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Unanimous vote to expand Medicaid in North Carolina? Well ...

N.C. Sen. Jeff Jackson’s Facebook and Twitter posts about taking over state government went viral.
N.C. Sen. Jeff Jackson’s Facebook and Twitter posts about taking over state government went viral.

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.

‪#‎JustOneLegislator‬ ‪#‎Snowday‬

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.

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