Now that election results are finalized, N.C. House Republicans have gathered to choose a likely successor for outgoing Speaker Thom Tillis. John Locke Foundation Chairman John Hood discussed the selection process with the Charlotte Observer, and Vice President for Outreach Becki Gray has focused on the House speaker’s race among the top items in her twice-weekly politics and public policy updates for WTSB Radio. Gray will also discuss the GOP’s speaker nominee, Rep. Tim Moore of Cleveland County, during an appearance this afternoon with guest host Mitch Kokai, JLF director of communications, on Talk Radio WPTF. Gray discussed the 2014 elections and previewed the upcoming legislative session in a presentation for the Surry County Tea Party group. Kokai offered WTVD Television some reasons political conservatives might be thankful on Thanksgiving day this year.
Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson and Carolina Journal Radio Co-Host Donna Martinez will also dissect the House speaker selection and other top electoral news for this weekend’s edition of Curtis Media Group’s syndicated “People In Politics” program. Martinez guest hosts this afternoon on News Radio WPTF.
The Kernersville News published JLF Director of Regulatory Studies Jon Sanders‘ recent column on occupational licensing. The Mount Airy News printed CJ Associate Editor Michael Lowrey‘s article on potential regulation of Uber, Lyft, and other ride-sharing services. The Lumberton Robesonian picked up JLF Vice President for Communications Jon Ham‘s column on media outlets holding candidates accountable when they skip scheduled debates.
N.C. Senate Republicans’ daily press email promoted Ham’s column, Hood’s piece on the latest round of braying from North Carolina’s “Eeyore Caucus,” Hood’s column on prudent evaluation of the state budget, contributor Jesse Saffron‘s article on the University of North Carolina’s decision to lower admissions standards for three campuses in 2015, and Associate Editor Dan Way‘s article on N.C. county governments‘ reaction to the Affordable Care Act. NCPoliticalNews.com promoted Way’s article detailing Obamacare’s impact on small businesses.
The N.C. Spin website highlighted Director of Research and Education Studies Terry Stoops‘ column on the K-12 roots of UNC-Chapel Hill’s athletic scandal, along with a column on the problematic Medicare “doc fix” co-authored by Health and Human Services Policy Analyst Katherine Restrepo.
The Elizabeth City Daily Advance quoted Carolina Journal in discussing voter turnout in the 2014 election. (But according to the Carolina Journal, this election brought out historic numbers of voters to the polls. Despite reducing the number of early voting days but maintaining the same hours, almost 3 million North Carolina voters chose to cast their ballots — more than any other midterm election in the state’s history. As a percentage, the 38 percent voting age turnout was the second highest for a midterm election since the modern competitive two-party election cycle began in 1974.) The UNC-Asheville Blue Banner cited N.C. History Project Founding Director Troy Kickler in an article about a notorious Civil War incident.