by Rick Henderson
Editor-in-Chief, Carolina Journal
• Real Clear Politics says the results in this year’s U.S. Senate races in North Carolina, Iowa, and Colorado have implications for the 2016 election.
• At a Senate committee hearing Wednesday, Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., backed the notion of federal legislation or regulations that would force employers to provide paid time off for employees under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
• The North Carolina congressional delegation’s vote on a measure authorizing a lawsuit against President Obama for overstepping his authority fell largely along party lines. 3rd District Rep. Walter Jones was the only Republican to oppose the measure, which passed 225-201. All the state’s Democrats opposed it as well.
• The watchdog site OpenSecrets.org reports that in 2012, 2nd District U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, a Republican, had the second-lowest net worth of House members, at -$101,498.
• 7th Congressional District Republican nominee David Rouzer will hold a meet-and-greet Aug. 9 in Supply.