Supporters of North Carolina’s first Republican governor in 20 years were in a celebratory mood over the inaugural weekend, but how long will the political honeymoon last?
NC State University political scientist Dr.Andy Taylor says even though Republicans control the executive branch and enjoy a supermajority in the state House and Senate, there could be some division when lawmakers return to Raleigh and begin hashing out which direction to guide the state.
Medicaid expansion, tax modernization, immigration reform and even the future political ambitions of legislative leaders could divide politicians who were seemingly in lockstep in 2012.
“When you add to the fact there are institutional difference, governors do different things from legislative leaders, they have different responsibilities,”explains Taylor. “There may even be palpable ideological differences.”
Taylor notes voters also tend to run hot and cold in their support of change:
“There will naturally be an erosion, or a falling away [of support] and I think that is accelerated if you play your hand too quickly,” warns Taylor.
Dr. Taylor shared his thoughts over the weekend on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon. Click below for a portion of that radio interview, or download a podcast of the full segment from the NC Policy Watch website: