Charles C.W. Cooke of National Review will discuss his new book, The Conservatarian Manifesto, during a May 18 presentation to the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society. National Review print-edition readers had a chance to learn about Cooke’s book through a review in the latest issue from John Locke Foundation Chairman John Hood. A WRAL Television report on likely Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s visit to North Carolina mentioned fellow GOP candidate Ted Cruz‘s recent speech to a JLF audience.

Chapel Hill’s Daily Tar Heel interviewed Mitch Kokai about use of state lottery proceeds for education. The Kernersville News published Carolina Journal Publisher Jon Ham‘s column on the importance of telling both sides of the story.

N.C. Senate Republicans promoted in their daily press email Hood’s column expressing concern about the size of proposed statewide transportation and infrastructure bond referendums, CJ Associate Editor Barry Smith‘s article on efforts to end money transfers from the state Highway Fund, Smith’s report on a bill to boost charter school funding, Associate Editor Dan Way‘s story on potential cost savings linked to relaxing state nursing restrictions (which also attracted attention from the N.C. Nurses Association), Way’s article on a bill to end N.C. schools’ final exams, Michael Lowrey’s report on a state Appeals Court ruling linked to the Union County school funding fight, contributor Sam Hieb‘s column about a recent Guilford County school board debate surrounding federal Title I funding, and contributor Andy Taylor‘s column on the academic case for closing the controversial poverty center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. WTSB Radio’s website promoted Way’s story on final exams.