John Locke Update / Impact Newsletter

Continuing to dissect Election 2008

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As the dust settles from the 2008 election campaign, John Locke Foundation experts continue to help people across North Carolina make sense of the results. President John Hood discussed with the Associated Press the Republican Party’s potential response to Democratic wins. Television stations WRAL, WTVD, and WCNC and WBT Radio are among the outlets that picked up that story. Hood discussed the same topic with Freedom Newspapers. The Kinston Free Press and Shelby Star published that article. Now that voters have elected a new General Assembly, Hood offered his ideas for another Freedom story about the potential impact of the new configuration in the House and Senate. (“The general philosophy that we had is going to be the philosophy going forward.”
Those thoughts were echoed by John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation.
“There really wasn’t a whole lot of change in the North Carolina political establishment,” Hood said.
The Gaston Gazette and Shelby Star published that piece. Hood also contributed his expertise to the national political discussion. He participated in a National Review Online symposium about the process President-elect Barack Obama is using to fill his cabinet. Hood also discussed for NRO readers the notion that the United States is still a “center-right” country, an idea that drew a response from Ramesh Ponnuru on the NRO blog, “The Corner.” JLF Vice President Chad Adams also discussed election results during his most recent appearance on Curits Wright’s morning radio show on Wilmington’s “Big Talker,” WLTT. The station used a blurb from Adams throughout the day. Adams speaks about the election today in a presentation for the Chapel Hill Women’s Republican Club. Speaking of the election, the High Point Enterprise recently noted the John Locke Foundation’s role in helping to defeat a proposed sales tax increase in Guilford County. (The conservative John Locke Foundation
think tank said last month that taxpayers don’t need a sales tax hike
to pay for school construction bonds. By using growth revenue, county
fund balances, school capital funds and limiting business incentives,
the county could raise $65 million a year to pay off construction
bonds, according to the report.

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