Readers of National Review Online’s primary blog, “The Corner,” had a chance to read recent expert analysis from John Locke Foundation President John Hood. Hood examined states that are serving as economic pacesetters as the 2014 elections approach, and he reminded readers about left-leaning partisans’ inaccurate predictions of dire consequences associated with ending extended federal unemployment benefits.

An article in the Charlotte Observer and News & Observer quotes Hood discussing the political impact of sluggish state budget negotiations for N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis, who would like to wrap up the legislature’s work to focus on his campaign for U.S. Senate. The N&O‘s “Under the Dome” blog and N.C. Senate Republicans’ daily press email both promoted Hood’s tongue-in-cheek column labeling state budget director Art Pope as the “master manipulator” in North Carolina politics. GOP senators also highlighted Hood’s column on political labels.