North Carolina, Tennessee, & Virginia

North Carolina: Big banks back Hagan. US Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), who serves on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, is getting major support from the PACs (political action committees) of the nation’s major financial institutions, including Goldman Sachs, Visa, JPMorgan Chase and the American Bankers Association, reports the News & Observer. The Raleigh paper quotes the president of the North Carolina Bankers Association, “We haven’t had any obstacles of any kind with Sen. Hagan… She hasn’t really championed anything for us but she hasn’t opposed anything, either.” All told, Hagan has raised $16,667,000, with $8,729,000 cash on hand, to her opponent Thom Tillis’s (R) $4,764,000, with $1,529,000 on hand.


Tennessee: Haslam to propose Medicaid expansion. Gov. Bill Haslam (R) said last week that he will soon submit a proposal to the US Health and Human Services Department to expand Medicaid coverage in Tennessee, reported The Tennessean. Haslam will seek to cover some 162,000 Tennesseans not covered by the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare.” “I think we’ll probably go to them sometime this fall with a plan,” Haslam said, reported the paper.


Virginia: Kaine travels to North Africa and Spain. US Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), who chairs the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, is heading a congressional delegation that is meeting this week with the government heads of Morocco, Tunisia and Spain. Among the topics for discussion, reports the Augusta Free Press, are counter-terrorism, economic development and regional stability. The group will also meet with American Peace Corps volunteers and visit the US Naval Station Rota in Spain.