Handing out the gavels

Posted January 27, 2011
Updated January 28, 2011

The statehouse's new GOP leaders named their picks today for legislative committee membership.  

On the House side, here's the list of committee assignments, arranged by member here, and by committee roster here.  Only one Democrat got a gavel: former House Speaker Joe Hackney was named co-chair of the Ethics Committee. He'll share that leadership position with co-chair (and Senior Finance Chair) Rep. Julia Howard. 

Senate leaders didn't reach across the aisle for their committee leaders, either.  The only Dem who got a gavel was Mike Walters, the successor to David Weinstein in Senate 13 (Hoke and Robeson).  He's co-chairing State and Local Government with Western NC Republican freshman Senator Jim Davis.  The full Senate list is here.


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  • gt_football Jan 31, 2011

    I love how now that the Republicans have control of both the House and Senate, WRAL now has an entire section dedicated SOLEY to covering politics espically the Republican majority! Nice jog WRAL, way to stay biased.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Jan 31, 2011

    WRAL politcally biased??? Say it ain't so!

    It's almost funny if it wasn't so obvious.

  • Idogphart Jan 31, 2011

    Well Mrs. Leslie,why was this government watching not necessary when the Democrats ruled?

  • simracer68 Jan 31, 2011

    Oh, they'll give lip service to this being about tracking politics, but it is a CBS affiliate let us remember. This is nothing more than the Dems doing what they have to do to win back NC's legislature before it's all said and done. They didn't track the broken promises of the Dems, but have a whole new section here just to do that very thing for the Reps. How nice. Not. This section will have selective memories and reporting characteristics, you wait. I bet you don't have to wait long either.

  • AlbertEinstein Jan 29, 2011

    There could be many efforts of thought here. A few could include that WRAL producers are of the opinion that the Democrats provided little that would establish a regular new section - I do believe that I have actually heard the phrase, "same day, same ole stuff..." The second is that there were many promises made by many of the new members of our government - this could be a great place for a track record of those promises and/or breaking of those promises. Of course there are probably many other reasons for the new section; personally, I "hope" that there is significant change in the government to give real value here – regardless of your political affiliation.

  • 1secondlook Jan 28, 2011

    You are 100% correct Charlesws05!!!! This pitiful liberal station WRAL never would have this section if the Dems kept power. Its funny sometimes the anchors seem to have a hard time reading the liberal non-sense from the news teleprompter.

  • homefree Jan 28, 2011

    Is this a new section on politics? I don't remember this during the period of Democrat controlled house. Coincidence??