John Locke Update / Impact Newsletter

Common Core, solar subsidies, and politics lead to JLF on-air interviews

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The new state commission established to review Common Core standards in North Carolina public schools announced this week that it has no money to do its work. John Locke Foundation Director of Research and Education Studies Terry Stoops discussed the commission’s latest developments with Lockwood Phillips on WTKF Radio. Meanwhile, WUNC Radio interviewed Director of Regulatory Studies Jon Sanders about subsidies propping up the solar energy industry.

Time Warner Cable News’ statewide “Capital Tonight” program asked for Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson‘s assessment of Gov. Pat McCrory‘s relationships with social conservatives and top legislative leaders. “Capital Tonight” also interviewed JLF Director of Communications Mitch Kokai about ongoing analysis of the recently completed Senate campaign pitting Democrat Kay Hagan against Republican Thom Tillis. Kokai discussed redistricting reform with WFDD Radio and recapped the week’s top state government news for Curtis Wright on WMYT Radio. Henderson discussed the week’s major political developments with Carolina Journal Radio Co-Host Donna Martinez on Curtis Media Group’s syndicated “People In Politics” program.

Vice President for Outreach Becki Gray continues her twice-weekly politics and public policy updates on WTSB Radio. She recapped top election results and looked ahead to the 2015 session of the N.C. General Assembly during a speech to the Cumberland County Republican Men’s Club. The Fayetteville Observer promoted that presentation.

Chapel Hill’s Daily Tar Heel interviewed Gray about this weekend’s vote for the Republican who is likely to become the next N.C. House speaker. In addition to Gray’s travels, Director of Education Outreach Lindalyn Kakadelis addressed the Union County Republican Club on issues facing public schools in the coming year, including graduation rates, the state academic standards commission, and the Founding Principles Act.

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