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Blueprint NC director to step down

The leader of a Raleigh nonprofit embroiled earlier this year in a controversial political memo to attack Gov. Pat McCrory is stepping down.

In an email to friends, Sean Kosofsky, the executive director of Blueprint North Carolina, did not offer a reason for his departure from the organization later this summer, according to a copy obtained by Dome. But he does not have another job lined up. The organization has not announced a replacement.

Blueprint is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that is limited to issue-advocacy but it was linked to a political memo that outlined a plan to “eviscerate the (Republican) leadership and weaken their ability to govern.”

Leaked memo may jeopardize group's funding

A group that sent out a memo with tips on how to attack Gov. Pat McCrory and other Republican leaders exercised “bad judgment” that could jeopardize its funding, the director of a foundation that finances the group said Friday.

Leslie Winner, executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, said she was “surprised and disappointed” by the actions of Blueprint North Carolina. “(Z. Smith Reynolds) believes in robust debate on issues of public importance, (it) does not support attacking people,” said Winner, a former Democratic state senator. “We were disappointed to learn that Blueprint is advocating this strategy…

Morning Memo: McCrory to White House; more details from strategy memo

MEMO STIRS THE N.C. POLITICAL POT: The political strategy memo from a cadre of groups aligned with Democratic causes is getting a good bit of attention for its tactics. One overlooked in all the coverage: a staff of video trackers to follow the every move of the "targets" (Pat McCrory, Thom Tillis, Phil Berger) and hiring private investigators.

McCRORY VISITING THE WHITE HOUSE: Pat McCrory is visiting Washington Friday through Monday for a series of meetings with the National Governors Association and Republican Governors Association. On Sunday, along with all governors, he will dine at the White House with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, followed by a meeting at the White House the next morning with the president.

***Thanks for reading the Dome Morning Memo -- more N.C. political news and analysis below, including more details from the anti-Republican strategy memo.

Civic engagement on State of Things

Citizen participation will be on The State of Things today.

Host Frank Stasio will lead a roundtable discussion on civic engagement and influencing public policy with authors Joel Blackwell and Val Atkinson; Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy North Carolina; Erin Byrd, civic engagement coordinator for Blueprint NC; and former Raleigh City Councilman Brad Thompson.

From the schedule:

Can ordinary citizens play the game of politics without lots of money and connections? And does our political system work well for groups who have historically been shut out of it? 

The show airs at noon on 91.5 in Chapel Hill, 88.9 in Manteo and 90.9 in Rocky Mount. 

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