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Governor Perdue faces a critical policy and political choice.
The media is focused on what the new Republican legislature will do to balance the budget.
But the Governor has to make the first move. She proposes the budget.
And the course she takes could decide whether she becomes North Carolina’s first one-term governor since succession passed in 1977.
She could try to out-cut the Republicans. If she does, she’ll face a rebellion in her Democratic base –and maybe a primary challenge.
Or she can find a way to draw a clear line with Republicans: progress versus retreat, go forward or go back.
It’s no easy choice, given her precarious public standing.
My choice would be to go with the base now. If she doesn’t energize their support in 2011, she’ll never get it in 2012.
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The Charlotte Observer says: “Carter Wrenn and Gary Pearce don’t see eye-to-eye on many issues. But they both love North Carolina and know its politics inside and out.”
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