About: 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, 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

Campaign dispatch, March 9, 2016

• Buncombe County Commissioner Holly Jones is on the airwaves with an ad touting her record as she seeks the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor. Jones will face 2012 Democratic nominee Linda Coleman, Durham attorney Ron Newton, and Wake County state employee Robert Wilson in Tuesday’s primary. • A WRAL News/Survey USA poll of likely N.C.Continue Reading

Campaign dispatch, March 8, 2016

• In the Democratic primary battle for lieutenant governor, Buncombe County Commissioner Holly Jones has lined up endorsements from the Winston-Salem Journal, Indy Week, and former UNC-Chapel Hill and NBA star Sam Perkins (Jones was a student manager of the 1982 national champion men’s basketball team), but not longtime County Commissioner Cecil Bothwell. Bothwell endorsed RonContinue Reading

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