About: Rick Henderson

Rick Henderson

Managing Editor, Carolina Journal, John Locke Foundation

Recent Posts by Rick Henderson

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.

Dispatches from the campaign trail, July 23, 2014

• A new attack ad by the Democratic group Patriot Majority PAC, whose 527 political organization has received heavy funding from public employee unions, tries to link Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis with the Koch brothers. • Meantime, the campaign of incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan has set aside $4.4 million for ad purchasesContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, July 22, 2014

• The left-leaning website Camel City Dispatch interviews Josh Brannon, the Democratic nominee facing incumbent Republican Virginia Foxx in the 5th Congressional District. • Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-10th, pens a guest column for CNN.com saying the Dodd-Frank financial reforms have been a failure. • State Court of Appeals judges Bob Hunter and Sam J. (Jimmy) ErvinContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, July 21, 2014

• An ad from the American Energy Alliance repeats the argument that Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan backs a tax on carbon emissions. WRAL News’ Mark Binker gives the ad a red light (barely). • Hagan used a Friday news conference in Raleigh, in conjunction with Planned Parenthood, to reassert her support for legislation that wouldContinue Reading

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