Dispatches from the campaign trail, May 21, 2014

• The Karl Rove-founded American Crossroads/Crossroads GPS is spending $10 million nationally attacking Democratic Senate incumbents, $3.5 million of it in North Carolina highlighting Kay Hagan’s support of Obamacare. The first ad here is below.

• The culturally conservative Women’s Speak Out PAC is joining with the NC Values Coalition to urge pro-life women to vote against Hagan.

• The Senate Majority PAC, which has been running an ad supporting Hagan that’s been called false by several fact-checking outfits, got a $5 million check from San Francisco-based billionaire climate-change fighter and hedge-fund manager Thomas Steyer.

• 2nd Congressional District Democratic nominee Clay Aiken says he hasn’t been paying attention to the Veterans Administration roiling Washington.

• The sheriffs of Guilford and Alamance counties have endorsed Mark Walker in his GOP runoff election against Phil Berger Jr. in the 6th Congressional District.

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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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