About: Rick Henderson

Rick Henderson

Rick Henderson became editor-in-chief of Carolina Journal in August 2016 after being managing editor of Carolina Journal since 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

CJ reporting cited in rumors about Trump’s possible EPA chief

One of the Cabinet positions yet to be filled in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration is head of the Environmental Protection Administration, and North Carolina’s secretary of environmental quality, Donald van der Vaart, has emerged as a dark-horse candidate. A recent Carolina Journal report by Dan Way asking van der Vaart about how the 45th presidentContinue Reading






Hillary’s history with James Comey

In April, at the Front Page Magazine website, Carolina Journal contributor Lloyd Billingsley foreshadowed yesterday’s move by FBI Director James Comey to look the other way when confronted with the “careless” handling of classified emails by likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton. It turns out Comey and the Clintons have a history. Drawing from American Evita, aContinue Reading






Campaign dispatch, April 26, 2016

• Lt. Gov. Dan Forest has produced the first ad for his re-election campaign, and it focuses on his leadership of the opposition to the Charlotte “bathroom” ordinance, which resulted in House Bill 2. • A fascinating op-ed column in the Los Angeles Times by law professors from William & Mary and the University of Virginia examine AttorneyContinue Reading






Campaign dispatch, April 19, 2016: Elon Poll edition

• A new Elon University Poll  of registered N.C. voters defies the conventional wisdom (and the media narrative) about House Bill 2: A near-majority (49 percent) said the state should not allow cities to mandate “ungendered” (my term) bathrooms, changing facilities, etc. 39 percent were OK with the infamous Charlotte ordinance. • Also in theContinue Reading






DOT could give CSX $100 million to steal Scotty McCreery’s family property

That’s right. The Farm, a special events venue near Selma owned by country music star Scotty McCreery’s future in-laws, is slated to be torn down to become part of a controversial CSX rail terminal as the result of a surprise decision by the N.C. Department of Transportation. When NCDOT on Wednesday issued a list of projects that qualifiedContinue Reading






Campaign dispatch, March 28, 2016

• Freshman Rep. Alma Adams, D-12th District, again will get a boost from EMILY’s List, the fundraising arm of pro-choice advocacy groups. The group and its political action committee provided roughly $300,000 for Adams’ successful 2014 campaign. • Greensboro’s Adams may need the help; she’ll have to fend off at least six primary challengers ANDContinue Reading






Campaign dispatch: Primary day, March 15, 2016

• The polls are open until 7:30 p.m. Find your polling place here. Have at it! • Advancing the primary so that North Carolina became a player in the presidential selection process worked, to the extent that a record 11 percent of the state’s registered voters took advantage of early voting, including one-stop voting, absentee balloting,Continue Reading






If you want to read about the Democratic candidates for governor …

You’ll have to visit their websites. Carolina Journal’s Dan Way profiled the four Republicans seeking the GOP nomination, including incumbent Pat McCrory. We planned to publish a profile of the two Democratic Party candidates for governor, Attorney General Roy Cooper and Durham attorney Ken Spaulding. Neither campaign responded to requests for interviews. Cooper’s campaign website is here.Continue Reading






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