John Locke Update / Impact Newsletter

Election analysis, Medicaid expansion, overregulation, and more from JLF experts

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One month after voters went to the polls, analysts are still sifting through the results of an election that largely favored conservatives and Republicans. John Locke Foundation Executive Vice President Kory Swanson analyzed election results this week during a presentation for the Lee County Republican Men’s Club. The Sanford Herald promoted that speech.

Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson highlights some of the week’s top political and electoral news during his regular appearance this weekend on Carolina Journal Radio Co-Host Donna Martinez‘s syndicated “People In Politics” radio program for Curtis Media. JLF Vice President for Outreach Becki Gray discusses key political and public policy developments in North Carolina during twice-weekly updates for WTSB Radio. Gray discussed obstacles to tax reform in North Carolina during an American Legislative Exchange Council-State Policy Network “tax academy” event in Washington, D.C.

Director of Communications Mitch Kokai assessed the latest developments in the state’s Medicaid expansion debate during his latest appearance on Time Warner Cable News’ statewide “Capital Tonight” program. Kokai addressed some of the week’s top state government news during a conversation with Curtis Wright on WMYT Radio.

Director of Education Outreach Lindalyn Kakadelis discussed the controversy surrounding new Advanced Placement U.S. history standards and North Carolina’s Founding Principles Act with Lockwood Phillips on WTKF’s “Viewpoints Radio.” The Kernersville News published Director of Research and Education Studies Terry Stoops‘ column on the K-12 roots of the ongoing academic and athletic scandal at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. and N.C. Senate Republicans’ daily press email highlighted Director of Regulatory Studies Jon Sanders‘ column on the harmful economic impact of overregulation. The Senate GOP also promoted JLF Chairman John Hood‘s columns on factors influencing state economic growth and opportunities for bipartisan cooperation on education reform, CJ Executive Editor Don Carrington‘s article detailing a Western North Carolina stimulus failure, Associate Editor Barry Smith‘s report on possible regulation of ride-sharing services and Internet-based lodging options, and Associate Editor Dan Way‘s story offering expert assessments of Gov. Pat McCrory’s lawsuit challenging legislative appointments.

The N.C. Spin website,, and promoted Way’s article on the appointments lawsuit, while also picked up Way’s piece on county governments’ response to Obamacare, JLF Director of Fiscal Policy Studies Sarah Curry‘s column on the state budget process, and Curry’s research newsletter on the sources of state government funding. The Lenoir News-Topic published Curry’s budget process column. also promoted Way’s article on a taxpayer-funded boutique hotel in Cary, along with Vice President for Research and Resident Scholar Roy Cordato‘s research newsletter on government picking economic winners and losers. The Asheville Citizen-Times cited JLF in an article about alcohol-related referendums on the November ballot.

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