Two Democratic state senators this week are calling on House Speaker Jim Black to step down from his leadership post. They say his legal troubles are a distraction and could damage the public's view of the General Assembly. Julia Boseman of New Hanover County says Black has lost the trust of the people in North Carolina. John Snow of Cherokee County says in a letter to the editor in a weekly newspaper that Black should resign so that the chamber can focus on doing its work. The State Board of Elections is examining whether criminal charges should be filed against Black or his campaign for accepting incomplete contribution checks from eye doctors and forwarding them
to a close ally. Democrats will meet early next week and are likely to discuss the future of the four-term speaker.