Over the years, news coverage of the NC General Assembly has been a mixed bag, with some important legislation flying completely under the radar while less important bills would receive an unwarranted amount of attention. A big reason for that comes from allowing lawmakers to dictate what is newsworthy and what isn't; things they would prefer go mostly unnoticed. And then came Tyler, Cullen, Matt, Mark, and Laura. Not only does this team stay on top of pending legislation and efforts by third parties to facilitate, modify, or even stop such policy changes, they're also skilled in research, sometimes incredibly deep, that fills in the gaps in our understanding of these issues. Considering the economic pressures that have ravaged the ranks of journalism over the last decade or so, being able to maintain such a team is an accomplishment in itself.
For putting in all the ungodly hours bouncing between committees and floor actions, and then taking the time to compose a clear and concise narrative for the rest of us, "Thank you" just doesn't seem adequate. But it's a start.