Months before any voters cast real ballots in the 2012 presidential race, media outlets already have started pursuing their favorite story lines. Jon Ham discusses early media coverage of the 2012 campaign during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. You’ll also hear what some Charlotte-area voters heard during an early campaign stop just across the state line with Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Meanwhile, Rick Henderson dissects the latest misuse of state unemployment numbers for political purposes, while Terry Stoops reacts to a legislative discussion about a new public school dropout pilot program that’s replacing a series of dropout prevention grants.

Jessica Anderson also joins us to discuss the work of the Heritage Foundation’s activist sister group, Heritage Action for America.