Founders pondered, Carolina Journal cited, and other items of interest
Members of the WilsonNCTeaParty group learned this week what the Founders thought about the federal government’s executive branch, thanks to a lecture from N.C. History Project Founding Director Troy Kickler. Kickler emphasized the philosophical debate that led to Article II of the U.S. Constitution.
The Charlotte Observer interviewed Mitch Kokai for an article about Mecklenburg County commissioners ordering one of their members to vote against a state road plan. The Winston-Salem Journal interviewed Kokai about N.C. Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos’ resignation and about the announcement from Wos’ department that the state’s Medicaid program ended the last budget year with cash on hand. The Greensboro News and Record picked up the story on Wos’ resignation.
The Wake Forest Weekly published Carolina Journal Associate Editor Barry Smith‘s article on the N.C. Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the state’s Opportunity Scholarship Program, along with Associate Editor Dan Way‘s story about a state senator’s budget provision targeting government transparency. The Hendersonville Lightning published Way’s article on U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows‘ efforts to unseat House Speaker John Boehner.
The Mooresville Weekly publicized Executive Editor Don Carrington‘s reporting on controversial toll lanes planned for Interstate 77. NCPoliticalNews.com promoted Carrington’s story on a lawsuit challenging the toll lane project as unconstitutional, along with Way’s report on Meadows‘ U.S. House leadership challenge and a CJ column from Reason Foundation analyst Robert Poole promoting the toll lanes.
The N.C. Spin website cited Smith’s reports on state government’s unfunded liability for government retirees’ health benefits and the N.C. House’s version of a statewide bond package. N.C. Senate Republicans’ daily press email promoted John Locke Foundation Chairman John Hood‘s column on Charlotte’s latest dubious tax ranking; Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Puckett’s anti-toll road CJ column; Carrington’s latest I-77 update; Smith’s articles on a state audit involving blind people trained to run snack bars, the N.C. House’s bond package, and the Senate’s latest budget compromise; and Way’s reports on a special-needs tax credit dispute in Guilford County and Aldona Wos’ resignation. The Glenwood South Neighborhood Collaborative promoted a recent CJ parody about downtown “vibrancy.”