Syndicated columnist Scott Mooneyham’s recent contribution to Business North Carolina references Carolina Journal Executive Editor Don Carrington‘s work rooting out shenanigans involved with North Carolina’s monthly unemployment report. (A while back, Don Carrington, executive editor of the John Locke Foundation’s Carolina Journal (and colleague of fellow Business North Carolina columnist John Hood), detailed the machinations in the administration of former Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue regarding the state’s monthly jobs report. He questioned whether federal law had been violated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics sharing draft numbers with the governor’s office. I found far more fascinating his findings, based on emails, on how much sweat flowed to fashion a few lines of a press release. Perdue’s people didn’t recognize that, no matter how pretty the words, hard numbers cannot be hidden.)
The N.C. Spin website and N.C. Senate Republicans’ daily press email both promoted John Locke Foundation Vice President for Outreach Becki Gray‘s CJ column explaining why state policymakers were wise to avoid pleas for an expanded Medicaid program.
The Senate GOP also highlighted John Hood’s columns on state government spending and North Carolinians’ transportation preferences, CJ Associate Editor Barry Smith‘s report on the N.C. Supreme Court’s response to a lawsuit involving the NC Pre-K program, Smith’s story on a state audit dealing with surplus state property sales, Associate Editor Dan Way‘s article on a pro-Obamacare forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Way’s story on expert assessments of Wake County’s public transportation options, and N.C. Education Alliance Fellow Kristen Blair‘s CJ column on the dangers of media multitasking.