When Carolina Journal Executive Editor Don Carrington broke the news this week that Raleigh lawyer Gene Boyce had filed a State Bar complaint against N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper, the Raleigh News and Observer took note in print and in its “Under the Dome” blog. The N.C. Republican Party, Republican Governors Association, and N.C. Senate Republicans also sent widely distributed emails citing Carrington’s work.
Speaking of Carrington’s reporting, a WRAL Television online report about a federal investigation into stimulus grants awarded to companies tied to former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s family mentioned Carrington’s early work on the topic. The News and Observer also noted Carrington’s early reporting on the Hagan stimulus funding scandal. The National Legal and Policy Center highlighted another Carrington investigation. This one shed light on Google’s dubious renewable energy claims.
The Greensboro News and Record and NCPoliticalNews.com published John Locke Foundation Director of Research and Education Studies Terry Stoops‘ column noting the need for conservative reforms in the failing Halifax County Schools. The News and Record also promoted and covered a book-signing event tied to JLF Chairman John Hood‘s recent biography of former N.C. Gov. Jim Martin.
Vice President for Marketing and Communications Donna Martinez began this week a new regular weekly appearance on the WPTF Radio morning show. Martinez will discuss top political issues in the news. This week’s discussion involved Republican presidential candidates Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, and Ted Cruz. Martinez appears this weekend on WPTF’s “Sunday Morning Magazine.”
CJ Managing Editor Rick Henderson appeared on WPTF’s morning show as well. He discussed CJ‘s role in developing the story about the Hagan stimulus-grant scandal. Martinez and Henderson analyze the week’s top political developments for Curtis Media Group’s syndicated “People In Politics” program.
JLF Vice President for Outreach Becki Gray continues twice-weekly politics and public policy updates for WTSB Radio. Director of Education Outreach Lindalyn Kakadelis assessed the latest State Board of Education meeting during an appearance with Lockwood Phillips on WTKF’s “Viewpoints Radio.” Time Warner Cable News interviewed Senior Political Analyst Mitch Kokai about continuing concerns surrounding North Carolina’s government-run lottery. Chapel Hill’s Daily Tar Heel interviewed Kokai about election primary challengers for incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr.
Director of Fiscal Policy Studies Sarah Curry discussed changes in sales tax ditribution, tax reform, and federalism during a speech to the North Mecklenburg Republican Women. Director of Legal Studies Jon Guze discussed overcriminalization on the Civitas Institute’s “Closing Arguments with Elliot Engstrom” program.
The Kernersville News published Health and Human Services Policy Analyst Katherine Restrepo‘s column on the failure of Obamacare co-ops, along with N.C. History Project Founding Director Troy Kickler‘s column on North Carolina’s critical role in helping secure a Bill of Rights for the U.S. Constitution. Kickler leads the invocation today during state government’s MLK liberty bell-ringing ceremony, an event held in conjunction with state employees’ Martin Luther King Holiday observance. The recent Cato Institute book Going for Broke, focusing on federal debt and the entitlement crisis, references Restrepo’s work.
The Wake Forest Weekly published CJ Associate Editor Barry Smith‘s articles on census data placing North Carolina’s population at 10 million people and the official launch of a statewide bond campaign. The N.C. Spin website picked up Smith’s article on the bond campaign.
N.C. Senate Republicans’ daily press email promoted Hood’s columns on reining in state government spending and the value of smaller school districts, Gray’s column on elections and a “kind heart,” CJ Associate Editor Dan Way‘s articles on the departure of two top McCrory administration budget and Revenue staffers and a national campaign targeting poor-performing government press officers, JLF Director of Regulatory Studies Jon Sanders‘ column on positive regulatory reforms in British Columbia, and CJ contributor Michael Lowrey‘s column on potential taxpayer headaches linked to the struggling Carolina Hurricanes hockey team.