About: Rick Henderson

Rick Henderson

Managing Editor, Carolina Journal, John Locke Foundation

Recent Posts by Rick Henderson

Dispatches from the campaign trail, November 21, 2014

• State House Republicans caucus this weekend in Randolph County to pick their choice for speaker in the 2015 General Assembly. Six members are seeking the job, and with a supermajority slated to take office in January, this weekend’s selection is a near-certainty to become speaker. • A new High Point University Poll finds theContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, November 20, 2014

• Former Raleigh mayor and state Transportation Secretary Tom Bradshaw, a Democrat, conceded the Senate District 15 race to Republican businessman Johnny Mac Alexander. Following a recount, Alexander had a lead of roughly 700 votes. Republicans will pick up a net of one seat in the 2015 General Assembly and have a 34-16 majority. •Continue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, November 19, 2014

• With the defeat of Kay Hagan, NBC News says Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., is the only Democratic senator from the “Deep South.” And Landrieu may be on her way out unless she wins her Dec. 6 runoff election. • Rep.-elect Mark Walker, R-6th District, sits down with WFDD in Winston-Salem to discuss his hopesContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, November 18, 2014

• According to a new poll by High Point University, Republican Gov. Pat McCrory may be the most popular statewide elected official in North Carolina. The survey of 421 adults found McCrory with an approval rating of 47 percent, compared with President Obama at 43 percent, outgoing U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan at 36 percent, andContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, November 17, 2014

• N.C. Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller (at right) says Democrats need to discuss reforms in the way the state party is run, so in February he will not seek another term. Voller, former mayor of Pittsboro, says he does not want to be a distraction. Former state Rep. Patsy Keever, D-Buncombe, has announced thatContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, November 14, 2014

• Several members of the North Carolina congressional delegation paid tribute to retiring Rep. Howard Coble, R-6th, by wearing plaid or madras jackets on the House floor as Coble concludes his three-decade career in Congress. • One of Coble’s jacket-wearing colleagues, Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-5th, was re-elected secretary of the House Republican Conference for the 114thContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, November 13, 2014

• Former state Rep. Patsy Keever, D-Buncombe (at right), plans to run for chairman of the state Democratic Party. The election will occur in February. • Did state Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, accept dozens of campaign contributions above the legal limit? Probably not, suggests Doug Clark of the News & Record, but that’s what theContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, November 12, 2014

• Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper — who’s likely to run against McCrory in 2016 — agree that the process of drawing legislative and congressional districts needs to be changed. But they disagree on the way to do it. • Washington Post reporter Robert Costa says Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-10th District,Continue Reading

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