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Justice Beasley will run for her seat in 2014

State Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley announced Wednesday she will be a candidate for her current seat next year.

Beasley was a state appeals court judge when Gov. Bev Perdue in December appointed her to the vacant Supreme Court seat created when Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson retired.

Beasley said she will formally file in February for the election in November 2014.

She served on the Court of Appeals from 2009 to 2012, and was a district court judge in Cumberland County from 1999 to 2008.

She received her law degree at the University of Tennessee.

Morning Memo: What Pat McCrory and Bev Perdue have in common

SENATE OVERRIDE VOTE EXPECTED: The state House on Tuesday took little more than half an hour to override the governor’s vetoes of two bills, on immigration and drug-testing welfare recipients. The resurrected legislation now passes to the Senate, which will vote Wednesday morning and is expected to easily override. Gov. Pat McCrory lobbied House members to sustain the vetoes to little success -- but he didn't try a similiar effort with lawmakers in the Senate, a chamber that he has been at odds with for most of the legislative session.

HOW PAT McCRORY AND BEV PERDUE ARE ALIKE: From Catawba College political expert Michael Bitzer: "What appears to be constant between the two governors is the distaste by independent voters. While (former Gov. Bev) Perdue faired worse earlier than (Gov. Pat) McCrory has, they both have reached a similar point of nearly 50 percent disapproval among independent voters. While the Perdue-McCrory gap is pretty noticeable among independents expressing their disapproval, the convergence in August, after the dust of the legislative sessions had settled, is pretty striking." See his analysis of polling results and the one chart that tells the McCrory story.

***Read more on the override votes in the House and where the N.C. delegation stands on Syria below in the Dome Morning Memo.***

Morning Memo: Fracking, casinos, wood pellets and Bev Perdue

Landowners could be forced to give up control of the natural gas under their land and sell it to energy companies whether they want to or not.

Known as forced pooling, the once-obscure practice is about to be put to a major test as the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission grapples with creating fracking regulations to protect the public and safeguard the environmnet.

***Thanks for reading the Dome Morning Memo. There's a lot going on today; read about it below. ***

Perdue committee notes that it gave to Dems last year

Gov. Bev Perdue's committee noted that it gave $266,163 to the state Democratic Party last year.

"The governor believe it was important to make this contributions before November's General Election and also important to help communities through the committee's contributions to the NC Community Foundation,'' the Perdue Committee said in a statement issued through its legal counsel.

The statement came after the Associated Press carried a news story noting that she had distributed $1.2 million from her campaign fund this year including $800,000 to repay personal loans that she and her husband had made to the campaign, $200,000 to writers helping her with her biography, $120,000 to a charity and the rest to campaign counsel and staff.

The story noted that virtually none of her money this year went to the cash-strapped Democratic Party. But the Perdue Committee said that view was incomplete, because of the $266,163 that the committee had contributed last year to the the party.

Morning Memo: Perdue closes her campaign for good, leave Democratic party hanging

PERDUE CLOSES CAMPAIGN ACCOUNT: From AP: Former N.C. Gov. Beverly Perdue has closed her campaign accounts, distributing the more than $1.2 million political war chest raised for her derailed 2012 re-election bid. Nearly $800,000 went to the Democrat and her husband to repay personal loans made to her political campaigns between 2000 and 2008, according to campaign finance disclosure reports filed last week with the N.C. Board of Elections.

Another $200,000 went to a pair of writers assisting Perdue with her autobiography and about $120,000 went to a charity. Most of the remainder was paid to lawyers and campaign staff.

***Find out who Perdue left off her campaign spending list below in the Dome Morning Memo.***

Pols say good-bye lobbying legend Zeb Alley

A crowd of hundreds of veteran pols gave legendary lobbyist Zeb Alley a send off Wednesday night in Raleigh.

