The latest Spotlight report from John Locke Foundation Director of Fiscal Policy Studies Fergus Hodgson shows that North Carolina state government spending reached a record-high level in 2012. The Heritage Foundation’s “Insider Online,” the Beaufort Observer, Pundit House, and N.C. Senate Republicans all took note of that research this week.

The Senate GOP promoted as the lead item in one of its daily press emails Carolina Journal Associate Editor Barry Smith‘s article previewing the new legislative session that started this week. Senate Republicans also highlighted Smith’s stories on North Carolina congressional races and a eugenics compensation bill, along with a CJ article on JLF Director of Regulatory Studies Jon Sanders‘ recent report on “catch shares” for fishing stocks.