NC Republicans hold more top effectiveness spots


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republicans expanded their majorities at the General Assembly at 2012. A survey assembled every two years by a nonpartisan research group finds they are wielding more influence in the legislative process, too.

The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research released its biennial effectiveness survey results Tuesday.

It said Republicans held the top 15 spots for effectiveness in the House and first 16 in the Senate during the 2013 session. The surveys are done by legislators, lobbyists and members of the media.

House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger held the No. 1 spots in their chambers for the second time in a row. They were elected to their current jobs in 2011.

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