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New DOMECAST discusses legislature’s exodus of incumbents

Sen. Fletcher Hartsell, left, poses a question on an issue concerning the managed care organization merger process during the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations meeting at the Legislative Office Building in Raleigh, NC on Nov. 18, 2015. Hartsell is among the senior legislators who aren’t running for re-election.
Sen. Fletcher Hartsell, left, poses a question on an issue concerning the managed care organization merger process during the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations meeting at the Legislative Office Building in Raleigh, NC on Nov. 18, 2015. Hartsell is among the senior legislators who aren’t running for re-election. cseward@newsobserver.com

Domecast, our weekly podcast on government and politics in North Carolina, is ready for the weekend of Dec. 19-20.

On the closing arc of 2016 candidate filing, some notable names have dropped out of General Assembly races in last-minute fashion – the Senate’s longest-serving member among them – joining several other incumbents known for their positions of power. What does this mean for the anatomy of the legislature? Lynn Bonner and Colin Campbell of The News & Observer walk us through it with a round-up of exiting incumbents.

In our second segment, The N&O’s Craig Jarvis gives us the latest on the 2016 bond campaign while The Insider’s Benjamin Brown talks potential changes to the state’s problematic system for allocating economic aid to counties.

As always, we cross the finish line with our Headliners of the Week – a very special edition this time around. Andy Curliss of The N&O hosts.

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