WINNER TAKE ALL: The 2010 political season formally opened Monday, with the next nine months potentially having an outsized influence on Tar Heel politics for the next decade.
Of all the elections that will be held — from the marquee U.S. Senate race to courthouse contests — none will be more closely watched than the 170 seats of the state legislature.
That is because the legislature, as required by the U.S. Constitution, will draw new district maps for the legislature and for Congress in 2011 based on the census that will be conducted this year. Whether those maps are drawn by Democrats or Republicans — or jointly by both parties — could go a long way in deciding who holds power in Raleigh and who goes to Washington. (N&O)
BIG MONEY GUYS: Conservative businessmen Bob Luddy and Art Pope were the largest contributors in fall's Wake County school board elections, which
ushered in a majority pledged to eliminate the district's diversity policy. (N&O)
INNOCENT MAN? A Cary man in prison for murder will get his last shot at freedom today when he asks three judges to find him innocent. The N.C. Actual Innocence Commission found reason to believe that Greg Taylor didn't commit the crime. (N&O)