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After overshadowing Romney, Trump brings his controversy to North Carolina

Mitt Romney won the GOP presidential nomination Tuesday -- but Donald Trump stole the show, as AP reports. The self-promoting TV mogul questioned President Barack Obama's birth certificate in a CNN appearance -- only building the anticipation to Trump's speech in two days at the N.C. Republican Party convention.

Romney and Trump raised money together in Las Vegas as part of a campaign swing. He is part of a big-name lineup at the state GOP convention in Greensboro, headlining Friday's dinner event. What will he say next? And expect more birther questions, even as N.C. congressional candidates who raised the same issue are retreating.

Notebook: Pat McCrory on his campaign pledge, negative ads and the media

At a press conference Thursday, Pat McCrory answered questions about why he is filing legal action to get a Democratic Governors Association-funded TV commercial off the air and his pledge to run a clean campaign. "I said I'm going to disavow any ads that are untruthful, any ads that are nasty. And I'm going to disavow any ads that are trying to eviscerate (a candidate)," McCrory said before adding qualifications later.

The rough-cut video starts with McCrory rallying the troops at N.C. GOP headquarters in Raleigh. And he puts the focus on a comment made by Public Policy Polling's Dustin Ingalls about how Democrats need to "eviscerate" McCrory to win.

Rick Perry joins big-name state GOP convention lineup

Former presidential candidate Rick Perry will keynote the Saturday dinner at the N.C. Republican Party state convention in June.

Perry, the Texas governor, is the final addition to the big-name lineup, joining Friday keynote speaker Donald Trump and Saturday lunch speaker Tim Pawlenty, who is also a former presidential contender.

On Sunday, Ralph Reed, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx and N.C. Supreme Court justice Paul Newby will speak. the convention is June 1-3 in Greensboro.

N.C. Republicans aren't as lucky as Democrats in convention hotel site

At the Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C. Democrats are understandably getting a lotta love with a prime hotel downtown. But how about N.C. Republicans at the Tampa convention in August?

Well, not so lucky. The hotel assignments released Monday put GOPers from the Tar Heel State in ... St. Petersburg.

The state's delegates will stay at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront hotel across Tampa Bay from all the convention action. 

As a former Tampa resident and reporter for the St. Pete paper, here's some intel on the locale: Think roughly 30 to 40 minute drive across either of the two crowded bridges that cross Tampa Bay north to Tampa.

Tim Pawlenty added to N.C. Republican convention lineup

The all-star lineup for the N.C. Republican Party convention is adding another name: one-time Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty.

The former Minnesota governor, who left the presidential race after just four months, will address the GOP faithful at a luncheon event June 2. Donald Trump is the headline speaker at the convention Friday evening. And more big-name guests are expected to be announced in coming weeks, including a keynote speaker Saturday.

Notebook: Major questions remain in state Democratic Party controversy

The TV satellite trucks are no longer stationary outside the N.C. Democratic Party headquarters on Hillsborough Street. But many questions surrounding the sexual harassment claims that crippled the party still remain unanswered. Here's a few storylines left in my notebook:

1. The money. The cost of the settlement with the former Democratic Party staffer who alleged sexual harassment and the source of the money is still unknown. But here's a more interesting point that went underreported: At the press conference, when I asked Chairman David Parker the source of the payout he said this: "I do not know. I leave that up the lawyer." So attorney John Wallace is authorized to spend party money and select its source as he sees fit? 

Donald Trump to headline N.C. Republican Party convention

The Donald is the featured guest at the N.C. Republican Party's convention in June.

Donald Trump will speak at 7 p.m. June 1 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro.

"Donald Trump is an entrepreneurial icon," said state party Chairman Robin Hayes. "He is someone who has invested time and money into making North Carolina a better place to live and work. At a time when North Carolinians, just like the rest of the country, are wondering how to get our economy going again, I can think of nobody more qualified to speak about entrepreneurship and job creation that Donald Trump."

Former state senator, GOP party leader Bob Shaw dies at 87

Longtime N.C. Sen. Bob Shaw, a former state Republican Party chairman, has died at his home in Guilford County, the Associated Press reported. He was 87.

His wife, Linda, said Sunday that Shaw died Saturday night after being in declining health since October. She says Shaw suffered from dementia.

Shaw served 18 years in the Senate, beginning in 1984. He served as the chamber's GOP leader and also previously served as a Guilford County commissioner. "Senator Shaw was a strong leader in the Republican Party and the conservative movement here in North Carolina," current state party Vice-Chairman Wayne King said in a statement. "Senator Shaw dedicated this life to serving his local community and the entire state of North Carolina. Without the courage and leadership of people like Bob Shaw, the Republican Party in our state would not be where it is today."

Personnel file: Patrick Sebastian takes helm of Gurley campaign

Tony Gurley has named a former aide to Renee Ellmers and Mitt Romney as the manager of his lieutenant governor campaign.

Patrick Sebastian, a Raleigh native and East Carolina University grad, took the helm of Gurley's campaign in recent days as the Wake County commissioner seeks to separate himself from the crowded Republican primary in the bid for the state's No. 2 post.

Greg Dority switches races, sets up GOP primary for state auditor

Republican Greg Dority is abandoning his bid for secretary of state, instead jumping into the state auditor's race.

In his announcement Sunday, Dority, the Beaufort County GOP chairman, said he received encouragement from N.C. Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes and other party leaders to make the switch. 

But the conversations with party leaders apparently came on the same day Republican Debra Goldman announced her bid for state auditor. The timing prompts a question: Did the state Republican Party recruit a candidate (Dority) to challenge a fellow Republican (Goldman)?

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