Who will replace Rep. Cary Allred in the House?
So far, several people have expressed interest in the job, according to Alamance County Republican Party head Robert Simpson.
The most notable are County Commissioner Dan Ingle and former state Sen. Hugh Webster.
Also considering the post are attorney Keith Whited of Burlington, retired banker Steve Carter of Burlington and postal worker Kenneth Kruger of Graham.
Former secretary of state candidate Jack Sawyer was interested, but he does not live in the district, and Alamance GOP Vice Chairman Dennis Riddell took himself out of the running.
The party's 25-member executive committee will meet June 11 at the Alamance County Courthouse to choose among the candidates. Gov. Beverly Perdue will then officially appoint the committee's selection.
Allred resigned effective on Monday, ending an ethics investigation into allegations of drunken and inappropriate behavior during a legislative session in April.
Comparing war chests
U.S. Sen. Richard Burr had $1.6million in cash at the end of March.
The Winston-Salem Republican raised $702,600 during the first quarter of this year and spent $110,712, according to campaign finance reports.
Here's how some of his potential competitors stack up:
Rep. Heath Shuler: $1.1 million
Rep. Bob Etheridge: $772,489
Rep. Mike McIntyre: $633,090
State Sen. Malcolm Graham: $46,841
State Sen. Dan Blue: $44,824
Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton: $32,305
Cal Cunningham: $8,567*
Kenneth Lewis: n/a
* Campaign account closed in 2007.
Only the three members of Congress could transfer their cash on hand to a Senate race.
Who's in that car?
Who gets a special license plate?
Under state law, statewide elected officials and appointees get special low-numbered license plates for their cars. The plates break down into several categories, based on their numbers:
1-14: Governor, lieutenant governor, House speaker, Senate president pro tem, members of the Council of State.
15-23: Members of the governor's Cabinet.
24-29: Members of the governor's staff.
30-107: Chairs and presidents of various state boards, deputy and assistant state officials.
108-200: State board members, commission members and employees not otherwise designated.
A separate law grants legislators separate plates with the words "Senate" or "House" and their seat number, and another law grants state judges their own plates. Members of Congress and state Department of Transportation officials also have plates.
Bill drafting director Gerry Cohen said the provisions date to 1975, although special plates of some sort were given out as early as 1937.
A former staffer for former GOP Sen. Elizabeth Dole's re-election campaign plans to launch a new Web site to track U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, the Democrat who defeated Dole in November.
Matthew Bales, 24, has worked five months to develop his site, www.kayhagantracker.com. He says it will go live Wednesday and will feature Hagan's legislation, her positions on issues and her voting record.
Bales said he will hold Hagan accountable when she doesn't live up to her pledges and congratulate her when she does. He sees his site as a resource for constituents.
"I'm not trying to be a bad guy," Bales said. "It's not a partisan issue; it's an accountability issue."
Bales isn't creating a similar site for Burr, the Republican.
Bales said he was in college when Burr was elected and hasn't been as politically involved over the first years of Burr's term, and that he doesn't have the time to do a second site.
He might consider a site for the winner of the 2010 Senate race, he said.
Hagan spokesman Dave Hoffman said the office has tried to respond to Bales' requests.
"Senator Hagan got thousands of votes in North Carolina from Democrats and Republicans alike who saw the work she'd done in the state Senate and the pragmatic ideas she put forward in the campaign," Hoffman said. "I hope North Carolinians find his efforts helpful."
By staff writer Ryan Teague Beckwith and Washington correspondent Barbara Barrett.
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