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Morning Memo: 'Gov. Pay Raise', Sen. Hartsell face tough questions

GOV. PAY RAISE: The salary hikes Gov. Pay McCrory gave to his cabinet are stricking a chord. From N&O columnist Barry Saunders: If you saw our new governor live or on television banging away on a drum set with a band at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre last week, you already know Ringo has nothing to worry about.

For further evidence that the governor is tone deaf, all you had to do was read the newspaper the next day and see that Gov. Pat, henceforth known as Gov. Pay Raise, McCrory bestowed sizable raises on the people closest to him while sprinkling a pittance upon those outside his inner circle – you know, the ones who do the actual work.

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AHEAD THIS WEEK: The UNC system committee considering a new five-year plan meets Monday. The NAACP holds is own legislative briefing -- sure to be much different from the one Republicans will hold -- Tuesday to talk about poverty and economic justice.

Finding green on 'scorched earth'?

Beverly Perdue hopes to raise some green off of "scorched earth."

The lieutenant governor's campaign for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination has sent out an e-mail trying to raise money to fight state Treasurer Richard Moore's recent attacks on her record.

In recent weeks, Moore's campaign has gone on the offense over Perdue's resume, an endorsement from the N.C. Association of Educators and transportation funding. (He's also gone after her pro-choice credentials, though the e-mail doesn't mention it.)

In the e-mail, Campaign Manager Zach Ambrose says he's out of line:

It's sad that Richard Moore thinks that this is the only way he can win. We will not sit back and let him get away with it. More importantly, North Carolina's Democrats won't let that kind of smear campaign work in a Democratic primary.

He also asks for $50, $250 or $500 contributions.

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