Gov. Bev Perdue is hosting a policy meeting assembled by the nation's Democratic governors that's also expected to raise big money for their party's candidates this November.
The Democratic Governors Association starts a two-day regional policy conference on education, technology and health care on Thursday in Charlotte, AP reports. The two-day event also is expected to bring in $2 million for the group. The association can receive unlimited contributions from corporations and other groups.
In other political headlines:
--It’s a busy election year with lots of primary races, and in some places, lots of candidates. Some voters have so many choices that their ballots have races on both front and back.
--Two competing story lines define the Democratic race for lieutenant governor between Linda Coleman and state Sen. Eric Mansfield: who's the real Democrat and insider-verses-outsider.
--In the John Edwards trial, Andrew Young admits to spending the hush money himself.
--The AP reports that protesters at the national party conventions could be armed -- with organizers hamstrung by state laws to prevent guns.
--A state Senate candidates says a cable TV company won't run her ad titled "Just like Obama," which is critical of her opponent.
--Republican Scott Keadle has received nearly $400,000 from Club for Growth in the 8th District congressional race.
--The state attorney general's office told lawmakers Thursday that tracking leases could imperil some homeowners mortgages.