North Carolina Rising: GOP takes control for the first time since 1870
posted at 9:42 am on November 3, 2010 by Diane Suffern
I woke up this morning to a truly new North Carolina. For the first time in over a century, the GOP has control of the state General Assembly.
First two objectives for the new majority, according to GOP Chairman Tom Fetzer: Living within our means, and correcting gerrymandered districts throughout the state.
The state faces a projected $3 billion deficit in the coming year, and Fetzer said a Republican-controlled legislature would set priorities to live within a smaller budget.
Control of the General Assembly during the 2011 session not only means setting the agenda for the state budget and other legislation, it also means controlling the process for redrawing legislative districts, which could influence elections for the next decade.
How did NC Democrats spend the night? WRAL reports:
The mood at Democratic Party headquarters was more somber. They, too, started off calling their gathering a victory party, but the crowd grew quieter and more sparse as returns came in and showed that polls predicting a big night for Republicans were correct.
Let’s pause for a moment to wish them well, and… O.K., I’m done.
Hey, Bev? You’re next.