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Big names to attend swearing-in while others decline


Former Gov. Robert Ray and former Lt. Govs. Joy Corning and Sally Pederson will participate in Friday’s swearing-in ceremonies for incoming Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov-elect Kim Reynolds. Outgoing Gov. Chet Culver and Lt. Gov. Patty Judge have declined their invitations. Officials from Culver’s office said Culver did not want to provide undue distraction, and Branstad also declined to attend Culver’s Condition of the State address.

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