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Morning roundup: Dix deal, McIntyre-Rouzer identity crisis

This story from earlier this morning sets up the Council of State vote on the Dorothea Dix Hospital grounds deal.

Columnist Barry Saunders misses Jesse Helms, because you always knew where he stood. Not so with Congressman Mike McIntyre.

Rouzer, McIntyre recount will be two or three weeks away

After a campaign that in recent weeks soared to about $9 million in outside money – one of the most expensive House races in the country -- the outcome of the Rep. Mike McIntyre/Sen. David Rouzer race on Election Day was too close to call. It is headed for a recount that will not result in an official winner for another two or three weeks.

Rouzer campaign demands TV stations yank ad

Sen. David Rouzer’s congressional campaign is demanding that 10 TV stations in the Raleigh and Wilmington areas stop airing a political ad that accuses him of “running on a platform of outsourcing.”

The campaign’s attorney, Phillip Strach of Raleigh, sent the letter Tuesday. The 3 ½ page correspondence goes into great detail to refute the attack ad, which was paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

“The DCCC has every right to support the candidate of its choosing, but has no right to fabricate lies in order to do so,” Strach writes. “Because broadcast licensees have a legal responsibility to review and to eliminate any false, misleading or deceptive materials contained in advertising, we urge you to stand up for the truth and put a stop to these false attacks on your station.”

Rep. McIntyre finds glimmer of hope

Congressman Mike McIntyre, in a tough race to retain his seat against the well-funded challenge by Republican state Sen. David Rouzer, can take some encouragement from the latest Sabato’s Crystal Ball projections.

Rouzer to speak at Republican National Convention

Republican State Sen. David Rouzer has been invited to speak at the 2012 Republican National Convention. Rouzer is running for Congress in the 7th District looking to unseat Democrat Mike McIntyre.

Details are still being worked out, but Rouzer is expected to speak Monday evening.

N.C. Democratic congressman declines to endorse President Obama

Locked in a tough race, Democratic Congressman Mike McIntrye is refusing to endorse his party leader, President Barack Obama.

McIntrye told WECT-TV that he is not endorsing a presidential candidate.

"We've always been steadfast in our work for eastern North Carolina and I'm grateful because we've had Republican and Democratic friends who have supported us because they know my heart is there and it's not about a party agenda or any other person's agenda," said McIntyre, according to the Wilmington NBC affiliate. "Our focus is on the congressional race in eastern North Carolina."

Bill would cut size of Environmental Management Commission

A Senate committee on Tuesday whittled the 13-member state Environmental Management Commission to nine members. Republicans said it would streamline the commission, which oversees the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

But critics said it would take valuable technical knowledge away from the commission.

Rouzer, Pantano trade heated barbs at Johnston GOP debate

Republican congressional candidates for the 7th District touted vastly different credentials Monday night in a Johnston County GOP debate. N.C. Sen. David Rouzer spoke of his legislative experience cutting budgets, while opponent Ilario Pantano tried to paint him as a Washington insider.

Renee Ellmers backs David Rouzer in GOP primary

U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers waded into an intra-party fight Wednesday, endorsing state Sen. David Rouzer in the 7th Congressional district primary. 

Rouzer faces Ilario Pantano, the GOP's nominee in 2010, in a contest to determine who will face Democratic Congressman Mike McIntyre in November. 

"In the state Senate, David proved he wasn't afraid to take on critical issues like reforming the state's burdensome regulatory system, cutting excessive government spending from the state budget and protecting North Carolinians from Obamacare," Ellmers said in a statement. "David was a leader in the state Senate, and he will be a great addition to our North Carolina delegation."

Rouzer also has endorsements from other key GOP leaders, including Senate President Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis. The district stretches from the coast to Johnston County outside Raleigh.

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