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STUMPING FOR CLINTON, OBAMA WILL URGE SUPPORTERS TO GET OUT THE VOTE (New York Times) -- Neither the Hillary Clinton campaign nor the White House has announced any more appearances, in part because they want to be able to send President Barack Obama where they think they need him most. But his visits are likely to be concentrated in North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Nevada and Iowa, campaign officials said. Mr. Obama will generally campaign without Mrs. Clinton.

MCCRORY’S STATURE DEFLATING (Winston-Salem Journal) -- House Bill 2 continues to be a problem for Gov. Pat McCrory, this time leading to his inclusion on a list of the “50 least powerful people in the world.” Research-firm 24/7 Wall St. said Tuesday the list represents “50 well-known individuals around the world who have recently experienced a precipitous loss in stature.”

N.C. GOP ACCUSED OF DODGING ORDER TO FIX ELECTION RULES (New York Times) -— Critics are accusing some of county boards of elections, all controlled by Republicans, of staging an end run around a federal court of appeals ruling they are supposed to carry out. Like the law that was struck down, say voting rights advocacy groups and some Democrats who are contesting the rewritten election plans, many election plans have been intentionally written to suppress the black vote.

NC HOUSE GOP SELECTS NEW MAJORITY LEADER (Raleigh News & Observer) -- The North Carolina state House Republican Caucus on Tuesday elected Rep. John Bell IV of Goldsboro as its new majority leader and Rep. Dean Arp of Monroe as the majority whip. Rep. Pat McElraft of Emerald Isle was appointed as deputy whip.

HEARING TONIGHT WEIGHS DUKE ENERGY'S COAL ASH PLAN (Greensboro News & Record) -- State environmental officials will hold a hearing this evening on a proposed permit to enable Duke Energy to drain and excavate the coal ash ponds that triggered the retired Dan River Steam Station’s infamous 2014 spill. The hearing begins at 6 p.m. in Eden City Hall.

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