N.C. House Republicans unveiled this week their plans for pursuing legislation that would require photo identification for voters. John Locke Foundation President John Hood discussed that voter ID proposal during his latest appearance on News 14 Carolina’s statewide “Capital Tonight” program. WTVD interviewed Hood about Gov. Pat McCrory’s signing of a bill to reject state Medicaid expansion and a state-managed health insurance exchange.
“Capital Tonight” also featured Director of Regulatory Studies Jon Sanders in a segment targeting payday lending. News 14 interviewed JLF Director of Communications Mitch Kokai about the roughly $90 million incentives deal North Carolina offered MetLife to lure the company to the state. Kokai critiqued that deal in a column posted at WRAL Television’s “Tech Wire.”
Several JLF staffers earned airtime this week on public radio stations across North Carolina. Hood discussed the future of North Carolina judicial elections during an hourlong appearance on WFAE’s “Charlotte Talks” program. Vice President for Research and Resident Scholar Roy Cordato analyzed tax reform proposals during an appearance on WHQR’s “Coast Line” program in Wilmington. Carolina Journal Associate Editor Barry Smith talked about charter schools during an appearance on Triangle-based WUNC’s “The State of Things.” Kokai is scheduled to appear today on “The State of Things” for a news roundup featuring stories involving the General Assembly and science.
Kokai discussed Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster and the president’s dinner with Republican senators during a chat this morning with Demetri Ravanos on WPTF. Smith appears later this afternoon with Bill LuMaye on WPTF to recap the week’s top legislative news.
Vice President for Outreach Becki Gray joined Raeford Brown and Joe McLaughlin this week on the WRHT Radio morning show to discuss the John Locke Foundation and top news flowing from this year’s legislative session. Gray continues her semiweekly politics and public policy updates on WTSB Radio.
In addition to airtime, JLF experts continue to speak across the state. Gray and Executive Vice President Kory Swanson discussed legislative issues during a presentation to the Alamance Republican Club. The Charlotte Observer and Gaston Gazette promoted this week Cordato’s upcoming speech on sustainability issues to the North Mecklenburg Republican Women. The Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald mentioned Kokai’s speech next week to the Bertie County Republican Party’s county convention.