The changing face of the NC legislature (audio)
While the presidential and the governor’s race have garnered most of the attention this election cycle, some political observers are focusing on how state legislative races will reshape the policy world in 2013.
Veteran political consultant Brad Crone says this will be the first time in the state’s history where there are more seats in the General Assembly that will be selected in suburban and urban counties, than in rural North Carolina.
“So the make up of the legislature is going to be an issue we look at long-term, maybe for the next decade, and how the urbanization of the General Assembly is going to impact public policy in the state,” explains Crone.
New faces will also be the norm in the 2013 legislature. More than 40 lawmakers who served in the NC General Assembly in 2011 are not on Tuesday’s ballot because of retirement, primary election losses, their pursuit of another office, or in a few cases, death.
Those new lawmakers could decide to follow the legislative leadership, or appeal to a growing number of unaffiliated voters in North Carolina.
Crone joined us over the weekend on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon to discuss the impact of Hurricane Sandy on Election Day, and other lessons that could be learned from the 2012 campaign season.
To hear the full interview or download a podcast, visit the radio interview section on the NC Policy Watch website. There you can also hear our profiles of Pat McCrory and Walter Dalton, as well as our interview with Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx.