by Jon Ham
Vice President and Publisher Carolina Journal
• The new documentary film about brothers Dallas and Brad Woodhouse, “Woodhouse Divided,” premiers tonight in Cary at 7 p.m. at The Cary Theatre, 122 E. Chatham St. Cocktails and refreshments will be available. The screening is free.
Dallas is a former TV reporter who used to cover the Fayetteville area and the General Assembly for WNCN. In recent years he headed the North Carolina branch of the conservative Americans for Prosperity activist organization. Now he heads Carolina Rising, a new organization that promotes the activities of the Republicans in the state legislature. Brad has been a prominent Democratic spokesman and liberal advocate, and now is president of Americans United for Change, a progressive activist organization.
• Planned Parenthood, the pro-abortion operation that gets federal tax money, says the call for over-the-counter contraception by Thom Tillis and other Republican Senate candidates is an “empty gesture.” What really upsets the PP people is that women might actually have to pay for their own contraception. OTC contraception, they say, would “force women to go back to the days when they paid out of pocket for birth control.”
• The website BuzzFeed is known for its offbeat news stories designed as click-bait. But they also do some pretty straight political reporting, such as this story on the N.C. U.S. Senate race.
• The Brookings Institution is one of the left’s most prestigious think tanks, so it must be pretty embarrassing that they put former N.C. state budget director Art Pope on a list of the nation’s most influential billionaires. As Pope responds in this story, he is not, in fact, a billionaire. Nor has he ever advocated an end to the income tax in North Carolina, as Brookings alleged. Sort of makes you wonder how inept the lesser left-wing think tanks are if this is the best their most prestigious one can do.