The second round of presidential and North Carolina gubernatorial debates generated media opportunities this week for John Locke Foundation experts. Vice President for Outreach Becki Gray reprised her role as debate-night analyst for WPTF Radio and the statewide N.C. News Network. Gray also dissected the gubernatorial debate during an appearance on News 14 Carolina’s “Capital Tonight.” Gray continues her semiweekly politics and public policy updates for WTSB Radio listeners.

Vice President for Communications Jon Ham discussed the debate and other election-related topics during an hourlong appearance with Chad Adams on WLTT Radio’s morning program.

Both the News & Observer and Charlotte Observer published a profile of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Walter Dalton that quoted JLF President John Hood. The Charlotte Observer also quoted Hood in a profile of Republican candidate Pat McCrory. The News & Observer is slated to publish the same McCrory profile this weekend. Hood’s latest contributions to National Review Online’s primary blog, “The Corner,” included an expert assessment of the recent vice presidential debate.

The Greensboro News & Record cited JLF research and interviewed N.C. Education Alliance Director Lindalyn Kakadelis about the gubernatorial candidates’ education policies. The Daily Tar Heel interviewed Director of Communications Mitch Kokai about McCrory and the Republican-led General Assembly’s priorities for higher education in 2013. 

N.C. Senate Republicans promoted in their daily press emails Kokai’s column pointing out the difference between paying a higher tax rate and paying more taxes. The Senate GOP also highlighted Carolina Journal Associate Editor Dan Way‘s report on a forum featuring candidates for N.C. superintendent of public instruction, contributor Sara Burrows‘ profile of the 13th District congressional race, Piedmont Publius blogger Sam Hieb‘s report on N.C. House District 65, contributor Kristy Bailey‘s article about N.C. House District 118, and Wild West blogger Leslee Kulba‘s profile of N.C. House District 41.