About: Rick Henderson

Rick Henderson

Managing Editor, Carolina Journal, John Locke Foundation

Recent Posts by Rick Henderson

Dispatches from the trail, March 25, 2015

• Citing last year’s U.S. Senate race between incumbent Democratic loser Kay Hagan and Republican winner Thom Tillis, Roll Call notes that competitive primaries can sharpen challengers (like Tillis) to run a successful general election race against an incumbent — so long as the primary winner unites the party and is someone unaffiliated voters canContinue Reading

Hear Ted Cruz, the first announced 2016 presidential candidate, April 13 in Raleigh

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced today he will seek the 2016 GOP nomination for president. The John Locke Foundation will host a Headliner Luncheon event with Cruz April 13 in Charlotte(oops) Raleigh. Tickets are available, and you can reserve yours here. It will be the first of several Headliners JLF will host over theContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, March 18, 2015

• Set your DVRs and check your local listings: Esquire Network’s “The Runner-Up,” highlighting “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken’s unsuccessful bid to unseat 2nd District Republican U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, is set to debut April 7. • State Democrats want to have their ducks in a row in case former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan choosesContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, March 11, 2015

• If you’ve wondered about the source of commercials touting the “conservative leadership” of GOP U.S. Reps. Renee Ellmers (2nd District) and Robert Pittenger (9th District), the funding comes from American Action Network, and independent campaign group closely aligned with House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio. Why now, a year before candidate filing? This writer’sContinue Reading

Governor’s budget funds raise for new teachers, restores incentive tax credits

CJ’s Dan Way reports on the just-released budget by Gov. Pat McCrory: Gov. Pat McCrory announced a no-tax-hike $51.7billion budget for 2015-17, with a general fund budget of $21.5 billion, at a press briefing this morning at the state Emergency Operations Center. Some initial highlights include increasing spending on K-12 teacher salaries by more thanContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, March 5, 2015

• The 2016 presidential polling continues! The latest from Democratic firm Public Policy Polling of N.C. respondents has Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker surging to the lead among Republican contenders (following national trends), with 24 percent support. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush falls from first to second with 17 percent. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee andContinue Reading

FCC not content to stop with Net Neutrality

While most of the Internet-related headlines today will deal with the Federal Communications Commission’s ruling (along party lines) to treat Internet Service Providers like regulated utilities, another party-line ruling also hits close to home: The commission voted to overturn laws in North Carolina and other states limiting the ability of cities to expand broadband accessContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, February 25, 2015

• More polling data is out, this time by Elon University. The survey of 867 residents (including 773 registered voters) finds President Obama and Gov. Pat McCrory each with approval ratings of around 40 percent among voters. McCrory’s net approval rating is slightly positive, however, while Obama’s disapproval rating is pushing 50 percent. Obamacare remainsContinue Reading

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