Winning State GOP Shifts To Speaker, Pro Tem Choices

Election Day is over, but campaigns are kicking into gear for several Republican legislators after the GOP won clear majorities in the North Carolina General Assembly for the next two years.

At least four House GOP members have indicated they're running for speaker in January, including Minority Leader Paul Stam of Wake County and Minority Whip Thom Tillis of Mecklenburg County. McDowell Rep. Mitch Gillespie and Mecklenburg Ric Killian said Thursday they're seeking the top job, too.

Over in the Senate, Republicans appear to be coalescing around Minority Leader Phil Berger of Rockingham County to run for the top job -- Senate president pro tempore.

Senate and House Republicans who won Tuesday are meeting later this month to pick their nominees for both powerful positions.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by DENNIS Location: EDENTON on Nov 7, 2010 at 08:21 AM
    I PRAY THAT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY CONSIDER THAT THE FIRST DISTRICT PUT DEMOCRATS BACK IN RALEGH AND WASHINGTON. PLEASE GIVE THE COURTESY OF GIVING THEM NOTHING JUST LIKE THEY GOT FROM SPEAR AND BUTTERFIELD.
  • by anonymous on Nov 4, 2010 at 06:52 PM
    We'll see what these changes bring for our state. I do think that it was time to break up that small circle of elected officials that have run our state for way too long. Big Red, as for the NAACP calling the Tea Party racists, the NAACP is the most racist group of people that exist!
  • by Big Red Location: Greenville on Nov 4, 2010 at 02:49 PM
    With the big wins here in NC and throughout the country, what will Newsweek (if they're still around) say now? And the NAACP calling Tea Party members racists? What do they have to say? I guess to paraphrase Newsweek's old headlines: We're all racists, now!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2010 at 12:27 PM
    during the last several sessions republicans werent allowed to bring legislation to a vote. the should give the democrats the same courtesy
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