As this is being written, the North Carolina General Assembly House of Representatives, or, as we understandably shorten it, the State House, is without a Speaker, or, as we equally shorten that, "boss." The Speaker of the House decides who gets on which committees, and which bills reach the floor for a vote. You can't get much more powerful than that in a legislative body.
The problem, so far, in selecting a Speaker is that the House is equally divided between democrats and republicans—60 apiece. And, in North Carolina (lately at least), there has been little inclination for the solons to agree on anything that crosses party lines. Another word for that is bipartisanship. (You might remember there was almost none of it in the last Congress, and not much expected in this one either.) North Carolina politics was for such a long time dominated—and I do mean dominated—by the Democratic Party, that people kind of got used to it. Tar Heels just did not cotton to that Republicanism which moved in with the carpetbaggers during what the North called "Reconstruction," following what we called, at best, the War Between the States, but more often, the War of Northern Aggression.