Jan 7, 2013

NC Politics in the News - January 7, 2013


Pat McCrory became North Carolina's 74th governor Saturday and its first Republican chief executive in 20 years at a swearing-in ceremony at the old House chambers in the state Capitol. The formal inaugural celebration will take place Jan. 12 in downtown Raleigh.
When Bev Perdue moves out of the governor’s mansion, she will leave behind a historic governorship but a deeply embattled one.
North Carolina's next lieutenant governor is taking office before this weekend's big inauguration ceremonies.
They are mostly male, mostly white and mostly from the Piedmont. They boast some experience in state government, but little in the executive branch. They’re strong personalities, and two controversial ones. And when Republican Pat McCrory is sworn in Saturday as governor, they’ll be the team that will help him lead North Carolina for the next four years.
McCrory ran for governor promising a “Carolina comeback.” But Michael Walden, an economist at N.C. State University, cautioned against expecting too much too soon because no governor or legislature can turn an economy around on a dime.
Pat McCrory told business executives this week that he would be "sworn in Saturday and sworn at Monday." It didn't even take that long.
With the campaign behind him, Gov.-elect Pat McCrory gave a somber assessment of the state’s economy on Wednesday and warned that the fix would not make everyone happy.
The General Assembly returns to work for one day this week to prepare for a session that could bring about the most rapid and deep overhaul of state laws and policies in recent memory.
Jim Fulghum is 68 years old and a successful neurosurgeon, but he still finds freshman orientation a little overwhelming. Fulghum was elected in November to the North Carolina House and, as he’s the first to tell you, he has a lot to learn.
Two North Carolina state House members are resigning just before the start of the new session. One is heading to the state Senate, and the other says he’s going to Gov.-elect Pat McCrory’s administration.
Dale Folwell is weighing his options. The former Forsyth County representative and speaker pro tem of the N.C. House could end up in the administration of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, where he would likely be trying to figure out how to help “fix” a state government he sees as beset with fiscal problems.
In her first legislative session, as a freshman member of the minority party, state Rep. Susi Hamilton, D-New Hanover, sat in the back row in the House chamber, far from the House speaker and from the lawmakers with the most clout.
Aldona Wos, incoming Gov. Pat McCrory’s head of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, said today that she’s finding major information and technology problems in her new department.
After announcing the last appointments to his cabinet Thursday, Governor-elect Pat McCrory took questions from reporters on a number of topics. 
Overhauling North Carolina’s tax system is a top priority for Sen. Bill Rabon when the General Assembly convenes later this month.
The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles is working with county revenue offices across the state to educate vehicle owners to a new legislative program that will require the payment of vehicle property taxes at the same time vehicle registration renewals are due.


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