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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.

Is North Carolina becoming the new Wisconsin?

Is North Carolina becoming the new Wisconsin? After two rounds of arrests at the Legislative Building last week, has announced another round of protests next week.

On Monday, the NAACP has announced on Monday a "non violent civil disobedience"a the legislature on Monday at 5:30 p.m. On Tuesday, there will be a candlelight vigil outside the Legislative Building at 7 p.m.

The daily protests and civil disobedience is reminiscent of tens thousands who protested budget cuts at the Wisconsin Capitol and helped make GOP Gov. Scott Walker a hero in conservative circles.

Pat McCrory's campaign cleared in elections complaint

Pat McCrory's campaign did not violate campaign finance laws when it came to disclosing trips to the state by big GOP luminaries, a state investigation found.

Democrat Walter Dalton's campaign alleged that a flight taken by S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley to a McCrory campaign event was not a corporate contribution. Donors Ralph and Linda Huff reimbursed the plan's owner for the flight, the State Board of Elections reported Thursday.

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: GOP candidate calls Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker a 'role model'

GOP gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory on Tuesday embraced Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has become a hero in conservative circles because of his battles with organized labor.

Barnstorming across the state with Walker, McCrory declared that “there was no greater role model” than Walker and that he would bring the same kind of strong leadership qualities and pro-growth policies to North Carolina. Full story here.

More political headlines:

--Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, champions of deficit reduction through both spending cuts and tax increases, said Tuesday evening too many congressmen value their own re-election over working with both parties to tackle the national debt.

Morning Roundup: Minority businesses feel slighted by DNC contract process

Most of the minority entrepreneurs polled by an advocacy group said Democratic National Convention organizers controlled who would land work and who didn’t, despite a formal bidding process.

In an email poll sent to more than 400 people, 52 percent of respondents “felt that the DNC bid/contract process was rigged,” according to the survey from the Carolina Regional Minority Partnership Coalition. Full story here.

More political headlines below.

Dalton: McCrory is the next Scott Walker

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Walter Dalton compared his opponent Pat McCrory to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, saying he would likely target state workers if elected.

“Scott Walker is his hero and state employees are his target,” Dalton told a state AFL-CIO convention meeting at the North Raleigh Hilton Thursday morning. “If you elect my opponent, you will have Scott Walker in North Carolina for four years."

Walker has become a favorite of many conservatives because of his effort to strip state employees in Wisconsin of their collective bargaining rights – and because he beat back a recall effort by Democrats. McCrory has said he would like Walker to come campaign for him.

N.C. conservative group works the ground for today's election in Wisconsin

A number of Americans for Prosperity staffers from North Carolina are working in Wisconsin ahead of today's recall vote, effectively using the much-watched election as a test run for November's campaign back at home.

Dallas Woodhouse, the state director for the conservative advocacy group, said his team recently added six staff members (for a total of nine) and sent seven to Wisconsin to work on the election in which Republican Gov. Scott Walker is working to keep his job against Democratic Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett.

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