House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger, both Republicans who are weighing U.S. Senate bids, are not well-known among potential voters.
There are some political insiders speculating that state Sen. Phil Berger's television spot on voter ID has less to do with his own political ambitions than another Congressional race involving a politician by the same name.
The new ad spurs renewed speculation about a possible U.S. Senate run, but the actual reach of the spot is smaller than first reported.
Tracy Kimbrell will leave the Senate President Pro Tem's office to become a partner and co-chair of Parker Poe's government relations and lobbying team.
New state computer systems designed to handle benefits payments to individuals and service payments to doctors have experienced problems. Top lawmakers say their oversight committees will keep tabs on their progress.