The N.C. Spin website and promoted John Locke Foundation Vice President for Outreach Becki Gray‘s column on the importance of energy costs. The Kernersville News published that column. She assessed the impact of recent N.C. tax reforms during an appearance on Time Warner Cable News’ statewide “Capital Tonight” program. Gray serves as keynote speaker this weekend for the N.C. Republican Party’s Third District Convention in Greenville. She continues twice-weekly politics and public policy updates for WTSB Radio.

Gray organized and JLF President and CEO Kory Swanson moderated a panel discussion for legislators on Medicaid reform. The panel featured experts who have pursued reform in Kansas, Florida, and Louisiana. One panelist — Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer — discussed Medicaid reform with Bill LuMaye on Talk Radio WPTF. Colyer also joined Director of Outreach Donna Martinez to offer expert analysis for Curtis Media Group’s syndicated “People In Politics” program. Martinez and Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson continue their weekly “People In Politics” conversations.

Director of Education Outreach Lindalyn Kakadelis discussed school standards, assessments, and other education issues during a speech to the Rockingham County Republican Women’s Club. The Kernersville News published CJ contributor Kristen Blair‘s column on the absence of public school instruction in communication skills, along with JLF Director of Communications Mitch Kokai‘s column on N.C. legislative Democrats’ apparent conversion on the negative impact of tax hikes.

The High Point Enterprise published two letters responding to JLF Chairman John Hood‘s recent column on the benefits of N.C. tax reform. N.C. Senate Republicans’ daily press email promoted Hood’s columns on “silly” claims about school vouchers and intrusive government interventions into our diets. The Senate GOP also cited CJ Associate Editor Barry Smith‘s article on Senate tax proposals, Associate Editor Dan Way‘s story on right-of-center support for judicial activism, and Way’s report on a new N.C. House bill to cap and sunset North Carolina’s renewable energy mandate.

The N.C. Spin website picked up Way’s article on the latest court hearing in the Leandro education case. promoted Smith’s article on reaction to the latest Senate tax ideas and Way’s article on the renewable energy mandate. A Durham Herald-Sun article about reaction to a new chancellor for the University of North Carolina at Wilmington noted the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy’s origins as a John Locke Foundation project.