Some people tell me I pay too much attention to Bob Orr, one of the Republicans running for Governor. That's probably true. But I've always had a soft spot for smart people and underdogs - and Bob Orr is both. Polling out today shows him in a solid third place behind Fred "The Asphalt King" and Bill Graham Crackers. And the fact is, Bob Orr really isn't a Republican in any true sense of the word. (His only big problem is his relationship with Art Pope, but that's another story.)
On his blog today, Orr has some hard observations about the tough business of public education.
Last Wednesday found the campaign team replete with Gary Robertson of the AP in tow, in Charlotte on an educational fact finding mission. We spent the morning at Central Piedmont Community College, the state's largest, learning about everything going on there as well as several of the major challenges facing our community colleges.