afl-cio1• Democratic candidates and unions are inseparable on the campaign trail, as Sen. Kay Hagan and “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken show: “Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and congressional candidate Clay Aiken are among the scheduled speakers at the annual convention of the state AFL-CIO in Raleigh. Almost 200 delegates are expected to attend the convention, which will be held Thursday and Friday. Other speakers include national AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre, Raleigh City Council member Mary Ann Baldwin and state Sen. Josh Stein.” Hagan is facing Thom Tillis in the U.S. Senate race and Aiken is facing U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers in the N.C. 2nd District congressional race.

• From the It’s Good To Have Enemies Like This file, foul-mouthed, atheist leftist TV talk host Bill Maher has targeted U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers in his “Flip a District” campaign, in which his viewers were asked to nominate which districts needed to be flipped. “In North Carolina, the Maher brigades nominated Renee Ellmers, famous for voting for last year’s government shutdown.”

• David Rouzer, Republican nominee in N.C.’s 7th Congressional District, has been on the money trail in Wrightsville Beach. “A Sept. 10 fundraiser for David Rouzer, Republican candidate for North Carolina’s 7th congressional district, at Mayor Bill Blair’s home in Wrightsville Beach raked in close to $30,000. Blair said he hosted the event to provide a platform for Wrightsville Beach residents to meet Rouzer and hear about his campaign after recognizing his dedication to important coastal issues like beach renourishment. A crowd of 30-40 islanders, including Mayor Pro Tem Darryl Mills and Alderman Hank Miller, attended.” Rouzer faces Democrat Jonathan Barfield, Jr., a New Hanover County Commissioner, for the 7th district seat.