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

    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.
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    Glad to hear you care. Madam President will straighten that out.
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    Yet Obama will not. Hillary won't either. Your faith is completely misplaced.

    August 7, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    All of these so called women's equality issues are literally manufactured, and NOT real. They are political theater, and the public needs to see them for what they are.........lies and deception.

    August 7, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. CALIFORNIA

    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.
    --–
    Your obvious lies are humorous in a pathetic sort of way.

    August 7, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Tommy G

    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.
    -–

    Thank you for your THEORY Rudy but it is very clear you have NEVER run a business have you?

    Let's say I employ 10 people, 5 of which have been with me for several years and have gotten raises to $15/hr because they are good workers, know the job and help the company make money. The other 5 people are new and have little experience and are making $8/hr because we are trying to expand and they need to learn a lot.

    Now the government mandates I pay those 5 people $15/hr, the same as all my other highly experienced and valued employees I have had for years. You honestly don't think there is going to be demands from those people to be paid more?! You think they are going to be happy about making the same thing as an inexperienced person right off the street? The company MUST pay them more in order to keep them and keep them happy.

    Now please tell me your fantasy about how it doesn't drive up all of the labor costs for a business.

    August 7, 2014 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Tone

    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.

    You mean your ignorance, go research.

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

    Tommy G began:

    ".... et's say I employ 10 people, 5 of which have been with me for several years and have gotten raises to $15/hr because they are good workers, know the job and help the company make money. The other 5 people are new and have little experience and are making $8/hr because we are trying to expand and they need to learn a lot.

    Now the government mandates I pay those 5 people $15/hr, ... ..."
    ------------------------------------
    Wrong. Raising the minimum does not mean paying everyone the same rate regardless of experience. Try again.

    August 7, 2014 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. Bill from GA

    Rudy NYC – " Raising the minimum wage would only affect just a few million workers who are actually working at or below minimum wage. Try again."

    In the 70's, if I paid a laborer $5 per hour and a Carpenter $8, and then the government made me pay the laborer (minimum wage) $7, the carpenter would then want $10.

    I'm trying to put it in simple terms for your class, but it works that way across the board. All the way up to top management.

    August 7, 2014 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. Tommy G

    Sniffit
    institutionalized obstacles
    ---

    Leftist clap trap. What exactly are "institutionalized obstacles"?

    August 7, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. Bill from GA

    Ian's Rushtache – " It is amazing just how big a business the echo chamber is. "

    Clearly, the echo chamber is not big enough for some. Ol Rupie murdoch wanted to buy Time. Warner.
    Gotta have MORE!!

    August 7, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    "Now please tell me your fantasy about how it doesn't drive up all of the labor costs for a business."
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    Not every company employes minimum wage workers, so raising it does not affect them. The change would only affect around 3-4 million people in the entire nation's workforce. Some business will see increased labor costs. So, what. Their owners are probably names Scrooge.

    Why do you give such a bigger hoot for the business owner over the employees?

    August 7, 2014 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. it must be said

    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."
    --
    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."
    ---

    OK, so in plain English, this whole scam is nothing more than more legal entanglements for companies and a bonanza for the Democrats big contributors, the trial lawyers. Countless law suits, making trial lawyers millions, driving up companies costs (passed on to the consumer, at least until they leave the USA), all in the name of equality.

    The only equality these laws will bring is the equality of jobless poverty. But of course, the left will blame that on the evil companies after they drive them ALL out of the USA.

    August 7, 2014 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. salty dog

    Well Tommy, if they are so important, they would be making more than $15 an hour, next!

    August 7, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. Bill from GA

    it must be said – "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. "

    Exactly. Most small businesses have actual competition. Been there, Done that. And I had a couple of em fail. Most small business DO fail, within 2 years or so. So let's tie an anvil around their neck (national minimum wage) and make it harder to succeed.

    (I'm really about 70% liberal, but on the other 30%, I ABSOLUTELY don't agree with the Uber-Lefties. They can be as brainless and narrow-minded as the righties.)

