Dispatches from the campaign trail, May 15, 2014


• Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler gives the new Senate Majority PAC ad attacking Republican U.S. Senate nominee Thom Tillis “three Pinocchios,” saying

it is pretty absurd to think that a tax reform bill that cut rates and eliminated tax loopholes ended up raising taxes on 80 percent of the people in the state.

JLF President John Hood discussed the flawed reasoning behind the ad, and left-wing attacks of the tax plan, in his Daily Journal.

• Sen. Kay Hagan wears red “in support” of the state’s teachers and in opposition to the General Assembly’s spending plans.

• 2nd Congressional District Democratic nominee Clay Aiken suspends his campaign in light of the death of rival Keith Crisco. The State Board of Elections is expected to provide some guidance about the direction of the general election process at a meeting next week.

• Union-led demonstrators in Durham protesters in favor of a $15-per-hour minimum wage, which has no chance of being adopted this year by Congress or the General Assembly.

Written by

Rick Henderson

Rick Henderson became managing editor of Carolina Journal in 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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