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Hagan raises money in DC during shut down, GOP has pictures

The government shut down did not stop Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan from attending a DC fund raiser Tuesday morning hosted by the Realtors PAC.

The Republicans even provided footage of Hagan arriving at the event at the National Association of Realtors Building. It is not the most exciting footage ever. But after the Democrats filmed Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis in DC making the rounds this summer, the GOP wanted to show they can be sleuths as well.

Hagan: shut down hurting NC

Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan told the Senate Tuesday that the government was having a negative impact on North Carolina.

"It's a shame that some in Congress are playing political games with the most basic function of keeping the government running,'' Hagan said in a speech."I didn’t get elected to shut down the government, and with each minute that goes by, more and more North Carolinians are feeling the impact of this irresponsible shutdown.''

She said the Winston-Salem regional VA office is closed and the claims processors were furloughed threatening progress in eliminating the claims back log.

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.***

Cooper says he's planning to run for governor

From The Associated Press: North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said Saturday he’s planning to run for governor in 2016 and told Democratic Party activists that policies adopted this year by Gov. Pat McCrory and Republican legislative leaders have harmed the average state resident.

Cooper used his platform as a speaker at the state Democratic Party’s Western Gala in Asheville to attack Republicans, who with McCrory’s election last year controlled the state’s legislative and executive branches for the first time in more than a century.

Asked whether he planned to run for governor in three years, Cooper told the Asheville Citizen-Times: “It’s a little early to make a formal announcement, but certainly that’s in the plans.”

Morning Memo: Cooper's unofficial debut; peek inside GOP voters' minds

ROY COOPER'S DEBUT: Attorney General Roy Cooper is the featured speaker Saturday morning at the N.C. Democratic Party's Western Gala. The speech at the women's breakfast will serve as his unofficial debut in the 2016 governor's race. In recent weeks, Cooper has made his intentions to run clear and the event will give him a platform to begin gathering Democratic support as other party challengers emerge. Later in the evening, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and R.T. Rybak, the vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee, will speak at the party fundraiser.

***A must-read analysis of Republicans and its potential impact on the N.C. Senate race below in the Dome Morning Memo.***

Conservative group runs web ads targeting Hagan on shutdown

A conservative organization is upping the ante on U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan as it attempts to pressure her to defund the federal health care law.

Heritage Action for America, the advocacy arm of The Heritage Foundation, is airing 15-second online video advertisements featuring an ominously voiced announcer asking: "Why won't Kay Hagan stop the shutdown and defund Obamacare?"

Morning Memo: Hundreds furloughed; U.S. Senate candidates make moves

HUNDREDS OF STATE WORKERS FURLOUGHED: The federal government shutdown caused the furlough of hundreds of state government workers whose jobs are fully or partially federally funded Tuesday, and state officials said several thousand more jobs could be be affected.

The state Department of Health and Human Services told 337 employees not to show up for work Wednesday morning. Officials said as many 4,500 DHHS workers could be furloughed or see their hours reduced. There was also a smaller furlough in the Department of Transportation, and a small group of workers at the state Labor Department saw their hours slashed in half.

#NCSEN DAY: The Republican challengers in the U.S. Senate race are all making moves this week to position themselves. Charlotte Pastor Mark Harris enters the race today, Thom Tillis is hiring staff and Greg Brannon is touting fundraising numbers.

***Read all the U.S. Senate race news below in the Dome Morning Memo.***

DC pundit: Tillis 'should be a formidable general-election candidate'

A leading Washington political prognosticator is saying Republican Thom Tillis "should be a formidable general-election candidate." Stuart Rothenberg took a look at the N.C. House speaker's candidacy in the context of interview three other Senate candidates recently.

He writes: At the other end of the spectrum (from the tea party) is Thom Tillis, the speaker of the North Carolina House and the early favorite for the GOP Senate nomination against Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan.

Hagan, Ryback to head Dems Western watchmacallit

The Democrats will gather in Asheville this weekend for their annual Western Gala, formerly known in less politically correct times as the Vance-Aycock Dinner.

Sen. Kay Hagan, who is facing reelection next year, will be the featured speaker at the $75- person dinner at the Grove Park Inn along with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Ryback Jr., who vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

At the Women's Breakfast in the morning, Attorney General Roy Cooper, who is testing the waters for a possible gubernatorial bid, will be the speaker.

The ticket for the VIP reception is $250.

The dinner was started by Gov. Terry Sanford in the 1960 and for most of its history was named after two former governors Zeb Vance and Charles Brantley Aycock. But the name of the dinner was changed in recent years, as Democrats had second thoughts about Aycock's role in the white supremacy campaigns.

National GOP tests attack lines against Kay Hagan

National Republicans are outlining their attack points against U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan as it seeks to oust her in 2014, labeling her as ineffective and out of step with North Carolina voters.

In a political memo released Monday, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is pushing their calculation of Hagan's performance, saying she's "the most ineffective senator in North Carolina's history" by showing the number of bills she sponsored or cosponsored that became law.

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