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McCrory to join other GOP governors in Aspen next week

Gov. Pat McCrory is scheduled to attend a forum with other Republican governors next week in Aspen, Colo.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are all expected to attend. The Aspen Institute's event July 25 is titled "What's working at the state level?"

The first thing McCrory will have to tell the crowd is what state he governs. The program lists him as the governor of South Carolina -- a slip that will delight Democrats who contend McCrory and GOP legislative leaders are transforming the state into its more conservatively strident southern neighbor.

Four N.C. Republicans vote against aid for Superstorm Sandy victims

UPDATED:Four N.C. Republicans in Congress voted against providing $9.7 billion in aid to victims of Superstorm Sandy, including two new freshmen.

The lawmakers who voted against: Virginia Foxx of Banner Elk, Mark Meadows of Hendersonville, George Holding of Raleigh and Richard Hudson of Charlotte.

The three GOPers didn't immediately explain their votes -- part of a group of 67 Republicans who voted against the aid requested by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican Party star. The vote: 354-67.

In today's paper, Holding describes his main priority is to limit spending. Meadows is already being attacked by Democrats as a card-carrying tea partier. And Foxx is known for her uber-conservative stances.

Everything that happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas

Gov.-elect Pat McCrory and N.J. Gov. Chris Christie shared a tender moment last week at the Republican Governors conference in Las Vegas, according to a story in today's New York Times.

Chris Christie says McCrory win is a silver lining to election

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie described Pat McCrory's victory as a silver lining to last week's election.

From The Record: “The only bit of good news for the Republican Party on Tuesday night was provided by the governors,” Christie told the newspaper Monday. “We didn’t lose any incumbents, any incumbent governors and we added Pat McCrory in North Carolina – first time in 24 years North Carolina has had a Republican governor. So we’re not at 30 out of 50, that’s the highest for either party in a very long time. So I’m really pleased that Pat won.”

Morning Roundup: Election officials seeing more voting complaints this year

After two weeks of early voting, there have been almost daily complaints about intimidation, aggressive campaigning and attempts to misinform voters.

While every presidential election has its share of discord, State Elections director Gary Bartlett said long lines and partisan tensions have led to an increased number of complaints to his office and to county election officials. Election officials are spending much of their debunking rumors. Full story here.

More political headlines:

--Democratic lawmaker Martha Alexander's race has become a magnet for money – not only from the Republican Party, but from outside groups. Now, it’s one of Mecklenburg’s two contested House races and one of about a dozen in the state that Republicans are targeting – and bankrolling – in hopes of increasing their House majority.

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. 

Morning Roundup: Candidates rhetoric in governor's race intensifies

Saying “there’s no more important governor’s race in the America,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie touted fellow Republican Pat McCrory and bashed his opponent Thursday at a rally. Christie joined McCrory in front of around 250 people at Catawba College, McCrory’s alma mater.

The visit underscores the GOP investment in the North Carolina race. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley also are expected to campaign with McCrory in coming weeks. Read full story.

More political headlines:

--Democratic gubernatorial candidate Walter Dalton sharply escalated criticism of his Republican opponent, Pat McCrory, on Thursday, portraying him as beholden to special interests, against public schools and likely to target state workers.

--Charlotte’s host committee paid for one of the biggest Democratic convention expenses – $5 million for use of Time Warner Cable Arena – from a fund that accepted cash from corporations, even though President Barack Obama had instructed convention organizers to not use business money for the actual convention.

Leaked memo: McCrory camp tells Chris Christie to dodge tax returns question

So what does a candidate give a Big Name surrogate who comes to town to campaign for him? How about a crash course on his campaign? That's what Pat McCrory's campaign is doing for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Christie, fresh off his star turn as keynoter at the Republican convention, comes to the Charlotte area Thursday for a pair of events. He'll headline an afternoon rally in Salisbury and attend a Charlotte fundraiser for McCrory that night. (See memo below.)

Christie campaigns for McCrory in Charlotte next month

 New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory at a fundraiser in a Charlotte couple’s home next month, McCrory’s campaign announced Wednesday. The function, at the home of Tiffany and Scott Smith, on Sept. 13 will cost attendees from $250 to $4,000 to attend. 

Christie to NC GOP: Youse guys better deliver the state if you know what's good for you

TAMPA, Fla. -- Gov. Chris Christie could not help playing to the New Jersey mob stereoptype.

Horsing around at the Tar Heel delegation breakfast Monday morning, Christie said North Carolina had better vote for Mitt Romney in November because if it didn't there would be consequences for North Carolina Republicans.

"I know a lot about North Carolina,"  Christie quipped. "I know where to find you. We will give you some New Jersey style treatment.''

But Christie said he expected to return to North Carolina after the election and provide some hugs and thank for electing Romney.

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