About: Rick Henderson

Rick Henderson

Managing Editor, Carolina Journal, John Locke Foundation

Recent Posts by Rick Henderson

New at Carolina Journal Online: Vouchers on!

In the latest CJ Online news story, Barry Smith reports that Judge Robert Hobgood has allowed funding to go forward for the Opportunity Scholarship Program, letting 2,400 low-income students attend private schools this fall. Hobgood also allowed Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis intervene in the lawsuit. Read Barry’s story here.

New at Carolina Journal Online: Special Medicaid session?

At CJ Online, Dan Way reports that the House earlier today unanimously rejected the Senate’s proposed Medicaid reforms. Leaders in both chambers continue to say Medicaid needs to be fixed, lending credence to rumors that the General Assembly will adjourn for several weeks or months and return to deal with the tax-funded health insurance programContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, July 30, 2014

• Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan rolls out a new ad saying she’s a bipartisan centrist. • Hagan’s GOP opponent, House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, takes on Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper’s decision not to defend the state’s lawsuit protecting the constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. • The massive CBS News/New York Times/YouGov poll of 100,000Continue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, July 29, 2014

• With Monday’s ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturning the ban on same-sex marriage in North Carolina and other states in the circuit’s jurisdiction, Attorney General Roy Cooper (a likely 2016 Democratic candidate for governor) says there’s no reason to continue defending the constitutional amendment. State Senate leader Phil Berger saysContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, July 28, 2014

• A new Pew Research Center poll shows Republican voters are more enthusiastic than their Democratic fellows to cast ballots in the November midterms. But the “enthusiasm gap” is less than it was in 2010, when the GOP routed the Democrats nationwide. Even so, President Obama is less popular among Democrats now than he wasContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, July 25, 2014

• The Karl Rove-founded Crossroads GPS runs an ad using a statement by Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan opposing the expanding federal debt to attack her for voting to increase the debt ceiling and refusing to support a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. • 2nd Congressional District Democratic nominee Clay Aiken made a low-profileContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, July 24, 2012

• Billionaire hedge fund manager Jim Simons, a Democrat who’s one of the major financiers of the Senate Majority PAC — which has run a host of ads attacking Republican U.S. Senate nominee Thom Tillis — is under siege by senators of both parties — and the IRS. The Washington Free Beacon reports that the Simon-runContinue Reading

A laugh at lunchtime

For those of us who have the dialogue from “Office Space” memorized, or who have Dilbert embedded in our Yahoo home pages, here’s a geniune treat from the brilliant new Weird Al Yankovic album “Mandatory Fun.” (His first No. 1 Billboard album!) Think Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young meet every management-consultant cliché in existence. Enjoy.

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