About: Rick Henderson

Rick Henderson

Managing Editor, Carolina Journal, John Locke Foundation

Recent Posts by Rick Henderson

Dispatches from the campaign trail, November 26, 2014

• Happy Thanksgiving to all! Travel safely, and remember those less fortunate on this special holiday. • As the State Board of Elections certifies election results, we learn (from Jonathan Kappler, former research director at the N.C. FreeEnterprise Foundation) that Republicans received 54.1 percent of the vote in state House races, Democrats got 45.4 percent,Continue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, November 25, 2014

• According to media reports, Supreme Court Associate Justice Cheri Beasley (at right), a Democrat, will prevail after a recount in her race against Republican attorney Mike Robinson. Former Gov. Bev Perdue appointed Beasley to the court in 2012. • WUNC radio looks at the issues that will face House Speaker-designate Tim Moore in theContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, November 24, 2014

• The new Republican House leadership for the 2015 session of the General Assembly is in place, led by Speaker-designate Tim Moore of Cleveland County (at right). Moore, who chaired that chamber’s Rules Committee in the previous session, will face election before the entire House after the session convenes. • Before Saturday’s vote for theContinue Reading

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

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