Emily's List attacks Tillis over equal pay in North Carolina
GOP Senate nominee Thom Tillis
August 7th, 2014
09:07 AM ET
2 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."


Filed under: 2014 • Ads • Kay Hagan • North Carolina • Senate
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  1. rs

    Klutch Cargo

    UM, Well,
    It appears the current jobs report has some better news. We all want everyone to make as much as they can The basic problem is when a business can't pay quite as much. So you either take a job at a bit less money or don't get the job.
    P.S. The way you help someone is to provide a job. When Government creates conditions that kill jobs no amount of pleading will help. Check who you vote for very carefully !!
    _________________________
    So, perhaps you can explain to the rest of us why executive compensation has skyrocketed to record heights, but basic worker compensation has not- at a time of record corporate profits? Businesses HAVE the money to pay better wages, they simply choose not to. Meanwhile the GOP continues to lard the rich executives with tax cuts (that the rest of us pay for), and reward (rather than punish) companies that move off-shore.

    August 7, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. Sniffit

    "And I am referring to ANYBODY that is government dependent, not just minorities or women. There are also many white people as well"

    Oh? This is shocking? In fact, the vast MAJORITY of people on the "government dole" are white, so you can stop phrasing as though you're throwing us a bone by admitting it.

    August 7, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. Tampa Tim

    Anyone else getting tired of the same right wing Taliban talking points? If you want to become a third world country, vote republican.

    August 7, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. Bill from GA

    Rudy NYC – " Explain to the class why that would cause inflation."

    Simple: If wages go up across the board, from food workers truck drivers, accountants, etc, everything will have to cost more.

    August 7, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. rs

    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.
    _________________
    Juvenile reasoning, Smith. Every tax break given to the rich costs us all- in poor roads, bad schools, decaying infrastructure, poverty, under-manned government (including teachers, firemen and policeman) and programs to keep the poor alive. Strictly speaking though, it isn't fair. Why does someone like Mr.Romney who makes around $50k a week pay a significantly lower federal (and often) state tax rate than someone making $35k per year? Does Mr. Romney NEED more money? Does giving him and his ilk more money actually accomplish anything? No- it just bankrupts the nation, and deepens poverty for more Americans.

    August 7, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. smith

    @Sniffit-Its not fair because life isn`t fair.Everyone has there ups and downs. So, you can either moan and groan or get up and better yourself.

    August 7, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. excuse my rant

    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.
    ___________
    Ignoring the holes Sniffit already pointed out in your comment. How does the tax exemption status of groups have any relevance to individual's ability to vote? It's not like the IRS was restricting early voter registration, forcing voting facilities to close early, redistricting to their advantage, and reducing funds available in "enemy districts".

    August 7, 2014 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. salty dog

    Tom Paine, loved the post, nicely said.

    August 7, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. Bill from GA

    Rudy NYC – " The booming economic times of the 1950s and most of the 1960s are proof positive that you're dead wrong. "

    Post WW2 we had a labor shortage. My family's business was in construction the 60's and finding good workers was not easy. You want to hire, and keep, a good carpenter, you had to pay him a good wage.

    The government has thrown that all out of whack with cheap, ILLEGAL, workers. Legal workers are in an unfair situation now, thanks to the government. And i don't blame just the Dems; repubs are just as bad. The just lie about it.

    August 7, 2014 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "Your buddies try to screw business with higher than fair taxes. Big business move offshore."

    Businesses do not move offshore because of taxes, particularly in light of the ability to trivialize the effective corporate tax rate with clever accounting. They say taxes are the reason because, well, it's not exactly happy-time-fun-talk for them to admit that the real reason is that they much prefer paying slave wages to foreigners than paying middle-class wages and benefits to their fellow Americans.

    August 7, 2014 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "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."

    You clearly know nothing about this law or, well, reality in general. Nobody thinks what you just accused people of thinking. The myriad enforcement mechanisms, deterrents, incentives, etc., built into this and every law are an explicit recognition that signing legislation doesn't just "make it so" all by itself just because it "says so." You sound like a child who wandered over from the kiddy table at Thanksgiving to try his hand at the adult table conversation. Go back and eat your yams.

    August 7, 2014 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  12. Silence DoGood

    @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.
    -----------
    Actually this article deals with the conservative bigotry concerning gender, not race.
    There are so many bigoted positions in the neo-con movement, it is hard to keep track sometimes.

