Political notebook: Hudson outpaces U.S. House reps in fundraising

Published 12:04 am Saturday, April 18, 2015

Congressional FEC filings were due this week and U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, R-8, raised the most money of the trio with districts in Rowan.

Hudson’s total contributions from January to March were $210,758. He raised a total of $119,320 from individual contributions and $85,675 from political action committees other than the Republican Party. The FEC didn’t list contributions individually on its electronic records.

Hudson spent $143,655 from January to March, which also isn’t split into individual items.

Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-5, was the only one of Rowan’s U.S. Representatives with contributions listed individually.

Foxx raised $104,316 from the start of 2015 to March 31, according to the latest Federal Elections Committee filing. The largest two individual contributions were from the CEO of First Marblehead Corporation Seth A. Gelber and Full Sail University CEO Edward E. Haddock Jr. Both contributions were for $5,400. First Marblehead is based in Massachusetts. Full Sail University is a Florida-based for profit college.

In the latest filing, she spent $61,200 from January to March. The largest expenditure was $7,200 to Shadeline LP, based in Boone, for rent. The second largest was $4,687 paid to Morgan, Meredith and Associates for political consulting.

Adams’ contributions and expenditures also aren’t individually available. Her contributions from January to March are $52,489, a majority of which come from other political committees, not individuals. Adams’ expenditures were $33,072.

Rowan Democrats to hold convention today

The Rowan County Democratic Party will have its annual convention today.

The convention will be held at the Rowan County government administrative building and start at 10 a.m. Registration will occur before 10 a.m.

During the convention, Rowan Democrats will have elections for a number of positions, including chairman. Geoffrey Hoy, the current chairman, said he’s not aware of any contested races. Previously, Hoy said he would be interested in serving as chairman again.

Brock, McInnis vote yes on all bills this week in Senate

It was a fairly non-controversial week in the North Carolina Senate, as most votes held were unanimous. The only votes that weren’t unanimous had a single no vote.

Local senators followed suit.

Sens. Andrew Brock, R-34, and Tom McInnis, R-25, followed the pattern, similar to their voting pattern over the entire session to date. In fact, except for a single bill over the whole session, Brock’s and McInnis’ voting patterns are identical. The single difference is the second reading of a bill — Brock voted no — that would extend a tax credit for renewable energy projects completed by Jan 1, 2016.

This week, McInnis and Brock voted for bills that would make it a crime —cyberstalking — to use a tracking device to follow the location of a person, require registers of deeds to mark any unofficial marriage documents, and limit the frequency of parole for inmates convicted of sexually violent offenses and allowed the City of Wilmington to lease rail lines from the state Department of Transportation.

Poll places Bush as leader in NC

The U.S. presidential race is more than a year away, but polls are already gauging the appetite of voters for top candidates.

In the latest poll conducted by Raleigh-based Public Policy Polling places former Florida Governor Jeb Bush as the favorite among North Carolina voters at 19 percent. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker finished in second at 16 percent.

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio are all tied for third at 11 percent.

Other potential and declared candidates receiving votes in the poll were: Ben Carson at 9 percent, Chris Christie at 7 percent, Rand Paul at 6 percent and Rick Perry at 2 percent.