Dispatches from the campaign trail, May 16, 2014


• The Annenberg Public Policy Institute’s FactCheck.org takes a whack at the charge leveled in ads by the Democratic Senate Majority PAC that the Thom Tillis-led General Assembly raised taxes on 80 percent of North Carolinians. It finds “the ads’ central claim … is wrong.”

• Retiring Rep. Howard Coble, R-6th District, endorses Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr. in the Republican primary for the seat. Coble brought his madras jacket to the endorsement announcement.

• An analysis from the Washington Post of the partisan makeup of congressional districts concludes that North Carolina Republicans “really outdid themselves” with the current maps. Three of the 10 most-gerrymandered districts in the country are in the Tar Heel State — the 1st, 4th, and 12th, all held by Democrats.

• On Twitter, Gerry Cohen, special counsel for the General Assembly, notes that there also will be “second primaries” (aka runoffs) July 15 in the 5th Congressional District and the 23rd state House District for Democrats.

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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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