About: Rick Henderson

Rick Henderson

Managing Editor, Carolina Journal, John Locke Foundation

Recent Posts by Rick Henderson

Dispatches from the campaign trail, September 18, 2014

• Two news ads from the Koch brothers-funded Freedom Partners Action Fund go after Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s record on veterans health reform and her vote backing Obamacare, respectively. • At a forum last night for Supreme Court candidates sponsored by the Triangle Lawyers chapter of the Federalist Society, chief justice candidate Ola LewisContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, September 17, 2014

• The Democratic Public Policy Polling firm finds the race between Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis, and Libertarian Sean Haugh stabilizing, with the two frontrunners in the same place this month that they were in August — Hagan with 44 percent, Tillis 40. Haugh’s support has slid over the monthContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, September 16, 2014

• The eight contenders for positions on the N.C. Supreme Court will appear Wednesday evening at a forum sponsored by the Triangle Lawyers chapter of the Federalist Society. Donna Martinez, co-host of Carolina Journal Radio and WPTF news anchor, will moderate the event. • The Oct. 21 U.S. Senate debate sponsored by Time Warner CableContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, September 15, 2014

• It’s polling day! The Republican firm American Insights releases a survey showing incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan with a 9-point lead over Republican Thom Tillis among “likely voters,” 43-34. Libertarian Sean Haugh gets support from 5 percent. (More from CJ’s Barry Smith here.) Meantime, a new Elon Poll also shows Hagan with a lead, thoughContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, August 29, 2014

• Republican U.S. Senate nominee Thom Tillis fires back at incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and her supporters for claims that the General Assembly cut education spending and froze teacher pay on his watch. • A new WRAL News Fact Check gives a “green light” to the statement in the Tillis ad (and the claimContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, August 28, 2014

• WRAL News’ Mark Binker looks at the charge by the Senate Majority PAC that House Speaker (and Republican Senate nominee) Thom Tillis “[gave] tax breaks for yacht and private jet owners” during the tax-reform debate and finds the claim “wrong.” Binker gives the ads by the Harry Reid-led Senate Majority PAC a red light.Continue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, August 27, 2014

• The latest Gallup Poll of North Carolina attitudes shows Democrats and Republicans in a near dead-heat in the “generic” vote, with Democrats holding a 42-41 lead. Democrats had a 10-point advantage as recently as 2008. North Carolinians’ confidence in both the state and national economies trail the national average. • It didn’t take long forContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, August 26, 2014

• The New York Times notes that the fate of the Export-Import Bank — a federal agency backed by the business establishment but seen as a source of crony capitalism by many economic populists — has become an unexpected campaign issue in several key Senate races, including North Carolina’s. Incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan favors maintaining theContinue Reading

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