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Colorado GOP Senate candidate to appear at fundraiser

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jane Norton of Colorado will be in Raleigh next month for a fundraiser.

The Raleigh connection is her brother-in-law, Charlie Black, the North Carolina native who is a long-time political advisor to GOP political figures from Jesse Helms to John McCain, Rob Christensen.

Norton, a former Colorado lieutenant governor, will be the guest at a fund raiser at the home of former Raleigh City Councilman Kieran Shanahan and his wife Tina on February 18th.  Also hosting the event are Charlie and Judy Black and political consultants Karen and Marc Rotterman.

Norton is running against Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet. She has the backing of much of the party establishment including 15 sitting GOP senators, but she is being challenged by several candidates who have the backing of grassroots tea party activists who think she is too close to McCain and other establishment figures.

A Q&A with Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin says she supports free trade, respects U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms' years of service and is ready to serve as president if needed.

After the jump, her interview with Rob Christensen.

C. McCain coming to Concord

Cindy McCain will be at Lowe's Motor Speedway Saturday.

The wife of Republican presidential candidate John McCain will participate in the NASCAR Bank of America 500 in Concord. She will be the "honorary race director."

This will be her third visit to the state. McCain previously attended a fundraiser in Raleigh in mid August and U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms' funeral in early July.

She has not given an interview to North Carolina media yet.

Cindy McCain raising money in Raleigh

Cindy McCain is in Raleigh today attending a fundraiser for her husband, Sen. John McCain.

The fundraising luncheon was at the home of Dean Painter, a Raleigh businessman who lives on Haymarket Lane, reports Rob Christensen.

The lunch cost $2,300 per person or $10,000 to be a host. The luncheon, which was closed to the press, was organized by Louis DeJoy, a Greensboro businessman, who was a key fundraiser for President George W. Bush.

This was the second trip to Raleigh this summer for Cindy McCain. She also attended the funeral of former U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms.

Update: Frank Donatelli, deputy chairman of the Republican National Committee, said at a press conference this afternoon that Cindy McCain spoke about Sunday's interview with pastor Rick Warren, the invasion of Georgia and other issues.

Brooke Burr, wife of U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, also spoke, and Donatelli gave a general overview of the campaign.

Cindy McCain turned down an interview request from NBC 17, and the McCain campaign would not answer questions about the fundraiser.

"This was such a short trip," Donatelli said. "She was literally in and out."

Between 100 and 150 people attended the event. 

N.C. could be in play

North Carolina could be in play, analysts say.

The general election matchup between Barack Obama and John McCain is the biggest chance in years that the state could actually be competitive.

North Carolina has not gone for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1976. The last time it was close was 1992, when George H.W. Bush narrowly carried the state over Bill Clinton. Even with John Edwards as a running mate, the John Kerry campaign did not make a serious effort here.

One recent poll showed McCain with a 43-40 lead over Obama in North Carolina.

Still, there is a history here of gifted black candidates doing well in a Democratic primary but losing in the general election, notably former Charlotte Mayor Harvey Gantt's unsuccessful races against U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms in 1990 and 1996. (N&O)

Has the gas tax played out?

The gas tax is the perfect foil for a candidate.

Gas is pretty much a necessity, especially in road-centric North Carolina. It's one of the few commodities whose prices you see in foot-high numbers when buying. And few voters seek a direct link between the gas tax and the roads and other things it pays for.

So it's not surprising that reducing gas taxes has been a political staple for decades. 

In 1982, U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms filibustered against a federal gas-tax hike backed by President Reagan. In his landmark 1984 race against Jim Hunt, Helms hammered the governor for having proposed raising the state gas tax.

But recent attempts to use the gas tax for political advantage have fallen flat.

Two years ago, Salisbury attorney Bill Graham spent $2.3 million of his own money to lead an advocacy group calling for capping the state's gas tax. The legislature capped the tax, but Graham was never able to parlay the crusade into a credible campaign for governor.

At the same time, Hillary Clinton (pace John McCain) hammered on the idea of a federal "gas-tax holiday" while campaigning in North Carolina and Indiana.

Her rival, Barack Obama, fought back, arguing the proposal was a "gimmick" and holding it up as an example of "typical of how Washington works."

Has the gas tax played out? Probably not. High gas prices remain a concern for consumers and no tax is ever really all that popular. But the recent elections indicate that it's not enough of a campaign issue to win an election on its own. 

McCain advisor worked for Helms

One of John McCain's top advisors worked for Jesse Helms.

Charles Black, a native of Wilmington, helped run the 1972 campaign of Helms as a first-time candidate against Democratic opponent Nick Galifanakis.

That campaign used the slogan, "Jesse Helms: He's One of Us!," which some critics saw as a slur against Galifanakis' Greek name.

The Arizona Republic sees possible parallels today:

In a political climate that may resonate in the 2008 presidential campaign, Helms faced a Democrat who had prevailed in a bitter primary that divided the party. Black helped design a strategy that labeled the Democrat as too liberal for North Carolina...

It notes he used the same themes in the unsuccessful 1992 campaign of President George H.W. Bush.

Burr: Romney should apologize to Dole

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr wants an apology from Mitt Romney.

The junior U.S. senator from North Carolina rushed to defend Bob Dole—World War II icon and husband of fellow Tar Heel senator Elizabeth Dole—after Romney called Mr. Dole out this morning in an interview on Fox News, Barb Barrett reports.

Bob Dole yesterday compared GOP presidential candidate John McCain favorably to stalwart Jesse Helms in a letter to talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, who says McCain isn't conservative enough.

This morning, Romney told Fox News: "Well, it's probably the last person I would have wanted write a letter for me. I think there a lot of folks who tend to think that maybe John McCain's race is a bit like Bob Dole's race. That it's the guy who's next in line, the inevitable choice."

Burr, a strong ally of McCain’s, said Romney's words "divide Republicans."

"It is one thing to attack your campaign opponent, but it is another to insult a well-respected American hero like Bob Dole," Burr said in a statement. "Governor Romney should apologize."

Bob Dole compares McCain to Helms

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole has written a letter to conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh defending the conservative credentials of Arizona Sen. John McCain.

He even compares McCain with former North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms, reports Rob Christensen.

“Not that many care but I have not been involved in the Republican Primary contest because Elizabeth, a good conservative, is running for reelection in North Carolina where Romney, McCain and Huckabee each enjoy considerable support,” Dole writes in his letter.

Dole, who was Senate Republican leader from 1985-96, said he could not recall "a single instance" when McCain failed to support the GOP on a critical vote.

Dole said McCain was consistently pro-life, a strong advocate for strict constructionist judges, supported voluntary school prayer and backed a constitutional amendment for a balanced budget.

Dole's letter included a chart showing that McCain supported Reagan and the first President Bush as strongly if not more strongly than Helms.

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