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Morning Memo: McCrory to White House; more details from strategy memo

MEMO STIRS THE N.C. POLITICAL POT: The political strategy memo from a cadre of groups aligned with Democratic causes is getting a good bit of attention for its tactics. One overlooked in all the coverage: a staff of video trackers to follow the every move of the "targets" (Pat McCrory, Thom Tillis, Phil Berger) and hiring private investigators.

McCRORY VISITING THE WHITE HOUSE: Pat McCrory is visiting Washington Friday through Monday for a series of meetings with the National Governors Association and Republican Governors Association. On Sunday, along with all governors, he will dine at the White House with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, followed by a meeting at the White House the next morning with the president.

***Thanks for reading the Dome Morning Memo -- more N.C. political news and analysis below, including more details from the anti-Republican strategy memo.

School tasers idea floated

One state legislator is interested in coming up with a bill that would allow trained teachers and administrators to use tasers to thwart school violence, the news@norman website reports.

Rep. Jason Saine, a Republican from Lincolnton, made the remarks at a meeting of school and county officials on Monday, according to the website, which is the online version of community newspapers in the Denver and Lake Norman areas.

Saine said he has asked the research and bill-drafting staffs to look into it, and said he will be talking to the state Department of Public Instruction for its input.

“This bill could potentially allow for something reasonable that bridges the gap between leaving our school teachers and their students totally helpless in these situations versus full on armed weaponry in a classroom,” Saine said.

State lawmaker involved in small-town media spat

This morning's Charlotte Observer details a fascinating media spat in small-town Lincolnton that involves state Rep. Jason Saine.

Saine, a Republican, is a new media consultant who also runs the Lincoln Tribune, an online newspaper. The local publisher of the Lincoln Times-News, the 8,000-circulation tri-weekly, is crying foul and leveling ethical charges, which Saine denies. Take a read here.

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