The Greensboro News & Record‘s “Off The Record” blog cited this week John Hood’s column comparing North Carolina tax and education data to those of international economic competitors. N.C. Senate Republicans promoted the same column, along with Hood’s discussion of myths surrounding K-12 and higher education and his fearless election predictions. A Princeton News Leader columnist cited Hood as an influential commentator on state political news.

The News & Record quoted a Piedmont Publius blog entry from Sam Hieb. Hieb discussed a speech from President Obama that might have responded to U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx’s comments criticizing those who complain about student loan debt. The Senate GOP cited Mitch Kokai’s blog entry questioning a media report about “overwhelming” public opposition to hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.’s “Immigration Reform Examiner” cited Kokai in an article about Atlanta’s decision to ban acceptance of the controversial matricula consular.