Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Republicans Win Both Houses in N.C. State Legislature

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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