John Locke Update / Impact Newsletter

Election and economic analysis

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The economic downturn and the recent election continue to generate opportunities for John Locke Foundation experts to share their insights. John Hood contributed to a WTVD Television story focusing on Gov. Mike Easley’s plans to stimulate the North Carolina economy by speeding up planned construction projects. Hood also offered this thoughts for a Winston-Salem Journal article about a leadership battle among state Senate Republicans. He also commented for a recent Daily Tar Heel article about Republicans’ efforts to analyze and improve their voter outreach methods. (John Hood,
president of the independent think tank John Locke Foundation, said it
was unfair to generalize about North Carolina’s politics based on only
one election. “Neither side should exaggerate what 2008 meant and draw
ideological conclusions,” he said.
Meanwhile, The Fayetteville Observer alerted us this week that Hood will discuss the election and state budget problems in an upcoming meeting of the Cumberland County Republican Men’s Club. For a national audience, Hood treated readers of National Review Online’s blog, “The Corner,” to his reaction to an “intriguing idea on home equity,” fractional ownership of homes. Hood was not alone in attracting attention for his economic analysis. Karen Palasek, JLF Director of Educational and Academic Programs, discussed the economic crisis in an article for Canada’s New Brunswick Business Journal. Meanwhile, The Weekly Standard‘s blog highlighted a recent “Right Angles” post from Carolina Journal Radio Co-Host Donna Martinez. Her entry focused on the people most likely to take a hit from higher taxes under the proposals President-elect Barack Obama touted on the campaign trail.

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