Welcome to the race, Mr. Spaulding

Rob Christensen's story about Ken Spaulding's announcement for governor ran in the N&O this morning. If that's your only source of news, you can be forgiven for thinking there are no other candidates already in the race against McCrory. There are.

Whatever the reason for the omission, at least one paper got it right.

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If he had been governor this year,

"Spaulding said, he would have kept tax rates the same _ rather than passing a tax overhaul package that cut rates _ to ensure more immediate revenue for education."

As if any governor could have stopped the insanity of this legislature. That's about as likely as a county commissioner affecting foreign policy.

Does this kind of thing get under anyone else's skin. I mean, sure, it makes a warm fuzzy sound bite, but ultimately doesn't it only serve to further confuse people about what our leaders can and cannot accomplish?

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"...the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be."

Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

Sure gets under my skin

It falls into the same category of "I'll be working to create jobs." Maddening.

I don't know Ken Spaulding, but I've heard he's a good guy. I'm very glad to see a well-funded black candidate in the hunt, and lord knows, he's very well connected. Too bad he doesn't have a website, not that I can find anyway.

Cooper chimes in

I'm guessing Roy Cooper is feeling the pressure to jump in sooner than later now that Spaulding has declared his intentions. Which probably explains why I get emails like this out of the blue:

When neighborhood teachers say they have fewer textbooks and supplies and no assistants to help teach kids this year, believe them.

North Carolina children are going back to school full of optimism this week, but educators and parents are anxious, worrying about crowded classrooms and aging buses. Teachers are demoralized by low pay and little incentive to get more training.

This is the work of North Carolina legislators and a governor who increased class size, cut classroom supplies, and left high-mileage buses on the road. They cut public schools so they could give tax breaks for the wealthy and out-of-state corporate shareholders. Millions more will go to vouchers for private schools.

However, most North Carolinians believe our children’s education should be a priority, not an afterthought. You shouldn’t have to make up for a state budget that short changes schools. While we work to set the state right, I encourage all of us to help fill these gaps.

Ask a teacher or parent you know how to help with classroom supplies, books or athletic equipment. Help local PTAs with fundraisers. Volunteer in a school if you can, and ask if you can help out as a reading coach, a test proctor or a mentor. I and many others volunteer weekly in a local school, and educators are always grateful for help.

Thanks in advance for your help and for fighting for public schools.

Roy Cooper

My sarcastic response

Only current and former office holders are considered actual candidates for the purpose of complying with the established narrative. Your service on the Town Council in Chapel Hill does not count because the Town of Chapel Hill is merely a legal fiction created by some hippy professor in the 60s as a way for all of those communist students at the university to get around the speaker ban.

Good one, Jason

North Carolina has a long and proud tradition of "outsider" candidates who run to promote their agendas and shape the debate. But as you say, being a Chapel Hill liberal doesn't go very far in today political spinning wheels.