by Rick Henderson
Editor-in-Chief, Carolina Journal
• Former Gov. Bev Perdue is back in politics again, appearing at a fundraiser for the Ready for Hillary PAC, a group trying to convince Democratic former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016. Perdue also said her husband Bob Eaves joined the June 3 Moral Monday protest at the legislative complex but was not arrested.
• Get ready for liberal heads to explode. David and Charles Koch have launched a new super PAC as an offshoot of their Freedom Partners nonprofit that’s expected to spend $15 million during this midterm election cycle backing candidates who support free markets. Politico notes this is a departure from the Kochs’ standard operating procedure, which has been to support ideas and policy more than candidates.
• U.S. Reps. Virginia Foxx, R-5th District, and Patrick McHenry, R-10th, announce they have no interest in joining the scrum for leadership posts in the House Republican Caucus that will open with the resignation of outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia.
• A group of clergy members delivered petitions including 30,000 signatures to Attorney General Roy Cooper, asking him to stop defending lawsuits challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Cooper, a Democrat, is a likely challenger to GOP Gov. Pat McCrory in 2016 and may face pushback from the Democratic Party’s progressive wing.