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Kay Hagan cries foul at campaign tactics that her allies use

Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan's campaign is complaining about dirty campaign tricks even as her allies are doing similar things to her Republican opponent in Raleigh.

A opposition researcher from a firm called America Rising came to the North Carolina freshman senator's open office hours Wednesday armed with a video camera, reports BuzzFeed. The tracker asked Hagan for her opinion on Gov. Pat McCrory's budget proposal. Such a move apparently breaks the unwritten rule of no tracking in the halls of Congress.

From BuzzFeed: “[It’s] really over the top and beyond the traditional boundaries,” said Sadie Weiner, Hagan’s communications director. The Carolina Coffee session is a nonpartisan event, and Weiner said the presence of a political tracker “is disrespectful to the constituents who don’t expect to be filmed and caught in political crossfire when they come to meet with their senator.”

Hagan names new staffers with deep political experience

Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan has hired Lindsay Siler, the state director of President Obama's re-election campaign, to be a senior advisor on her staff.

Siler, who will be based in Raleigh, will oversee constituent outreach and engagement. Hagan, who faces a potentially difficult re-election fight in 2014, is bringing on her staff someone with extensive political experience.

Morning Memo: New analysis shows voter ID may impact nearly 1 in 10 voters

VOTER ID BILL COULD AFFECT 613,000 N.C. VOTERS. A Dome Morning Memo exclusive: A new report from the State Board of Elections found as many as 613,000 voters, or 9.25 percent of the North Carolina's voters, may not have a state issued driver's licensed or identification card -- raising the stakes ahead of Republican efforts to push for voter ID legislation in the upcoming session.

The new analysis, which compared Division of Motor Vehicles records to state voter lists, discovered that 53 percent of the voters in question are Democrats and a quarter are over age 65. A disproportionate share -- about 30 percent -- are black.

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