BRADENTON, Fla. — Though inaugural festivities were curtailed by a major winter storm blowing through the Deep South, Nathan Deal was sworn in Monday as the 82nd governor of triple-A rated Georgia.

In a 20-minute speech to a joint session of the General Assembly, Deal, a Republican, focused on the “core responsibilities” of state government, which he defined as crime, education, health care, transportation, water, and resisting federal mandates.

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