Gov. Beverly Perdue is being more open about her schedule.
She released a detailed schedule of her daylong trip to Washington today, noting the exact times she'll meet with President-elect Barack Obama's transition team, the National Governors Association, the state's U.S. representatives, two senators and the Democratic Governors Association.
Perdue has also scheduled a 15-minute general media availability following her meeting with the Congressional delegation.
The trip is designed to highlight her request for an economic stimulus package to direct money to North Carolina and other states, so it is naturally high profile.
Still, her willingness to share the schedule with the media is a marked contrast to former Gov. Mike Easley, who only reluctantly conceded he was stopping in Washington only a few weeks ago and did not meet with members of the state press.
Easley's representatives cited "security reasons" for their refusal to discuss his travel plans.