Rep. Hackney lets it slip
RALEIGH – I don’t often agree with Joe Hackney, the minority leader of the North Carolina House. A longtime Orange County representative who is retiring this year, Hackney previously served as majority leader and speaker. His political philosophy lies to the left not just of the overall House but also of the Democratic caucus.
Still, I’ve always respected Joe Hackney. Now I have reason to thank him.
In a recent media interview, Hackney responded to the passage of the Republican budget plan for 2012-13 with this revealing riff: “I think any alternative to public schools, they are supportive of. They’re supportive of home schools, they’re supportive of religious schools, they’re supportive of online education charters, they’re supportive of traditional charters. They’re supportive of any ...