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Morning Memo: Vice President Biden to raise money for Kay Hagan

VICE PRESIDENT TO HEADLINE HAGAN FUNDRAISER: Vice President Joe Biden will visit North Carolina on Oct. 21 to help Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan raise campaign cash for her re-election bid in 2014. Biden will speak at a luncheon at the Washington Duke Inn in Durham, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by Dome.

The top ticket costs $10,000 and includes a photo and special host reception. The lowest priced ticket is $500 for the reception. The money will go to Hagan’s joint fundraising committee with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which has higher donation limits.

A day earlier, Hagan will hold another fundraiser in Durham at the Deer Chase Gardens hosted by Marcia Angle and Mark Trustin, the property’s owners. The more than two-dozen hosts for the reception are paying $1,000 each. The top ticket is the maximum federal contribution to a candidate, $2,600. The host list includes big local Democratic donors, such as John Replogle, John Sall and Amy Tiemann. The minimum ticket costs $150.

***Read more about the 2014 Senate race and more below in the Dome Morning Memo.***

The most-clicked Dome posts of 2012 show N.C. in national spotlight

What made the biggest splash on Dome in 2012? The top 5 stories -- in terms of reader clicks --reflect how North Carolina played a major role in the national political scene and the Washington-driven penchant for little news bits that speak to a larger narrative. It doesn't necessarily reflect the biggest news of the political year, but what generated interest in the blogosphere.

Click below to see the top 5.

Biden says in Charlotte that the middle class has been buried, GOP agrees

Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday in Charlotte that the middle class has been “buried” for the last four years, according The Hill. 

Biden made the remark at a campaign rally while arguing that Republicans would raise taxes on the middle class. He said the tax hike would be especially bad given what the middle class has been through over the last four years.

Biden drew over 1,000 in Charlotte

Vice President Joe Biden drew a crowd of 1,050 at the Fillmore in Charlotte, according to Taylor Winchester, director of special events at the facility.

Biden is now headed on a short flight to Asheville for a campaign event there, according to the pool report.

Biden visiting North Carolina next week

Vice President Joe Biden will visit Asheville next Tuesday, WLOS is reporting.

The visit comes as three polls show Obama taking a slight lead in the state. Biden was last in the state on August 13, when he attended a rally in Durham.

Update: The Obama campaign confirms Biden will be in North Carolina on Tuesday. The Charlotte Observer reports he will be stopping in Charlotte.

Paul Ryan to campaign in North Carolina during Democratic convention

The Romney campaign confirms Saturday morning that running mate Paul Ryan will appear at a rally at East Carolina University in Greenville on Monday.

North Carolina heard a preview of the Paul Ryan, Joe Biden debate to come

Before Mitt Romney selected Paul Ryan as his running mate, the Wisconsin congressman visited Raleigh for a vetting among top Republicans.

Ryan sat for a business round table at Big Ed's, flanked by the Republican House and Senate leaders, top GOP lobbyist Tom Fetzer and party officials. He spoke coherently about why his controversial budget plan is worth the talk, even if it seems to upend Medicare and other longtime government programs.

And his visit drew a rebuke from a man Ryan will likely hear more from: Vice President Joe Biden. “He is a bright, handsome guy from Wisconsin," Biden said. "He is a fine guy. But I think his ideas are not nearly as fine."

The "Big Ed's debate" in North Carolina is just a preview of what's to come this campaign season. Ryan is expected to return to the area with Romney to North Carolina on Sunday. And Biden will visit the area a day later.

Biden to speak at Durham armory on Monday

Vice President Joe Biden will speak Monday at the Durham Armory at 12:45, the campaign announced.

The visit by Biden comes one day after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has a campaign bus tour through the state.

The campaign news release said Biden will draw contrasts between Romney's approach to the economy and that of President Barack Obama.

Biden comes to Winston-Salem on Wednesday

Vice President Joe Biden will be in Winston-Salem on Wednesday morning to talk about manufacturing jobs.

Biden will be at Wake Forest Biotech Place, a research center in the Piedmont Triad Research Park in downtown Winston-Salem. This is the latest North Carolina visit by a White House official as the Obama administration continues to shower attention on the state this election year. 

The state's unemployment rate in April was 9.4 percent, above the national average.

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