Jefferson Post- RSS OPINION Feed Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:10:14 EST 1800 North Carolina’s new fracking rules fall short The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission (MEC) issued its final vote on proposed changes to the rules regulating the process of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas (i.e. fracking) last Friday. As you've probably heard by now, the panel... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:01:08 EST States should think long-term Although I support the tax cuts and other fiscal policies adopted by the North Carolina General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory over the past two years, I have repeatedly urged policymakers and commentators alike to avoid making grandiose claims about... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:01:05 EST Old wisdom for a new day “I am not a member of any organized party – I'm a Democrat,” humorist Will Rogers frequently said in the 1920's. The same is true today, especially in North Carolina. After a third consecutive poor showing Democrats need... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:01:09 EST The looming teacher shortage that the General Assembly made worse It might not be a surprise given the decisions made by the General Assembly in the four years, but North Carolina faces a teacher shortage in the not too distant future and lawmakers keep doing things to make the problem worse. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:01:04 EST I got the red blues One of the legacies of the George W. Bush era was the codification of the red-blue color scheme for American politics. Newspapers and TV networks used the results of the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections to produce maps characterized by dollops of... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:00:08 EST Helping low-income children means helping their families A new report about child and family poverty from the Annie E. Casey Foundation ought to be required reading for new and returning state lawmakers and Governor Pat McCrory and his staff ought to take a long hard look at it too. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:31:07 EST Legends of the Fall Why did Democrats have a disappointing midterm election? Ask the Democrats. They've been thinking about this a lot and offer many explanations. Let's explore their various legends of the fall campaign. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 17:01:03 EST Battle for political dominance, like Isner’s epic match What is the connection between U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and acclaimed U.S. tennis player John Isner?Both come from Greensboro, but it is more than that. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 07:01:04 EST Will conservatives overplay their hand or heed cooler heads? There's no getting around the fact that when North Carolinians went to the polls on Nov. 5, they gave a thumbs-up to the conservatives who've been in charge at the General Assembly for the last four years – doing damage that calls to... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:00:08 EST Best pollster in NC Polling, it is said, is more of an art than a science. Pollsters are among the first to say this — particularly when the products, causes, or candidates they project to succeed fall flat. When their predictions turn out to be on the mark,... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 07:01:04 EST No big changes for NC politics after this year’s vote A Republican wave swept across the country on Election Day this year, pushing into North Carolina to help Republican state House Speaker Thom Tillis defeat Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan by less than 50,000 votes out of almost 3 million... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 18:16:04 EST Veterans Day and the important role of family Today is Veterans Day, a day our country sets aside each year to honor all those who've honorably worn the uniform of our armed forces in either wartime or peacetime. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:01:12 EST Dems take a swing and miss Months ago, as the 2014 election cycle was shaping up as a good one for Republicans, North Carolina Democrats resolved to buck the trend. They had a great deal of help — from a friendly news media, from left-wing interest groups furious about... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 07:01:04 EST Get ready for the next game Whether your team won or lost a good friend put this week's elections in proper perspective. Politicians, like athletes, need to understand that regardless of today's score the proper reaction is to wake up, polish your shoes, get your... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 07:01:10 EST Big Republican wins in a predictably Republican year Republicans are beside themselves celebrating their election victories Tuesday and there were many, taking over the U.S. Senate, expanding their margin in the U.S. House and winning more governorships than they were projected to capture. Fri, 7 Nov 2014 07:01:09 EST Let’s spend like it’s 1969 RALEIGH — Government is far, far bigger than it used to be. Liberals generally cheer this development. Conservatives regret it. To understand the disagreement about this change, one must first understand the magnitude of the change. Thu, 6 Nov 2014 07:01:05 EST The misleading business climate ranking The people currently in charge of the General Assembly and their supporters are busy these days giddily touting the news that the right-leaning Tax Foundation has moved North Carolina up 28 spots in its 2015 rankings of state overall business tax... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 07:01:05 EST It’s no time to scale back anti-poverty efforts It's been six weeks since the U.S. Census Bureau released the latest poverty and income data and during that that time, analysts and experts around the country have been examining the numbers and drawing conclusions. Here are five key takeaways... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 11:16:05 EST Hard to fathom how scandal lasted so long The most shocking aspect of the academic and athletics scandal at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has nothing to do with cheating and nothing to do with sports.It's that it wasn't quashed sooner. Mon, 3 Nov 2014 07:01:04 EST Where stand the two Jims As the 2014 election cycle draws to a close, few states have drawn so much national attention as North Carolina, thanks to the tight Hagan-Tillis race, the dramatic turn in state government from blue to red, and our status as a presidential swing... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 11:31:09 EST