About: Rick Henderson

Rick Henderson

Rick Henderson became managing editor of Carolina Journal in April 2009. Before that, he had worked more than a decade for newspapers in Denver, Colo., Las Vegas, Nev., and Southern California as an editorial writer and editor, columnist, and business reporter. Prior to that, he was at Reason magazine for nine years, splitting time between Southern California as a reporter and managing editor and Washington, D.C., where from 1992-96 he was Reason's first full-time Washington editor. He graduated in 1979 from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in political science. Rick lives in Raleigh with his wife and their menagerie of pets.

Recent Posts by Rick Henderson

Dispatches from the trail, November 18, 2015

• Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper (at right), who’s running against incumbent Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, used a stop at Central Piedmont Community College to claim that recent tax cuts and reforms passed by the General Assembly show that the GOP is robbing from the working class. • The African-American Caucus of the state DemocraticContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, November 11, 2015

• The State Board of Elections has produced a 60-second video (above) informing voters that — beginning next year — they’ll need to bring an ID to the polls. • At least 18 members of the General Assembly either have announced they won’t seek another term or have left office since the end of thisContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, November 3, 2015

• U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-5th District, has lapped the field of North Carolina’s House incumbents and challengers with more than $2.3 million campaign cash on hand, the Salisbury Post reports. A distant seconc is Deputy House Majority Whip Patrick McHenry, R-10th, with $1.2 million in the bank. Incumbent GOP U.S. Sen. Richard Burr hasContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, October 29, 2015

• Ad wars: The conservative groups Americans for Prosperity North Carolina (see video above) and Real Jobs NC are on the airwaves with advertisements praising the actions of conservative Republicans in Raleigh. Meantime, the American Petroleum Institute (see ad at right) is lauding the McCrory administration’s commitment to drill for natural gas, while the NorthContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, October 28, 2015

• Burying the lede, the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling shouts, “Hillary’s Back!” while also noting that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton still loses to most Republicans in their latest survey of North Carolina voters. The only Republicans Clinton defeats are Jeb Bush, 46/43, and John Kasich, 44/42. Oh, and Donald Trump’s support hasContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, October 20, 2015

• The race for third place wasn’t close, as participants in last weekend’s statewide Tea Party Constitutional Caucus chose Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson as their favorites. Cruz received 50 percent, Carson 42 percent, and Donald Trump 4 percent in the contest involving 800 voters. • Durham attorney and formerContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, October 15, 2015

• Now that Janet Cowell (at right) has announced she will not seek a third term as state treasurer, possible successors are making their intentions known (or rumored). Among those mentioned are former GOP state Reps. Edgar Starnes (who now lobbies the General Assembly for Cowell) and Dale Folwell; Republican state Sen. Ralph Hise; stateContinue Reading

Ross enters race for U.S. Senate

Former state Rep. Deborah Ross, a Wake County Democrat, ended weeks of speculation and joined the race for U.S. Senate against two-term Republican incumbent Richard Burr. Ross made the announcement in the following video. Her only announced Democratic opponent is Spring Lake Mayor Chris Rey. Be sure to check with Carolina Journal for additional coverageContinue Reading

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