Latest dispatches from the campaign trail, May 22, 2012

• A federal judge strikes down North Carolina’s “matching funds” provision allowing public financing of appellate court candidates.


• Jeremy Adams, who finished third in the GOP primary for state House District 6, endorses former Democrat Rep. Arthur Williams over Mattie Lawson. The Dare County Republican Executive Committee endorsed Lawson.


• A recount confirmed that former state Sen. Larry Shaw, D-Cumberland, will not recapture his old seat. By two votes, Shaw finished third in the primary for Senate District 21. Billy King will face Ben Clark in the July 17 runoff.


• Pat McCrory, the Republican nominee for governor, defends his tenure as a board member with, the subject of an ad funded by the Democratic Governors Association. “I’m allowed to make a living while seeking political office,” McCrory said.

Written by

Rick Henderson

Rick Henderson became editor-in-chief of Carolina Journal in August 2016 after being managing editor of Carolina Journal since April 2009. Before that, he had worked more than a decade for newspapers in Denver, Colo., Las Vegas, Nev., and Southern California as an editorial writer and editor, columnist, and business reporter. Prior to that, he was at Reason magazine for nine years, splitting time between Southern California as a reporter and managing editor and Washington, D.C., where from 1992-96 he was Reason's first full-time Washington editor. He graduated in 1979 from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in political science. Rick lives in Raleigh with his wife and their menagerie of pets.

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