Archives: John Hood

  • Voters say no to discrimination

    When employers, governments, schools, and other institutions use race or ethnicity to decide who will be hired or served, that is discrimination. Depending on context, it is either flatly illegal or at least fraught with peril.

  • When shorthand gets it wrong

    About 41% of voters in union households picked Trump this year. They went 40% for Mitt Romney and George W. Bush, and 39% for John McCain. Reagan won 44% in 1980 and 46% in 1984.

  • Our state has gotten freer

    Maximizing freedom is a core conservative goal. Over the past 10 years of largely conservative governance in North Carolina, we have made significant progress toward that goal.

  • Let’s disagree more constructively

    What most voters mean by “bringing the country together” is that we ought to stop reflexively and viciously questioning the motives, integrity, or intelligence of those with whom we disagree.

  • Good news on the state budget

    Gov. Cooper repeatedly vetoed pay raises for teachers, betting that Democrats could transform the resulting public frustration into legislative gains. It was a bad bet.

  • Parity extends down the ballot

    The number of Republican-controlled county commissions jumped from 56 to 61 this year. However, slightly more than half North Carolinians now live in counties with Democratic boards.