(CNN) - For New York, New Mexico and Michigan, the start of the new year means a new governor.
On Saturday, Democrat Andrew Cuomo became New York's 56th governor, Republican Susana Martinez became New Mexico's 27th governor and the nation's first female Hispanic governor and Republican Rick Snyder became Michigan's 48th governor. The three new state chiefs seized the reins amid difficult economic realities, something that remained a constant throughout the ceremonies.
(CNN) - At the start of 2011, along with Americans across the country, Republicans and Democrats made their New Year's resolutions via web and radio addresses.
Although President Barack Obama was realistic about the divided Congress that will be sworn in Wednesday, he said members of both parties must work together to ensure economic growth continues in the new year.
(CNN) - Democratic Rep. Danny Davis of Illinois ended his bid for Chicago mayor Friday night and, in a call for African-American accord, endorsed former Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun.
Davis, the second African-American candidate to recently drop out of the race, said his choice proves "unity is more than just a concept." With Davis out of the campaign, the electoral way is cleared for Braun to launch a campaign directly against Rahm Emanuel, who left his post as White House chief of staff earlier this year to run for mayor of the windy city.
Washington (CNN) - Beginning Saturday and continuing over the next few weeks, some of the nation's most prominent governors will be leaving office as a new crop of state chief executives are sworn in.
Among the more well-known governors who will be leaving office: - Republicans Arnold Schwarzenegger of California, Charlie Crist of
Florida, Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and Mark Sanford of South Carolina - Democrats Bill Richardson of New Mexico, David Paterson of New York, Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania, Ted Strickland of Ohio and Jennifer Granholm of Michigan.