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Morning Memo: Perdue closes her campaign for good, leave Democratic party hanging

PERDUE CLOSES CAMPAIGN ACCOUNT: From AP: Former N.C. Gov. Beverly Perdue has closed her campaign accounts, distributing the more than $1.2 million political war chest raised for her derailed 2012 re-election bid. Nearly $800,000 went to the Democrat and her husband to repay personal loans made to her political campaigns between 2000 and 2008, according to campaign finance disclosure reports filed last week with the N.C. Board of Elections.

Another $200,000 went to a pair of writers assisting Perdue with her autobiography and about $120,000 went to a charity. Most of the remainder was paid to lawyers and campaign staff.

***Find out who Perdue left off her campaign spending list below in the Dome Morning Memo.***

NO DEMOCRATIC GOOD WILL: More from the story -- No money went to the cash-strapped North Carolina Democratic Party or her former political allies, with the exception of a $16,163 check repaying the party for postage and printing. "This amplifies what everybody already knew, that Bev Perdue was all about Bev Perdue," said Brad Crone, a Democratic political consultant from Raleigh. "It's not shocking that she made sure she got paid back. That won't dismay anybody."

While state Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller didn't dispute that Perdue's money could have helped, he praised her decision to give some of her campaign funds to the Triangle Community Foundation, a Durham-based charity. "With Gov. Perdue's tenure serving the people of North Carolina, she fully understands how greatly these funds are needed in the community," Voller said. "We look forward to the governor's continued involvement and her support for the party and its candidates." Read more here.

DGA WEB CAMPAIGN TARGETS McCRORY: The Democratic Governors Association's political arm is running web advertisements in North Carolina trying to push Gov. Pat McCrory to veto the voter ID and elections bill. "Stop voter suppression," it states in all capital letters. "Tell Pat McCrory: Stop your attacks on North Carolinians' voting rights." It asks people to sign a petition on a website that quotes the New York Times as saying North Carolina has become "the next flash point over voting laws." (The website is past tense, designed for when the legislation was under consideration.) It's on McCrory's desk now and he intends to sign it. The DGA did not return messages seeking comment.

MORAL MONDAY TOUR HEADS TO CHARLOTTE: “Moral Monday,” the protest movement that began in Raleigh in response to actions by the General Assembly, will come to Charlotte’s Marshall Park on Aug. 19. The protests that drew thousands to Raleigh attracted more than 5,000 to Asheville this week on the first stop of a sort of road trip that will take the protests across the state. “The goal … is to really say that lawmakers can no longer do what they do in Raleigh and then go home and hide,” the Rev. William Barber, state NAACP president, said Wednesday. Read more here.

McHENRY VYING FOR TOP GIG: From Politico: "About a half-dozen lawmakers (including North Carolina's Patrick McHenry) are jockeying for the gavel of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, trying to prove to their colleagues that they have the chops to probe the Obama administration and savvy to flack their findings on television. (Darrell) Issa’s term as the Obama administration’s chief inquisitor expires at the end of 2014, and unless leaders waive party rules, he won’t be eligible to keep running the committee.

"It’s no wonder so many lawmakers are lining up to take his place. The Oversight chairman has jurisdiction over the flashiest topics of the day: IRS, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, and Solyndra. It’s also one of the highest-profile chairmanships in the House — transforming Issa from an obscure Beltway name into a familiar face on televisions across America."

THE INTEL ON McHENRY: "McHenry wouldn’t tell POLITICO whether he is interested in the position. Instead, he noted that — if he were chairman — he would keep Issa’s current staff in place to ensure an “easy transition” that would allow them to continue to sink their teeth into the Obama administration instead of wasting time on logistic transfers.

"McHenry is more senior on the panel than both Jordan and Chaffetz. The 37-year-old is a loyal Republican, at least when it comes to voting with GOP leadership this Congress. He has voted with Boehner 94.5 percent of the time since the start of the year, according to OpenCongress.com — the most of all the candidates.

"He is also more generous with his campaign money than some other potential chairman candidates, giving the National Republican Congressional Committee more than $169,000 in the 2012 election cycle. He allotted at least $272,000 to specific Republican candidates in their reelection bids, according to Center for Responsive Politics data. Read more here.

WATT DELAY PUTS CANDIDATES IN LIMBO: U.S. Rep. Mel Watt on Wednesday moonlighted as a postal carrier, a pharmacy tech and a quality control inspector. It was part of what he does every August: trade places with constituents in his 12th Congressional District. But the job he really wants to trade for is in Washington. And that one is proving harder to get, leaving Watt and more than a half-dozen candidates who want his congressional seat in a sort of limbo.

Watt, a Charlotte Democrat, is waiting for Senate confirmation after President Barack Obama nominated him to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency. After Senate leaders failed to get him confirmed before this month’s annual summer recess, news reports suggest that some Capitol Hill Democrats are worried about the nomination. Read more here.

