• The left-leaning website Camel City Dispatch interviews Josh Brannon, the Democratic nominee facing incumbent Republican Virginia Foxx in the 5th Congressional District.

• Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-10th, pens a guest column for saying the Dodd-Frank financial reforms have been a failure.

• State Court of Appeals judges Bob Hunter and Sam J. (Jimmy) Ervin last week pledged to run constructive campaigns in their race for the N.C. Supreme Court. Hunter, who called Ervin his “good friend,” suggested he would denounce attack ads from independent groups stating any “untruths” about Ervin.

• Candidates are lining up to run for the judicial seat being vacated by retiring Appeals Court Judge John Martin. First up is attorney John Arrowood, who was appointed to the court by former Gov. Mike Easley and served two years on the bench. If more than two candidates file, the top vote-getter will win the seat; there will be no runoff.