Jefferson Post- RSS OPINION Feed Sat, 23 Aug 2014 06:59:12 EST 1800 Voters should be prepared for changes in this year’s elections A lawsuit challenging North Carolina's controversial new voting law is still ongoing, but a federal judge recently ruled that this year's elections will proceed with that law in effect. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:01:35 EST Pay reform meets student needs Critics of the Republican-led General Assembly allege that the teacher-pay raise included in this year's state budget could have been implemented in a much simpler fashion: by giving across-the-board hikes to all rather than giving large raises... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:01:08 EST We can simplify our elections The special election in November to fill a Court of Appeals judgeship illustrates how complicated, costly and difficult we've made elections and how we might simplify voting. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:01:07 EST Another loss for Ashe County workers It was depressing to read of Lowes Foods closing its West Jefferson store. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:01:10 EST McCrory scrambling to change the budget he was ‘proud to sign’ The more days that pass since Governor Pat McCrory signed the state budget, the more confusing that budget becomes, especially when trying to figure out what it means for public schools in North Carolina. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:30:07 EST Commissioners must remove Price I doubt if anyone was surprised to learn of Ashe County Commissioner, and self-proclaimed “sovereign citizen,” Gerald Price's recent arrest. But even I was dumbfounded by his latest idiotic court filing where he “denies his own... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:26:10 EST The most important thing the legislature did The most important thing the legislature did this year is what it did not do.Adjourn. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:31:09 EST Play it safe We don't know what the composition of the North Carolina General Assembly will look like after the November election. Republicans are favored to hold their majorities in both legislative chambers, to be sure, but their edge could shrink a lot,... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 21:01:09 EST Guarding the henhouse, feeding the beast and real tax reform North Carolina legislators have been to school in the complications and frustrations resulting from tax policy changes. Some of this session's conflicts were a result of changes made to the state's tax codes in 2013. Three lessons can be... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:32:05 EST The ‘rogues’ and the battle for a tougher coal ash bill The most conspicuous failure in this year's largely unsuccessful legislative session was the adjournment—or more correctly congressional-style recess— last weekend without the passage of a bill responding to the massive coal ash... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 17:05:06 EST Are things that bad? Things are good!Sometimes, like the other day, I want to get up and shout it out. Fri, 8 Aug 2014 15:48:05 EST Time to rebuild state reserves We don't know what the composition of the North Carolina General Assembly will look like after the November election. Republicans are favored to hold their majorities in both legislative chambers, to be sure, but their edge could shrink a lot,... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 13:11:15 EST Legislature’s move will make it easier to track campaign cash in N.C. elections In the waning hours of this year's N.C. General Assembly session, lawmakers passed a bill that would improve transparency in campaigns. Tue, 5 Aug 2014 19:30:10 EST Two North Carolinas Shades of John Edwards and “Two Americas!” The state Senate seemed to channel the former Senator in the debate over how to help the state's stagnating rural areas keep up with booming urban areas. Mon, 4 Aug 2014 18:57:03 EST A glaring gap in North Carolina’s Medicaid program Changing North Carolina's Medicaid system has been a major topic of debate the 2014 “short session” of the General Assembly. Common to most of the proposals under consideration is the principle of “integrated health... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 13:46:08 EST Progress despite the objection of our leaders It seems fitting somehow that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals announced the decision that marks another major step toward marriage equality in North Carolina this week, just a few days after the General Assembly voted to allow charter schools in... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 18:31:06 EST Read others’ views, so you can decide for yourself “I don't read the Washington Post. That is not where I get my ideas.” Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:07:03 EST Taken for a ride Critics of a just-passed Senate bill complain that it limits the ability of Wake, Guilford, and Forsyth counties to raise sales taxes to fund proposed rail transit systems in the Triangle and Triad. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:08:05 EST The missing numbers in the maddening budget soap opera These are fascinating times in Raleigh for political junkies and folks in the public policy world, as House and Senate leaders of the same political party trade budget offers back and forth and Gov. Pat McCrory weighs in with strong words and photo... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:35:07 EST What the legislature isn’t telling you about 2015 Our lawmakers have been embroiled in contentious debates about teacher pay and Medicaid, among other issues, as they struggle to revise our $21 billion state budget. While these are undoubtedly important and deserve attention they are symptoms of a... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:09:09 EST