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Zeb Alley, former state senator and longtime lobbyist, dies

Zeb Alley, a former state senator and later the state's most powerful lobbyist, died Thursday. He was 84.

House Speaker Thom Tillis announced the news, saying Alley died shortly after 9 a.m. He did not disclose a cause of death. The Senate adjourned Thursday in his memory.

Alley spent more than four decades working the halls at the statehouse in Raleigh, beginning with his election to the state Senate in 1970. He worked until his death as a lobbyist for Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, though his practice was much less robust in recent years.

A prominent Democrat, Alley served one term before becoming commissioner of the N.C. Courts Commission. He later served as a member of the N.C. Board of Alochol Control for three years until becoming then-Gov. Jim Hunt's lobbyist in 1980.

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.

Bill Brooks to step down as head of N.C. Family Policy Council

Bill Brooks, the president and executive director of the N.C. Family Policy Council is leaving the organization later this year.

Brooks spent 20 years at the nonprofit organization, a leading social conservative voice in state politics, starting as a consultant in 1993 before he was named president in 1994. He took the helm at the N.C. Family Action in 2007, the organization's 501(c)4 political arm.

In an interview, Brooks said he is leaving on his own accord but doesn't have a new job lined up. He anticipates leaving sometime after July when a new director takes over. His first order of business is an extended vacation, he said.

Personnel file: Kevin Leonard promoted at county commissioners association

Kevin Leonard, lobbyist for the N.C. Association of County Commissioners, was promoted to deputy director. 

Leonard, who been with the association since 2009, worked for Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice and for the state Department of Labor as a lobbyist. Leonard will share the deputy director title with Patrice Roesler. 

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