by Rick Henderson
Editor-in-Chief, Carolina Journal
• In the open seat for the 6th Congressional District, Democratic nominee Laura Fjeld goes on the attack against her Republican foe Mark Walker, using statements from Walker’s runoff opponent Phil Berger Jr. Walker, a Greensboro minister, says negative campaigning failed when Berger deployed it.
• Republicans in state Senate District 15 chose John Alexander Jr. to replace Dr. Jim Fulghum on the ballot for the seat being vacated by retiring state Sen. Neal Hunt, also a Republican. Alexander is a Raleigh businessman who ran for another Wake County Senate district in 2008. Dr. Fulghum withdrew from the contest to continue a battle with cancer. Alexander will face former Raleigh Mayor Tom Bradshaw.
• The Hill newspaper cites several vulnerable Democratic Senate incumbents (including North Carolina’s Kay Hagan) who have done well raising money in the party’s attempts to maintain partisan control of the upper chamber. The article also notes that Hagan has been able to hang on to her cash while GOP opponent Thom Tillis had to spend some to win his primary.
• The short session of the General Assembly may be wrapping up. A resolution was filed Wednesday in the House setting an adjournment date of next Friday, July 25. OF course, the Senate filed a similar resolution setting a late June “sine die” date, so journalists and lobbyists shouldn’t make their vacation plans just yet.