The Greensboro News & Record printed N.C. Education Alliance Fellow Kristen Blair‘s recent Carolina Journal column on school violence. The Thomasville Times published CJ Associate Editor Barry Smith‘s article on legislators’ tepid response to a bill designed to create a new criminal penalty for open-meetings and public-records law violations. A Kinston Free Press columnist quoted John Locke Foundation Vice President for Outreach Becki Gray‘s column on Medicaid expansion concerns. (As data from a column by Becki Gray of the John Locke Foundation points out, Medicaid began in 1965 as an entitlement program for low-income people.)

N.C. Senate Republicans promoted John Hood’s column on the “dishonorable” Dorothea Dix lease in an email sent to the GOP distribution list. The GOP higlighted that same column in its daily press email as well, along with Hood’s response to Gov. Pat McCrory’s first budget plan, CJ Executive Editor Don Carrington‘s report on a possible tax fraud scheme unearthed in Durham, Associate Editor Dan Way‘s article on Obamacare’s potential for crowding people out of private health insurance coverage, and Way’s story on competing bills designed to protect taxpayers from government overspending