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Price says House has votes to end shut down without strings

U.S. Rep. David Price of Chapel Hill says he's frustrated with the federal government shutdown, because vote tallies show there are enough votes in the House of Representatives to end it. At least 20 Republicans have gone on record saying they'd vote for a measure to fund the government with no strings attached. That would be enough votes to pass when combined with votes from Democrats. But so far Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, hasn't arranged to have a vote on a spending bill without the condition of a delay of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

Morning Memo: National Republicans launch billboards targeting Hagan

REPUBLICANS LAUNCH BILLBOARDS HITTING KAY HAGAN: The National Republican Senatorial Committee is debuting seven billboards across the state targeting U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's support for the federal health care law. Republicans are trying to make the case that Hagan, a Democrat facing re-election in 2014, accomplished nothing besides supporting Obamacare in the first five years of her term. (See a copy of the billboard here.)

"Kay Hagan promised North Carolinians that she would govern as a centrist, but instead has been a Democratic partisan, supporting the President's signature initiatives lock, stock and barrel," said Brook Hougesen, a NRSC spokeswoman.

The effort is designed to put the one-term incumbent -- who polls show is vulnerable -- on the defensive while the GOP struggles to find a dominant candidate. House Speaker Thom Tillis is the most prominent name in the race but other major Republicans are still considering whether to run. Cary physician Greg Brannon, a tea party candidate, is also making a bid. The billboards are located in Greensboro, Charlotte, Winston-Salem and the Raleigh-Durham area.

***More North Carolina political news -- including U.S. Senate campaign updates -- below in the Dome Morning Memo.***

Rep. Mike McIntyre pushes Boehner for movement on farm bill

Rep. Mike McIntyre, a senior Democrat on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, signed a letter to House Speaker John Boehner asking the Republican leader to take action needed to move ahead on a new agriculture law.

Both the House and Senate have passed their versions of the bill and must set up a conference committee of members of both chambers to work out differences. The Senate has named its members, but the House has not. The current farm bill expires on Sept. 30. Congress goes out on its August break today. When it gets back in September, it will have only 11 days before the bill expires.

U.S. Rep. Jones burning through money

What’s U.S. Rep. Walter Jones up to?

The North Carolina Republican, easily re-elected to office in a newly drawn congressional district last year, is spending campaign money already.

The most recent reports show he raised $78,000 in the first three months of this year ($25,000 of it from political action committees) and spent $72,000 of it.

The spending included $10,500 on consultants.

Jones has been on the outs with House leadership since he was one of nine Republicans who voted for someone other than John Boehner as speaker. Boehner retaliated by removing Jones from the House’s financial services committee last year.

Roll Call reported at the time that the GOP Steering Committee dealt with members who had not voted consistently with the leadership.

Jones’s 3rd District stretches from Currituck County to Onslow County.

Holding to attend Thatcher's funeral

U.S. Rep. George Holding will represent the House at the funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Holding was chosen by House Speaker John Boehner. He'll be joined by Reps. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. They are traveling to London Tuesday morning.

NC congress members buck party leaders on House Vote

U.S. Rep. Walter Jones was one of nine Republicans who bucked party leadership and voted for other GOP members instead of House Speaker Rep. John Boehner. The Farmville Republican instead voted for David Walker, former head of the Government Accountability Office.

Boehner, R-Ohio, was reelected Speaker of the House for the 113th Congress with 220 votes over Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who received 192 votes.

The vote against Boehner was likely part backlash after Boehner pulled Jones off the prestigious Financial Services Committee.

Jones was not the only N.C. member to buck his party. Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre of Lumberton voted for fellow Blue Dog Jim Cooper, D-Tenn, instead of Pelosi.

Boehner needed 218 votes to win reelection. Fourteen members voted for other candidates or present.

Walter Jones kicked off House committee

U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, a Republican from Farmville, was kicked off the House financial services committee on Monday, according to Roll Call.

Speaker John Boehner initiated the action, targeting what Roll Call labeled "rebellious Republicans."

Weekend Roundup: McCrory, Dalton defined by party; N.C. is battleground

In profiles of the candidates for governor, two distinct men emerge:

On the stump, Walter Dalton invoked the names of famous Democratic governors: Jim Hunt, Terry Sanford and O. Max Gardner. But as he  tries to call up the ghosts of Gardner, Sanford and Hunt, he is shackled by the more recent past. After 20 straight years of Democratic governors, his party’s brand has been tarnished by controversies and scandals. Full profile here.

Pat McCrory's second run for governor looks and feels different than his first. “What happened in between 2008 and 2012 was the tea party insurgency,” says Michael Bitzer, a political scientist at Catawba College, McCrory’s alma mater. “McCrory has had to make some philosophical adjustments.” McCrory insists he hasn’t “moved a bit” in his positions or beliefs. But he and his party have made mutual accommodations. Full profile here.

Many more political headlines below.

Boehner in Raleigh: Obama doesn't understand the economy or America

House Speaker John Boehner told about 140 Republicans at state GOP headquarters Saturday morning that the election is about jobs and President Barack Obama doesn't understand the economy.

No Republican has spent more time working with the president on economic issues, Boehner said.

 “Let me tell you,” Boehner said. “He doesn't get it. As a result he doesn't understand how the economy works or how America works.''

House Speaker John Boehner in Raleigh Saturday morning

House Speaker John Boehner will attend a Romney campaign event at state GOP headquarters on Saturday morning at 10:45 a.m. The headquarters is located at 1506 Hillsborough St.

Boehner will attend an event Friday at the Charlotte Victory Office on East Morehead Street at 4:50.

Saturday will be a busy day with Jill Biden, the wife of the vice president, expected to make a campaign swing through the state, including a visit to the Triangle.

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