Politics & Government

Sen. Jeff Jackson has Senate floor to himself

Jeff Jackson
Jeff Jackson rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

Sen. Jeff Jackson has had a busy day.

He’s expanded Medicaid, restored university funding, approved nonpartisan redistricting, made investments in wind and solar energy, outlawed puppy mills and enacted broad-based economic development.

And he may just be getting started.

On a day when icy roads and a curtailed schedule kept most lawmakers home, Jackson, a Charlotte Democrat, showed up at his legislative office for a morning meeting. When his appointment failed to show, he went to work.

“I thought I would fix the state,” he said in a phone interview.

So he tracked his imaginary progress on Facebook.

“North Carolina is quickly becoming a national model for progress,” he wrote in one post. “Hey Charlotte – it’s your airport,” he said in another.

“Just came back from the Senate chamber. All votes were unanimous,” he wrote. “This is going to be like ‘Night at the Museum’ except at the end we’ll have a stronger middle class.”

His tweets about his experience even got noticed on BuzzFeed. “The Senator got the idea to take advantage of his newfound power. And that’s when he really got rolling, and this legislation of one started getting some (stuff) DONE,” the site said.

Jackson only wishes it could be that easy.

“Or even half this easy,” he said. “Wouldn’t it be nice if both sides had a voice in legislation instead of just ramming everything through.”

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