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Democratic Congressman McIntyre's TV ad labels him 'a strong conservative'

Mike McIntyre is a Democrat. But you wouldn't know if from his latest TV ad running in the Raleigh market. The ad features Kay Carroll, a Smithfield pharmacist, who calls McIntyre "a strong conservative." Those are the words his GOP rival David Rouzer emphasized to win the Republican primary earlier this year.

See the ad above and another airing in Wilmington that focuses on healthcare below.

N.C. congressional delegation starts final day at DNC

North Carolina's congressional delegation took the stage just before 5 p.m. Thursday, parading one after another to the podium to welcome the crowd to Charlotte.

Only U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan talked for an extended time, telling the state's story and crediting leaders "who were willing to do what was right; make difficult, not easy choices; and invest in our future generations," she said.

One reporter's hunt for the elusive Congressman Kissell

From McClatchy's Franco Ordonez:

LILESVILLE, N.C. It was after 11:30 a.m. Wednesday when I pulled up to the small country restaurant with a nine-foot rooster out front. 

An unhinged semi-trailer sat in the gravel lot. I peered into the window hoping to see perhaps the most elusive Democrat in North Carolina – U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell.

Mike McIntyre is here -- and so are most N.C. Democratic officials

Democratic Congressman Mike McIntyre knows the question before it's asked. "Yes, I'm here. I'm Mike McIntyre."

"Here" is the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. A question entering the convention was whether moderate Democrats -- particularly electorally endangered ones -- would appear at event. To appear allows opponents to paint them with the broad brush of the party, when candidates like McIntyre often distance themselves.

U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell is not attending. But the other other major Democrat not scheduled to make an appearance in Charlotte is Attorney General Roy Cooper, statye officials said. Cooper is running unopposed this year.

McIntyre, who will speak to the state delegation Tuesday morning, is also hosting a fundraiser at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He called the convention "a great way to showcase North Carolina. It's also a great way to boost theeconomy."

Bob Etheridge offers rebuttal to Romney-Ryan plan

Former Democratic Congresman Bob Etheridge penned a guest opinion piece in Friday's News & Observer rebutting the Romney-Ryan plan:

"Last week, at an event in Raleigh, the Republican vice presidential candidate paid a fitting tribute to the Tar Heel state: “North Carolina, when we think of it, is a state with so many resources, so much talent, a great university system,” U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan said. “It is known for its research, known for its dynamic.”

Having served with Ryan on the House Budget Committee, I have no doubt he meant this as an earnest compliment. But the irony of his words shouldn’t be lost on anybody who understands both the history of our state and the radical direction that Ryan and his running mate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, want to take us." Read the full piece here.

NC a prize in battle for control of U.S House

TAMPA, Fla. --Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, part of the House Republican leadership, is looking to North Carolina for one of the biggest GOP congressional hauls in the country.

Price, chairman of the House Policy Committee, thinks Republicans will pick up four seats in the Tar Heel state in November – enough to help keep the House in Republican hands. Although he didn't name the seats, he was referring to George Holding in the the 13th, David Rouzer in the 7th, Richard Hudson in the 8th and Mark Meadows in the 11th – all now held by Democrats.

Price told the North Carolina delegation breakfast, that he anticipates that the North Carolina delegation after November will have 10 Republicans and three Democrats after November. The big change is largely due to the GOP drawing of congressional redistricting lines last year.

Rouzer addresses convention Tuesday

The show will go on for state Sen. David Rouzer. Tropical Storm Issac blew his scheduled convention address back a day, but he'll take the stage sometime Tuesday afternoon, between 2 and 4:30.

If you want to see Rouzer live, C-SPAN is providing gavel-to-gavel convention coverage.

The Johnston County Republican is challenging Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre in the 7th Congressional District.

Democrats: Ryan plan good for rich, bad for middle class

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the ranking Democrat on the House budget, was in Raleigh Wednesday, to counter the appearance of Republican presidential candidate Paul Ryan, the House budget chairman.

“I think its important to tell the whole truth of what the Ryan plan would do,” said Van Hollen.

“If you wade through all the numbers you will find that the choice it makes is it provide another round of windfall tax cuts to the very wealthy, people like Mitt Romney at the expense of everyone else, including seniors on Medicare who will pay more, including middle income tax payers who will pay higher taxes so that the very wealthy can pay less taxes...” the Maryland congressman said in an interview at The Raleigh Times restaurant.

Malone fundraiser Sunday

Charles Malone, the Democratic candidate for the 13th congressional district, will host a fundraiser from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday in the Green Room of the Hibernian Pub in the Glenwood South neighborhood of Raleigh.

Congressman David Price will attend and make remarks.

Malone, who lives in Raleigh, will also be campaigning on Thursday in Nashville. No details of that event were provided.

Malone is running against former U.S. Attorney George Holding.

Eric Cantor to help raise cash for George Holding's campaign

George Holding is bringing in House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to raise money for his congressional bid.

The former U.S. attorney and Republican candidates in the 13th District is sailing with the wind at his back. But he's still aiming to raise a serious campaign war chest.

Hosts for the event include Leo Daughtry, Lauch Faircloth, Beverly Lake, Joe Lanier, Bob Schaff and more. See partial invite below.

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