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Gov. McCrory feted at exclusive inaugural party

The Foundation for North Carolina, a nonprofit formed to further Gov. Pat McCrory's agenda, held its own inaugural ball Saturday night in Raleigh. The exclusive event -- which sold out days ago and attracted more hype than the traditional Junior League ball the night before -- featured McCrory, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and many other Republican dignitaries.

VIP guests paid $1,000 to attend a special reception before the ball featuring the governor and an open bar but more than one attendee grumbled that they couldn't drink enough Troy Moonshine and Cheerwine cocktails to make it worthwhile. Earlier in the evening the Foundation hosted an invitation-only dinner at the Carolina Country Club that asked guests not to even tell others about it.

For the main event at the Raleigh Convention Center -- the same scene as the other ball Friday night -- the guests arrived in chauffeured sedans, limousines and cabs. McCrory's new Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan arrived in a stretch black limo with a deep entourage. He emerged as if at a tailgate party, holding what appeared to be a red solo cup and drank on the sidewalk as he talked to State Highway Patrolmen for a couple minutes outside the venue.

Morning Memo: New analysis shows voter ID may impact nearly 1 in 10 voters

VOTER ID BILL COULD AFFECT 613,000 N.C. VOTERS. A Dome Morning Memo exclusive: A new report from the State Board of Elections found as many as 613,000 voters, or 9.25 percent of the North Carolina's voters, may not have a state issued driver's licensed or identification card -- raising the stakes ahead of Republican efforts to push for voter ID legislation in the upcoming session.

The new analysis, which compared Division of Motor Vehicles records to state voter lists, discovered that 53 percent of the voters in question are Democrats and a quarter are over age 65. A disproportionate share -- about 30 percent -- are black.

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Inaugural events draw Avett Brothers, newly formed conservative nonprofit group

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There are competing festivities during incoming governor Pat McCrory’s inaugural festivities next month.

In one corner is the Junior League of Raleigh, which has been hosting governor’s inaugural balls since 1933. This year they’ve lined up two days of activities to honor both the new governor and new members of the Council of State.

The Junior League just announced today that it has booked The Avett Brothers for the Friday night, Jan. 11, gala presentation at the Raleigh Convention Center. The Concord folk rock band has been nominated for a Grammy this year.

In the other corner is a new conservative nonprofit organization.

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