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Gov. McCrory to Meet with Legislators Thursday a.m.

Governor Pat McCrory’s office released his public schedule for Thursday, about an hour ago. The only item on the schedule was a 7:30 a.m. breakfast with invited State Legislators at the NC Governor’s Mansion. No press invited!

Will they discuss their differences on the abortion debate?

We will keep you up to date.

It’s Saturday at the NC GOP Convention

CHARLOTTE  We are back at the North Carolina Republican State Convention and Madeline Keeter has just sung a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem.

Saturday tends to be the bigger day at the NC GOP convention as the delegates listen to remarks from the big names in the state party, from other state officials, and to elect new officers who will direct the state party.

Governor Pat McCrory is up next.

Gov. McCrory Signs 1st Executive Order, Makes 3 More Appointments

McCrory at Monday's Press Conference, courtesy of the Charlotte Observer

McCrory at Monday’s Press Conference, courtesy of the Charlotte Observer

On his first official workday in office, newly minted Governor Pat McCrory got down to business.  He signed his first executive order and named three more appointments to his leadership team.

His first act was to rescind one of his predecessors executive orders which was to have a panel pick vacant statewide judicial positions.  In Executive Order 1, he will do it directly.

At his first press conference this morning, the governor expressed concern over the state’s exploding budget and warned agency directors to watch their bottom lines.

Additonally, he discussed the state’s Information Technology (IT) infrastructure, calling it antiquated and out-of-date.  He had specific worries about the computers in Health and Human Services.

Finally, he named three more to positions of political importance:

Tony Almeida as Senior Advisor to the governor for Jobs and the Economy, Fred Steen as the governor’s Legislative Liaison and Chris Estes as State Chief Information Officer.

Tuesday evening, the Governor will be in his predecessor’s (and this blogger’s) hometown of New Bern, greeting constituents.  Katy’s Conservative Corner will be there and have the story for you, as well as other stories of the day and from the past weekend.



Pat McCrory Sworn In As State’s 74th Governor

This detailed report was provided to credentialed media by pool reporter, the AP’s Gary Roberson:
NC Chief Justice Swears in Governor Pat McCrory, pool photo by Gerry Broome

NC Chief Justice Swears in Governor Pat McCrory, pool photo by Gerry Broome

More than 100 people gathered in the old House chambers for the swearing-in. They listened to mostly patriotic music from the Liberty Brass Quintet that’s part of the 440th Army Band from the North Carolina

Gov and Mrs McCrory Greet well-wishers as they leave the chamber in the NC Capitol.  Kieran Shanahan is at the front left.

Gov and Mrs McCrory Greet well-wishers as they leave the chamber in the NC Capitol. Kieran Shanahan is at the front left.

National Guard. Transition team leader John Lassiter emceed the event.

The ceremony began in earnest at 11:57 a.m. when Gov. Beverly Perdue and first gentleman Bob Eaves entered the room and were given a standing ovation. They sat in the second row. Perdue wore a red dress.

McCrory and his wife, Ann, entered at 12:01 p.m. to standing applause. The incoming governor wore a black suit and patterned tie, while the new first lady wore a purple suit jacket and black skirt.

After the presentation of the U.S. and North Carolina flags by a military color guard, McCrory nephew Patrick Sebastian led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. The crowd faced ahead to where a portrait of George Washington sits on the wall high above the speaker’s dais. The participants kept their hands over their hearts as the quintet played the national anthem.

The Rev. David Chadwick of Charlotte recited a prayer, which in part asked God to let McCrory “not worry about anything but in everything with great thanksgiving always lay his burdens upon you in prayer.”

Perdue and McCrory approached the dais and a table where the seal of North Carolina sat. The two, along with Associate Justice Paul Newby, participated in the ceremonial transferring of the seal between governors. Newby called the seal “perhaps the best known representation of the constitutional power and authority of the state of North Caroilna.”

Perdue told McCrory that with the seal she transferred to him “the powers and duties as chief executive officer of the great state _ the greatest state in America _ and may God bless you in the months and years ahead as you and Ann serve North Carolina’s people as their governor and leader of this great state.”

McCrory accepted the seal “and the power and duties it represents. I hereby promise to fulfill the duties of the governor of North Carolina and to fairly and justly use these powers entrusted to me to enable the people of North Carolina to be the very best they can be. May we all, working together, be a beacon of hope and progress for our nation, and of course to our great state.”

