Originally published Feb. 17, 2015.
Jeff Jackson, a Democratic state senator representing Mecklenburg's District 37, knows how to have fun with a snow day.
This morning he posted on Facebook that "Due to inclement weather, I appear to be the only non-security person in the General Assembly this morning. I feel like I should hurry up and pass Medicaid expansion. Anything else while I've got the place to myself?
His constituents – or at least his Facebook friends – got a kick out of that, with more than 100 comments and 500 likes by 9:30 a.m. He got a long list of requests, from raising teacher pay to banning puppy mills and legalizing marijuana.
Around 8:30 a.m., Jackson started tallying his accomplishments:
Just came back from the Senate chamber. All votes were unanimous.
Medicaid = expanded. Teachers = paid. Film = jobs. What's next?
This is going to be like "Night at the Museum" except at the end we'll have a stronger middle class.
Sen. Jeff Tarte, a Mecklenburg Republican, later posted that he and several GOP colleagues were there working as well. "Classic example of Democrats 'misrepresenting the facts,' " Tarte sniffed before tipping his hand with an "LOL" and an invitation for Jackson to join him for dinner.
By that time the #JustOneLegislator winter fantasy had gone viral. Mutual Facebook friend Laura Hehn had a suggestion -- "Work together and make some positive changes!" -- and even offered a couple of new hashtags: #JustTwoLegislators or #JustTheJeffs.