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David Rouzer considering another Congressional bid that would start soon

The 2014 talk is starting and it's not just focused on which Republican will challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.

Republican David Rouzer is looking at another run at U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre's seat in the 7th Congressional District. Rouzer lost by 650 votes in a prolonged recount in November, the closest race in the nation, he said. McIntyre was the only Democrat to win a highly contested seat that received national attention.

When will Pat McCrory take power?

UPDATED: Pat McCrory is the governor-elect. But when will he take office?

The N.C. constitution says the governor's term "shall commence on the first day of January next after their election and continue until their successors are elected and qualified." But traditionally the transfer of power is timed to the Junior League of Raleigh's inauguration festivities. Gov. Bev Perdue took the oath of office Jan. 10, 2008.

This year's inauguration is pegged for Saturday, Jan. 12, a day after the league's inaugural ball. But Bob Orr, a conservative and former N.C. Supreme Court justice, argues McCrory needs to be sworn in sooner.

Morning after, McCrory sets stage for transition

At his first news conference as North Carolina’s governor-elect, Republican Pat McCrory pledged to reach out to legislative leaders in both parties and “move very quickly” on forming an administration.

McCrory plans to speak to reporters in Raleigh on Thursday afternoon to offer details of his transition. “There’s not a lot of days to move so we’re going to move very quickly,” McCrory told a news conference at the Westin in Charlotte on Wednesday. “And there’s a sense of urgency.”

Pat McCrory requests a body guard

A day after his election, Pat McCrory is getting his own body guard.

The governor-elect requested a Highway Patrol executive security detail and Gov. Bev Perdue approved it. McCrory wouldn't normally receive body guard until taking office, but he is allowed to request it early, subject to approval.

Because he is not the state's chief executive for the next two months, the governor's office said McCrory will pay for the security detail with the transition money provided by the state legislature. Costs remain uncertain.

McCrory traveled the campaign trail in a Cadillac sedan drive by aide Morgan Beam. Now a state Highway Patrol trooper will drive him in a state car or SUV.

The Albemarle Building will become McCrory's base in Raleigh

Pat McCrory isn't wasting time getting started. He is expected to travel to Raleigh on Wednesday to begin the transition.

As usual, the governor-elect will receive the key to state offices that will serve as his team's home base in the next two months. McCrory's offices will be located in the Albemarle Building at 325 Salisbury St., according to state officials. The tall, white office building houses a number of state offices, including Treasurer Janet Cowell. It is just across the street from the state legislative offices.

Seeking distraction, GOP state auditor candidates launches last-minute attack

The Republican candidate for state auditor launched a last-minute attack on her Democratic opponent as she desperately tried to distract from a controversy that is hurting her campaign.

From the office of her attorney, Debra Goldman, a Wake County school board member, played audio tapes she secretly recorded about discussions of the districts assignment plan. She also dredged up dirt on Beth Wood from four years ago, rehashing issues from the Democrat's successful 2008 campaign.

Ahead of election, Pat McCrory quietly plans his transition to power

Ahead comfortably in the polls, Pat McCrory is quietly planning for his transition into power in the weeks before Election Day. McCrory's allies are looking at names for potential agency heads and a number of lists are floating through GOP circles.

"We are all obviously being very cautious and not doing very much until after the election,” Ed McMahan, a former state legislator from Charlotte, said Friday. “I think everybody would understand that either one of the candidates would be doing some planning … but everything’s being put on hold until after the election.”

Morning Roundup: McCrory cruising on campaign trail, Dalton cash-strapped

North Carolina’s two candidates for governor began the final week of the campaign a study in contrasts.

Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, the state’s lieutenant governor, was on the attack and raising money, hoping a final surge would allow him to close what the polls suggest is a wide gap with his GOP opponent. Meanwhile, a buoyant Republican Pat McCrory, the former Charlotte mayor, hit a diner and a local GOP headquarters and warned his supporters against overconfidence. Full story here.

More political headlines:

--Gov. Bev Perdue is sitting on $1.2 million as Democrat Walter Dalton faces a 6-to-1 cash deficit to Republican Pat McCrory

N&O editorial board endorses Walter Dalton for governor

The News & Observer's editorial board endorsed Democrat Walter Dalton for governor in today's newspaper. It's a reversal from four years ago when the newspaper's opinion writers picked Republican Pat McCrory.

"Of these two candidates for the governorship, we think Dalton has more of what it takes to lead North Carolina in the right direction, toward more opportunity and prosperity for all of its people," the board wrote.

Pat McCrory on open records

GOP gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory said he was inclined to support legislation to open government personnel files if it involved in illegality or corruption or misuse of a job when a person is is terminated, suspended, transferred or demoted. But he was not in favor of opening up files if it it just involved job performance.

McCrory also said he favor changing the law so the public could determine whether an employer carried worker compensation insurance. “It has caused a lot of concern among employers where some employers are paying workers comp and some are not,” McCrory said in a meeting with The News and Observer editorial board. “It is not fair for businesses who are doing it the right way."

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