The truth is that North Carolina has raised school spending

Just before Labor Day, the publicly available polls of likely voters had incumbent U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan roughly tied with her Republican challenger, Thom Tillis. Since Labor Day, the polling average has shifted about three points in Hagan’s direction. How come? The main cause, it seems, is that Hagan and her allies have vastly outspent Tillis and his allies on TV ads since Labor Day — and the claims in those ads, on education funding, have both pulled some swing voters into Hagan’s column and pushed some Tillis voters into the undecided column.

NEA campaign ad dodges facts, raises financing issues

“I always want my students to start with facts, and the fact is Thom Tillis is terrible for education in North Carolina.” That’s the beginning of a pointed TV ad featuring Chapel Hill teacher Vivian Connell. The ad is part of a $1.7 million campaign by the National Education Association’s Super PAC, the NEA Advocacy Fund, and it’s airing in 95 percent of the state over a 10-day period. Vivian Connell is a member of the advisory board of Public Schools First NC, which is an affiliate of Blueprint NC, the left-wing umbrella organization behind a memo calling for the Left to attack Republicans, and to “Eviscerate the leadership and weaken their ability to govern” while “crippling their leaders (McCrory, Tillis, Berger etc.).”

UNC’s Brian Walker among this week’s ACC Football Players of the Week

Three members of Virginia Tech’s defensive unit received Atlantic Coast Conference weekly football honors following their performances in Saturday night’s win at No. 8 Ohio State, which capped an 11-0 weekend for league teams versus nonconference opponents. Locally UNC’s Brian Walker was named the Co-Defensive Back of the Week. Walker returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter and added a second interception in the fourth quarter of Carolina’s 31-27 win over San Diego State.