Among the U.S. Supreme Court’s most hotly contested rulings at the end of its latest term was one that extended same-sex marriage rights to all 50 states. Time Warner Cable News’ statewide “Capital Tonight” program asked Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson to offer his assessment of the ruling’s likely political implications in North Carolina.

“Capital Tonight” also featured John Locke Foundation Director of Communications Mitch Kokai‘s analysis of the extension of state budget negotiations beyond Wednesday’s start of a new fiscal year. Kokai served as guest host Thursday for “The Bill LuMaye Show” on Talk Radio WPTF. Among his guests: N.C. History Project Director Troy Kickler, who discussed North Carolina’s role in drafting the Declaration of Independence and in waging the American Revolutionary War.

The Winston-Salem Journal interviewed Kokai about the potential impact of the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling on North Carolina’s Senate Bill 2, which is designed to help protect religious freedoms of magistrates who oppose gay marriage.

Vice President for Outreach Becki Gray discusses the week’s top political developments and the latest public policy updates during her regular weekly apperances on WWNC and WTSB Radio. The N.C. Senate’s daily press email took note of Gray’s recent “Locker Room” blog entry on the continuing resolution that extends state budget negotiations.