Sunday, June 5, 2011

Finally, Something in the Smoke-Filled Room that Actually Works

NC - North Carolina House Republicans caucused Friday at the state capitol. These meetings are essentially strategy sessions that are closed to the public. But unbeknownst to lawmakers, the media was able to listen in. WFAE's Greg Collard reports. 

About 20 minutes into the meeting, a lawmaker walked up to a microphone and asked, "Is this working?"

Was it ever.

The meeting took place in a legislative committee room where debate during public meetings is streamed on the web. There's also a feed to the press room.

These feeds are turned off when the political parties caucus. But today, the feed to the press room stayed hot.

So reporters listened in, recorded and posted the audio of a rare behind-the-scenes look at the political process. (more)