John Hood

John Hood

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.

Wednesday, 28 October 2020 15:34

OPINION: Campaigns are priming, not persuading

Campaigns for president, U.S. Senate and House, governor, and hundreds of other political races have spent staggering sums to market their candidates to North Carolina voters. But will all that spending really change anyone’s mind?

Monday, 26 October 2020 11:10

OPINION: Democrats may fall just short

Of all the important electoral contests on North Carolina’s ballot, our General Assembly races will be among the most consequential.

Wednesday, 21 October 2020 10:01

OPINION: North Carolina leads in lost jobs

There are about 300,000 fewer jobs in North Carolina today than there were in February, before the start of the COVID-19 recession. That’s a 7.5% drop in total employment — the biggest decline in the southern United States.

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