by Rick Henderson
Editor-in-Chief, Carolina Journal
• Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton says if elected governor, his initial budget would not include a sales tax increase. But he does not rule out raising taxes later.
• Incumbent Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-10th, wins the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Business.
• Attorneys for former N.C. Democratic Party staffer Adriadn Ortega, who has sued the party and chairman David Parker for defamation in a sexual harassment dispute, have asked to depose Parker during the Democratic National Convention.
• Ortega’s lead attorney, Kieran Shanahan, will host a fundraiser for 7th Congressional District Republican candidate David Rouzer featuring Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-5th District, at the Shanahan home in Raleigh.