by Rick Henderson
Editor-in-Chief, Carolina Journal
• Democratic gubernatorial nominee Walter Dalton challenges Republican foe Pat McCrory to eight debates over the summer at community colleges across the state; McCrory says he’ll agree only to the usual handful of fall contests.
• The Huffington Post and Mediaite websites take seriously an “apology” to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant posted from a fake Bev Perdue Twitter account on the marriage amendment. Both later admitted they were caught by the hoax.
• The power of incumbency: Rep. Larry Kissell, Democrat from the 8th District, secures passage of an amendment to the Defense Authorization Act guaranteeing that the production and manufacturing of uniforms for the Afghan police and military will be done in the United States.
• Deb Butler, the Democratic challenger to incumbent Thom Goolsby for state Senate District 9, joins opponents of the marriage amendment at a rally in Wilmington.
• There will be a July 17 runoff for the Democratic nomination for commissioner of labor; Marlowe Foster, who finished second to former Commissioner John Brooks, formally requested a runoff.