At 11:58 p.m. on Friday July 1st, the House and Senate joined in a ceremonial “dropping of the hankie” as the 2015-2016 session of the North Carolina General Assembly adjourned “sine die.” This was the earliest adjournment in many years, and (just) met the goal of leaders in both chambers to be finished with the people’s business before the July 4 holiday weekend began. The months ahead will be a whirlwind of political activity as hard-fought campaigns for every major political office truly heat up, and legislative candidates in competitive districts work to have their message heard in a very crowded electoral field. Despite this bi-cameral urge to adjourn as quickly as possible, the final week of session, and in particular the final day, was marked by a breakdown between the chambers that left a number of priorities stranded. Read the full report here.