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Morning Memo: Expect a late night at legislature as bills fly fast

TODAY AT THE STATEHOUSE: The action starts early Tuesday and will likely stretch past 10 p.m. again. The House and Senate plan to convene a skeletal session just before 10 a.m. to read in committee reports, then recess until 2 p.m. House Speaker Thom Tillis said the session will go until 5:15 p.m. or so before a dinner recess for committee meetings. The chamber will reconvene at 7 p.m. and go late. The Senate isn't expected to stay as long but its calendar is getting crowded. Gov. Pat McCrory lists no public events.

McCRORY'S OFFICE WON'T RELEASE DAILY SCHEDULE ANYMORE: The governor's Communications Director Kim Genardo is changing the office's policy of releasing a daily calendar. Genardo said if there is no event scheduled, she won't send out a notice stating as much, meaning some days will have no notice to the governor's schedule. McCrory pledged to release a daily schedule during the gubernatorial campaign as he bashed his predecessor, Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue, for taking a "secret" trip to Pennsylvania to study fracking rigs. Republicans jumped on McCrory's Democratic opponent for not pledging to do the same. “Everyone knew where I was as mayor,” McCrory said a year ago. “My records were open."

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McCrory's new spokeswoman once a member of so-called 'Palin truth squad'

Well, at least Gov. Pat McCrory's new press secretary is battle tested. Crystal Feldman, who McCrory announced Tuesday as his new press secretary, once was part of a team handling Vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Feldman took a job in 2008 as a young researcher with the Republican National Committee in Washington, according to a profile in Roll Call magazine. But she wasn't there long.

"The RNC sent Feldman to Alaska to help handle the press after the GOP presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain tapped then Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential pick,'' Roll Call wrote.

"Feldman and her co-workers spent most of their time conducting research and batting down rumors about Palin," Roll Call wrote. "The RNC group lovingly referred to themselves as 'the Palin truth squad.''

The North Carolina native later went to to work a Nevada Senate campaign, the California Republican Party, and for a House Committee on The Hill.

McCrory reaches out to The Hill, Christie, and his campaign for communications team

Gov. Pat McCrory is assembling his communications team as well as other staffers.

The governor reached out to Capitol Hill for his new press secretary. Crystal Feldman, a Georgetown University graduate, most recently worked as press secretary for the House Committee on Natural Resources.

She had previously worked as spokeswoman for the California Republican Party and as communications director for Sue Lowden's U.S. Senate campaign in Nevada.

McCrory hires his press secretary from the Hill

Gov. Pat McCrory's press shop is adding to its ranks. The governor's office confirmed that Crystal Feldman, a spokeswoman for the House Resources Committee, will join the staff as press secretary next week.

Feldman, whose move was first reported by, worked on the committee, under Republican Chairman Doc Hastings of Washington state, for nearly two years. She previously served as a spokeswoman for the California Republican Party and started in politics at the Republican National Committee in 2008. Her Twitter account says she is a Duke basketball fanatic and a Georgetown Universitty graduate.

McCrory's communication's director is Chris Walker, a Romney campaign veteran. And his campaign press secretary Ricky Diaz is remaining on board to coordinate communications within state agencies.

Morning Memo: McCrory gets campaign cash from indicted donor, Hudson on the rise

GOP GOV REPORTS CAMPAIGN CASH WELL AFTER ELECTION DAY: Pat McCrory won the governor's race Nov. 6 but campaign donors kept filling his coffers through the end of the year, according to new campaign finance reports. The Republican reported raising more than $42,000 after Election Day putting his total haul for the entire campaign at $12.3 million -- nearly three times as much as Democratic rival Walter Dalton, who raised $4.3 million.

McCRORY REPORTS DONATION FROM INDICTED DONOR:One more donation listed after the election: Trawick "Buzzy" Stubbs. He gave McCrory $1,000 in a check reported Nov. 27.

Stubbs was indicted in 2012 for his political donations to Gov. Bev Perdue in the 2008 race involving a plane he allowed the Democrat to use in the campaign. He is charged with obstruction of justice and causing the campaign to file false reports. After his indictment, Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, then just a candidate, returned the $250 donation Stubbs gave his campaign. The case is still pending and Stubbs is challenging the charges.

This is the Dome Morning Memo, a political tipsheet covering North Carolina politics. Read more campaign finance exclusive and a news roundup below.

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