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

Campaign dispatch, February 3, 2016

• Debategate, round two? Attorney General Roy Cooper and former state Rep. Deborah Ross of Wake County, the Democratic Party’s presumed front-runners for governor and U.S. senate, respectively, still have refused to commit to debate their primary opponents, the N&O reports. Time Warner Cable News and WRAL have set aside time for the candidates eitherContinue Reading






Report From Nader Group Calls I-77 Project ‘Boondoggle’

(Cross-posted at CarolinaJournal.com) CityLab.com, a website on urban policy published by The Atlantic Monthly, reports that the High-Occupancy Tolling project on Interstate 77 north of Charlotte won a dubious honor, making the list of 12 “highway boondoggles” identified by U.S. PIRG, a group founded by Ralph Nader. In its report Highway Boondoggles 2: More WastedContinue Reading






Dispatches from the trail, January 27, 2016

• Money time! Candidates must update their campaign reports before Sunday, but we have some news about a number of incumbents and challengers. For example: The race for governor between GOP incumbent Pat McCrory and Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper will be costly. McCrory has $4.1 million cash on hand and Cooper has more: $4.9Continue Reading






Dispatches from the trail, January 20, 2015

• Pow! The most recent survey of North Carolinians from Democratic firm Public Policy Polling shows Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton blasting past their rivals. With 38 percent, Trump leads the GOP slate, with U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas with 18 percent and Marco Rubio of Florida with 11 percent. Dr. Ben Carson isContinue Reading






Dispatches from the trail, January 18, 2016

• A few days before WRAL News reported that the U.S. Department of Energy was investigating potential self-dealing and conflicts of interest regarding stimulus grants taken by businesses owned by former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s family members (with investigators citing Carolina Journal’s extensive reporting on the matter), the Democrat who lost in 2014 to ThomContinue Reading






Dispatches from the trail, January 12, 2016

• Former Chatham County Republican Party Chairman Jim Duncan (at right), who’s challenging incumbent Rep. Renee Ellmers for the 2nd District GOP nomination, is one of the first three U.S. House candidates to win the endorsement of the Senate Conservatives Fund, a political action committee that “is designed to build a farm team of potentialContinue Reading






Dispatches from the trail, January 5, 2016

• Twenty-seven candidates — 12 Republicans, 11 Libertarians, and four Democrats — will appear on the March 15 presidential primary ballot. The State Board of Elections released the list Tuesday. Candidates will be listed alphabetically, beginning with names starting with “H.” (State law requires the first letter of the last name to be chosen randomly.)Continue Reading






Dispatches from the trail, January 4, 2015

• Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, one of the top contenders for the Republican presidential nomination, will make a stop in the Triangle Saturday. He’ll appear at a 4:30 p.m. rally at the State Fairgrounds before attending a private fundraiser at the home of developer John Kane. • Looks like a showdown is brewing along theContinue Reading






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