Destination 270

SMU Students Analyze the 2012 Presidential Election

The Issues in North Carolina

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North Carolina made waves November 6 when it basically handed its government over to Republicans.  From the governor to Lieutenant governor and most House representatives, the GOP has taken control of the Tar Heel State.  Here are some of the issues that yielded this election cycle’s results:

Unemployment

North Carolina’s unemployment is one of the highest in the nation at 9.6%.  Obviously residents called for a complete change in governorship, as former governor Bev Purdue experienced some financial scandals within her campaign staff.  Hopefully, governor-elect Pat McCrory will use his business experience from working at Duke Energy Corp to help out the state.

Education

While this is a nationwide problem as well, Governor McCrory will be able to appoint officers to the State Board of Education early.  He’s also promised to focus on better results rather than increasing budgets to the existing education system.

Transportation

North Carolina also needs an overhaul of its transportation infrastructure.  Right now the State Board of Education estimates it will need $130 billion to build a better system, which is money the state simply does not have. Governor McCrory plans to fix this problem by integrating transit and economic development.

It’s a matter of time before we see if the Republican overhaul is what North Carolina needs in 2012 to fix these key problems.

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