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Morning Roundup: Democrats focus on McCrory, not each other

Three Democratic candidates for governor came into Republican Pat McCrory’s backyard Saturday and bashed the likely GOP nominee, and what one called the “radical social agenda” of Republican lawmakers.

Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, former U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge and state Rep. Bill Faison spoke to nearly 200 members of the Young Democrats of North Carolina at their state convention at the Blake Hotel. They did little to differentiate themselves but kept the focus on the likely Republican nominee instead. Read full story here

In other news:

--Tens of thousands of North Carolina businesses are putting their employees at risk by failing to buy workers’ compensation insurance, a violation of the law that’s driving some injured workers to destitution and businesses into bankruptcy.

Though the state has the power to crack down on these businesses, it doesn’t act until a worker is hurt and left without a paycheck and with mounting medical bills. The state Industrial Commission rarely enforces penalties, and efforts to collect money for health care can drag on for years. Read the full investigation here.

-In his column, Rob Christensen recounts Charles Brantley Aycock roles in North Carolina politics. Read here

--The complexity of the marriage amendment could reach beyond outlawing same-sex marriage and civil unions. Read here

--POLITICO is teaming up with The Charlotte Observer to jointly produce a daily newspaper for the Democratic National Convention in September. A special edition of the Observer will be co-branded and distributed at key locations and convention venues in Charlotte, N.C. The coverage will feature reporting from journalists of both news organizations. More details here.

--Republican Robert Pittenger Friday launched the first attack of the 9th District congressional primary with a TV ad aimed at rival Republican Jim Pendergraph. The ad calls Pendergraph “a lifelong Democrat” and accuses him of taking “a secret, taxpayer-funded bonus” as Mecklenburg County sheriff. The two are among 10 Republican candidates running in the May 8 primary for the seat being vacated by longtime U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick. Jim Morrill's story here.


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Easley-Perdue-??????

Are the Dems ever going to take  on each other or will the voters just select a Perdue surrogate?   The primary is just around the corner and the Dems seem to be treading water.

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