Liberals are not alone in caring about the environment, as a Duke University forum dubbed “Conservative Visions of Our Environmental Future” demonstrated this week. John Locke Foundation President John Hood served as a forum panelist, a fact noted in a Durham Herald-Sun preview story and in coverage of fellow panelist Rep. Chuck McGrady in the Hendersonville Times-News. The Pamlico News promoted Hood’s upcoming appearance in a state Museum of History panel discussion of North Carolina’s status as an election battleground state.

Hood was one of three JLF staffers to appear this week on News 14 Carolina. He discussed the North Carolina governor’s race and other hot political topics during an appearance on “Capital Tonight.” Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson also offered insights about the governor’s race and campaign surrogates for “Capital Tonight,” while JLF Director of Research and Education Studies Terry Stoops dissected the politics of the Wake County school board’s decision to fire Superintendent Tony Tata.

Stoops moderated a panel discussion at the N.C. Summit on School and Community Engagement titled “Technology in the School: Doing It Right.” Carolina Journal Radio Co-Host Donna Martinez moderated a judicial candidates’ forum for the Federalist Society.

Vice President for Communications Jon Ham spoke in Cary to Liberty Lunch NC, a nonpartisan conservative women’s group, on the theme “Media Bias and Manipulation in Politics.” Hitting the road this weekend is Executive Vice President Kory Swanson, who will take part in Saturday’s Randolph Tea Party celebration in Asheboro.

Locke experts also earned radio airtime this week. Henderson discussed new state food truck rules with Martinez on WPTF, while WPTF’s Demetri Ravanos interviewed Director of Communications Mitch Kokai about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s release of his latest tax returns. Vice President for Research and Resident Scholar Roy Cordato discussed the problems associated with government debts and deficits during his latest appearance with Chad Adams on WLTT.

Carolina Journal Executive Editor Don Carrington explained for Lockwood Phillips on WTKF the plea deal involving a former fundraiser and employee of Gov. Beverly Perdue. JLF Vice President for Outreach Becki Gray continues her semiweekly politics and public policy updates on WTSB.