In North Carolina, the Senate Majority Leader is more powerful than the Governor. That means, right now, Senator Tony Rand (D-Cumberland) is more powerful than Governor Easley (though most people don’t know who Rand is. That’s not good).
This article in Stateline should give us an idea why:
Rounding out Beyle’s list of states where
the governor has little institutional power are Rhode Island, Alabama,
Oklahoma, Indiana, Mississippi and North Carolina.
Most people also don’t know that when you have control over which bills get heard and which bills get sent to purgatory, you’ve got more power to shape the direction of the state than any other person. That, folks, is Tony Rand. Our polling also confirms North Carolinians civic ignorance in general (click link, scroll down).