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Elections, redistricting, education, tax changes lead to JLF public, media appearances

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As North Carolina’s primary elections approach, John Locke Foundation experts are offering their analysis of key election issues during public presentations and on-air media appearances. Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson assessed the potential electoral impact of an ongoing legal battle over congressional redistricting during his latest appearance on Time Warner Cable News’ statewide “Capital Tonight” program. Henderson also focused on election developments during a panel discussion in Chapel Hill sponsored by the University of North Carolina’s alumni association. The Daily Tar Heel quoted Henderson in its report on the election panel.

JLF Vice President for Outreach Becki Gray offered her own take on key N.C. election issues during an appearance on “Capital Tonight.” Gray continues twice-weekly politics and public policy updates on WTSB Radio, and she helped Alleghany County Republicans catch up with the latest political news from Raleigh during a speech at that group’s county convention.

Director of Research and Education Studies Terry Stoops discussed education advocacy during a panel discussion for the Public School Forum of North Carolina’s Education Policy Fellowship Program. The Raleigh News and Observer interviewed Stoops for an article about a separate panel discussion focusing on teacher recruitment. The N&O‘s “Under the Dome” quoted Stoops in a recent article on taxpayer-funded prekindergarten programs. The Daily Tar Heel interviewed Stoops about teacher tenure.

Senior Political Analyst Mitch Kokai dissected recent state sales tax changes during an appearance on “Capital Tonight.” Henderson and Vice President for Marketing and Communications Donna Martinez highlight the week’s top political news for Curtis Media Group’s syndicated “People In Politics” program. Martinez analyzed Super Tuesday, Republicans’ divisions over Donald Trump, and a socialist’s prospects in the Democratic presidential contest during her weekly appearance on the WPTF Radio morning show.

Health and Human Services Policy Analyst Katherine Restrepo will discuss direct primary care Saturday during the Civitas Institute’s Conservative Leadership Conference. WLOS Television interviewed the Seattle-based author of the John Locke Foundation’s recent report on failed environmental promises tied to so-called “green” school buildings. The Heartland Institute publicized that report on its podcast and “Somewhat Reasonable” blog. Thursday evening marked the first of several occasions in which UNC Public Television’s new North Carolina Channel was scheduled to broadcast JLF’s recent 2016 election Headliner luncheon with Senior Fellow Marc Rotterman, Chairman John Hood, and political correspondent John Gizzi of Newsmax.

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