Elections for governor and one of North Carolina’s two U.S. Senate seats will attract the headlines, but all 170 seats in the N.C. General Assembly are also up for grabs this year. Rick Henderson analyzes key legislative contests during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio.

Terry Stoops assesses the final recommendations from a panel formed to study Common Core public education standards in North Carolina. Camp Bow Wow founder Heidi Ganahl discusses the impact of state regulatory hurdles for her business and for other entrepreneurs.

Jane Pinsky of the N.C. Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform calls on lawmakers to revive a bill limiting campaign contributions from people seeking state government contracts. Plus economist Stephen Walters of Loyola University in Maryland explains how cities can help fight problems plaguing their urban cores.