Listeners of Talk Radio WPTF’s afternoon drivetime program learned about the latest rankings of North Carolina’s economic competitiveness, as well as a new book spotlighting conservative heroes, when John Locke Foundation Director of Communications Mitch Kokai served as guest host Monday. The Charlotte Observer interviewed Kokai for an article about a proposal to extend Mecklenburg County commissioners’ terms from two years to four years. picked up that article.

The Winston-Salem Journal interviewed Kokai for articles on the potential impact of a U.S. Supreme Court redistricting ruling, Medicaid budget developments, and national efforts to raise the smoking age to 21. The Greensboro News and Record also published the Medicaid article. The N.C. Spin website cited Kokai’s “Locker Room” blog entry on Social Security‘s solvency.

Director of Outreach Donna Martinez and Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson assess the week’s top political news during this weekend’s edition of Curtis Media Group’s syndicated “People In Politics” program. JLF Vice President for Outreach Becki Gray appears this weekend with Don Curtis on the syndicated “Carolina Newsmakers” program. Gray continues weekly radio appearances on WWNC and WTSB. The N.C. Spin website cited Gray’s “Locker Room” entry on a continuing resolution for the N.C. state budget, while state Senate Republicans promoted her column analyzing Gov. Pat McCrory’s proposed bond packages.

GOP senators also highlighted CJ Associate Editor Barry Smith‘s article on a legislative group looking into selling unused state property, Associate Editor Dan Way‘s article on a new report about North Carolina’s fiscal health, and Associate Editor Michael Lowrey‘s story on a court ruling linked to cyberbullying. promoted Lowrey’s cyberbullying story and Way’s article on a state House budget writer’s assessment of the status of N.C. budget negotiations.

The Kernersville News picked up CJ Publisher Jon Ham‘s column on the importance of members of the media defending the First Amendment. The Durham Herald-Sun cited the N.C. History Project in an article about Declaration of Independence signer John Penn.