The first Republican governor in 20 years will take the oath of office in a largely private ceremony Jan. 5, raising questions about the tone Pat McCrory is setting at the start of his administration.
The traditional inauguration and festivities, timed to coincide with the Junior League of Raleigh’s inaugural ball, are scheduled a week later. But McCrory is opting to break tradition by moving forward his official swearing-in ceremony and relocating it to the old House chamber at the state Capitol. Read full story here.
More political headlines:
--AP's retrospective on Gov. Bev Perdue: "Outgoing Gov. Beverly Perdue said Thursday she doesn't regret declining to seek re-election and pushing for higher taxes to close budget gaps and restore education funding. She argued she's leaving the state in a better position compared to four years ago and didn't worry about political consequences."
--North Carolina’s film industry hit record-breaking numbers the past two years, but that’s unlikely to repeat in 2013, the director of the N.C. Film Office says.