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NC GOP fund raiser in DC victim of federal shutdown

Chalk up another casualty of the federal government shutdown, reports The Charlotte Observer's Jim Morrill. And this one will cost the North Carolina Republican Party.

The state party had scheduled an Oct. 9 fundraiser at The Capitol Hill Club, with guests paying up to $2,500. The event was to be headlined by GOP Sen. Richard Burr, the state's nine Republican House members and Gov. Pat McCrory.

Republican national Chairman Reince Priebus was expected to put in an appearance.

But Friday, with the shutdown in its fourth day and no end in sight, GOP leaders decided to postpone the event.

Republican National Committee to hold winter meeting in Charlotte

Republicans will head to the same city that played host to the Democratic National Convention for the party's annual meeting, just a couple months after North Carolina ended up being one of a few bright spots.

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, announced Tuesday the 2013 RNC Winter Meeting will be held at the Westin Charlotte Hotel from Jan. 23 to 26.

Republicans plan war-room-style rebuttal of Democratic convention

The Republican convention in Florida is continuing -- at least in part -- next week in Charlotte as the party seeks to counter the Democratic message.

About 50 high-profile operatives and surrogates for presidential candidate Mitt Romney are coming from Tampa to North Carolina to run a GOP war room not far from the Democratic convention at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Among the expected surrogates: N.C. Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes, a former congressman and friend of VP candidate Paul Ryan; South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley; U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida; and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

Personnel file: RNC names director for N.C. campaign effort

Republicans continue to add staff in North Carolina as the focus turns to November's election. On Thursday, the Republican National Committee named Mike Rusher as head of the North Carolina campaign efforts.

Rusher is a Wilmington native and UNC-Greensboro graduate who worked for the state GOP in 2008 and 2010. He most recently served as Senate leader Phil Berger's office. In his new gig he will lead the RNC's get-out-the-vote operation and grassroots campaign. 

"North Carolina is a critical state for Republicans in this election and I'm proud to announce that Mike Rusher will be directing the RNC's Victory program in North Carolina," Chairman Reince Priebus said. "North Carolinians have been hit hard by the Obama Economy and with an unemployment rate currently at 9.7% they're ready for Republican leadership in the White House."

National GOP asks for GAO review of Obama's travels, alleging politicking on taxpayer's dime

The Republicans are complaining that President Obama's trips this week to North Carolina and Colorado this week is a “misuse of government funds.'

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National committee, on Wednesday sent a letter to Comptroller General Gene Dodaro asking him to review whether the president's trip to push against a rise in college loans was really designed to benefit his re-election campaign.

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Republican presidential effort begins ramping up

The North Carolina Republican Party is beginning to ramp up their ground game, opening new offices and stepping up voter contact.

The state is opening up Victory offices Friday and Saturday in Raleigh, Charlotte, Asheville and Greensboro. Grand openings are scheduled for May.

On Saturday, volunteers will be participating in a statewide day of grass roots activity in Raleigh, Charlotte, Asheville and Greensboro doing phone banking and other volunteer efforts.

“At the same time that President Obama's ground game in North Carolina is embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal, the Republican Party is expanding our voter contact programs and volunteer  programs across the state,” said Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman.

GOP Chief accuses Obama of shipping jobs out- of-state for convention

The Republican Party's national chairman this morning accused President Obama of "shipping union jobs outside North Carolina" for the Democratic National Convention, Jim Morrill reports.

"Its a slap in the face to the people of North Carolina," said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

Priebus made the comments in a conference call with reporters on the occasion of Obama's arrival in Asheville to push his latest jobs package. The president is starting a bus tour that will take him to Miller's Creek, Jamestown and Greensboro before heading to Virginia.

Obama carried both states in 2008 and both are expected to be battlegrounds next year.

Priebus, joined by N.C. GOP Chairman Robin Hayes, dismissed the bus as a campaign stunt.

"It's amazing that he always finds himself in battleground states," Priebus said. "It's the only place in America he seems to care about."

Asked about the impact of the convention in Charlotte, both he and Hayes hit the issue of union jobs. Republican mayoral candidate Scott Stone has tried to make convention jobs an issue in his race against Democratic Mayor Anthony Foxx.

The city's contract with the Democratic National Convention Committee says, "To the extent permitted by law, to the extent, if any, such labor is available in the region ... all services, goods, equipment, supplies and materials to be provided or procured ... shall be performed or supplied by firms covered by current union collective bargaining agreements."

Dan Murrey, executive director of the host committee, has said "We intend to make sure Charlotte businesses get every dollar possible."

He has said a new vendor directory will help match local businesses to convention contracts, or help those businesses partner with outside companies.

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GOP targets Obama in North Carolina

Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus  said this morning that the party's ad campaign in North Carolina underscores that the Tar Heel state will be a key presidential battleground in 2012.

“North Carolina is a top battle ground state in 2012 and a state that we expect we fully to carry and turn red as it should be all along,” Priebus said in a teleconference.

The RNC began running an ad in North Carolina and other contested states that criticizes President Barack Obama's economic record, and illustrates it with a car careening out of control before finally crashing into the ocean.

“We have an economy that is completely in the ditch under President Obama,” Priebus said. “We have out of control debt that is becoming an avalanche on our kids and grandkids...We have a president who has done nothing to curb unemployment in this country.”

Priebus declined to describe the size of the buy either nationally or in the state, but said it was being bought on cable and on the internet and would run a month.

He was joined in the teleconference by state GOP Chairman Robin Hayes, who criticized the record of Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue, who also faces re-election next year.

“Gov. Perdue calls herself the jobs governor but its' clear that the jobs governor's plan is not working,” Hayes said. “Unemployment in North Carolina has remained at 9.7 percent for three straight months.  Under Gov. Perdue, North Carolina has lost over 126,000 jobs. Today over 50 percent of North Carolina's counties have an unemployment rate of over 10 percent.

RNC Chair appeals to NC donors

The Republican National Committee and the state Republican party need to stir up a "ground game" and lots of cash in order to put a Republican back on Pennsylvania Avenue come 2012, says new RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

On Wednesday, the newly appointed Republican National Committee Chairman visited the North Carolina GOP headquarters in Raleigh to make an appeal to donors at a fundraising event.

GOP Chairman headed to North Carolina

Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus will be in North Carolina for several grassroots fund raising events aimed at young voters.

Priebus and state GOP Chairman Robin Hayes will attend a “Take Back NC” rally in Raleigh on May 25th at 12:30 at state GOP headquarters. The event is is $20 per ticket and $10 for College Republicans and Young Republicans.

Later in the day, Priebus  will head to Greensboro for a similar rally at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro at 5:30 p.m.

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