Dispatches from the campaign trail, June 3, 2014


• As the result of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning contribution limits from individuals that donate to multiple campaigns, Sen. Kay Hagan has formed or joined at least 17 “max PACs” — groups that seek out these donations, most of them with other Democratic senators. Roll Call says Hagan appears to be involved with more of these groups than anyone. Spokeswoman Sadie Weiner defends her boss, while decrying the role of outside money in campaigns. Roll Call estimates Republicans are outraising Democrats 4-1 under this new system.

• The Washington Post reports that while many Democrats from states that rely on coal-fired plants for electricity have lashed out against the Obama administration’s new limits on carbon emissions, Hagan has continued to straddle the issue.

• Hagan’s Republican opponents, House Speaker Thom Tillis of Mecklenburg County, has added Daniel Keylin as chief spokesman for the Senate campaign. Keylin has been communications director for the state GOP.

• Clay Aiken sighting! The 2nd Congressional District Democratic nominee was spotted at a white-table restaurant in Richmond, Va. Aiken told CBS affiliate WTVR he was visiting friends in the area.

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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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