It has been a long time since a Republican governor gave a State of the State address to a Republican Legislature.
On Monday night, Gov. Pat McCrory definitely had a friendly audience that stood and applauded repeatedly as he outlined his plan for fixing a government he calls broken.
McCrory made his way through a gauntlet of Republican supporters and wasted no time in telling a joint session of his legislature that he has a three-point plan for North Carolina.
"Our economy, our education and efficiency of our services," said McCrory.
In his first State of the State address, the governor called for lowering income tax rates and he boldly called for the state to stop adding debt.
"We are not going to borrow money from Washington with no idea on how to pay it back," he said.
McCrory also promised a more efficient state government and sent a warning to state employees.
"We want to reward our talented state employees, but seat-warmers must be a thing of the past," he said.
Monday night was a night of ovations for the governor and he used that momentum to pitch a plan to encourage vocational training as well as college, and to get more money for education. He took a shot at the state's education lottery.
"Reallocate a portion of money away from the bloated and frankly annoying advertising and large administration cost of the lottery commission," said McCrory.
McCrory also said he wants to look into offshore energy exploration in North Carolina using new technology to track state vehicles, and wants his transportation secretary to fix the DMV.
It's an ambitious agenda he said he will start selling Tuesday.