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Dan Blue, a 22-year veteran of the North Carolina House and speaker for four years, left the legislature in 2002.

Dan Blue, a 22-year veteran of the North Carolina House and speaker for four years, left the legislature in 2002. But in November, Gov. Mike Easley appointed Blue to his old scat following the death of Representative Bernard Allen. Blue is the first African American to hold the office of speaker. The current speaker, Jim Black, is embroiled in an ethics scandal that political observers believe may cost him his job. The issue is campaign funding violations and the passage of a state lottery bill.
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Title Annotation:People & Politics
Publication:State Legislatures
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U5NC
Date:Jan 1, 2007
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