Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) – He's not running for president, but Chris Christie is stepping up his political activity on the national stage.
The New Jersey governor, one of the most popular elected officials within the GOP, has been tapped by his peers to serve as Vice Chairman of the Republican Governors Association, CNN has learned.
Salt Lake City, Utah (CNN) – Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Saturday he is "absolutely" ready to take the helm of the Republican Governors Association if the current chairman, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, decides to step down and run for president.
McDonnell is the current Vice Chairman of the RGA, meaning he is next in line for the chairmanship.
Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Governors Association will announce Thursday that it raised approximately $11 million the first six months of this year.
The DGA touts that their fundraising figure is more than double what it raised during the first six months of 2007, a comparable election cycle. The DGA also reports having $8.6 million cash on hand.
(CNN) - The Republican Governors Association raised $22.1 million in the first half of the 2011, the group announced Tuesday.
According to the RGA, the haul eclipses figures from 2007 and outpaces totals from similar periods in 2008 and 2009.
Washington (CNN) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is getting as assist from national Republicans as he battles state Democrats and organized labor over the right of public employees to collectively bargain.
The Republican Governors Policy Committee, a wing of the Republican Governors Association, will launch a new television ad Tuesday defending Walker's rigid stance on his budget bill. Several labor groups have already run ads attacking Walker.
(CNN) - The Republican Governors Association is showing its support for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with a new website amid extensive protests in the state.
The website, StandWithScott.com that launched Tuesday provides a forum for individuals to watch the governor's televised chat Tuesday and offer their support through links to his Facebook page and twitter account.
Washington (CNN) - Indiana Rep. Mike Pence's decision not to run for president came after a serious lobbying effort by the Republican Governors Association, a GOP source close to the party organization told CNN Thursday.
Pence, who finally revealed his plans to the Indianapolis Star on Thursday after a lengthy cat and mouse game, has not said for certain that he will seek the Indiana governorship, though Hoosier State Republicans widely expect him to do so.
San Diego, California (CNN) - Current Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele isn't at the Republican Governors Association gathering here, but he's a big topic of discussion.
At this morning's governors breakfast, RGA Chairman Haley Barbour asked the 26 Republican governors and governors elect whether they would be comfortable asking RNC committee members in their states to consider a change in RNC leadership next year. Eighty percent of the governors raised their hand. That's according to a Republican staffer who attended the meeting and asked to remain anonymous while speaking about the current RNC chair.
(CNN) - The Republican Governors Association has formally announced its full slate of leadership positions, following elections during the RGA conference in San Diego, California.
More than 30 GOP Governors or Governors-elect have taken part in the conference, being held on Wednesday and Thursday, including a number of potential 2012 presidential candidates.
Read the full list of leadership assignments after the jump:
Washington (CNN) - The Republican Governors Association announced Tuesday that it spent $102 million in the midterm elections and an additional $12.5 million on the 2009 governors' races in New Jersey and Virginia.
The RGA fundraising figures, if we are to believe them and we have no reason not to, demonstrate what we already knew: the organization became a dominant political player in this election cycle after its chairman, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, was forced to step down. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour stepped in and took the RGA's reins in June 2009 after Sanford admitted to having an extra-marital affair.
Over the past 24 hours, the RGA has been issuing memos detailing its political activity and this afternoon released its financial expenditures for the 2010 elections. A significant bullet point the RGA highlighted is that it invested $1 million or more in 21 states.