by Rick Henderson
Editor-in-Chief, Carolina Journal
• Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will join the parade of presidential hopefuls stopping in North Carolina when she visits Raleigh for a July 22 fundraiser. Ticket prices start at $2,700.
• The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has circulated a memo outlining incumbent GOP U.S. Sen. Richard Burr’s vulnerabilities in 2016, according to Under the Dome. One problem, as Dome notes: No Democrat has stepped up to challenge the two-term Republican, and a number flatly have refused to run. Burr reported raising $1.7 million in the most recent fundraising cycle.
• Meantime, there’s one fewer potential opponent for Burr. State Sen. Josh Stein, D-Wake, restated his lack of interest in challenging Burr. Instead, many believe Stein will seek the position of attorney general, which will be an open seat if, as expected, incumbent Democrat Roy Cooper takes on Republican Gov. Pat McCrory.
• It’s a rematch! Republican Taylor Griffin, who lost the 2014 primary in the 3rd Congressional District to longtime U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, has filed to take on Jones again. A third contender, Marine and former Hewlett-Packard employee Phil Griffin, also will be on the GOP ballot.
• Wilkes County nurse Heather Grant, who finished fourth in the 2014 Republican Senate primary, has announced plans to run for Commissioner of Insurance. Her likely 2016 foe would be incumbent Democrat Wayne Goodwn.