Yes the Senate race is considered a referendum on Thom Tillis’ policies while he was Speaker of the House, but Carolina Journal’s Becki Gray reminds us the real referendum is —in case you’ve forgotten — the General Assembly race:

So much ink, bandwidth, and money have focused on North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race, but the implications of this election on state policies have been overlooked.

And that’s a shame.

….Since Republicans took control of the legislative branch in 2011, they have implemented a very aggressive reform agenda. They have reformed our tax system, rolled back regulations, strengthened infrastructure, raised teacher pay, expanded school choice, and restored integrity to our elections. It has been transformational and has taken strong, bold leadership.

…I believe the policies are good for the state and its people. We are starting to see signs that they are working. But change is hard, and these changes have been difficult to accomplish. Policymakers have struggled to find a balance between being aggressive enough to make a difference and slow enough to enact deliberate change.

What will it take to keep the momentum going?

No indications that Republicans will lose the legislature; only question is whether or not they will hold the veto-proof majority. Should that happen, it will make Gov. Pat McCrory “a even bigger player.”

As for Tillis and his evil policies that have helped create mayhem and murder nationwide, here’s a little October surprise, worthy of page 2 below the fold in today’s N&R: —-most North Carolina teachers have stayed put.

So much for bumper sticker I saw at the Farmer’s Market stating “North Carolina: First in Teacher Flight.”