The News & Observer highlighted this week one of Barry Smith’s live tweets of Gov. Pat McCrory’s State of the State address. N.C. Senate Republicans promoted in their daily press emails Smith’s Carolina Journal articles on McCrory’s signing of an unemployment insurance reform bill and on a critical audit of N.C. Industrial Commission oversight of worker’s compensation insurance.

Senators also highlighted CJ Associate Editor Dan Way‘s reports correcting misinformation about the costs associated with a federal health insurance exchange, documenting efforts to repeal North Carolina’s renewable energy mandates, and chronicling the power struggle over control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The Senate GOP emails cited contributor Duke Cheston‘s report panning the state community colleges’ Customized Training Program, Terry Stoops’ column on the federal Head Start program’s ineffectiveness, and John Locke Foundation adjunct policy analyst Sean Riley‘s column on saying no both to Medicaid expansion and to a state-managed insurance exchange.

The Greensboro News & Record‘s “Mixing It Up” column promoted Meck Deck blogger Michael Lowrey‘s commentary on ongoing negotiations beween Charlotte city leaders and the Carolina Panthers. The Crony Chronicles website promoted Roy Cordato’s Locker Room blog entry describing politicians’ “central planning, corporate welfare mentality.”

The new N.C. Political News website highlighted JLF press releases this week on First In Freedom book chapters calling for a Taxpayer Bill of Rights and a new “North Carolina 6.0” state government operating system, along with a release promoting former N.C. House Speaker Pro Tem Dale Folwell’s selection as winner of JLF’s 2013 James K. Polk Award for leadership in public office.