by Rick Henderson
Editor-in-Chief, Carolina Journal
• Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper has made no formal announcement, but he sure looks like a 2016 rival to Republican Gov. Pat McCrory. Cooper has posted an online petition objecting to the governor and General Assembly’s education spending policies on his website, and he’s running a link to the petition on his Facebook page. The state GOP isn’t happy.
• Speaking to Rowan County Democrats, freshman Rep. Alma Adams, D-12th District, indicated she plans to run for a second term. She won the seat held for many years by Mel Watt, who now runs the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
• In a Wilmington Star-News profile, freshman Rep. David Rouzer, R-7th District, says he hasn’t decided who he’ll support in the 2016 presidential race.
• In your weekly “Will she or won’t she run?” update, former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s friend, former Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker, suggests the one-term Democratic senator will not challenge incumbent GOP Sen. Richard Burr in 2016.