About: Rick Henderson

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

Dispatches from the trail, October 6, 2015

• It’s Election Day in a handful of N.C. cities (see full list here). Be sure to vote if you’re eligible. • Freshman U.S. Rep. Mark Walker, R-6th District, will face a familiar opponent in next year’s GOP primary. Kenn Kopf, a Kernersville lawyer and retired Air Force JAG Corps attorney, will oppose Walker onceContinue Reading

‘Drunk Town’ campaign latest instance of central planning confusion

If you live near the Triangle and watch commercial television (or subscribe to the News & Observer), you’ve probably noticed the rather comical “drunk town” commercials and print ads orchestrated by Democratic political pollster Dean Debnam (co-founder of Public Policy Polling) attacking candidates for City Council who want downtown Raleigh to be a vibrant, energetic,Continue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, September 29, 2015

• U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-10th District, the chief deputy whip of his party’s House caucus, is looking to move up. If current Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana becomes the new House majority leader, McHenry has announced his desire to succeed Scalise. McHenry would face House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions of Texas in theContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, September 24, 2015

• It’s official! State Sen. Josh Stein, D-Wake (at right), will seek the 2016 Democratic nomination for attorney general. The current AG, Roy Cooper, will run against incumbent Republican Gov. Pat McCrory. • It’s almost official! Former state Sen. Deborah Ross, D-Wake, has resigned as general counsel of the Go Triangle transit authority, which mayContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, September 16, 2015

• Debate day! Eleven Republican presidential contenders will face off at 8 p.m. at the Reagan Presidential Library in California. CNN will air the debate, and the network offers a list of things to watch. • The Charlotte Observer’s Jim Morrill notes that 2016 features the rare trifecta in North Carolina: a presidential contest, anContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, September 9, 2015

• The Triangle gets a visit today from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who (in case you hadn’t heard) also is running for the GOP presidential nomination. He’ll discuss his economic ideas and lay out a tax plan at an address at a Garner industrial facility. Be sure to follow @CarolinaJournal on Twitter for liveContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, September 2, 2015

• U.S. House Deputy Majority Whip Patrick McHenry, R-10th District, is chairman of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s 2016 presidential campaign in North Carolina. Joining McHenry on the Bush team are state Sens. Tom Apodaca of Henderson County, Brent Jackson of Sampson County, and Rep. Charles Jeter of Mecklenburg County. • The latest poll fromContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, August 26, 2015

• Speaker Meadows? Rep. Mark Meadows, R-11th, soon may escalate his battle with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. Meadows tells The Daily Signal if House leaders don’t listen to conservatives, he will make an immediate “motion to vacate” the speaker’s position on the House floor. Within 48 hours, the entire House would vote to keepContinue Reading

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