Chief Justice Sarah Parker administered the oath to Patrick Lloyd McCrory at 12:10 p.m. on two Bibles held by Ann McCrory _ the McCrory family Bible and the George Durant 1599 Bible, which is known as North Carolina’s oldest book. After saying “I do,” the crowd applauded and the new governor hugged his wife.

McCrory told the crowd: “This is quite an honor and privilege. I first want to thank the governor and her husband, Bob, for just graciousness during this transition. And thank you for your leadership and your public service over the past 20 years.” The crowd gave Perdue another standing ovation.

McCrory continued: “I ask for your prayers. I ask for you to pray for Ann and myself and may God continue to bless a great nation and may God continue to bless the state of North Carolina. Thank you very much.”

The McCrorys then walked out of the House chambers at 12:13 p.m. to complete the ceremony.

Swearing In of Cabinet and Secretaries

Those in attendance at the swearing-in included all seven members of the Supreme Court; incoming Lt. Gov. Dan Forest; State Treasurer Janet Cowell; Secretary of State Elaine Marshall; Attorney General Roy Cooper; Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin; State Auditor Beth Wood; Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson; House Speaker Thom Tillis; Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger; and McCrory’s incoming Cabinet secretaries.

McCrory and his Cabinet then walked over to the old Senate chambers, where McCrory watched as the eight were sworn in to office simultaneously by Newby. Spouses of the Cabinet members held Bibles as they all stood in a row for the oaths. McCrory also stood in the line to watch.

Associate Justice Mark Martin then swore in some of McCrory’s top staff members, including deputy budget director Art Pope, general counsel Bob Stephens, chief of staff Thomas Stith and state personnel director Neal Alexander.

McCrory gave some brief remarks following: “…Our goal and my faith tells me that we leave this place in a better place than it was when we arrived.”

McCrory left the 2nd floor of the old Capitol building to the sounds of the brass quintet, which proceeded to play “Penny Lane” and “When I’m 64” by The Beatles _  a favorite band of the state’s 74th governor. McCrory was driven by his security detail to the Executive Mansion for a meal with ceremony participants.


It’s Pat McCrory Time – Inauguration Preliminaries

Remember all that work you did last Spring, Summer, and Fall?  Today is pay off time as North Carolina’s new Governor, Pat McCrory, is inaugurated.   The activities will take place in the old Senate Chambers at Capitol Square in downtown Raleigh.  The details follow, below.

Find out how you can watch the entire event on your computer, via Livestream and scroll down to see the activities of the noon hour.  Katy’s Conservative Corner  will also be there to bring you photos and interviews.

We listed a viewing guide beneath the video box, to assist you.



WHO: Governor-Elect Pat McCrory
WHAT: Official Swearing-In Ceremony
WHEN: Saturday, January 5, 2013
12:00pm – 12:30pm
WHERE: House of Representatives Chamber
North Carolina State Capitol, Second Floor
1 East Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27601



12:00pm – Gov. Elect McCrory enters chamber
12:02pm – Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem
12:05pm – Invocation by Minister David Chadwick
12:07pm – Transfer of the seal w/ Gov. Elect McCrory & Gov. Perdue
12:11pm – Gov. Elect McCrory takes the oath of office, administered by Chief Justice Parker
12:17pm – Gov. McCrory exits chamber

OPEN TO FAMILY and media only

Swearing in of Cabinet Secretaries  

WHO: Governor Pat McCrory, Cabinet Secretaries
WHAT: Cabinet Swearing-In
WHEN: Saturday, January 5, 2013
WHERE: Senate Chamber
North Carolina State Capitol, Second Floor
1 East Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

You may also watch the proceedings on North Carolina Public Television.



McCrory’s First Event as Governor to Raise Funds for Homeless Vets

Support Veterans Leadership Council of North Carolina

Support Veterans Leadership Council of North Carolina

Saturday evening, in his first official event as Governor, Pat McCrory will host a  Salute to North Carolina Veterans. A few tickets remain to the event, at the North Raleigh Hilton/Midtown.  KCC will be there, covering the event.

The Veteran’s Leadership Council of North Carolina-Cares (VLC) is pleased to announce that on Saturday January 5th, Governor Pat McCrory will be a special guest and address “A Salute to North Carolina Veterans“. The fundraising dinner benefiting North Carolina’s homeless veterans will be Governor McCrory’s first public event as governor following his official swearing-in earlier that day.

