RALEIGH — Jack Hawke, former chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, has passed away.
Hawke was universally regarded as one of the greatest political operatives in North Carolina’s history, having been a former state party chairman, congressional candidate, and a top advisor for two Republican administrations.
Hawke was the campaign manager for Jim Gardner’s successful Congressional campaign in 1966, and was a candidate for Congress himself in 1968, 1970 and 1972.
He was also the campaign manager of Jim Martin’s successful campaign for Governor in 1984 and Jim Gardner’s successful campaign for Lieutenant Governor in 1988.
RALEIGH – The N.C. Republican Party released a press release Tuesday pointing out what it says are “politically motivated actions” that make Democrat Attorney General Roy Cooper unfit to defend North Carolina’s Voter ID law.
According to the NCGOP release,Cooper told WRAL that the Attorney General’s office doesn’t need help defending North Carolina’s voter ID law, despite previous statements and actions that Republicans say prove he was unfit to defend the law in court. The NCGOP release quoted Cooper as telling WRAL “Our office has the primary responsibility for defending this and other lawsuits….I think it’s unnecessary to hire additional attorneys. They certainly have the authority to do that under the law and they’ve done it.”
RALEIGH, N.C. — Progress North Carolina (Progress NC) has been asking for money under the pretense of being a federal tax exempt non-profit organization. However, a press release from the N.C. Republican Party says “the truth is, Progress NC does not have a non-profit federal tax exempt status.”
RALEIGH — Starting September 30, North Carolinians will begin to see an onslaught of television ads promoting Obamacare participation. According to Politico, the Center for Medicare Services (CMS) at the Department of Health and Human Services has reserved at least $12 million in airtime in a handful of states that are mostly led by Republican governors who have been strongly opposed to the health law. North Carolina is on that list of targeted states.
RALEIGH — Last week the N.C. Republican Party announced the hiring of Luther Snyder as Deputy Executive Director. Snyder, a Charlotte native and owner of Snyder Interactive, will direct communications and digital strategy for the party.
Snyder brings a wealth of experience in North Carolina politics to the NCGOP. Immediately prior to joining the NCGOP staff, he served on Governor Pat McCrory’s staff in the Boards and Commission’s office. In 2012, he was the campaign strategist for N.C. Court of Appeals Judge Chris Dillon and ran digital strategy for Congressman George Holding. He previously served as Senior Advisor to Congresswoman Renee Ellmers and Deputy Campaign Manager for Governor Pat McCrory’s 2008 gubernatorial race.
RALEIGH — Governor Pat McCrory signed House Bill 589, better known as the Voter ID Bill, into law Monday. Polling has consistently shown that 7 out of 10 North Carolinian’s support the Voter ID safeguard.
North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Claude Pope applauds the Governor and issued the following statement:
RALEIGH — Last week Attorney General Roy Cooper, a Democrat, waded into the debate over Voter ID and other election reforms passed by the Republican-led N.C. General Assembly, promoting a petition that calls on Governor Pat McCrory to veto the legislation. Cooper called the legislation “disturbing.” His entry into the debate raised speculation that he may be eyeing a run for governor in 2016.
N.C. Republican Party Chairman Claude Pope wasted no time returning fire.
RALEIGH — Today the Republican National Committee announced Alyssa Moyer as State Director for North Carolina. The hire, in coordination with the North Carolina Republican Party, is part of the RNC’s efforts to build a robust field operation and a permanent campaign across the country. This month, the RNC announced the first wave of hires, including 12 state directors with more to follow in the coming months.
RALEIGH — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Claude Pope issued a statement in response to the Republican National Committee’s letter to NBC and CNN regarding their decision to announce films celebrating the life of Hillary Clinton. The letter as penned by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus informs NBC and CNN that unless they cancel their plans to produce the films, the Chairman will push to have the Republican National Committee refuse to partner with the networks on future Presidential debates.