High-profile Democratic challengers have confirmed their plans in recent weeks to run in North Carolina’s 2016 elections for governor and U.S. Senate. Rick Henderson assesses the significance of the campaign announcements from Roy Cooper and Deborah Ross and looks ahead to the election campaign in the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio.

Sarah Curry discusses large N.C. cities’ use of targeted economic incentives, and economist Joseph Connors discusses the importance of economic freedom in promoting jobs, health, and other signs of a thriving society.

Plus you’ll hear highlights from recent legislative debates over regulatory reform and changing the way the state offers supplemental insurance to government workers.