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Election analysis kept other John Locke Foundation experts busy as well. Before the election, Vice President for Development Chad Adams delivered election-related speeches to the Wake County Taxpayers Association and to a Yadkin County group. He also spoke to a Polk County crowd about the proposed land-transfer tax on the ballot there. (The Tryon Daily Bulletin printed both an article referencing JLF research on the proposed tax increase and letters responding to that research.) Adams also offered election-night analysis for Curtis Wright’s program on Wilmington’s WLTT Radio (“The Big Talker”), and he participated in a videotaped program on the election set to air Sunday on Wilmington’s WWAY Television. Carolina Journal Radio Co-Host Donna Martinez anchored six hours of election-night coverage on a radio network including WPTF, WSJS, and WZTK. Meck Deck blogger Jeff Taylor also hit the WDYT Radio airwaves in Charlotte for post-election analysis Wednesday morning. JLF communications director Mitch Kokai spent part of Monday night on the Charlotte airwaves. He joined WBT’s Tara Servatius for a discussion of the N.C. Supreme Court election. Kokai then spent election night offering analysis on News 14 Carolina’s statewide television cablecast. The Charlotte Observer quoted JLF Senior Fellow Marc Rotterman in an election preview piece focusing on the role of immigration in the N.C. governor’s race. (“Citizens of this country want the rule of law respected, and they want the borders secure,” said Marc Rotterman, a Republican strategist. “People don’t want to have to pay for health care or welfare or emergency room care for people who come here illegally.”) The Obama victory prompted some N.C. State University students to use the university’s free-expression wall. The university’s reaction prompted commentary from JLF Policy Analyst and Research Editor Jon Sanders, whose work was highlighted in the News & Observer‘s education blog. Meanwhile, George Leef of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy worried about the potential harmful impacts of “visionary politicians.” The Leland Tribune picked up Leef’s recent column on the topic. The Web site also published Leef’s thoughts about the University of Nebraska’s recent decision to rescind a speaking invitation to controversial Obama ally William Ayers. In addition, Metro Magazine featured Leef’s review of the new book, The Dumbest Generation.

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