by Rick Henderson
Editor-in-Chief, Carolina Journal
• WRAL News’ Mark Binker looks at the charge by the Senate Majority PAC that House Speaker (and Republican Senate nominee) Thom Tillis “[gave] tax breaks for yacht and private jet owners” during the tax-reform debate and finds the claim “wrong.” Binker gives the ads by the Harry Reid-led Senate Majority PAC a red light.
• Several pro-life groups organized a rally Wednesday outside incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan’s Charlotte office, highlighting her opposition to a bill that would ban most abortions after a fetus reaches 20 weeks.
• The honorables may not be gone for good after all. Gov. Pat McCrory is getting heat from his own commerce secretary, Sharon Decker, and a host of business executives and film industry boosters who want the governor to call a special session of the General Assembly to reinstate economic incentive measures that were not extended during the 2013-14 session.
• Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis, who is running against Chief Justice Mark Martin (both Republicans) for a full term for that position on the high court, is not going away quietly. Along with claiming that Martin’s elevation to the chief justice’s role amounted to an endorsement by the state’s Republican establishment, she also has hired political strategist John Punder, who helped longshot David Brat unseat House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia in a GOP primary.