Republicans have taken control of both houses in North Carolina’s state legislature. It is the first time in 112 years that the party has had a majority in the senate. A wave of voter anger and discontent has not only turned out Democrats at the national level, but at the local as well:
Unofficial returns indicate that Republicans won at least 28 Senate seats and 62 in the House, according to an Associated Press tally. The current House is a 68-52 Democratic majority and the Democrats control the Senate with 30 of the 50 seats. . "We are going to govern in a different way," Rep. Paul "Skip" Stam of Apex, the current House minority leader, told a cheering crowd at the GOP victory party in Raleigh. "We're going to govern in a frugal way, in a responsible way."
North Carolina has a $3 billion shortfall. Republican legislators are going to face some hard decisions, particularly since Governor Beverly Perdue has the power of the veto.
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