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  Black gets 4th term as speaker
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DescriptionWith a 63-57 Democratic majority in the N.C. House, legislators opened their 2005 legislative session yesterday by electing Rep. Jim Black, D-Mecklenburg, to a fourth term as speaker.

In the same vote, they also elected Republican Richard Morgan - who has spent the last two years as a co-speaker with Black - to the expanded post of speaker pro tempore, where he will be able to appoint Republican chairmen and co-chairmen to some committees.

"While we are each labeled with a party affiliation, there are many times when that label must be set aside to do what is right for the families of North Carolina," Black said after he and Morgan were elected together by a vote of 100-20.

"We come together in this chamber to work with a common goal, to have a healthy, well-educated and prosperous North Carolina," Black said.

Morgan noted that the co-speakership that he and Black formed two years ago when the House had a 60-60 partisan split was a first for the state.
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