• Generation Opportunity, a conservative advocacy group targeting 18-34-year-olds, unveils a North Carolina ad urging Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan to support free-market policies that could boost employment among young adults.


• As the Hagan campaign runs an ad discussing her role in helping residents near Camp Lejeune pursue legal damages resulting from water contamination around the military base, her GOP opponent Thom Tillis is shepherding a bill through the General Assembly that would extend the statute of limitation for lawsuits related to the contamination so that victims could seek restitution.

• Expanding Medicaid coverage under Obamacare will remain a contentious issue throughout the U.S. Senate campaign, with Hagan supporting expansion and Tillis opposing it. The conservatve commentary site The Federalist offers a dozen reasons not to expand.

• Immigration reform has emerged as a concern in the July 15 runoff for the Republican nomination in the 6th Congressional District. Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr. is running a radio ad claiming that opponent Mark Walker favors amnesty for illegal immigrants. Walker denies the claim, saying Berger is distorting statements he made earlier in the race.