by Lisa Sorg
Not C-SPAN, but NC-SPAN: N.C. House Speaker Joe Hackney has appointed eight lawmakers to the House Select Committee on Televising House Sessions. (How many times can you say House in one sentence?) Triangle reps include Wake County's Grier Martin and Linda Coleman.
Although audio of the House and Senate sessions and finance and appropriations committees are available through the General Assembly Web site, political observers have long wanted the sausage-making televised for additional transparency.
In the House and Senate chambers, the press gets a front row view of the machinations, which are sometimes entertaining and other times like watching something akin to high school study hall: a lot of whispering, wandering around and occasional arguing. But like C-SPAN, wonderfully unfiltered.