Several years after the well-publicized failure of the Randy Parton Theatre in Roanoke Rapids, Carolina Journal Executive Editor Don Carrington produced a CJ cover story on another Parton-related development that has flopped in western North Carolina. The Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald editorial board,, and the Free North Carolina blog all cited Carrington’s article.

The Lumberton Robesonian published Becki Gray’s CJ column on North Carolina’s need for serious leaders to dispense with items such as targeted film incentives. The Fayetteville Observer interviewed Gray for an article on the city’s red-light cameras.

The Spring Hope Enterprise editorial board took note of John Hood’s CJ column on myths surrounding Common Core public school standards. (As conservative columnist John Hood notes elsewhere on this page, the misconceptions are legion.) N.C. Senate Republicans promoted in their daily press emails Hood’s columns on the state of the North Carolina economy, a liberal war on social science, and a comparison of competing conservative state budget proposals.

The Senate GOP also took note of CJ Associate Editor Barry Smith‘s article on the Senate’s proposed film grant program, Smith’s recap of the House’s budget plan, Associate Editor Dan Way‘s report on Gov. Pat McCrory’s Medicaid reform initiative, Way’s article on the Senate’s Medicaid proposals, and his story about the State Employees Association’s whistleblower suit related to state pension fund investments.