by Rick Henderson
Editor-in-Chief, Carolina Journal
• Incumbent U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, a Democrat, has unveiled the first two ads of her re-election campaign, both highlighting accomplishments in the Senate.
• Hagan will get as much as $3 million in financial help from the political arm of Planned Parenthood.
• Matt Kibbe of Freedom Works, the tea party-friendly group that endorsed Greg Brannon in the Republican U.S. Senate primary, says the group’s PAC may provide financial support for GOP nominee Thom Tillis in his race to oust Hagan. Kibbe tells Roll Call the PAC occasionally helps nominees who have not been endorsed by the group if the goal is to defeat a general-election candidate who’s even less friendly to Freedom Works’ limited-government agenda.
• The North Carolina chapter of Americans for Prosperity launches a “No Hollywood Handouts” campaign with radio ads in Greensboro, Raleigh, and Wilmington urging state lawmakers to eliminate taxpayer subsidies for film production. Listen to the ad here.
• State Appeals Court Judge Bob Hunter, who’s running for the Supreme Court associate justice seat being vacated by Justice Mark Martin, sits down with the editors of the Asheboro Courier-Journal.