by Rick Henderson
Editor-in-Chief, Carolina Journal
• U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-10th, was named chief House deputy whip by incoming majority whip Rep. Peter Scalise, R-La. McHenry becomes the main vote counter for the Republican caucus. The last four Republicans to hold this post have risen to majority leader, speaker of the House, or both. McHenry faces Democrat Tate McQueen in the November election.
• The latest poll of registered voters from the conservative Civitas Institute shows incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan with a 6-point lead over GOP challenger Thom Tillis. Libertarian Sean Haugh gets support from 9 percent of the respondents. In a head-to-head battle between Hagan and Tillis, the incumbent also leads by 4 points.
• New endorsements for contenders in the July 15 Republican primary for the 6th U.S. Congressional District. Former Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins backs Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr., while pastor Mark Walker wins the support of former GOP U.S. Senate candidates Mark Harris and Heather Grant, along with the venerable Eagle Forum, the conservative group founded by activist Phyllis Schlafly.
• Phil Berger Jr.’s father, the leader of the state Senate, takes to the op-ed page of the Raleigh News & Observer to explain how much the agenda sought by the Moral Monday protesters would cost North Carolina taxpayers.