Among the overflow crowd who showed up for a "celebration of life" for Alley at the NC State University Club were former Democratic Governors Jim Hunt and Bev Perdue, Republican Senate leader Phil Berger, Senate Rules Chairman Tom Apodoca, former Congressman Bob Etheridge, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, and former Secretary of State Rufus Edmisten.

Perdue sets post governor plans, mum on Raleigh GOP

Former Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue has recently finished her teaching fellowship at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and plans to launch an education consulting business from her home in Chapel Hill.

“I'm older, I've got probably 10 years of really robust kind of activity, and I'm very discerning about it is I want to choose to do with my time,” she said in a recent interview with Erik Spanberg of the Charlotte Business Journal. “So I have agreed to do some work with one company around education and technology. I'm setting up the company now.''

Perdue plans to work with a number of outside experts with the company that will be called Perdue Strategic Group. She is also working on a biography with two writers, Barlow Herget and Marion Ellis.

Morning Memo: GOP fundraising, Rural Center face major questions

GOP ABANDONS PLEDGE FOR TAX REFORM: From Rob Christensen's column: Tax reform in North Carolina died last week. RIP. …The House has rolled out its plan, and the Senate has rolled out an alternative plan. Those plans focus almost exclusively on cutting corporate and personal income taxes, rather than revamping the 1930s tax code. So tax reform is dead. In its place, we have large tax cuts, the size and shape of which will be worked out in a House-Senate conference committee. Cutting taxes is in the Republican comfort zone. Reforming the tax code is not. Full story.

LOBBYING FIRM ACTED AS TILLIS, McCRORY FUNDRAISING CONDUIT: The giving by the sweepstakes industry also puts a spotlight on fundraising efforts organized by McGuireWoods. Multiple contributions from sweepstakes operators were often recorded on the same days, with the largest group coming on May 16, 2012, when the Tillis campaign tallied a total of $60,002 from 19 individuals. Days earlier, on May 10, McGuireWoods held a fundraiser at its Raleigh office attended by Payne and lobbyists from other organizations. Harry Kaplan, a McGuireWoods lobbyist, said he invited clients who were interested in meeting with Tillis to talk about the issues they represented. They could also make campaign contributions, which some did, he said.

***More on Tillis, McCrory campaign fundraising, the sweepstakes industry and questions clouding the N.C. Rural Center and top Republicans below in the Dome Morning Memo.***

Morning Memo: As storm approaches, House set for major tax vote

TODAY AT THE STATEHOUSE: As a tropical storm hits Raleigh, the House will meet in its first full Friday session this year to debate a tax bill that represents one of the most expansive policy changes in decades. At the same time, appropriation subcommittees will meet to roll out the House budget, meeting before and after session. The Senate adjourned until Monday. The House action precedes what is expected to be a busy time next week in Raleigh with budget and taxes, among dozens of other bills, moving quickly as the legislature nears adjournment toward the end of the month. Top GOP lawmakers will rush from the statehouse to Charlotte for the state Republican Party convention. Gov. Pat McCrory will hold a reception at the convention this evening.

NEW NUMBERS SHOW TAX BILLS AFFECTS: The median North Carolina family would get a modest tax break while wealthy taxpayers may see a significant cut under a sweeping bill primed for a landmark House vote Friday. (Read more below.)

***Special Friday Dome Morning Memo edition. Read more about the tax plan on the House floor below and a recap from President Barack Obama's visit.***

Garrett Perdue leaves Womble

Garrett Perdue, the son of former Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue, has left Womble Caryle, the state's largest law firm.

Perdue joined Womble in January 2009, a month after his mother was elected governor. He was recruited into the firm by former Democratic Gov. Jim Hunt, to work in economic development.

The hiring raised some eyebrows because of the potential for conflict of interest.

Perdue, an attorney who had previously worked as an associate at Womble, stayed at Womble through his mother's four-year term and during the first four months of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's administration.

He left in April to become managing director of Perdue Global Market Networks Inc.

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