    August 7, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  13. Ian's Rushtache

    Tommy G says:
    August 7, 2014 11:42 am at 11:42 am
    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.
    _____________________

    So you agree that the military industrial complex is the largest welfare in this country?

    August 7, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. i'malib

    I agree, it should be fair! I don't work, but I think I should be paid the same wage as everyone else who has a job.

    August 7, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. Ian's Rushtache

    Bill from GA says:
    August 7, 2014 11:44 am at 11:44 am
    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.
    __________________.

    It is amazing just how big a business the echo chamber is.

    August 7, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. CALIFORNIA

    Yet democrats ignore the fact that the White House isn't paying women equal pay for equal work.

    The ignorance is this country is astoundingly pathetic.

    August 7, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    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!
    --------------------–
    Believe it or not, the U.S. Constitution defines this country to be a democratic republic, not a corporation. Government is supposed to protect the welfare of the country, not the corporation. I know that might sound "anti-business" to you,, but it's not. It's pro-democracy and the rights of the individual as being the top priority. Nowhere in the Constitution do you see one word about business, capitalism, or wealth.

    I have no desire to see this country descend from democracy into an oligarchy. Unfortunately, the war on the middle class has been in progress for decades, and the rate of our descent into oligarchy is accelerating.

    August 7, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  18. Silence DoGood

    @CALIFORNIA
    Yet democrats ignore the fact that the White House isn't paying women equal pay for equal work.
    The ignorance is this country is astoundingly pathetic.
    --------------
    Glad to hear you care. Madam President will straighten that out.

    August 7, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    salty dog
    Tom Paine, loved the post, nicely said
    --------

    Co-signed.

    August 7, 2014 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  20. Say WHAT???

    Tampa Tim
    Anyone else getting tired of the same right wing Taliban talking points? If you want to become a third world country, vote republican.
    ---

    We are already a third world country thanks to the open borders policy of the Obama administration. After he's done chasing all the companies from the USA we'll be Bangladesh. Whose going to pay for the welfare nanny state then lefties?

    August 7, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "@Sniffit-Its not fair because life isn`t fair.Everyone has there ups and downs. So, you can either moan and groan or get up and better yourself."

    Hahaha...whatever...."institutionalized obstacles" =/= "oh well, life isn't fair". You guys just don't want to accept that fact because once you do, the next logical step is having to accept responsibility for doing something about it, both in terms of alleviating it in the now and changing it in the future....not to mention that it represents an attack on all your doe-eyed ideological nincompoopism about "Amurikan exceptionalism" and "land of opportunity" and feeling all high and mighty about telling people who faced glass ceilings and barriers you never faced to "suck it up" and "be more accountable."

    August 7, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Bill from GA

    Rudy NYC – " Explain to the class why that would cause inflation."

    Simple: If wages go up across the board, from food workers truck drivers, accountants, etc, everything will have to cost more.
    ------------------------------
    Wrong! Raising the minimum wage does cause wages to go up "across the board." Raising the minimum wage would only affect just a few million workers who are actually working at or below minimum wage. Try again.

    August 7, 2014 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    CORRECTION:

    Wrong! Raising the minimum wage does NOT cause wages to go up "across the board." Raising the minimum wage would only affect just a few million workers who are actually working at or below minimum wage. Try again.

    August 7, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "Yet democrats ignore the fact that the White House isn't paying women equal pay for equal work. "

    Sigh. That comment is disproven by me addressing it directly several posts ago. Moreover, the WH IS paying women equally for equal work. The whole thing is based on a pay scale chart and there's very little room for variance and when you compare men and women's pay in the same roles, they are identical. A difference only shows up if you compare the median or average salaries, because far more women are employed in the lower-paying secretarial and clerical roles than men. This is different than when you look at employment in the private sector because, first and foremost, there's no universal pay scale chart that is applied.

    August 7, 2014 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. it must be said

    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 gotta love this insane logic. If a company can't afford to pay people whatever the person wants, or what some politician think they should be paid, then the company should just go out of business, resulting in EVERYBODY losing their jobs. I believe this has already been tried (at least the second option) in the old Soviet Union. You'll have to read about it in the history books though as government control worked so well, the country doesn't exist anymore, never mind the companies and jobs.

    Why don't all you far left progressives and communists go back over to Russia and try to resurrect the old Soviet Union with your commie buddy Putin?

    August 7, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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