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Democrats dominate House 'effectiveness' rankings

Democrats dominate the top spots in the effectiveness rankings for the state House.

Democrats hold a 68-52 majority in the chamber, but they hold all but eight of the top 50 slots in the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research's latest effectiveness survey.

House Speaker Joe Hackney, an Orange County Democrat was the most effective House member in the report, which is based on surveys of lawmakers, lobbyists and capitol news reporters. Rules Chairman Rep. Bill Owens, an Elizabeth City Democrat was number two and chief budget writer Rep. Mickey Michaux, a Durham Democrat, was number three. House Majority leader Rep. Hugh Holliman, a Lexington Democrat was fourth and Rep. Rick Glazier, a Fayetteville Democrat was fifth. 

Republican House Leader Paul "Skip" Stam is the highest ranking Republican at 10 while Rep. Harold Brubaker, a Randolph County Republican was 18th. Rep. Thom Tillis, a Cornelius Republican was number 32 and posted the highest gain for both chambers. He moved up 63 places from his 95th ranking in 2007.

In the House, the dubious honor for the biggest drop in effectiveness belongs to former Rep. Ty Harrell, who dropped from 52nd to 110th. Harrell, a Raleigh Democrat, resigned amid an investigation into problems with his campaign finances.

The least effective member of the House was former Rep. Cary Allred, a Burlington Republican who resigned his seat after he was accused of an inappropriate hug with a teenaged page in the House chamber.

Center releases '07 effectiveness rankings

The 2007 effectiveness rankings for the legislature have arrived.

The rankings, conducted by the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research, is based on a survey of state senators and representatives, a dozen capital correspondents and 614 registered lobbyists after the biannual long session.

Senate President Marc Basnight was the most effective senator for a record eighth time in a row. The other most-effective senators were: Tony Rand, David Hoyle, Dan Clodfelter and Linda Garrou.

The five most effective members of the House were House Speaker Joe Hackney, Bill Owens, House Majority Leader Hugh Holliman, Rick Glazier and Jim Crawford.

Rep. Melanie Goodwin made the biggest jump in effectiveness in the House from 73rd in 2005 to 31st in 2007; while Sen. Bill Purcell joined the Senate's Top 10 most effective for the first time.

For the first time, the center asked respondents to consider ethics when ranking effectiveness.

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