuse or in denial."

    Spoken like a white conservative. Yep, everything's fair and equal and nobody's facing massive institutionalized obstacles to even moderate success that other people never have to deal with. Poof...it is so because you said it is so.....delusions only need you to speak them aloud for them to become truth....something something Benghazi herpa derpa dooo. /golfclap

    August 7, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  20. emskadittle

    well i guess we should all vote for Hilary, it will save the tax payers some money

    August 7, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  21. Klutch Cargo

    Um,
    What Science Fiction are you reading Rudy? It is probably true that some in business are scoundrels. If you ask for 10.00 per hour they will try to get you for 9.50. If you ask for 9.50 they will try to get you for 9.00.
    Clue Rudy. Those people don't last very long in business! Most people, who go into business, Republican's and Democrats, Liberal's and Conservatives, are good people. More Clues. Believe it or not, we still operate on the Free Enterprise system! When you try to jump the line, big liberal plans, you usually get burned! Your buddies try to screw business with higher than fair taxes. Big business move offshore. Guess who suffers. Clue. It ain't big business!!

    August 7, 2014 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. Tommy G

    foxghostwriter
    TommyG...your belief that minorities are beholden to politicians for our every need is part of the reason republicans are having issues with minorities.
    ---

    We spend TRILLIONS on entitlement programs. Are you claiming millions of people in this country are NOT dependent on these government programs? And I am referring to ANYBODY that is government dependent, not just minorities or women. There are also many white people as well, as the federal government even has coordinate efforts to get them on the government dole. I just know you lefties like to turn everything into a race discussion but this has to do with dependence on government money and benefits.

    August 7, 2014 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. Bill from GA

    Rudy NYC – " Despite vehement denials, conservative voters need to be told what to think. "

    Unfortunately, too often it works. And look at the ratings of fox "news", kicking everyone's butt.

    For what it's worth, Ms Nunn seems like a class act. Some Southerners still appreciate that.

    August 7, 2014 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  24. rs

    Tony D

    Sniffit
    Yeah, especially since NC's GOP/Teatrolls have enacted every voter suppression trick in the book since taking control of the state.
    -

    The fact is that the Obama administration using the IRS and several other government agencies to attack, harass and suppress the TEA Party after they took control of the House away from the Democrats, is the largest voter suppression effort ever conducted.
    _____________________
    Please explain to us how the TEA Parties were able to apply for and get their precious "hide the donor" 501 c 4 status if the IRS actually conducted (according to you) the "largest voter suppression" effort ever? The radical idiots got what they wanted! They got their not-for-profit "educational" (ha!) status.
    If anything there are Left-leaning groups did not and have not to date. But perhaps that is because Ms. Lerner is a Republican put in place by a Republican President, and was conducting due oversight.
    You guys simply concocted this little conspiracy and aren't bright enough now to figure that out!

    August 7, 2014 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. Sniffit

    "Just another example of the democrats hypocrisy. Why isn't Emily's list spending $14 million to go after Obama who pays the ladies 17% less then the men working in the White House?"

    Neither the "77 cents on the dollar" figure used by Obama/Dems nor the "88 cents on the dollar in the WH" figure used by Blackburn (and now the GOP/Teatrolls)...NEITHER of those figures is a comparison of what people are getting paid FOR THE SAME WORK. When you adjust for that, studies and experts have shown it is more like 25%-40% of the gender gap in wages/salaries is blamable on discrimination. Honestly, it's crap like this that irritates me with the Dems sometimes. They have the right of the argument, but then they make the argument in the wrong manner and it undermines credibility. In this case, it's overreaching when the data, if explained correctly, still supports the argument that women are getting paid less.

    August 7, 2014 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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