North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory may have declared a state of emergency due to a vicious winter storm, but that didn’t stop one of the state’s lawmakers from going to work and trying to accomplish some freakin’ democracy.
Newly appointed State Senator Jeff Jackson (D-Mecklenburg) showed up to the North Carolina General Assembly (NCGA) Tuesday, a day just like any other day, except everyone else stayed at home. Not only was he the only politician who came to work, he was the only government employee period.
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Instead of turning back, Jackson decided he should at least do something while he was there. He was a state legislative party of one, and like SpongeBob SquarePants, he was ready—ready to pass some laws.
The fact that he couldn’t legally pass any of those laws didn’t matter. He passed them on social media anyway.
I think I'm the only legislator in the building. Let me take care of a few things. Medicaid = expanded. Teachers = paid. Film = jobs. #NCGA
No single person should have all that power in government (we actually have some nice documents in place that says you can’t), but after six years of bickering do-nothings in Congress, Jackson’s unilateral lawmaking feels like a breath of fresh air.
Not only that—some of his constituents now have a better idea of where their representative stands on the issues.
Just had a big debate over cutting the university system even more. Decided not to, because obviously that's a bad idea.#JustOneLegislator
With most of the NCGA’s legislative calendar canceled until the snow goes away, the state government will have to be put on hold. But now that Jackson’s accomplished everything he set out to achieve in a single day, he’s got a lot of time to kill for the rest of his two-year term.
Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and TV/film critic at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has covered everything from the Sundance Film Festival, NYFF, and Tribeca to New York Comic Con and Con of Thrones. She is based in Brooklyn.