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McCrory to Obama: thanks for dinner, no thanks on drilling

Gov. Pat McCrory used his few minutes of air time this morning on Fox & Friends to criticize President Barack Obama for not giving him and the governors of South Carolina and Virginia the go-ahead for off-shore drilling.

McCrory to meet with governors of Va and SC on offshore drilling

Gov. Pat McCrory said he plans to go Washington next week to meet with the governors of Virginia and South Carolina to discuss forming an Outer Continental Shelf coalition to discuss off shore drilling for oil and gas.

McCrory said he plans to meet with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and South Carolina Nikki Haley to discuss such issues as revenue sharing agreements with the federal government for future drilling rights.

“North Carolina has to get into the energy business,” McCrory told the Emerging Issues Forum in downtown Raleigh on Tuesday. “We are going to do it safely. We are going to get into it in an environmentally sound way.''

“We can either sit on the sidelines like the governors of the past 10 years or take proactive measures and get North Carolina in the energy business,” he said.

Virginia governor to attend Saturday's inaugural

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will attend the inauguration of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on Saturday. McDonnell was chairman of the Republican Governors Association, which helped McCrory in his campaign last year.

Dalton files complaint against McCrory; Republican rejects 'desperate' charges

Democrat Walter Dalton's campaign filed a campaign finance complaint Wednesday alleging Pat McCrory didn't properly pay for campaign flights and whether it amounted to an illegal corporate contribution.

The Republican's campaign outright rejected the claims and provided documentation that it believes supports its claim. State elections chief Gary Bartlett said his agency received the complaint but the agency doesn't have time to investigate until after next week's election.

The Dalton complaint focuses on private flights for South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to North Carolina for separate McCrory campaign events. 

NC becoming audition stage for veep

North Carolina has become an audition stage for potential vice presidential contenders, Reid Wilson of The National Journal writes.

It notes that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell have been in the state in May for the Republican Governors Association – and also to stump for GOP gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory.

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty have stumped for Gov Mitt Romney. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio is tentatively scheduled to campaign for Romney in Winston-Salem on Friday.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will be in Raleigh at Quail Ridge Books on July 5th to promote his autobiography.
    That is pretty much the A-list of veep candidates that are being mentioned as Romney running mates. The only possible missing candidate, is Sen. John Thune of South Dakota. If he shows up in the state, it may mean his name is moving up the list.

(Some long-shot names have also been here including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Chris Christie.) And whatever happened to the long-shot talk about North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr.

Virginia governor to stump for McCrory on Thursday

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will stump for GOP gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory in Charlotte on Thursday, touring a Coca-Cola bottling facility.

McDonnell is chairman of the Republican Governors Association which began a $865,000 TV ad campaign on Tuesday tying Democrat Walter Dalton to Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue.

He is the latest in a string of Republican governors who have visited North Carolina to help McCrory's campaign including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

After Confederacy flap, McDonnell heads south

The Wake County GOP, fresh off a school board election victory that touches on sensitive racial issues, is bringing in a political figure involved in a Confederacy flap to help them raise money.

The headliner at a Wake GOP fund raiser Saturday night is Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who is scheduled to speak at a dinner at the State Fairgrounds, Rob Christensen reports. McDonnell, a Republican who was elected last November, made headlines in recent weeks when he declared Confederate History Month in Virginia without mentioning slavery.

That drew so much criticism that McDonnell issued a statement saying "the failure to include any reference to to slavery was a mistake, and for that I apologize to any fellow Virginian who has been offended or disappointed."

The Wake County Republican Party played a major role in the election of a new majority of the Wake County school board last fall. The new board has adopted a reassignment plan that emphasizes neighborhood schools over busing to achieve racial or economic diversity. Critics have said it will lead to resegregation of the schools.

The 7 p.m. dinner is designed to raise money for the county party. Tickets cost $100 per person, $180 per couple, with special sponsorships ranging up to $1,000.

Road trip

Young Republicans in North Carolina are heading north of the border this weekend to volunteer in the Virginia governor's race, Rob Christensen reports.

Polls show Republican Bob McDonnell leading Democrat Creigh Deeds.

"The outcome of the elections in Virginia could set the tone for what happens in North Carolina in 2010; similar to the 1993-94 election cycles," said Jonathan Brady, chairman of the N.C. Young Republicans. "If won by Republicans, these races could spark a much needed fire in individuals to get out and work for Republican candidates here in North Carolina."

The two-day trip is being paid for by the Young Republican National Federation and the Virginia Victory program.

Perdue headlining Deeds fundraiser

Gov. Beverly Perdue is scheduled to speak at a fundraiser for Virginia State Sen. Creigh Deeds, the Democratic nominee for governor in the Old Dominion, on Oct. 1.

The event is at the Capital City Club has a suggested minimum contribution of $500 and an A-list of hosts that includes former Gov. Jim Hunt, Democratic organizer and fundraiser Bruce Thompson, uberfundraiser Peter Reichard and Ruffin Poole, lawyer and former aide to Gov. Mike Easley. Poole most recently made the news when a federal grand jury investigating issues surrounding Easley asked for volumes of communication between the Department of Motor Vehicles and a handful of then-Easley aides, including Poole.

Deeds had been trailing behind the Republican nominee, former Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell. But McDonnell has been on defense since a recent Washington Post report by N&O alum Amy Gardner highlighted his graduate school thesis while at CBN (now Regent) University, founded by televangelist Pat Robertson. The thesis, among other arguments, characterized working women and feminists as "detrimental to the family." The thesis was written in 1989, but the Post chronicled how McDonnell has pursued 10 of the policy goals articulated in the paper during his 14-year public career. 

McCain runs Google ad for Burr

Sen. John McCain's PAC is running a Google ad using Sen. Richard Burr's name.

The ad shows up on Google searches for "Richard Burr." It reads:

Richard Burr NC Senator
Join John McCain's Country First
To Support Candidates Like Burr!

The link goes to a page where McCain notes candidates he is currently supporting: Chris Christie for New Jersey governor, Bob McDonnell for Virginia governor, Henry McMaster for South Carolina attorney general, Rob Portman for Ohio senator, Vaughn Ward for Idaho Congress member, Meg Whitman for California governor, and Burr. 

Burr is friends with McCain and campaigned for him in 2008. 

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