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McIntyre one of two Democrats voting to defund Obamacare

North Carolina U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre was one of only two Democrats who joined House Republicans in voting to defund Obamacare on Friday.

Rep. Jim Matheson of Utah was the other.

Their votes allowed Republican leaders to declare it a bipartisan effort. OK….

Meanwhile, North Carolina Republicans Renee Ellmers, Robert Pittenger and Robert McHenry – despite earlier objections – went along with the GOP strategy to risk shutting down the federal government in a stalemate with the Senate.

McIntyre is once again in what will be an expensive and close battle against challenger David Rouzer, a former Republican state senator whom he defeated last time around.

Republican attack ad says McIntyre wastes taxpayers' money

A TV ad released in Wilmington on Tuesday says U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre, a Democrat, wasted tax dollars by using them on a 5-star hotel and taking a 30 percent pay increase since he joined Congress in 1997.

The National Republican Congressional Committee released the ad. It didn’t include the cost of the ad buy, making it difficult to tell how big of an impact it will have in the state.

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.

McIntyre, Rouzer, Jones, Price, Holding, and Coble and fund raising

Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre has raised $354,448 during the first six months of the year, while his likely GOP opponent, David Rouzer has raised $145,182, according to campaign finance reports.

McIntyre, the 7th district congressman who survived a very close election last time had $383,067 on hand in his campaign kitty as of June 30th, while Rouzer, a former state senator, had $168,269 on hand.

Most of McIntyre's money($274,028) was raised from political action committees.

The Rouzer campaign noted that it out raised McIntyre in individual donations $112,819 to $78,520 during the second quarter.

Morning Memo: McCrory's approval rating sinks, questions remain in tax deal

ALERT: McCRORY'S APPROVAL RATING TUMBLES: For the first time in his term, more voters disapprove of Gov. Pat McCrory than support him, according to the latest Public Policy Polling survey. The Democratic firm found 40 percent approve of the job McCrory is doing and 49 percent disapprove. It's a significant shift from a month ago when PPP put the Republican governor's approval rating at 45 percent with 39 percent disapproval. (Read more on Dome later this morning.)

REPUBLICANS RALLY TO THANK LAWMAKERS: Moral Monday protesters aren’t the only ones rallying on Halifax Mall this week. The N.C. Republican Party has asked conservatives to gather at 5 p.m. Tuesday for “Thankful Tuesday,” a meeting planned by a coalition of groups to thank legislators for their work. The event will also allow for networking between Republicans and supporters. It isn’t a counter-protest to Moral Mondays, the left-leaning demonstrations that have garnered national attention for the past 10 weeks, said Mike Rusher, the state GOP’s chief of staff. “We want to tell our state legislators that we’re basically proud of what they’re doing,” said Joe Taylor, a member of the Moccasin Creek Minutemen, a conservative group that is helping to host the event. “They catch a lot of grief on Monday.” Read more here.

***In the Dome Morning Memo below: three big questions for the tax deal, an unusual new name for House Speaker Thom Tillis and more North Carolina political news.***

Rouzer raising money at D.C. lobbying firm

UPDATED: Former state Sen. David Rouzer is hitting the donor circuit again in his second bid for Congress.

Rouzer traveled to Washington for a fundraiser Wednesday featuring Republican Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California and the GOP members of the N.C. congressional delegation, according to an invite.

The noon fundraiser is at the offices of lobbying firm Meyers & Associates. It costs hosts $2,500 to attend with the minimum contribution at $250. A Rouzer spokesman said the space is being rented from the lobbying firm by the campaign.

Rouzer is trying again to beat Democratic Congressman Mike McIntyre. He narrowly lost in the 2012 election and announced a second bid just a few months later.

Morning Memo: Controversial bills bubble up, Wos again in the spotlight

TODAY AT THE STATEHOUSE: As the final two days of the self-imposed crossover deadline begin, it's crunch time. You can tell from the lobbyists working the halls, either trying to get a bill to move or asking committee chairman to "pray on it" for a little while longer. And the controversial bills are coming the surface. A House committee will consider a bill to extend "protections of conscience" to more medical professionals and cover more things, such as providing contraception. In the same committee, another measure dubbed the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" is sure to recall attempts earlier this session to declare the state's ability to establish an official religion.

The full House - which convenes near 2 p.m. -- will also consider a bill to soften rules on where local governments must post public notices. A controversial amendment would tell newspapers how much they could charge for such advertisements. The Senate this afternoon will consider measures to amend environmental regulations and repeal local smoking bans. Gov. Pat McCrory is spending another day in New Orleans at a Republican Governor's Association event.

WOS ROADSHOW CONTINUES: A week after a major gaffe by Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos, her statewide tour to tout Medicaid reforms continues. She visits Durham on Wednesday where she will encounter members of the Medical Professionals for Expanded Health Access who expect to question her about the state's decision to reject a Medicaid expansion. Wos blamed Democratic Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin for the decision -- even though it was ultimately made by her boss, Gov. Pat McCrory. The event starts at 4 p.m.

***Thanks for reading the Dome Morning Memo -- a roundup of North Carolina political news and notes. Send tips to dome@newsobserver.com.***

McIntyre is a national GOP target

In case there was any doubt — and there shouldn't be any at this point — Republicans have painted a really big target on the back of Democratic Congressman Mike McIntyre's back.

McIntyre, the 7th district lawmaker from Lumberton, barely survived a GOP challenged last year in his newly drawn district.

The National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee has now put McIntyre in its Red Zone, a program with a team of political operatives dedicated to defeating certain Democrats.

There are seven Democrats slated for special attention in the Red Zone program: McIntyre, John Barrow of Georgia, Jim Matheson of Utah, Ann Kirkpatrick and Ron Barber of Arizona, Nick Rahall of West Virginia and Collin Peterson of Minnesota.

UPDATE The McIntyre campaign responded with a statement: "Last fall's election is over, and it is time to work together to create jobs and take care of the needs of our area. People are sick of the negativism and distortions that this Washington political group promotes. Congressman McIntyre will continue to do the job he was elected to do and is grateful for the Republicans, Democrats, and Independents who worked together to support him."

How Ellmers, Jones, Holding, McIntyre are doing with their fund raising

U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers of Dunn, a potential U.S. Senate candidate next year, has not yet begun cranking up her money-raising operation.

She raised $97,797 in political contributions during the first quarter of the year, according to federal campaign reports. She had $133,586 on hand at the end of March. That is fine for a congresswoman seeking re-election, but not the kind of money associated with a Senate race.

Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan raised $1.6 million during the first quarter and had $2.7 million on hand at the end of the reporting period.

Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre of Lumberton, who will likely face another tough re-election effort again next year, raised $118,779 in the first quarter and had $181,672 cash on hand.

Rouzer enters 7th district House race again

Former State Sen. David Rouzer formally declared his candidacy Tuesday for Congress, seeking a rematch with Democratic Congressman Mike McIntyre. Rouzer lost one of the closest races in the country to McIntyre last November, losing by 654 votes.

"I will fight to cut Washington's wasteful spending habits, work to get the government off of the backs of entrepreneurs and small business owners and get our national debt under control so that every individual has the opportunity to be prosperous and achieve the American dream," he said in a statement in Wilmington.

Bob Rosser and Brock McCleary will serve as general counsels for his campaign. Rosser is a veteran North Carolina consultant. McCleary was a senior strategist with the National Republican Congressional Committee during the past two election cycles.

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