Jefferson Post- RSS OPINION Feed Sun, 1 Mar 2015 22:24:26 EST 1800 GOP divided over NC primary date Next year it will have been 40 years since North Carolina Republicans made history by saving the political career of California Gov. Ronald Reagan. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 08:45:22 EST North Carolina’s tax shift continues State lawmakers are targeting cash-strapped homeowners as they continue to pursue tax changes that would shift even more of the tax load to low- and middle-income taxpayers, while preserving tax benefits that have largely flowed to the wealthy and... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:20:21 EST You Decide: Should we borrow for roads and buildings? “Debt” has acquired the status of a bad four-letter word. We worry about public debt, especially the $18 trillion national debt. We also worry about our private debt, realizing, for example, that large household debt was one of the factors... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:25:21 EST Senate leaders push to legalize discrimination This was a remarkable week indeed at the General Assembly. It is now clear that legislation supported by Senate leaders would allow public employees to refuse to provide state services based on race. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:25:21 EST The ’57 Chevy: two stories about the same car What is it about a 1957 Chevrolet?Like The New York Times offering on its store page a “1957 Bel Air 50th Anniversary Edition $99.95. Numbered, limited edition of 1,957.” Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:55:23 EST A martyr to applause If the recent review of campus-based centers by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors was all an elaborate ruse to silence a critic of Republicans, it would probably qualify as the most improbable, elaborate and ineffective conspiracy in... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:05:21 EST Shaming and blaming our schools A-F grading and the direct link to poverty Sun, 22 Feb 2015 11:10:21 EST The rest of the story on roads “You know what the news is,” the late Paul Harvey said. “Now you're going to hear the rest of the story.” It's not news that North Carolina has huge transportation needs. Leaders have been telling us for more than a... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 10:35:21 EST Political stepping stones Former House Speaker Thom Tillis used his prominent position in state government to help him climb the ladder to the U.S. Senate, where he is serving his first term. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 07:00:21 EST The disingenuous gas tax hike an ominous sign for the legislative session If you are looking for a sign about what sort of legislative session to expect this year, the gas tax increase passed by the Senate last week is an ominous one. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 07:00:21 EST Who could succeed Tom Ross? Five years ago, when the University of North Carolina board of governors was searching for a candidate to replace Erskine Bowles, I wrote in this column, “The Board will be looking for the new president who has two critical... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 11:30:23 EST Will legislators offer resources to improve schools? “Tough love” is now part of government's role. Sun, 15 Feb 2015 17:00:20 EST More evidence that North Carolina does not value teachers Despite all the platitudes from politicians, especially in election years, North Carolina does not value public school teachers, not really. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 11:50:20 EST The founder and his dream Jim Arch always stood out in a crowd. His red hair, blue eyes and bushy mustache attracted attention, but his engaging, charismatic personality drew people to him. With little formal education and practically no money he started, in 1887, what is now... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 07:00:21 EST Clinton-Bush, the sequel One score and four years after Bubba beat Poppy, another presidential election could be a showdown between the Republican First Family and Democratic First Family.We shouldn't be surprised. It's the money, stupid. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 08:00:21 EST Ready or not, virtual charter schools on verge of powering up in North Carolina Get ready to add “attend third-grade” to the growing list of things you can do over the Internet in North Carolina, after ordering pizzas and watching cat videos. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 07:00:23 EST McCrory’s Medicaid dance You might have missed it in Governor Pat McCrory's 80-minute-long State of the State speech, but the governor almost talked about Medicaid expansion. Here is the relevant paragraph from a transcript of the speech. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 12:15:21 EST North Carolina abandons a critical tool to combat inequality Friday, Jan. 30, marked a little known national “holiday”: Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day. The IRS-led national event was intended – as the title implies – to spread awareness about this modest but vital tax... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 10:30:21 EST ‘Restoration’ is early theme of legislative session The theme of the first week of the General Assembly session could be summed up adequately with one word – “restoration.” Sat, 7 Feb 2015 07:00:21 EST McCrory’s uneven State of the State address Governor Pat McCrory was all over the place in his State of the State speech Wednesday night in an address that was long and oddly disjointed, full of lengthy and detailed homespun anecdotes about water fountains and student teaching, while lacking... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 07:00:21 EST