BOND RATING AGENCY SEEMS TO QUESTION AIRPORT TRANSFER: In a new report this week, the credit rating agency Moody’s said a change in control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport likely won’t affect its credit rating or ability to make debt payments. Moody’s said there remains a possibility of a “technical default” on the bonds. In such an event, the bonds would still be paid but some of the conditions attached to them would be violated.

The rating agency appeared to criticize the new commission’s rapid creation. Analysts wrote that “some of the players involved may not be taking full account of relevant federal laws in an attempt to make changes quickly without fully understanding potential requirements or consequences.” Read more here.

STATE AUDIT LEADS TO ARREST: State Bureau of Investigation agents arrested the mayor of the historic town of Princeville on Wednesday, charging her with 17 counts of embezzlement related to questionable purchases made with the town’s credit card.
Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates turned herself into authorities two days after an Edgecombe County grand jury indicted her for spending about $5,600 in taxpayer money on expenses unrelated to town business, such as restaurants, travel and late payment fees, according to court records.

STATE IN CONTROL INDEFINITELY: The state seized control of Princeville’s finances in July 2012 and still manages its money under a little-known state agency called the Local Government Commission. A spokesman for the State Treasurer’s office, which oversees the commission, said there is no timetable for returning control. Read more here.

SECURITY PLAGUES NEW HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETS: The opening of the health insurance marketplaces in October – key to Obamacare – is in jeopardy because of looming questions about information security. The problem stems from tight deadlines that must be met to ensure the security of data moving through an information system that supports the marketplaces, sometimes referred to as exchanges, according to a new government watchdog report. Read more here.

THE WORST HOUSE AND SENATE LAWMAKERS: IndyWeek, a left-leaning alternative weekly in Durham, is out with rankings of what it calls the worst House and Senate lawmakers. On the Senate list: Bob Rucho, Thom Goolsby, Phil Berger, Jerry Tillman and Harry Brown. Honorable mentions go to Chad Barefoot, Neal Hunt, Trudy Wade and Tom Apodaca. In the House, the list features the usual suspects: Thom Tillis, TIm Moffitt, Tim Moore, Paul Stam, Pat McElraft and Ruth Samuelson. Honorable mentions go to George Cleveland and Marilyn Avila. See the House list here and the Senate list here.

SEANC SEES HALF ITS AGENDA ADVANCE: The State Employees Association of North Carolina kept a distance from the "Moral Monday" protests that attracted its union brethren. SEANC Executive Director Dana Cope once tweeted the group's strategy: "SEANC not part of #moralmonday we think it unwise to break the law & overburden fellow public employees. Prefer sit down/talk policy!" So how did they do? 50-50. SEANC's latest legislative newsletter says they achieved five out of its top 10 legislative priorities. Read the rosy report here.

PERSONNEL FILE: Gov. Pat McCrory made a number of appointments Wednesday. To the state Housing Finance Agency he named: Christopher Parrish, the co-owner of a manufacture housing community in Wake County, and Rodney "Gene" Davis, a Wake County attorney on the agency as an audit committee member. To the North Carolina-South Carolina Boundary Commission, McCrory named Republican Rep. Ted Davis, Republican Sen. Tommy Tucker, Andy Zoutewelle, a Charlotte surveyor, and Robby Collins, a Wilmington lawyer. To the Virginia-North Carolina Interstate High-Speed Rail Compact, the governor named Randolph Lickey, a prominent lawyer at Williams Mullen in Raleigh.

THE FINAL WORD: Carter Wrenn on D.G. Martin From his blog: "All I can say about Gary’s column on D.G. Martin is – “Amen.” In the fourteen years I’ve known D.G., I’ve never heard him say an unkind word about anyone – so Claude Pope claiming he’d called Republicans Nazis just didn’t pass the smell test.

"Here’s the column D.G. wrote. Take a look at it. Ole Claude, out of paranoia, foolishness, or a plain mean streak, indulged in a fact twist. A political pundit had said Republicans ‘overreaching’ in the legislature was natural for folks who'd been out of power for a long time, and D.G. pointed out that, in his book, In the Garden of the Beasts, Erik Larson reported Joseph Goebbels had used pretty much the same explanation for Nazi excesses back in the 1930’s.

"It’s a subtle but straightforward point: Comparing the pundit’s explanation to what Goebbels said eighty years ago was not calling Republicans Nazis. But Claude wasn’t about to let anything as fragile as a fact stand in his way. Here’s my point: There’s not much difference between Rev. Barber twisting a fact so he can howl Republicans are turning back the clock to the days of Jim Crow and Claude Pope twisting a fact so he can howl at D.G."


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Will the Moral Monday demonstrators

Will the Moral Monday demonstrators protest the dissolution plan for Bev's campaign money? Shouldn't the money go to paying the teachers? Or promoting abortions?

The title of Bev's autobiography

"I'm tough as nails."

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