You can’t really say the smoke has cleared from Election Day’s results because here in North Carolina we won’t know the final results in some races until all the mail-in ballots are counted days from now.
However, when it comes to the NC General Assembly, it appears that majority control will not change in either the NC House or the NC Senate. In spite of the mega-millions in out-of-state money that poured into the state (a story in itself for another day), the Reform Majority prevailed in retaining control and will live to reform another day.
Republicans held onto majority control in the state Senate even though Democrats had a net gain of one Senate seat – leaving the count: 28 Republicans and 22 Democrats. In the House, Republicans added a net of four seats to hold majority control there as well, with a current count of 69 Republicans and 51 Democrats.
What’s ahead? After a decade of success in the General Assembly under the Reform Majority’s leadership where they helped create jobs, cut taxes on families and business, lessened regulations that stifle business and job growth, enhanced the Rainy Day Fund, reduced the size of government, and raised teacher pay and worked for better education for our children, there’s plenty left to accomplish.
Of course, we need to continue digging out of the COVID-caused economic ditch. The wisdom and thoughtful practices put in by the Reform Majority leadership has helped begin the process, but there’s more work to be done. Weighing the actions of Governor Cooper and negotiating through the choppy waters caused by his shutdown orders will be tricky and appears to be something to deal with for days ahead.
We can always do more to provide a better education for our children and we look to the Reform Majority to continue their work in providing choices in education for North Carolina families and their children, and good pay for quality teachers.
Finally, this election, with all the complexities of early voting scenarios, and now, not knowing the results in our state for 10 days, raises the cry for election reform. All the well-intentioned changes to accommodate voters has created a months and months-long slog to Election “Day.” Several folks that voted early have told us they would have voted differently if they had known all the facts. Does that make any sense?
Election reform – especially with an intense look at mail-in ballots and the ridiculous time frame expansion and leeway beyond Election Day – needs to be studied.
We look forward to January, 2021 and the leadership that brought us 10 years of success launching another 10 years of more job growth, hope and opportunity; new tax cuts, reducing the size of government, less regulation of businesses, better educational opportunities for our children and more common-sense, conservative governing.