Here’s a screenshot from 2015 that shows the first bill I ever filed.

It was a bill to end gerrymandering.


By passing a constitutional amendment that would implement an independent redistricting system, as many other states have done.
What does that mean?

In short, it means we would no longer let politicians draw the districts.

Because they cheat. My party cheated. Now the other party is cheating.
What happened to my bill?

It was sent to the Ways and Means committee - which hasn’t met in 20 years.

To send a message to the new guy: The corruption will continue.
What happened then?

I kept filing it. Year after year.

Support grew. The corruption of gerrymandering became more visible to the public.

People protested. Courts intervened.

And now we’re on the brink of finally ending it.
If we elect just a small handful of the new candidates who are publicly committed to independent redistricting, gerrymandered will fall into history.
If that happens, we will have accomplished something remarkable - something that will permanently upgrade politics in our state by forcing more legislators to actually listen to their constituents because they’ll be at greater risk of losing their next election if they don’t.
And the politicians who don’t like it - they can step up or they can step out.

Because we are determined to end this unethical practice of party-protectionism and finally return our elections to whom they belong:


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More from @JeffJacksonNC

27 Aug
So much of crummy politics is explained by our susceptibility to propaganda.

Our defenses to propaganda aren't natural: We have to build them.

Lots of those defenses are institutional, like real-time fact-checking or limiting the use of bots.

But they're also personal.[thread]
Modern propaganda techniques have evolved so quickly that our personal defenses have not caught up.

Until recently, we had never been subjected to an environment in which media, social media, and elected officials could form a solid circle of misinformation.
If you get pulled into that circle, you will experience constant reinforcement from each of those sources that will tell you to believe the others and reject all else.

And it will feel incredibly natural. That's how we form beliefs. We look for validation.
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14 Jun
In North Carolina, we just passed a major criminal justice bill *unanimously.*

This almost never happens - and if it weren't for the national uproar over the killing of George Floyd, it would not have happened.

The bill - which has been signed into law - does a few things:

1) If you're found not guilty or the charge is dismissed, instead of having to hire an attorney and pay money to get an expungement, you get one automatically. No attorney, no fees. This is huge, and took years.
I was a prosecutor. Every day, folks would come to my courtroom with misdemeanors like trespassing on their neighbor's yard or making a harassing phone call to their neighbor. But often (very often) the neighbor would show up and tell me, "Nah, that's just Jimmy, we're fine."
Read 13 tweets
1 Jun
Last night I went into uptown Charlotte at 7:00 p.m. to do my part to help keep the peace.

Our city had already had a peaceful protest earlier that afternoon with a message of love and justice and it was important that this protest stayed safe and civil.

/thread/ #GeorgeFloyd
At the beginning there were roughly 1,500 people. That’s about half the number who were at the afternoon protest.

The evening group was also much younger. I’d put the average age at about 24.
That meant the tone was audibly different. The conversations I had were different. It was a more personal perspective from people who weren’t just marching for others - they were also marching for themselves. There were more people who felt this issue directly concerns them.
Read 18 tweets
17 May

For hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians, the most important issue right now is the inability of our Division of Employment Security (DES) to process unemployment insurance claims and send out checks in anything resembling a timely manner.

[thread] #ncpol
We all know that DES was hit with a tsunami and the number of daily claims is now 10x the normal number.

But it’s been eight weeks and there’s still a major backlog. So what’s going on?

Here’s the situation:
The two biggest problems at are: 1) not enough staff to answer the phones, and 2) not enough staff to process claims.

They’re getting about 50k calls/day. Last week, about half the calls were being answered. Now it’s about 80% (assuming you’re willing to hold for several hours).
Read 21 tweets
30 Apr
"Hey Jeff, what's the latest on reopening NC?"

The basic idea had been to reopen once we were about two weeks past the peak. That's still the guidance from the White House.

But the issue is the more we've flattened the curve the more we've pushed out the peak.

[thread] #ncpol
So we readjusted. We want to keep people safe AND provide a pathway to successfully reopening.

The new position is, "Ok, as long as we've basically flattened a few different types of curves for a couple weeks, we'll start to carefully reopen."
So the new goal is "sustained leveling."

We're looking for leveling in a handful of areas, not just infections.

(The truth is, we're still strictly rationing our tests due to multiple bottlenecks and shortages, so we really can't base policy just on infection rates.)
Read 14 tweets
18 Apr
Let's talk about what we know about reopening North Carolina.

Here are our COVID hospitalizations.

We're just starting to get the post-stay-home data given incubation time + time it takes to get tested + time it takes to be hospitalized.

Maybe leveling?

Infection numbers are less reliable because we're still strictly rationing tests, but according to them the statewide doubling time has gone from 2.5 days to 10 days.

Mecklenburg has not made quite as much progress. Our doubling time has gone from 2.85 days to 6 days.
But if we continue to see the rate of hospitalization slow down, then that means we are on course to get past the peak while minimizing the loss of life in our state.

In short, if we keep this up then we won't max out our ICU capacity.
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