Paul Fogleman,

The 170 members of the N.C. General Assembly are in session and there is a sense of anxiety—ready to move on with a long list of issues, i.e. education and tax reform, and sorting out relationships with a new President and administration in Washington and a new Governor and administration in Raleigh. Legislative Republicans have an overwhelming majority in both the House and Senate but there is a new wrinkle: a Democratic governor with deep experience in the General Assembly and a new Democratic minority leader in the House.

In both Chambers today there was a let’s-get-down-to-business mood. The ceremonial festivities were held two weeks ago. Dozens of bills—some addressing serious objectives and some frivolous—are ready to be introduced.

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