The News & Observer‘s “Under The Dome” blog cited Carolina Journal Executive Editor Don Carrington‘s report on the N.C. State Board of Elections investigating a top Democratic lawmaker’s campaign finances. The Greensboro News & Record and Kernersville News published CJ contributor Kristen Blair‘s column on the “summer slide” that hurts some public school students more than others.

The Lumberton Robesonian picked up CJ Publisher Jon Ham‘s column on media outlets’ misuse of press releases. The Laurinburg Exchange printed E.A. Morris Leadership Fellow Richard Dietz‘s CJ column on a Winston-Salem ordinance that restricts door-to-door sales for every industry except newspapers.

The N.C. Spin website promoted CJ Associate Editor Dan Way‘s article on a recent report touting charter schools‘ “bang for the buck.” N.C. Senate Republicans promoted Way’s charter school story, contributor Sam Hieb‘s article on counties pursuing local sales tax increases, Barry Smith’s report on the outline of a final state budget deal, and Carrington’s report on the State Board of Elections investigation.

Among other items of interest, National Review‘s Jim Geraghty promoted his John Locke Foundation Shaftesbury Society speech on “The Campaign Spot” blog. The Heritage Foundation’s “Insider Online” also promoted Geraghty’s speech.

JLF Executive Vice President Kory Swanson spoke to the Eastern Carolina Council region manager’s meeting in Richlands. Becki Gray heads to Moore County Saturday to address a Tea Party rally. Chapel Hill’s Daily Tar Heel interviewed Mitch Kokai for an article about tuition for illegal immigrants at the state’s public universities.