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Malone would break party ranks on Bush tax cuts

Charles Malone, who is running against George Holding for Congress, says he would extend President Bush’s tax cuts to include those who make $1 million or less – higher than the $250,000 limit Democratic leaders in Congress and President Obama propose.

“I am supporting this extension beyond what my party is asking in order to give tax relief to approximately 620,000 small businesses that would be affected by the $1 million limit,” Malone said in a press release on Friday.

Malone, who lives in Raleigh, said he called for the tax cuts in a speech Thursday to the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. He said it was meant to illustrate he is willing to bridge the divide between parties if he is elected in November.

The 13th Congressional District includes portions of Wake, Durham, Granville, Vance, Franklin, Nash, Edgecombe, Wilson, and Wayne counties. Holding is a former U.S. Attorney; he defeated Wake County Board of Commission member Paul Coble in the primary.

Personnel file: Congressman names new district director

Retiring Congressman Brad Miller named Phyllis Barbour as his district director in Raleigh. Barbour has worked in the Democrat's 13th District office for nine years as outreach director and schedule. She starts her new role July 16. 

Barbour replaces Pam Kohl who is leaving to become executive director of a local Susan G. Komen Foundation chapter.

Is it time for moderate N.C. Democratic congressmen to switch parties?

The fine line between a Southern conservative Democrat and a Republican continues to fade – fast. That certainly appears to be the case in North Carolina, where two of the remaining House Democrats have adopted the tactic that in order to win re-election, they must steer clear of President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party.

In the past two weeks, North Carolina Democratic Reps. Mike McIntyre and Larry Kissell have announced they will not endorse Obama and, furthermore, plan to vote to repeal his signature health care plan. In North Carolina, some former supporters say it’s time for Kissell and McIntyre to change parties. Read more here.

Bob Etheridge expresses no regrets on health care vote

Ahead of the SCOTUS ruling on the Affordable Care Act, Politico checked in with Democrats who served in Congress but lost their seats amid withering criticism about supporting President Barack Obama's health care law. North Carolina's Bob Etheridge said he would still be in Congress if he didn't vote for the bill -- but still stands by his vote.

"Former Rep. Bob Etheridge has little doubt that his health care vote cost him his reelection in 2010. But now, as he tends cattle on his North Carolina farm and awaits an epic Supreme Court ruling on the most consequential legislative vote of his Capitol Hill career, he’s got no regrets: “I wouldn’t have lost if I hadn’t voted for it, but there’s a time when you gotta do the right thing. And I did the right thing.”

Malone makes it official: He's running against Holding

Democratic nominee for the 13th Congressional District Charles Malone makes it official: He's back in the race. Malone signed up to run in the primary but dropped out because of health concerns. When those concerns resolved, and he was the top vote-getter in the Democratic primary, Malone re-evaluated.

He will face Republican nomineee George Holding, the former U.S. attorney for this part of North Carolina, who received heavy financial backing from a super PAC comprised of his banking family relatives and some friends.

Holding defeated Paul Coble and Bill Randall in the primary. "Following ia time for reflection, prayer and physical healing, I am fit and prepared to make sure that the 45,000 people who voted for me on May 8 did not vote in vain," Malone said in a statement he released.

N.C. Republican hopeful Scott Keadle regrets comments on Obama’s birthplace

As his competition endured criticism for questioning President Barack Obama’s birthplace, congressional candidate Scott Keadle of North Carolina took the high road last week and said he hadn’t spent “two seconds of my life thinking” about Obama’s birthplace.

But that’s not what Keadle told a tea party group last month in Rowan County, N.C., during a heated primary race for the Republican nomination for North Carolina’s 8th Congressional District. Keadle, who’s now in a two-man runoff July 17 with former congressional chief of staff Richard Hudson, told the Rowan County Tea Party Patriots in April that he’d demand an investigation into the president’s eligibility, whatever the personal costs.

“If you’ll elect me to Congress, I will absolutely make sure that I don’t shut up until there is an investigation to find out if the president is eligible to be the president,” Keadle told the group, according to a video of the event. “That’s the end of that. And, they can do whatever they want to me.”

Asked about the apparent contradiction, Keadle said Monday that he’d made a mistake, was caught up in the adrenaline of the forum and had failed to qualify his statement. He said he had no intention of pursuing an investigation of Obama’s birthplace unless constituents asked him to.

“I didn’t get it right that day. I didn’t think I got it that bad, but I did,” Keadle said, adding later, “Yes, I do believe he was born in the United States and no, I don’t want to be dragged into the middle of this.”

See a video on the jump below.

Congresman Mike McIntyre is one interesting man

A Roll Call piece from Capitol Hill looks at N.C. Congressman Mike McIntyre, who is a renaissance man, of sorts. The paper says the Democrat "might be fast becoming the most interesting man in Congress."

Read here about his black belt prowess, his Shakespeare interest and more. It's a wonder how McIntyre has time for all these pursuits given his tight election battle back home in the 2nd District where he faces state Sen. David Rouzer in November.

George Holding says he's not in Congress yet; 'don't jinx anything'

George Holding is happy to win the Republican primary for North Carolina's 13th District Congressional seat, but is uncomfortable with talk that he has the November general election contest in the bag.

When people jokingly call him “Congressman Holding,” he responds: “Don’t jinx anything."

The former U.S. Attorney is expected to win in the redrawn district that leans heavily Republican. And it’s still unclear who his Democratic opposition will be. Charles Malone, who won the Democratic nomination, had said he was dropping out of the race due to health problems. But now he’s feeling better and is reconsidering a run.

Democratic opposition to Holding remains unclear

So, will it really be a slam-dunk for George Holding in the November general election contest for the 13th Congressional District? Holding won handily last night, and the redrawn district is strongly Republican.

Plus, there was no strong Democratic opponent. The man who got the most votes, Charles Malone, had said he was dropping out of the race due to health problems.

But in the light of the day after, Malone isn’t so sure what’s going to happen. He’s feeling better after a scare involving his heart (not a heart attack) and concern over a family history of heart problems.

Holding claims he has big lead over Coble

George Holding’s campaign is saying this evening that its internal polling shows he is leading Paul Coble by more than 12 points in the GOP primary for the 13th congressional district.

Word comes in the form of a memo sent to supporters, saying a tracking poll was done last night. It adds that Holding has increased his lead in every region in the district. It says he leads among conservatives by more than 15 points.

Update: The campaign says it was a tracking poll of 600 Republican primary voters in the district, and it had a margin of error of 1 to 4 percent.

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