Dispatches from the campaign trail, January 30, 2014


• If it’s election season, it’s franking time for congressional incumbents. An analysis by the News & Observer of constituent mailings by the N.C. delegation finds Reps. Walter Jones, R-3rd, and Richard Hudson, R-8th, sent the most.

• House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, is expected to snub another candidate forum for U.S. Senate hopefuls scheduled for tonight. This one’s in his own back yard, so to speak, sponsored by Lake Norman Conservatives.

• State Appeals Court Judge Sam “Jimmy” Ervin IV will appear tonight at a meet-and-greet in Sylva. The Democrat from Morganton is making a second run at a seat on the state Supreme Court.

• An article by a venture capitalist in Huffington Post asks Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-10th, and U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., for their predictions on the future of crowdfunding. McHenry and Warner cosponsored legislation enabling the innovative method of raising capital for new businesses.

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