John Locke Update / Impact Newsletter

Looking ahead to the 2015 N.C. General Assembly and other items of interest

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The N.C. Spin website,, and N.C. Senate Republicans all promoted this week John Locke Foundation Vice President for Outreach Becki Gray‘s Carolina Journal column highlighting key issues for North Carolina’s 2015 legislative session. Gray appeared on the Dallas, Texas-based “Ladies, Can We Talk?” radio program this week, and she continues twice-weekly politics and public policy updates for WTSB Radio listeners.

President and CEO Kory Swanson discussed JLF’s upcoming 25th anniversary year and its efforts to keep track of the latest developments in N.C. politics and public policy during a presentation in Knightdale to the East Wake Republican Club. Director of Education Outreach Lindalyn Kakadelis made two appearances with Lockwood Phillips on WTKF’s “Viewpoints Radio” program. She highlighted issues under discussion at this week’s State Board of Education meeting, including changes to North Carolina’s grading scale and a new name for the high school “Civics and Economics” course. CJ Managing Editor Rick Henderson and Carolina Journal Radio Co-Host Donna Martinez highlight the week’s top political developments for Curtis Media Group’s syndicated “People In Politics” radio program. 

The N.C. Spin website,, and the state Senate GOP all took note of CJ Associate Editor Barry Smith‘s legislative preview article. The N.C. Spin website also promoted Publisher Jon Ham‘s column on liberal media bias emanating from journalism schools. cited Associate Editor Michael Lowrey‘s report on a recent court ruling involving easements, along with CJ Associate Editor Dan Way‘s report on legislative support for state pension reform and contributor Jenna Ashley Robinson‘s article on steps the University of North Carolina has taken to cope with Recession-era budget cuts.

N.C. Senate Republicans highlighted Robinson‘s and Way‘s articles. The Senate GOP also highlighted Way’s report on the recent decline in North Carolina’s teacher turnover rate. Chapel Hill’s Daily Tar Heel interviewed JLF Director of Communications Mitch Kokai about potential political implications of North Carolina’s move to an earlier presidential primary date.

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