Archives: John Hood

  • Incoherence and Alcohol

    Political types often make contradictory arguments, but rarely in the same breath. On ABC stores, however, they simultaneously defend the government monopoly because it generates a lot of revenue and because it doesn't.

  • It’s the End of the World

    One sure sign of the apocolypse must be the existence of an online journal of daily musings, opinions, rumors, and rants by William Shatner of Star Trek fame.

  • Mike Easley’s Political Problem

    The governor's decision to withhold local revenues to cities and counties turned an inside-the-Beltline story into front-page news across the state.. The result is a declining approval rating.

  • Let’s Just Start Over

    Now that the N.C. Supreme Court has halted the legislative primaries, the Democratic majority in the General Assembly should try to produce a fair and competitive set of districts – and the state should delay all primaries until the summer.

  • Simon Says: No More Gray

    An inexperienced Republican conservative upstart has upset the liberal establishment big-city mayor in the California GOP Primary for governor. Was it this week ... or 1966 when the upstart was named Ronald Reagan?…

  • Throw Taxpayers from the Train

    While the state faces a budget crunch and Congress considers cutting off subsidies, Amtrak boosters in NC are pushing for two new inter-city rail routes to Asheville and Wilmington. What's next, stagecoach rides?…

  • Time for a Margin Call

    North Carolina’s top income tax rate is now 6th highest in the nation. Such a high marginal tax rate on income-generating activity is the wrong message to send as the state seeks to recover from economic recession.

  • GOP Holds Its Breath

    The end of candidate filing on Friday reveals a theme: Republicans don't have a full team out on the field.