by Rick Henderson
Editor-in-Chief, Carolina Journal
• There will be a televised debate between 2nd Congressional District incumbent Rep. Renee Ellmers and her Democratic challenger Clay Aiken. The debate will take place in Pinehurst Oct. 6 at 7:00 p.m. and be televised live on WRAL-5 and re-aired at 11 p.m. on WRAZ Fox 50.
• The story’s headline gets the geography wrong, but Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-5th, has been on the road campaigning for fellow Republicans. Recently Foxx was in Connecticut, stumping for Republican congressional candidate Dan Debicella.
• Countering ads sponsored by the National Rifle Association backing Republican U.S. Senate nominee Thom Tillis (and Republican challengers in other states), the Everytown coalition founded by billionaire gun-control champion Michael Bloomberg endorses incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and a host of other Democrats who, by implication, support Bloomberg’s campaign against the Second Amendment.
• Right-leaning Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin mentions recent polling in the Senate race between incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis, saying “it’s a tough year for incumbents.”
• Charlotte’s WSOC-TV looks at the on-camera personalities appearing in ads for Tillis and Hagan, and asks, “are they actors?” It turns out, they aren’t.
• Time publishes a sympathetic profile of college students who are working against alleged “voter disenfranchisement” resulting from changes in election laws.