Yesterday's N&O had this article about how our recent elections may – or may not – change how things are run in North Carolina's state government. In one passage, they let slip one dirty little secret that most NC citizens may not be aware of:
"Perdue, newly elected Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and newly elected U.S. Senator Kay Hagan were all helped in their political ascents by state Senate leader Marc Basnight, who gave each of them power and influence as key budget writers. Basnight has run the Senate for 15 years, a tenure that has led many observers to say that Basnight, not the governor, is the most powerful figure in state government."
A continuation of one-party rule in Raleigh and a further entrenchment of the same old power players does not bode well for North Carolina.