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Morning Memo: The new House party switchers, legislative signals to McCrory

TODAY AT THE STATEHOUSE: In separate votes on separate matters, the House and Senate sent a strong signal Monday that they intend to make major changes to the state and exert their power. The same is expected to occur again Tuesday, as the House will give final approval to a bill to cut unemployment benefits for jobless workers and the Senate will do the same to a bill that blocks the expansion of Medicaid and the establishment of a state health insurance marketplace. Gov. Pat McCrory will convene the Council of State this morning and may consider a Charlotte transit project that put the city's former mayor in hot water last week.

THE HOUSE VOTE: The state House on Monday night tentatively approved an overhaul of the state’s unemployment system along mostly partisan lines after voting down a series of amendments offered by Democrats.

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