This excellent entry triggered an email from a friend about the state of the legislature:
It’s the witching hour and strange things can happen. People will be using the perceived need to get out of town as an excuse to get some bad things done and also to leave some good things undone.
I'll say. If you've been around North Carolina for as many years as I have, you're well familiar with the 'get out of town' drumbeat. Government-haters want to cut taxes, wash their hands, and wrap things up. Progressives see much that needs doing and struggle to get a hearing. And the big middle is where compromise emerges. (My daddy would call it half-assed.)
Let's build on Targator's initiative and have a big conversation between now and the next session about how North Carolina gets governed.
What are the top ten bills we would write if we could?
A friend of mine recently said that he finally figured out how you change the world: You write a bill. Of course, you also have to find someone to introduce it and then push like hell to get it through. That's how businesses do it. That's how the theocrats do it.
That's how it's done.