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Morning Memo: Let the shutdown politics begin

THEN SHUT IT DOWN: The U.S. government started shutting down early Tuesday after a bitter fight over the new health care law deadlocked the Congress and stymied every attempt to keep money flowing after the federal fiscal year ended at midnight. It was the first such collapse of the government in nearly two decades and there was no immediate way to know how long it would last or how it would end. Read more here.

NOW BLAME GAME BEGINS: Hours after the partial shutdown, the blame game started, with Democrats and Republicans trying to say the other party was responsible. North Carolina congressmen are in the crosshairs.

***Read more shutdown politics and a look at what Gov. Pat McCrory did as the impasse and a federal lawsuit against the state loomed -- it's all below in the Dome Morning Memo.***

Holcombe to challenge Davis in Appeals Court race

District Court Judge Paul A. Holcombe of Clayton has announced he will run for the N.C. Court of Appeals seat now held by Judge Mark Davis.

Holcombe, who grew up in Raleigh, worked as a prosecutor in Tennessee and in Cabarrus an Johnston Counties before being elected to the district court in 2008. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the law school at the University of Tennessee.

Davis was general counsel to Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue when he was appointed to the bench shortly before Perdue left office.

New appeals court judge swearing-in ceremony Thursday

Mark Davis will be sworn in as the state’s newest appellate court judge at 2:30 p.m. Thursday on the third floor of the N.C. Court of Appeals building in Raleigh. Davis was general counsel to Gov. Bev Perdue for the past two years. He replaced Judge Cheri Beasley after Perdue elevated her to the state Supreme Court.

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