Welcome to the YES! Weekly Pop Quiz, where we ask elected officials about their jobs. This week, we address questions to candidates for NC General Assembly about matters concerning the governance of the NC General Assembly. The rules are simple: no research, no callbacks.


1. How long has the Democratic Party held the majority in the NC Senate? 2. How many seats do the Republicans need to pick up a majority in the Senate? How many in the House? 3. True or false: The next session of the General Assembly will redraw congressional and state legislative districts, based on the 2010 census.

Bruce Davis, independent candidate for NC Senate District 28 1. Probably over the last 80 years or so, I don’t know. [ -] 2. In the Senate I think they need more than five. [ ] 3. That is true. [ ]

Pricey Harrison, Democratic candidate for NC House District 57 1. 1898 or something, that’s 112 years. [ ] 2. The House is 68, 52. They’ll need to pick up nine seats. [ ] 3. That’s true. If any of us candidates can’t answer that, we’re in trouble. [ ]

Marcus Brandon, Democratic candidate for NC House District 60 1. 112 years. [ ] 2. Go with seven. (Senate) [X] 3. True. [ ]

Correct Answers

1. 112 years, or since 1898

2. Six, nine

3. True.