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LINC'ed IN: November 9, 2012 

Out and About in North Carolina

Transportation Forum Only Days Away - On Wednesday, municipal elected officials and staff will join legislators and transportation experts from the state and federal levels at a transportation forum hosted by the League in Raleigh. If you have not yet registered, don't worry: You can register online today and there will be opportunities to register on-site. We'd love to see you in Raleigh Wednesday (November 14) for this important conversation.


North Carolina Has Gone Red

The votes have been cast and the results are in, and a number of new faces were chosen for elected office in North Carolina. See below for the numbers at a glance and links to detailed articles.

2012 Elections

  • 37 Counties that voted for Democrat Bev Perdue in 2008 had a majority of voters opt for the Republican candidate this year as former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory was elected Governor (see map below).
  • Congressional election votes send 5 new U.S. representatives to D.C. for a total of 9 Republicans and 4 Democrats in the N.C. delegation. 
    (No senatorial election in 2012.)
  • Council of State Elections result in a new Lieutenant Governor, Republican Dan Forest.
  • NC General Assembly Election votes bring 55 new state senators and representatives to Raleigh. The Senate will have 13 freshmen, and 30 Senators - 60 percent of the body - will be in their first or second terms. The House will have 42 freshmen, and 69 Representatives - 57.5 percent - will be serving their first or second term. Republicans will now hold veto-proof majorities in both legislative bodies.

 For more details visit: Election Recap: Call Your Legislators 11.7.12


2012 sees 37 counties change to Republican

2008 - 2012 37 County Change to Red

 11.08.2012 Video: GOP heavy-hitters on McCrory transition team

11.08.2012 Video: McCrory details transition plans

11.08.2012 Governor-Elect McCrory Announces Transition Leadership Team

11.08.2012 McCrory will face legislative challenges

11.07.2012 Shift in NC political power may impact public policy

11.07.2012 McCrory to take team approach to tackling NC's problems

11.07.2012 McCrory pledges he will 'bring this state together'


Majority Leader - Representatives David Lewis and Ruth Samuelson are both seeking to lead House Republicans next year, and there may be room for both of them. Republicans are considering splitting the majority leader post into two positions and the current majority leader, Paul "Skip" Stam, R-Wake, is hoping to become speaker pro tem. Samuelson, R-Mecklenburg, sent an email to colleagues Wednesday asking for their support in her bid, saying if the post is split that she wants the "development" post. That would put her in charge of strategic messaging, professional development and campaign fundraising. "We had great success yesterday and I would like to continue to use that experience to make us stronger as a team," she wrote. Samuelson currently serves as majority whip.

Lewis is also calling Republicans, saying he wants the operations end of the job, which would run the daily calendar and manage the caucus agenda. In an interview Thursday, Lewis said the unprecedented move to split the position between two lawmakers would not cost taxpayers more money. State law gives majority and minority leaders about $4,300 more than average lawmakers but Lewis said he and Samuelson would split the money. "You get two for the price of one," he said. The caucus will make a decision about whether to have two GOP leaders at a November 17 meeting. (THE NEWS & OBSERVER, 11.08.2012, via The Insider)

Unemployment Insurance Issues Outlined - At yesterday’s meeting of the Revenue Laws Study Commission, staff outlined a number of issues impacting North Carolina’s Unemployment Insurance fund – including an outstanding $2.5 billion debt to the federal government.  While cities currently pay for unemployment benefits through a reimbursement system which is different than the experience rated unemployment insurance premium structure in the private sector, a complete overhaul of the unemployment insurance system will likely impact the public sector system.  The League will be watching this issue closely, as unemployment insurance reform is expected to be an issue addressed early in the 2013 General Assembly Session. Contact: Paul Meyer

Coming Soon

General Assembly - Full Legislative Calendar

NCLM Transportation Forum, November 14, 9:30 am, Quorum Center, 323 West Jones Street, Raleigh

Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee, November 14, 9:00 am, Room 415, Legislative Office Building, Raleigh

Environmental Review Commission, November 15, 9:30 am, 544 Legislative Office Building, Raleigh

Emergency Management Oversight Committee, November 27, 10:00 am, 643 Legislative Office Building, Raleigh

Emergency Management Oversight Committee, December 4, 9:00 am, 544 Legislative Office Building, Raleigh

Joint Legislative Transportation Committee, December 7, 9:00 am, 1228/1327 Legislative Building, Raleigh 

Revenue Law Study Committee, January 8, 9:00 am, 544 Legislative Office Building

NCLM Advocacy Goals Conference, January 24, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh