Political rhetoric has been heating up as North Carolina’s primary election approaches. John Locke Foundation President John Hood examined the impact of that rhetoric during an hourlong appearance this week with Mike Collins on WFAE Radio’s “Charlotte Talks” program. Vice President for Outreach Becki Gray joins Hood again his week on the syndicated N.C. Spin television program. Topics include primary elections, the state Senate’s education plan, and scandal in the N.C. House speaker’s office. Gray continues her semiweekly updates on state government news and politics for WTSB Radio listeners.

Carolina Journal Executive Editor Don Carrington discussed two big stories with Lockwood Phillips on WTKF’s “Viewpoints Radio.” Carrington discussed the dubious background of a Republican state Senate candidate who once served as an “aircraft provider” for Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue. Speaking of Perdue, Carrington explained that two former associates hope the governor’s widespread unpopularity will help them get special treatment during their upcoming trials on campaign finance charges.

The scandal involving House Speaker Thom Tillis’ chief of staff prompted WWNC Radio’s Pete Kaliner and WTVD Television to seek comments from Director of Communications Mitch Kokai. Kokai also discussed with WTVD the state treasurer’s efforts to search for fraud, waste, and abuse within the state retirement system.

In addition to airtime, JLF experts continue to share their expertise in public presentations across the state. The Charlotte Observer and CorneliusNews.net promoted Director of Education Studies Terry Stoops‘ participation in a Stand Up North Carolina education forum in Mooresville. The Mooresville Tribune featured Stoops prominently in its coverage of the event.