John Hood

John Hood

Monday, 14 December 2020 10:14

OPINION: Compensate victims of regulation

As of November, North Carolina’s state government has some $4 billion in unreserved cash in its General Fund, plus well north of $1 billion in its rainy-day account and other reserves.

Monday, 07 December 2020 11:01

OPINION: Will you take the vaccine

Despite the current spike in COVID-19 infections and deaths, there is good news on the not-so-distant horizon. Three effective vaccines are in the pipeline. Some North Carolinians — those battling coronavirus on the frontlines as well as those put at greatest risk by infection — will being vaccinated in the coming weeks.

Monday, 30 November 2020 12:02

OPINION: When shorthand gets it wrong

If the Republican Party were only the party of white men, it would never win an election.

Monday, 23 November 2020 10:42

OPINION: Let's disagree more constructively

When the Associated Press and other news organizations asked North Carolina voters for their perspectives on the just-concluded 2020 elections, there was no shortage of disagreement.

Wednesday, 18 November 2020 12:57

OPINION: Good news on the state budget

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 recession in March, North Carolina policymakers have been watching government revenues and expenditures carefully. How big a hole would the economic downturn poke in the state budget? Would cash-strapped localities come begging for aid? Would lawmakers feel compelled to raise taxes or cut spending drastically to balance the books?

Monday, 16 November 2020 10:43

OPINION: Parity extends down the ballot

In 2020, North Carolina Republicans and Democrats took their respective cases to the public. Each party asked voters to put them fully in charge of North Carolina government.

Wednesday, 11 November 2020 12:22

OPINION: Time for Cooper to deal

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has just been reelected. It’s an outcome his two immediate predecessors, Democrat Bev Perdue and Republican Pat McCrory, were unable to accomplish.

Monday, 09 November 2020 10:23

OPINION: Eight factors shaped N.C. elections

Over the course of 34 years penning a column on North Carolina politics and public policy, I’ve seen it all.

Or so I thought. Until 2020 came along.

Wednesday, 04 November 2020 12:49

OPINION: Democrats threw away their shot

North Carolina Democrats thought the stars had finally aligned for smashing victories in 2020.

Monday, 02 November 2020 09:58

OPINION: Elections are a soap opera

The day before the 2018 midterms, I posted a column about “what to do if you lose.” Without knowing the outcome, I urged those about to be disappointed not to react to their loss in ways that would make themselves, and everyone around them, miserable.

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