Dispatches from the campaign trail, March 31, 2014

• An anti-Obamacare Super PAC “Our America” is posting billboards targeting U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and other vulnerable Democratic senators seeking re-election. The billboards highlight the pledge made before the Affordable Care Act passed — if you like your doctor/health plan, you can keep it — made by President Obama and numerous Democratic elected officials, including Hagan.

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• U.S. Reps. Renee Ellmers of the 2nd Congressional District and George Holding of the 13th will be among the speakers featured at the Wake County Republican Party’s convention tonight at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

• A variety of “meet and greet” events are scheduled in Onslow and Pender counties this week. Democrats will have a chance to meet candidates at two events Tuesday and Taylor Griffin, a Republican who’s challenging incumbent Rep. Walter Jones for the 3rd Congressional District nomination, will appear Wednesday in Onslow County at a Tea Party Patriots gathering.

• Roll Call profiles the 3rd District GOP primary, where incumbent Jones — with little campaign cash in the bank — faces Griffin, a young challenger who has less money on hand but the backing of a Super PAC funded by TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts and Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson.

• A Greensboro News & Record story notes that the growing percentage of unaffiliated voters in North Carolina can make it tricky for the political parties to muster get-out-the-vote efforts, particularly in off-year elections like this one.

• An Associated Press feature reports on how GOP control of the General Assembly drove the shift in electoral maps through redistricting.

• The archives of a website featuring plenty of conspiracy theories that was formerly run by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Greg Brannon has mysteriously disappeared from the Web, Buzzfeed reports.

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