- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Democrats at the General Assembly are trying to get out of the blocks quickly this year as lawmakers emphasize the economy and job creation.

More than two dozen House and Senate members from the legislature’s minority party attended Wednesday what was called a “Job Growth Forum” in Raleigh. They heard from representatives of retailers, big-city mayors, minority economic development organizations and the Durham Chamber of Commerce.

Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue says the event begins a listening tour to receive local feedback.

A dozen Democrats also have announced they’ve created the “NC Main Street Democrat Caucus,” led by Rep. Ken Goodman of Rockingham. Another member said the effort is designed to reverse the trend of losing moderate pro-business Democrats. The caucus also plans a campaign arm to help candidates.

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