The Wake County Republican Party will hold its annual county convention on Tuesday, March 26th at the Kerr Scott Building at the State Fairgrounds. Event registration and payment is required. Visit www.WakeGOP.org to register. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. With business beginning at 6 p.m.
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TAMPA, Fla. --Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, part of the House Republican leadership, is looking to North Carolina for one of the biggest GOP congressional hauls in the country.
Price, chairman of the House Policy Committee, thinks Republicans will pick up four seats in the Tar Heel state in November – enough to help keep the House in Republican hands. Although he didn't name the seats, he was referring to George Holding in the the 13th, David Rouzer in the 7th, Richard Hudson in the 8th and Mark Meadows in the 11th – all now held by Democrats.
Price told the North Carolina delegation breakfast, that he anticipates that the North Carolina delegation after November will have 10 Republicans and three Democrats after November. The big change is largely due to the GOP drawing of congressional redistricting lines last year.
Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton will be taking the big stage at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte next week.
His campaign has confirmed that the Democratic candidate for governor will speak at Bank of America Stadium on Thursday, the last day of the convention.
Dalton will also speak at the Labor Day celebration CarolinaFest, and talk to North Carolina delegates at their breakfest Wednesday.
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.
The federal courtroom where John Edwards is on trial is not big enough for all the spectators. But those who are shut out can still get an insider’s view of exhibits being discussed. In an unusual move, Judge Catherine Eagles has asked the clerks to post exhibits already published to the jury on a public website. Read more here.
Other political headlines:
--The Democratic Party’s national chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, added her voice to the president’s by speaking out against North Carolina’s proposed marriage amendment. Prominent Democrats also want to put the legalization of same-sex marriage in the party platform.
--Christensen: When President Obama visited Chapel Hill last week, the theme running through national media stories was how difficult it is going to be for the president to win North Carolina again. Full column here.
Let's see your bill: State troopers will soon turn over copies of their cell phone bills to supervisors so their bosses can see how much time they spend talking and texting at work. The policy comes after Maj. Everett Clendenin was forced to resign for sending thousands of texts, some of them flirtatious, to his secretary using his state-owned Blackberry. (N&O)
To lure Democrats: Charlotte leaders, in the hunt for the 2012 Democratic National Convention, hire consultants and talk of creating an"Olympic village" for delegates. No public money is going to the effort. (CharO)
Several prominent Democrats say John Edwards needs to address claims that he fathered a child.
With two weeks before the national convention, some prominent party strategists say that the former North Carolina senator has to address a story in the National Enquirer to save his spot as a speaker.
As a former vice presidential nominee and a presidential candidate who won delegates this year, Edwards would normally be a shoo-in for a speaking slot. But some worry that lingering questions will be raised if Edwards speaks.
Edwards called the story "tabloid trash," but he has avoided talking with reporters at length.
"If it's not true, he's got to stand up and say, 'This is not true. That is not my child and I'm going to take legal action against the people who are spreading these lies.' It's not enough to say, 'That's tabloid trash,' " said Gary Pearce, a strategist who ran Edwards' 1998 Senate race.
Don Fowler, a former Democratic National Committee chairman, said that Edwards has to give "an explanation that's satisfactory." (Char-O)
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole may take political tips from Mike Huckabee, but she's sure not following his diet advice.
According to a press release from the N.C. Republican Party, Dole will hold events Saturday at the state GOP convention, beginning with an 8 a.m. meet-and-greet in her hospitality suite with the former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate.
"Sen. Dole's day begins at 8 a. m. with a coffee and doughnut breakfast in her hospitality suite located in the Biltmore Room," the release notes.
Huckabee, you'll recall, is the famously thin author of the diet-tips book "Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork." Doughnuts, meantime, are the favorite food of Homer Simpson.
In Dole's defense, no one — with the possible exception of Martha Stewart — eats a doughnut with a knife and fork.
Either way, Dole will be sharing her diet tips — and political thoughts, presumably — with conventiongoers at 10:45 a.m. in the Guilford Ballroom at the Koury Convention Center.
The head of the South Carolina Republican Party will speak in Greensboro.
GOP Chairman Katon Dawson will be a special guest for an evening banquet at the North Carolina Republican Party convention on Friday.
"Chairman Dawson has been a visionary leader for the South Carolina Republican Party as well as a friend to North Carolina Republicans and a voice for consistent, conservative principles on the national stage," said N.C. Chairwoman Linda Daves in a statement.
The convention will be held Friday through Sunday at the Joseph Koury Convention Center.
Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was such a crowd pleaser when he spoke to the GOP convention in New Bern two years ago that he has been invited back for an encore performance.
Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, is scheduled to speak to the Republican Convention at their luncheon on June 7th at the Koury Center in Greensboro, Rob Christensen reports.
The last time he addressed state Republicans, Huckabee was a virtual political unknown. But since then, Huckabee ran a surprisingly strong — and underfinanced campaign for president — before eventually withdrawing in favor of Arizona Sen. John McCain earlier this year.