North Carolina legislators wrapped up their 2014 session this week, and John Locke Foundation Vice President for Outreach Becki Gray‘s analysis of their work attracted attention from multiple media outlets. Time Warner Cable News interviewed Gray about the length of this year’s so-called “short session.” The Kernersville News, Laurinburg Exchange, and Lumberton Robesonian all published her column about this year’s legislative session representing a family fight.
Syndicated columnist Patrick Gannon cited Gray’s tweet on a similar theme, the notion that feuding legislators might need therapy. The N.C. Spin website promoted her “Locker Room” blog posts about an important fix to state unemployment rules and items to be considered before legislative adjournment. N.C. Spin’s “After Spin” segment highlighted Gray’s analysis of tax preferences. Meanwhile, she spoke to the Moore Tea Citizens group this week on an upcoming statewide vote to amend the N.C. Constitution. Gray continues to offer politics and public policy updates twice each week for WTSB Radio listeners.
In one of the week’s other major developments, the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission conducted the first of four planned hearings this week on new rules linked to hydraulic fracturing — fracking — for energy sources. The News & Observer‘s business blog reported on Director of Regulatory Studies Jon Sanders‘ report detailing fracking facts, and Sanders discussed his research with Tom Lamprecht on WTIB Radio’s “News and Views” program. The Chatham Journal published a news release associated with Sanders’ report, and the Heritage Foundation’s “Insider Online” promoted his work.