Dome: McCrory inauguration parade route emerging

FROM STAFF REPORTSDecember 30, 2012 


Governor-elect Pat McCrory speaks as he holds a news conference to introduce some of his cabinet selections in downtown Raleigh, NC on Dec. 13, 2012.


CORRECTION made at 11:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, 2012: Gov.-elect Pat McCrory's inauguration parade will be January 12.

Pat McCrory’s transition team has released more details about the inauguration, revealing a partial map of the parade route on January 12th.

The parade will start at Fayetteville and Davie streets near the Marriott and travel north until Hargett Street, where it will jog to the right and then continue north on Wilmington Street past the Capitol, and end on Lane Street just past the legislative building.

The governor-elect may walk part of the parade route before watching it from a viewing stand on the east side of the Capitol.

Reporters who want to cover the 11 a.m. ceremony and speech are required to submit a request for credentials online, and the map designates a “media pen and risers.” The parade starts at 12:30 p.m.

Perdue in charge until Saturday

Despite the talk about McCrory’s term starting Tuesday, Gov. Bev Perdue’s office said it plans to govern until he’s sworn in Saturday.

The outgoing Democratic governor is planning a number of appearances around the state this week to tout her accomplishments in the arena of digital learning.

The state Constitution says the next governor’s term “shall commence on the first day of January next after their election and continue until their successors are elected and qualified.” The governor’s office contends “qualified” means having taken the oath of office.

With a number of big decisions remaining on her desk, Perdue could take action on pardons, outstanding judicial appointments and other matters.

Governor’s gift: A new company

Perdue got a surprise Christmas present from her son. Garrett Perdue, an economic development attorney, set up a shell company called Perdue Global LLC for the outgoing Democrat that may take form in January or beyond.

According to the Triangle Business Journal, the corporate entity was registered with the N.C. Secretary of State’s Office in late October.

“It was a Christmas present,” Garrett told TBJ, “set up in a totally transparent way… to be used by members of my family if they want to explore opportunities.”

He added: “I will say that I’m excited about the arrival of a new administration, and excited about the opportunity of being able to get some work done in North Carolina. If you know of anyone with an economic development idea, have them call me.”

DNC is 2012’s No. 2 story

NBC News ranks the Democratic convention in Charlotte as the No. 2 political story in 2012 – behind only Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” remark.

The reason from the story: “This year was another reminder that political conventions do matter in presidential contests. After the Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C. – which featured well-received speeches by first lady Michelle Obama, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, former President Bill Clinton and (President) Barack Obama – the Dem ticket got a noticeable bump in state and national polls. ...

“By comparison, Romney received little to no bump in the polls after the GOP convention in Tampa, Fla. Indeed, Romney’s own acceptance speech was overshadowed by Clint Eastwood’s impromptu – and bizarre – remarks to an empty chair (which he pretended to be Obama) on the convention’s final night.”

No. 3 on the list was the Denver debate in which pundits said Romney trounced the president.

Staff writers John Frank and Austin Baird

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