About: Rick Henderson

Rick Henderson

Managing Editor, Carolina Journal, John Locke Foundation

Recent Posts by Rick Henderson

Dispatches from the trail, July 1, 2015

• Rep. Mark Meadows, R-11th District (at right), is out of the doghouse. For now. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who heads the committee on government reform, restored Meadows to the top slot on one of that panel’s subcommittees. Chaffetz removed Meadows from the post after the Jackson County Republican voted against the House leadership onContinue Reading

JLF’s Katherine Restrepo reacts to the Obamacare decision

Katherine Restrepo, health and human services policy analyst for the John Locke Foundation, discusses today’s 6-3 ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States upholding subsidies under the Affordable Care Act and what could follow from it. The 3:59 interview follows.

Dispatches from the trail, June 24, 2015

• She’s out? Roll Call reports that former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan will not challenge GOP incumbent Richard Burr next year. The D.C.-based publication cites sources saying that Hagan has told donors she will not run. A new name in the speculation hopper: Former U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler of Asheville, who chose not to seekContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, June 17, 2015

• Obamacare supporters should take little comfort in the latest Elon University Poll. Nobody seems to like the law as it is. The survey showed 60 percent of North Carolina voters queried would like to see the Affordable Care Act amended. Another 38 percent want it abolished. The other 2 percent refused to respond. • Sen.Continue Reading

Nice First Amendment you had. Too bad you couldn’t keep it

(Full disclosure: I worked for Reason from 1989-98). If you haven’t heard about the harassment of Reason magazine by a U.S. attorney in Manhattan, that’s because few major metro dailies have covered or editorialized about it. Ken White of the Popehat blog provided the first (and to date best) coverage Monday. Here’s a good overviewContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, June 10, 2015

• Gov. Pat McCrory’s campaign committee released a video touting the economic recovery as the “Carolina Comeback:” The left-wing group Progress Action N.C. responds: • The big news from last weekend’s state Republican Party convention was the surprise election of Harrisburg businessman Hassan Harnett as state party chairman. Harnett defeated the GOP establishment’s favored candidate,Continue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, June 3, 2015

• The latest survey by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling shows Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper with a slim 44-41 lead over GOP Gov. Pat McCrory — a reversal of the three-point lead McCrory held last month. PPP attributes McCrory’s slippage to a drop in support among Republicans for the governor. Meantime, incumbent Republican U.S.Continue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, May 27, 2015

• As Carolina Journal Online reported yesterday, the conservative grass-roots group Americans for Prosperity’s new jobs agenda will put pressure on the General Assembly to support free-market reforms. You can watch the full video of Tuesday’s event below. • Senate Majority Leader in Waiting(?) Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is on bended knee, begging former U.S. Sen.Continue Reading

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