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Morning Memo: GOP 'stupid party,' lawmakers may restrict access to gun records

JINDAL TO GOP: STOP BEING THE STUPID PARTY: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Thursday night challenged fellow Republicans to “go after every voter” and cautioned them to “stop being the stupid party.”

“It’s no secret we had a number of Republicans who damaged the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments,” he told around 200 members and guests of the Republican National Committee at the Westin hotel. Jindal, considered a possible 2016 presidential candidate, said Republicans can beat Democrats on their ideas while appealing to all Americans – beyond Washington.

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Morning Memo: GOP flirts with Charlotte for 2016 convention

GOP FLIRTS WITH CHARLOTTE: Could Charlotte do for Republicans in 2016 what it did for Democrats in 2012? The Republican National Committee’s meeting in Charlotte this week has fueled speculation that the GOP might return for its national convention in four years. “It’s always a possibility,” GOP Chairman Reince Priebus said Wednesday at the Westin hotel. “North Carolina was good to us. And it’s a red state – all the more reason to look at Charlotte.”

AFP TOUTS GOP REIGN IN NORTH CAROLINA: Tim Phillis, the national president of Americans for Prosperity, writes in a Politico op-ed that North Carolina is a state where the GOP plans to make a difference. It starts: "In Raleigh, N.C., on Jan. 11, a new free-market Republican governor celebrated his gubernatorial win at the inaugural balls. The occasion was historic for North Carolina: the first time since Reconstruction that a conservative GOP governor will be joined by free-market GOP state legislative majorities in both state legislative chambers." Read full piece here.

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Morning Memo: North Carolina as a model for the national GOP?

N.C. AS A MODEL FOR THE NATIONAL GOP? For most Republicans, November was grim. But in North Carolina it was a happier story. “North Carolina could be a model for ‘red state’ resurgence,” says Marc Rotterman, a GOP strategist from Raleigh.

North Carolina Republicans will showcase their performance this week to the Republican National Committee, which starts its three-day winter meeting Wednesday at the Westin in uptown. A presentation scheduled for Thursday is called “Success in N.C.: A Blueprint for the Future.” But how much of that blueprint can be replicated is debatable.

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Gingrich to tell RNC in Charlotte that it needs game change

With the Republican National Committee scheduled to meet in Charlotte later this month, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has prepared a tough memo that calls on the GOP to take a hard look at its strategy and operations.

Gingrich, a former presidential candidate, writes that the party must begin “a deep, bold, thorough, and lengthy process of rethinking.''

“I was so shaken by how wrong I was in projecting a Republican win on election night that I have personally set aside time at Gingrich Productions to spend the next six months with our team methodically examining where we are and what we must do,” Gingrich wrote in a recent letter to RNC chairman Reince Priebus.

The RNC is scheduled to holds it winter meeting the Westin in Charlotte from Jan. 23-26.

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.

RNC offering all expense paid trips to Raleigh from its DC headquarters

Are the Republicans really certain that they have the presidential campaign locked down in North Carolina?

Despite all the talk about shifting staff from North Carolina, the Republican National Committee has a Victory 2012 D.C Bus Deployment schedule, for sending volunteers for all expense paid trip to Raleigh, Canton,  Ohio, Virginia Beach or Chesapeake. The buses leave for Raleigh Oct 5-7, Oct 19-21, Oct. 26-28 and Nov. 2-4.

RNC fires firm registering voters in NC and other states

The Republican National Committee has fired a consulting firm it was paying millions of dollars to conduct voter registration in five battleground states, including North Carolina, NBC is reporting.

The move came after Palm Beach County, Fla., elections supervisor discovered 108 potentially fraudulent registration forms submitted by the GOP consulting firm including suspected phony signatures and home addresses that matched those of a gas station, a medical building and Land Rover dealership.

Strategic Allied Consulting, a firm run by veteran GOP consultant Nathan Sproul, had been hired by the RNC and state Republican Parties to register voters in North Carolina, Nevada, Colorado, Virginia and Florida, NBC reported.

RNC political director: 'We are crushing it on the ground in NC'

Rick Wiley, political director of the Republican National Committee, says the GOP is well positioned to take on the Obama ground game in North Carolina. “Everything is clicking,” Wiley said in an interview.

Wiley said the GOP's victory effort has already surpassed the 2008 effort with six weeks to go before the election.

“We are just crushing it on the ground in North Carolina,'' Wiley said. “The numbers are staggering – 13 times more phone calls, 130 more doors (knocked.)"

Republicans take a double whack at President Obama

The Republican National Committee is taking a double-barreled approach to attacking President Barack Obama this week.

It began airing two TV ads in North Carolina -- one called "Hope and Change" and one called "Not Working -- that both hit economic themes echoed by GOP candidate Mitt Romney.

Key line from first (above): "What if America had given you the power, their hope? Would you have ... " From the second (below in jump): "If President Obama's plan worked, how come so many Americans aren't working?"

Romney campaign and RNC joint ad potrays Romney as problem solver

The Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee have released a new TV ad airing in North Carolina and other battleground states that portrayed the GOP presidential candidate as someone who has turned troubled enterprises around all his life --from his business career, to the Utah Olympics to being Massachusetts governor.

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