About: Rick Henderson

Rick Henderson

Managing Editor, Carolina Journal, John Locke Foundation

Recent Posts by Rick Henderson

Dispatches from the trail, April 22, 2015

• Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-2nd, will have a second (and familiar) opponent in next year’s GOP primary: Investment adviser Frank Roche, who challenged Ellmers in 2014. Ellmers won the primary 59-41. Outgoing Chatham County GOP Chairman Jim Duncan announced last week he was running. • Gov. Pat McCrory will need to wear his negotiating shoes asContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, April 15, 2015

• Happy Tax Filing Day! Carolina Journal’s Kari Travis reports that, within 24 hours, you’ll be paid up for 2015. Kinda. • U.S. Sen. Richard Burr has roughly $2.4 million available for his 2016 re-election bid, The Charlotte Observer reports. He has no Democratic opponent at this point, and he also has less cash onContinue Reading

U.S. Sen. Ted defends freedom at JLF event

The Texas Republican, speaking at a luncheon today in Raleigh, was the first 2016 presidential contender to address John Locke Foundation audience. [View the story “Senator Ted Cruz defends freedom at JLF” on Storify]

Dispatches from the trail, April 8, 2015

• The first episode of “The Runner-Up,” Esquire Network’s four-part series about Democrat Clay Aiken’s unsuccessful bid to defeat U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-2nd District, aired Tuesday. If you don’t get Esquire on your cable or satellite package, the network is airing some excerpts, such as the one above. No word on whether or howContinue Reading

State will purchase Hammocks Beach property, ending land grab

The Council of State on Tuesday agreed to pay $7 million to purchase more than 200 acres of Onslow County waterfront property from members of the Hurst family, expanding the Hammocks Beach State Park and ending a nearly decade-long battle between the owners of the property and at least two state agencies. Carolina Journal firstContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, April 1, 2015

• Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper has made no formal announcement, but he sure looks like a 2016 rival to Republican Gov. Pat McCrory. Cooper has posted an online petition objecting to the governor and General Assembly’s education spending policies on his website, and he’s running a link to the petition on his Facebook page.Continue Reading

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

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