Carolina Rising, the conservative advocacy group founded by Dallas Woodhouse, has released a televsion/Internet ad attacking Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper, a likely 2016 candidate for governor, for “playing politics” with the coal ash controversy.

• The pro-life Susan B. Anthony List has announced a $100,000 TV ad buy going after Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s record on abortion rights.

• Hagan and her GOP Senate rival Thom Tillis swapped charges about the handling of veterans’ health care.

• Phil Berger Jr. arrived minutes before a debate with his 6th Congressional District GOP rival Mark Walker. Berger originally had not committed to attend. 12th District Republican nominee Vince Coakley participated as well. Immigration reform dominated the debate.