• The Harry Reid-backed Senate Majority PAC launches another ad attacking House Speaker (and GOP Senate nominee) Thom Tillis’ record on education spending.


• Today marks the end of the state fiscal year, and with education spending highlighting the disagreements over an adjusted budget for next year, media analysis of how the stalemate might affect Tillis’ campaign against incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan have begun.

• The state budget impasse also is leading local officials to look for new sources of revenue (aka higher taxes) as a way to boost teacher salaries. Wake County mayors may ask the county commission at its July 7 meeting to put a sales tax increase on the ballot.

• Rep. Alma Adams, D-Guilford, who will fill the unexpired term of 12th District U.S. Rep. Mel Watt and is running for a full term in November, promised to be “a fighter” when she spoke to a Democratic rally in Davidson County.