Click here for event specifics and for the official flyer.  The flyer explains how to get your tickets and the location of the hotel.  If you are in Raleigh for the Swearing-in and parade, stay for the evening and honor our Vets.

Editor’s Notes: The VLC is a veteran operated 501(c)3 non-profit corporation established to provide assistance, including temporary housing, for hundreds of North Carolina’s homeless veterans. Funds raised at the event will go toward the refurbishment of the Veterans Life Center in Butner, NC, where homeless Veteran servicemen and women will receive therapeutic care to become self-reliant, productive and contributing members of society.

McCrory Names Gen. Tata NCDOT Secretary, Fills Out Other Appointments

Gov. Pat McCrory

Gov. Pat McCrory

Thursday,  North Carolina Governor-Elect Pat McCrory appointed Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata (U.S. Army, Retired) as Secretary of the Department of Transportation, Sharon Decker as Secretary of the Department of Commerce and Bill Daughtridge as Secretary of the Department of Administration. Additionally, the Governor-Elect announced Neal Alexander will serve as Director of the State Office of Personnel.

With these appointments, Governor-Elect McCrory has filled all eight of his cabinet secretary positions with a diverse, bi-partisan group of people representing all portions of the state. Half of Governor-Elect McCrory’s cabinet secretaries are Republican and half are either Democrat or Independent.

“I am incredibly proud of the strong team we’ve assembled,” said Governor-Elect McCrory. “These individuals are pragmatic problem solvers and leaders that will help me run the government in the most effective way possible while seeking long-term solutions for our state.”

DOT Secretary Tony Tata

DOT Secretary Tony Tata

Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata (U.S. Army, Retired) joins Governor-Elect McCrory’s cabinet after most recently serving as Superintendent of the Wake County Public School System, leading the state’s largest school district of 18,000 employees, 150,000 students and a $1.25 billion budget.

Prior to serving as Superintendent, General Tata was in Afghanistan where he served as the Deputy Commanding General of U.S. forces from 2006-2007. Throughout his career, General Tata has planned and implemented multiple operations involving complex transportation and infrastructure challenges ranging from multi-mode operations involving ports, airfields, rail, and highways to designing and implementing extensive infrastructure plans in developing countries. Among his many military assignments, General Tata served two tours of duty in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg.
He also served as a brigade commander in the 101st Airborne Division and as the Deputy Commanding General of the 10th Mountain Division. General Tata graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1981.

Sharon Decker enters the McCrory Administration with extensive private sector experience. She was the CEO of the Tanner Company, a large textile company based in Rutherfordton, North Carolina. In 2004, Decker created the Tapestry Group, a non-profit that helps individuals lead healthy lives in body, mind and spirit. Decker has served on the boards of three Fortune 500 companies. She also has more than 17 years of experience with Duke Power Company, now Duke Energy. She began working with the company in consumer services and moved rapidly through the ranks to become the youngest and first female vice president in Duke Power’s history. Her work at Duke Power led to the creation of its 24-hour customer service center, an organization that still serves as a model for the industry.

Tata, McCrory, and Bill Daughtridge at Thursday's announcement

Tata, McCrory, and Bill Daughtridge at Thursday’s announcement

Bill Daughtridge is the President of Daughtridge Gas & Oil Company based in Rocky Mount and currently is on the UNC Board of Governors, where he serves on the Budget Committee. From 2002-2008, Daughtridge served in the North Carolina House of Representatives, where he chaired the Commerce Committee and focused his efforts on promoting economic growth and development in North Carolina.

Daughtridge is also a former President Area Seven (VA and NC) on the Southern Region Board of Directors for the Boy Scouts of America and is a former member of the North Carolina Travel and Tourism Board, the Nash County Board of Travel & Tourism, Carolinas Gateway Partnership and the Rocky Mount Community Foundation. Daughtridge also held other statewide and local leadership positions including President of the North Carolina Petroleum Marketers Association, Rocky Mount Area United Way and Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to three Cabinet appointments, McCrory also announced that Neal Alexander will serve as the Director of the State Office of Personnel.

Alexander joins Governor-Elect McCrory’s leadership team with 40 years of experience in various Human Resources roles at Duke Energy. Most recently, he served as Vice President for Human Resources for Duke Energy’s US Franchised Electric and Gas Service, and has won awards for excellence in Human Resources such as the Duke Power William S. Lee Leadership Award and The Employers Association Babcock Award. He also currently serves as chair of the Gardner-Webb University Board of Trustees and The Employers Association, which provides human resources and training services to organizations.