Jefferson Post- RSS OPINION Feed Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:09:24 EST 1800 The quiet life-saving success of the ACA You'd never know it from the overheated political rhetoric of the Right these days, but thousands of people in North Carolina have been signing up for health care coverage since the new enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act began last... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:01:03 EST Letter to the Editor Analysis of elections is rarely based in a vacuum. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:00:07 EST New speaker troubles Eeyore caucus When the news broke that Rep. Tim Moore would be the Republican nominee for speaker of the North Carolina House and Rep. Mike Hager would be majority leader, the usual suspects did the usual things. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:16:02 EST Changing the state budget dance In January, Pat McCrory will begin his third year as Governor, but his first chance to fully develop a biennial budget that reflects his priorities. This truth highlights North Carolina's poorly choreographed state budget dance that involves... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:46:08 EST A Tar Heel political Thanksgiving The holiday season is upon us in North Carolina. It's a time to give thanks and enjoy moments with family and friends. For some, it may even be a time to argue politics with the in-laws as well. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:15:08 EST Letter to the Editor Earlier this month, Ashe County voters went to the polls and returned one county commissioner to the board while electing two new commissioners. It made perfect sense to re-elect incumbent William Sands who stands head and shoulders above any of the... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:49:06 EST Gerrymandering left N.C. voters with few choices at the ballot box Election 2014 is officially in the history books and as campaigns, candidates and political observers pour over the results to determine what happened and why, a few interesting trends jump out when it comes to this year's races for the N.C. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:00:09 EST 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