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Morning Memo: No guns, but likely abortion legislation this session

GUN AGENDA NOT ON N.C. GOP LAWMAKERS' AGENDA: President Barack Obama may have pledged one of the most aggressive gun-control plans in decades last week, but don’t expect North Carolina to follow suit anytime soon.

Some state lawmakers said they planned to take a more cautious approach to gun-control legislation than Obama – if they make any changes at all. Jordan Shaw, spokesman for N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, said “at this point, it’s probably unlikely that you’ll see any substantive changes in gun laws in the state.”

***This is the Dome Morning Memo -- a tipsheet for North Carolina politics. Read below to catch up on political news from over the holiday weekend.

Bert Jones, one-time independent, to seek No. 2 House post

State Rep. Bert Jones, a Rockingham Republican, announced Thursday he would seek the No. 2 post in the House, making it a three-way race.

Jones, 50, was first elected as an independent in 2010 and chose to caucus with Republicans. He ran for re-election this year as a Republican. He is competing for speaker pro tem against two veterans -- House GOP leader Paul "Skip" Stam and committee chairwoman Julia Howard -- but says his relative inexperience is an asset.

House GOP leader Skip Stam in line to become speaker pro tem

UPDATED: House Majority Leader Paul "Skip" Stam is poised to become Speaker Pro Tem.

Stam, an Apex Republican, said after six years as the chamber's GOP leader it's time to shift positions. "I believe in term limits at the leadership level and I want to set a good example," he said in an interview Wednesday.

The move would set him up for a potential run for House Speaker in 2014, when House Speaker Thom Tillis plans to step down as part of self-imposed term limits. Stam declined to discuss whether he would run again. (He lost to Tillis in 2010.) "I may run in two years but I'm not spending one second on that for the next long period of time," he said. 

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