    August 7, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. Silence DoGood

    If women sway upcoming elections, it will be like the TP defeat in Mississippi and the black vote. The conservatives will claim conspiracy, cheating, the "wrong" people voting the wrong way. They will completely ignore their long term systematic belittling if the non male-white voters.

    "I went to a number of women’s groups and said: ‘Can you help us find folks,’ and they brought us whole binders full of women.” ~ Mitt Romney

    August 7, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. salty dog

    Typical rwnj, thinking 15$ an hour is what critical employee's are worth, what flavor today? I pay my not so good handyman that much, with no taxes. Same for lawn care.

    August 7, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Your obvious lies are humorous in a pathetic sort of way."

    Nothing I said is a lie. In fact, it's just simple 3rd grade arithmetic....which is likely why you don't understand it.

    It's also kinda funny that you'd insult me for pointing it out, because my previous post was very critical of the Dems for misusing the data in the same way the GOP/Teatrolls are misusing the data.

    August 7, 2014 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. Silence DoGood

    @CALIFORNIA
    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.
    -–
    Yet Obama will not. Hillary won't either. Your faith is completely misplaced.
    ----------
    The WH cannot just jump women's pay-grade or level instantly oh humor-challenged one.
    You would really holler then!
    This is a culture issue unless you think the governmnet should come in more heavy handed.

    August 7, 2014 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "If women sway upcoming elections, it will be like the TP defeat in Mississippi and the black vote. The conservatives will claim conspiracy, cheating, the "wrong" people voting the wrong way."

    In every election the GOP/Teatrolls don't win, the conservatives will claim conspiracy, cheating, the "wrong" people voting the wrong way.

    August 7, 2014 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. 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.

    August 7, 2014 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. 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.

    August 7, 2014 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Bill from GA

    Rudy NYC – " Raising the minimum wage would only affect just a few million workers who are actually working at or below minimum wage. Try again."

    In the 70's, if I paid a laborer $5 per hour and a Carpenter $8, and then the government made me pay the laborer (minimum wage) $7, the carpenter would then want $10.

    I'm trying to put it in simple terms for your class, but it works that way across the board. All the way up to top management.
    ------------------------------
    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

    August 7, 2014 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. salty dog

    Some of you will still be making excuses for the greedy rich while entering the slaughter house, good grief!.

    August 7, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. 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....

    August 7, 2014 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "OK, so in plain English, this whole scam is nothing more than more legal entanglements for companies and a bonanza for the Democrats big contributors, the trial lawyers. Countless law suits, making trial lawyers millions, driving up companies costs (passed on to the consumer, at least until they leave the USA), all in the name of equality.

    You don't win lawsuits unless you prove they did something wrong. This is simple enough that even you should understand it: if they stop doing it, they won't lose lawsuits.

    Moreover, the simple facts from the historical record show that your mindless slippery slope fears of waves of litigation swamping the economy just doesn't hold water. From 2007 to 2012, data from states that enacted their own employment anti-discrimination laws regarding sexual orientation did not experience massive increases in frivolous or even meritorious lawsuits. They saw about 3-6 lawsuits per 10,000 employees in that protected class (not ALL employees...just the ones protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation). The same would be true in this context. Unless, of course, you are accusing all women of being gold-digging harridans who are looking for excuses to sue their employers in order to get a big pay day. Are you?

    August 7, 2014 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Bill from GA

    it must be said – "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. "

    Exactly. Most small businesses have actual competition. Been there, Done that. And I had a couple of em fail. Most small business DO fail, within 2 years or so. So let's tie an anvil around their neck (national minimum wage) and make it harder to succeed.
    ------------------------
    Good grief. How many times do I have to point out the obvious? If your business fails because you had to pay your employees a living wage, then you deserved to go out of business. Your competitors are playing by the same minimum wage rules, yet they succeed where you have failed. That makes you bad for business. You're simply not as good as the next guy.

    August 7, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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