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lbonner@newsobserver.com rchristensen@newsobserver.comSeptember 17, 2013 

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Speaker of the N.C. House Thom Tillis shakes hands with other Representatives after the House completed its final business and adjourned, ending the legislative session at the Legislative Bldg. in Raleigh, NC on July 26, 2013.

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N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis will be getting some attention in D.C. over the next few weeks.

On Sept. 24, he’ll be the beneficiary of a fundraiser headlined by U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, according to The Hill, a newspaper that publishes daily when Congress is in session.

The paper reports Republican Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and John Barrasso of Wyoming will also attend, which it says is a sign that establishment Republicans are rallying around Tillis.

Tillis will be back in Washington on Oct. 3 for a reception showcasing Republican Senate candidates that is being hosted by American Crossroads Summit, the super PAC formed by Karl Rove, the former chief strategist for former President George W. Bush.

Tillis is listed along with other “top 2014 Senate candidates” such as Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Tom Cotton of Arkansas. The event will be at the House of Sweden, which houses the embassies of Sweden and Iceland as well as conference spaces. He is also scheduled to attend a cocktail reception with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.

American Crossroads spent about $105 million in independent expenditures in the 2012 election and Crossroads GPS spent $70.8 million.

Tillis is one of several Republicans seeking to unseat Democratic incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan next year.

Preview of 2014 session

The list of bills that made crossover has been posted on the General Assembly’s website, giving at least a partial preview of the 2014 session, reports Patrick Gannon of The Insider.

The roughly 120 crossover bills are eligible for consideration when the lawmakers reconvene in May. The list includes the bill to ban tanning beds for users younger than 18, gun bills and campaign finance-related measures. Also eligible are budget bills, local bills, appointment bills, pension or retirement bills, redistricting bills and election law bills, and proposed constitutional amendments that didn’t pass a chamber in 2013.

Of about two-dozen proposed constitutional amendments introduced in the House or Senate during 2013, only one made it all the way through the legislative process and was signed by the governor. That amendment, which will be put to the voters in November 2014, would allow anyone accused of a crime – other than a death penalty case – in Superior Court to request that their right to a jury trial be waived and have their case heard by a judge instead.

Three others passed the House but weren’t heard in Senate: measures to remove the obsolete literacy test as a voter requirement, to limit the House speaker and Senate president to two General Assemblies and to prohibit private property from being taken by eminent domain except for a public use.

Black Caucus holding town halls

The N.C. Legislative Black Caucus is holding a series of town hall meetings called the What’s Up Tour: Taking Back Our State.

Lawmakers will talk about legislation affecting families, education, health care and voting rights. The Black Caucus, which has all Democratic members, didn’t like much of what the GOP-led legislature did this year.

The tour started Monday in Lumberton and will hit eight more cities. The Raleigh Town Hall is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Martin Street Baptist Church.

Staff writers Lynn Bonner and Rob Christensen.

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