Readers will have to wait until October for John Locke Foundation Chairman John Hood‘s latest book, Catalyst, a political biography of former North Carolina Gov. Jim Martin. But the book attracted media attention this week, when the Raleigh News and Observer reported on a short section in the book dealing with Martin’s role in the investigation of the recent academic and athletic scandal at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Charlotte Observer, Burlington Times-News, and WCHL Radio all picked up that story. N.C. Senate Republicans promoted in their daily press email Hood’s columns this week on the N.C. Supreme Court’s ruling upholding opportunity scholarship school vouchers and the state’s generally good economic news.

Hood served as a guest host Wednesday for Talk Radio WPTF’s “Bill LuMaye Show.” Vice President for Outreach Becki Gray sat in the guest host’s chair Thursday, and Senior Political Analyst Mitch Kokai takes that role this afternoon. Gray continues her regular radio appearances on WWNC and WTSB. The N.C. Spin website and Senate Republicans promoted her “Locker Room” blog entry on 12 reasons to freeze and cap the state’s renewable energy mandate. Rep. Chuck McGrady promoted Gray’s column praising a Senate budget proposal designed to boost government transparency.

Vice President for Marketing and Communications Donna Martinez and Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson dissect the week’s top political developments this weekend on Curtis Media Group’s syndicated “People In Politics” program. The Kernersville News published Kokai’s review of libertarian scholar Charles Murray’s latest book, which recommends targeted civil disobedience to fight the most ridiculous elements of the “sclerotic” federal government.