‘Tis the season for every media outlet (include yours truly) to make end-of-the-year lists. No surprise here, but North Carolina popped up on several national lists tracking politics and policy.
Having that same journalistic drive to create an end-of-the-year list, I collected several lists floating around the Internet that involve North Carolina politics and policy. Take a look, and offer up any other lists of interest in the comments section.
- The state itself got a nod as one of two states  (watch out, Georgia!) where the country’s next president will be chosen.
- Republican state Sen. President Pro-Tem Phil Berger got a prominent mention from a Washington Post list  of emerging political stars, noting “while Pat McCrory may be North Carolina’s governor, Berger, the state Senate president, is the undisputed driving force behind policies on election law, tax cuts and social issues the legislature passed this year.”
- A little closer to home, WRAL’s Mark Binker wrote out his five political questions for North Carolina in 2014, including what momentum will remain from this year’s Moral Monday protests and what will be on the front burners for state legislators when they come back this spring.
- N.C. Policy Watch’s Rob Schofield had a month-by-month list of his low points in the state, mentioning the stories and columns N.C. Policy Watch brought you about low teacher pay, abortion rights and more.
- State Rep. Marcus Brandon, a High Point Democrat, got picked by “Governing” magazine as one of a dozen state legislators to watch , noting his being openly gay, as well as a strong backer of the state’s new private school voucher program.
- The education world in the state was anything but quiet, and Policy Watch’s Lindsay Wagner gathered up the high, and low, moments in education in the state here .
All those lists leave your head spinning? Relax and take a look at the final list, the top political cartoons  we had here at N.C. Policy Watch.