Presented to POLI 101 StudentsUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill April 6, 2011
Mississippi and AlabamaCarolina ’06NC Democratic PartyDuke Children’s HospitalNC Dept of State TreasurerNC Office of the Lieutenant GovernorCamp WellstoneDuke Non-Profit ManagementInstitute of Political Leadership
Mississippi and AlabamaCarolina ’06NC Democratic PartyDuke Children’s HospitalNC Dept of State TreasurerNC Office of the Lieutenant GovernorCamp WellstoneDuke Non-Profit ManagementNC Institute of Political Leadership
Structure of state government in NCContext of our system of governmentChallenges facing state governmentLaunching a career in government andpolitics on all levels
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Directly-elected Council of State• Governor• Lt. Governor• Attorney General• Secretary of State• State Treasurer• State Auditor• State Superintendent of Public Instruction• Agriculture Commissioner• Insurance Commissioner• Labor Commissioner
Gubernatorial-appointed Cabinet• Secretary of Administration• Secretary of Correction• Secretary of Crime Control and Public Safety• Secretary of Cultural Resources• Secretary of Commerce• Secretary of Health and Human Services• Secretary of Environmental and Natural Resources• Secretary of Revenue• Secretary of Transportation• Secretary of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention• State Controller• State Personnel Director
Independent boards and commissions• Over 200• State Board of Education• State Board of Elections• State Board of Community Colleges• Banking Commission
North Carolina Senate• 50 Senators• 2-year terms• Lieutenant Governor as presiding officerNorth Carolina House• 120 Representatives• 2-year termsUNC-system Board of Governors
Non-partisan electionsSimilar structure to federal courts• Supreme Court (7)• Court of Appeals (14)• Superior Court (46)• District Court (30)• Appointed magistrates
Rapid population growth• 18.5% increase since 2000• 39.9% increase wince 1990Changing population density• Population growth focused on RDU, CLT, ILMRecord budget shortfalls• $2.4B this year• 12.7% of spendingPolitical polarization
Changing political tidesShift from rural to urban powerNewcomersLack of bench depthNational trends
Who you know gets you in the door.What you know keeps you employed.