by Rick Henderson
Editor-in-Chief, Carolina Journal
• The State Board of Elections has produced a 60-second video (above) informing voters that — beginning next year — they’ll need to bring an ID to the polls.
• At least 18 members of the General Assembly either have announced they won’t seek another term or have left office since the end of this year’s session, including several key policymakers. WRAL News is keeping a running tab.
• The latest Elon University Poll has Dr. Ben Carson with a 12-point lead over Donald Trump among North Carolina voters in the GOP presidential race. Carson also would defeat Hillary Clinton by 4 points in a general election face-off, though he led the former secretary of state by 11 points in an earlier survey. The poll also found Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper with a 45-40 lead over incumbent Republican Gov. Pat McCrory.
• Two ethics complaints filed by left-wing groups against McCrory were dismissed by the State Ethics Commission. The governor had called the complaints frivolous all along.
• Holly Springs council member Linda Hunt Williams, a former staffer of U.S. Sen. Lauch Faircloth, is seeking the Republican nomination to succeed retiring House Speaker Pro Tem Paul “Skip” Stam. Former Wake County Commissioner Lindy Brown plans to seek the Democratic nod for the seat.
• The newest member of the General Assembly is 25-year-old GOP Rep. Kyle Hall of Stokes County, who was named to succeed Bryan Holloway. Holloway resigned to lobby for the N.C. School Boards Association. Hall has worked for Americans for Prosperity, former state Sen. Neal Hunt, and most recently for U.S. Rep. Mark Walker, R-6th District.