by Rick Henderson
Editor-in-Chief, Carolina Journal
• With Monday’s ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturning the ban on same-sex marriage in North Carolina and other states in the circuit’s jurisdiction, Attorney General Roy Cooper (a likely 2016 Democratic candidate for governor) says there’s no reason to continue defending the constitutional amendment. State Senate leader Phil Berger says wait a minute — Cooper still has a duty to respect the wishes of voters until the Supreme Court steps in.
• Left-wing HBO host Bill Maher will select a Republican member of Congress and urge his viewers to back (financially and otherwise) the incumbent’s Democratic challenger and “flip a district.” One of the four finalists is 2nd District Rep. Renee Ellmers.
• Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-10th District, will hold a series of town hall meetings next week in his district.
• Slate blogger Dave Weigel points out that Ned and Becca Ryun, the couple featured in a Susan B. Anthony List-sponsored ad attacking Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan’s record on abortion, live in Virginia rather than North Carolina.
• State Rep. Tricia Cotham, D-Mecklenburg has asked Gov. Pat McCrory to veto Senate Bill 793, a measure clarifying disclosure requirements for charter school operators. Cotham says the bill allows too much secrecy. McCrory hasn’t said how he’ll dispense with the bill.