By our count, we're now up to 11 Republican members of the General Assembly who are not running for reelection next year. Some say they're retiring. Some have taken other jobs. Some plan to run for other offices. It's all very interesting, to see that many rowboats pulling away from an ocean liner.
The latest to announce is Rick Caitlin of Wilmington.
Bryan Holloway of King took another job.
Buck Newton of Nash County plans to run for Attorney General.
Sen. Stan Bingham of Davidson wants out.
Rep. Brian Brown of Pitt County took a better job as a staffer with Sen. Thom Tillis in D.C.
Paul Stam of Wake County is out.
Leo Daughtry is gone.
Rayne Brown, also of Davidson County, won't run again.
Jacqueline Schaffer of Mecklenburg ... ditto.
James Langdon of Johnston County ... ditto.
Rep. Paul Tine, who was elected in 2012 and 2014 as a Democrat, changed his affiliation to "U" and started caucusing with the Republicans ... ditto.