John Locke Update / Impact Newsletter

JLF, CJ monitor high-profile U.S. Senate race and other election developments

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This week Carolina Journal broke the news about dubious dealings involving U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s husband, her son, and federal stimulus money connected to solar panel installation. Executive Editor Don Carrington‘s story attracted attention from the Weekly Standard,’s “Instapundit,” Human Events,,, and widely distributed emails from Americans for Prosperity, N.C. Senate Republicans, and the N.C. Republican Party.

MSNBC and the Washington Free Beacon interviewed John Locke Foundation Chairman John Hood about the high-profile Senate race pitting Hagan against Republican challenger Thom Tillis. A High Point Enterprise column on the Senate race quoted Hood. Carolina Journal Radio Co-Host Donna Martinez analyzed a Senate debate for Bill LuMaye on WPTF Radio.

Voice of America Television interviewed JLF Director of Communications Mitch Kokai about the Hagan-Tillis race and the state of North Carolina politics, while asked Kokai about the potential spoiler role of Libertarian candidate Sean Haugh. WTVD Television interviewed Kokai about the ongoing legal fight involving North Carolina’s new voting law. Chapel Hill’s Daily Tar Heel interviewed Kokai about this week’s Hagan-Tillis debates and about the 2nd District congressional contest between incumbent Republican Renee Ellmers and Democratic challenger Clay Aiken, the former “American Idol” star.

The Lumberton Robesonian published Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson‘s column recommending potential questions for this week’s U.S. Senate debates. Henderson recaps this week’s top electoral news in the “On The Trail” segment for Curtis Media Group’s syndicated “People In Politics” radio program.

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