• The new Republican House leadership for the 2015 session of the General Assembly is in place, led by Speaker-designate Tim Moore of Cleveland County (at right). Moore, who chaired that chamber’s Rules Committee in the previous session, will face election before the entire House after the session convenes.

• Before Saturday’s vote for the new speaker, The Insider obtained letters several of the candidates sent to Republican caucus members suggesting how they would handle issue differently than outgoing Speaker Thom Tillis, who’s on his way to the U.S. Senate.

• WRAL News gives Gov. Pat McCrory’s statement that the state has recovered all the jobs lost during the Great Recession a green light.

• Congressional Black Caucus chairman Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-1st District, says he hopes the grand jury investigating the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., “will find sufficient evidence to conclude that a crime was committed. … “