John Locke Update / Impact Newsletter

Libertarian debate, free speech protections, and primary election news

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As North Carolina’s primary election date approaches, several of the candidates for the state’s Libertarian Party presidential nomination participated in a rare debate. Carolina Journal Associate Editor Barry Smith served as moderator. WNCN Television, the Winston-Salem Journal, and UNC Public Television’s new North Carolina Channel are among the media outlets that took note of the event.

The College Fix website promoted Associate Editor Dan Way‘s report on N.C. legislation targeting free speech on university campuses. The Kernersville News published contributor Andy Taylor‘s column on the impact of growth and equality issues on this year’s presidential election.

A Greensboro News and Record editorial cited John Locke Foundation Chairman John Hood‘s recent criticism of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump. N.C. Senate Republicans’ daily press emails cited Hood’s column on the mixed news for Gov. Pat McCrory’s re-election bid, Smith’s article on the controversy surrounding a controversial Charlotte ordinance involving transgender people’s restroom choices, Way’s articles on campus free speech legislation and the Republican gubernatorial primary, and CJ‘s parody involving Raleigh officials’ interest in regulating local “vibrancy.”

The Carteret County News-Times cited a recent CJ parody targeting the N.C. Commerce Department’s new “Nothing Compares” logo. (One place you want to avoid is the back page of the monthly Carolina Journal. It can give you the willies. Instant infamy. For you see, each month, the back page of the Carolina Journal (or CJ) tabloid newspaper is reserved for some clever writer associated with the Raleigh-based John Locke Foundation to write a parody and humorously poke fun by spoofing or satirizing people, things, and events all across North Carolina. No one is immune or gets off the hook. Governor Pat McCrory takes credit, of course, for bringing North Carolina its new brand, “Nothing Compares.” Writer Donald Draper wrote the parody about the “Nothing Compares” that appeared in the November 2015 issue of the Carolina Journal, slicing and dicing the slogan and logo.)

The N.C. Spin website promoted JLF Vice President for Outreach Becki Gray‘s column on potential legislative reforms in 2016 and CJ Associate Editor Kari Travis‘ report on University of North Carolina President Margaret Spellings‘ first official meeting with the university’s Board of Governors.

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