As activity heats up at the state Legislative Building in Raleigh, the John Locke Foundation and Carolina Journal continue to attract attention for their analysis of the N.C. General Assembly’s work. JLF Vice President for Outreach Becki Gray joins Chairman John Hood this weekend on the syndicated “N.C. Spin” program to discuss major political developments, including state House and Senate tax and incentive plans. Gray focuses much of her attention on legislative action during her twice-weekly updates for WTSB Radio listeners. Gray also focused on legislative issues during a recent appearance at the Jones County GOP convention, which was promoted by the Jacksonville Daily News.
Director of Outreach Donna Martinez and CJ Managing Editor Rick Henderson focus on the week’s major political developments for Curtis Media Group’s syndicated “People In Politics” radio program. Martinez and Henderson also discussed policy conflicts between Gov. Pat McCrory and N.C. Senate leaders during an appearance on WPTF Radio.
The Greensboro News & Record picked up a Winston-Salem Journal article quoting JLF Director of Communications Mitch Kokai‘s reaction to the N.C. Senate’s latest proposal to cut personal and corporate income tax rates. The Winston-Salem Journal also interviewed Kokai for articles about legislation to restore a tax break for seniors’ medical bills and a Senate proposal to limit large hospitals’ sales-tax exemption. The Sanford Herald interviewed Kokai about the General Assembly’s targeted incentive plans.
A News & Record editorial cited JLF’s concerns about the impact of the Senate tax plan on efforts to restore North Carolina government’s reserve funds. The Charlotte Observer published the same editorial. Kokai will highlight some of the General Assembly’s work this week during an appearance this afternoon as guest host for Bill LuMaye on Talk Radio WPTF.
NCPoliticalNews.com and N.C. Senate Republicans’ daily press email promoted CJ Associate Editor Barry Smith‘s article on the Senate tax plan. GOP senators also took note of Smith’s story about a bill to move North Carolina’s presidential primary to March and JLF Director of Legal Studies Jon Guze‘s column on predatory policing. The Mount Airy News published Guze’s column on eminent domain reform.
A news release from the group NC Child noted a 2013 John Locke Foundation report on the potential benefits of moving misdemeanor offenses by 16- and 17-year-olds from adult courts to the juvenile system. The Stanly News and Press and the Triangle Tribune picked up the news release. Rep. Duane Hall, D-Wake, mentioned JLF’s report during a news conference promoting the Young Offenders Rehabilitation Act.