After holding town halls in every county, we continue to roll out our North Carolina Agenda. Last week we put forward our Hourly Workers Agenda. More to come next week. — Jeff

Every politician in North Carolina says, “Everyone deserves broadband.”

The problem has been that we haven’t seen many plans for actually getting there.

A sound plan for universal broadband starts with repealing a bad law from ten years ago that banned cities and counties from installing their own broadband.

Around the General Assembly it’s called “the municipal ban,” and here’s what happened:

About 15 years ago, Wilson County wanted broadband. So it asked private providers to come…

“What are you gonna do for the worker? I’ve worked since I was 15. My whole life has been work. It’s never been easy, but it’s never been harder than it is now. Do you believe in making sure we’re treated fairly? Do you even know what the problems are? Show me you know. Show me you’ll do something.” — David in Duplin County

We just finished holding town halls in every county in the state, to listen and learn from as many North Carolinians as possible.

Now that we’ve done that, we’re rolling out an agenda informed by thousands…

I don’t make a habit of talking about Rep. Madison Cawthorn, but this week he showed us a perfect example of what our campaign is trying to obsolete.

He generated dozens of headlines by saying, “[I]f our election systems continue to be rigged and continue to be stolen, then it’s going to lead to one place — and it’s bloodshed,” before adding that “there is nothing that I would dread doing more than having to pick up arms against a fellow American.”

The reaction from the mainstream press has been overwhelmingly negative, showing that there are still powerful incentives to…

Lincoln County

I’m sitting in the passenger seat of my Ford Fusion and we’re headed to our 100th town hall and I just wanted to share a few thoughts with you.

I’m really glad we did this, and that we did it early in the campaign. We’ve learned a lot and we’ve developed a pretty clear sense of what people want from their next U.S. Senator.

One of the big lessons has been the amount of diversity beneath the label “rural.” Macon County is rural. So are Bertie and Yadkin and Duplin. But these counties have virtually nothing in common with each…

It’s been a hard week.

Like many of you all, I watched videos from the Kabul airport and saw pictures of military planes full of people fleeing. Gut wrenching stuff.

I served in Afghanistan from 2005 to 2006.

At that point, Al Qaeda in Afghanistan had been decimated and we were thoroughly into the nation-building part of the war.

I was stationed in a remote desert outpost north of Kandahar with a couple dozen soldiers. Poppies grew against the barricades of our little fort:

We had a company of Afghan soldiers that lived just outside our razor-wire fence in their…

The evidence is clear: You’re far more likely to regret *not* getting the vaccine than getting it.

If you honestly doubt that, the best way I know to address it is to show you the growing number of stories about people who deeply regret their decision not to be vaccinated.

So here are 46 articles about some of those people.

They talk about falling for misinformation, about waiting until it was too late, about how their decision has impacted their family.

In my view, if you genuinely believe that you simply don’t need to get the vaccine because you’re typically…

Note for North Carolina renters:

1) Due to rising COVID rates, the CDC recently extended the national eviction moratorium through October 3rd — but only for counties that are seeing “high” or “substantial” transmission. Currently, that includes the vast majority of counties in our state. You can learn more here.

2) If you are low-income, you should also know that you may be eligible for the North Carolina Housing Opportunities and Prevention of Evictions Program (HOPE) program. It provides rent and utility assistance to low-income renters that are experiencing financial hardship due to the economic impacts of COVID. …

If you’re a veteran who is reading this and you need someone to talk to, please use this link to get in touch with some good people who will listen and try to help.

A couple of weeks ago, I learned that a friend of mine in the National Guard committed suicide.

He was a great Soldier and a great father. He’s not a statistic — he’s a person.

But he joins a tragic group of service members who have taken their lives since September 11th, 2001.

30,177 service members have died by suicide since September 11th.

That’s quadruple the…

The drinking water for at least 350,000 people along the Cape Fear River is polluted with industrial chemicals that a nearby plant discharged into the river for years.

If you don’t live near the Cape Fear, you might not have heard.

But when we went to New Hanover County to hold a town hall, it was the first question we got.

And when we went to Chatham County — 150 miles away from New Hanover, but also on the Cape Fear — it was the first question again.

This is a bigger issue than many people realize and our campaign…

A lot of North Carolina teachers are asking me what’s going on with the budget.

So here’s what’s going on (it’s three big things).

First, here’s some of what we’re hearing from our teachers:

  • North Carolina teachers make less now than they did ten years ago, adjusted for inflation.
  • Master’s pay has been eliminated — and multiple bills to reinstate it have been rejected.
  • Retirement benefits have been curtailed for new hires.
  • Over 9,000 teacher assistants have been laid off, which is bad for them and bad for our kids, but also bad for the teachers in grades K-3 that…

Sen. Jeff Jackson

North Carolina State Senator

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