Dispatches from the campaign trail, May 22, 2014


• The North Carolina chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses gave House Speaker Thom Tillis its “Guardian of Small Business” award Wednesday. During acceptance remarks, Tillis noted that he’s involved in a campaign for the U.S. Senate.

• 6th Congressional District Republican contender Mark Walker picked up another high-profile endorsement Wednesday in his bed to defeat Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr. in the July 15 primary: Clarence Henderson, chairman of the Martin Luther King Commission and one of the early participants in the Woolworth’s lunch counter sit-ins in Greensboro. Earlier this week, Walker was endorsed by the sheriffs of Guilford and Alamance counties.

• 2nd Congressional District Democratic nominee Clay Aiken drew attention earlier this year when he removed several impolitic tweets about Republicans from his Twitter account. Now comes a report that he also deleted a tweet suggesting someone should “punch [conservative pundit] Ann Coulter in the face.”

• State Rep. Bob Brawley, R-Iredell, who aired several grievances against Tillis publicly over the past year, was censured Wednesday by a 52-11 vote of Republican House members. Brawley, who lost his primary election by 105 votes to businessman John Fraley, will remain a member of the majority through the short session but can no longer attend GOP caucus meetings that discuss political strategy and policy matters.

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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