About: Rick Henderson

Rick Henderson

Managing Editor, Carolina Journal, John Locke Foundation

Recent Posts by Rick Henderson

Dispatches from the trail, January 21, 2015

• Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-10th District, continues to take advantage of his seniority in the lower chamber. McHenry, who’s the chief deputy whip of the Republican caucus, was named vice chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, the panel that handles oversight of banking and other savings and investment-related institutions. McHenry has become a championContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, January 15, 2015

• Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-2nd District, bucked her party’s leaders and voted against several measures blocking President Obama’s executive action on immigration. • At a Democratic congressional caucus retreat in Baltimore, Rep. David Price, D-4th District, is one of many attributing the party’s sinking fortunes to Republican-dominated gerrymandering. • Mark your calendars: The Republican National CommitteeContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, January 13, 2015

• The liberal group Progress Action NC on Monday filed an ethics complaint against Gov. Pat McCrory, making a series of charges dealing with the disclosure of his business and investment interests. McCrory dismissed the complaint as a partisan attack, and the state Republican Party said the group was acting as a stalking horse forContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, January 7, 2015

• McClatchy newspapers notes that the North Carolina congressional delegation’s clout in the 114th Congress should increase. • Two Republicans in that delegation — Reps. Walter Jones (3rd District) and Mark Meadows (11th District) — did not vote for Ohio Republican John Boehner, who was elected Tuesday to a third term as speaker of theContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, January 5, 2015

• Happy New Year! Incumbent Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-2nd District, won North Carolina’s fundraising wars during the 2014 congressional campaign, raising $1.83 million in defeating “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken, who raised more than $1 million. Finishing second was 10th District Rep. Patrick McHenry, the GOP chief deputy whip, who raked in $1.73 million. InContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, December 30, 2014

• Outgoing Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan keeps getting attention from national outlets. The New York Post puts her on a list of “crazy politicians” for her decision to be a no-show at the final Senate debate with eventual winner Thom Tillis. And Politico says N.C. Republicans continue to be wary of Hagan as aContinue Reading

State Supreme Court upholds 2011 redistricting maps

Nearly a year after hearing arguments on appeal, the N.C. Supreme Court today ruled that the legislative and congressional district maps drawn by the 2011 General Assembly satisfied the state and federal constitutions, ending a bitter fight led by a host of civil-rights organizations and left-leaning advocacy groups. In a press release, Sen. Bob Rucho,Continue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, December 17, 2014

• The feelgood story of the holiday season: Well-known North Carolina political brothers Dallas Woodhouse (conservative Republican consultant, formerly of Americans for Prosperity) and Brad Woodhouse (Democratic activist and former national party communications director) appeared Tuesday on C-SPAN to discuss a new documentary about their polarized politics … and mom calls in. Joy Woodhouse’s callContinue Reading

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