About: Rick Henderson

Rick Henderson

Managing Editor, Carolina Journal, John Locke Foundation

Recent Posts by Rick Henderson

Dispatches from the campaign trail, October 24, 2014

• Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Sean Haugh gets an unexpected boost from the American Future Fund, a Koch-brothers group, with a series of ads highlighting Haugh’s support of marijuana legalization. • It’s the time of the season for high-profile surrogates to make a late pitch for candidates. In the Senate race, this weekend two formerContinue Reading

Hagan spin team hopes TV stations can’t use a dictionary

Remember: Businesses owned by family members of Kay Hagan received more than $400,000 in direct federal stimulus funding, tax credits, and other renewable energy payments and Team Hagan wants you to believe no one in the family benefited from the free cash. This helps explain the latest installment in the ad war saga involving thoseContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, October 23, 2014

• The campaigns of 7th District Congressional candidates Jonathan Barfield (Democrat) and David Rouzer (Republican) have new ads on YouTube. Barfield: Rouzer: • Early voting opens today! Find an early voting site and the hours it will be open at your county Board of Elections site using this portal. • Speaking of early voting, inContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, October 22, 2014

• As Republican Thom Tillis took the stage for a debate Tuesday next to an empty chair representing incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, new ads from both sides are on the air. The National Republican Senatorial Committee’s ad highlights Hagan and her family’s use of stimulus funds for family-owned businesses. The Hagan campaign is upContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, October 21, 2014

• U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan comes out with an ad defending herself from reporting suggesting her family businesses benefited from federal taxpayer handouts. • Yours truly’s take on all this is here. CJ’s reporting and analysis is here. And Politico discusses the state of Hagan’s Senate race with Thom Tillis here. • Unless the situationContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, October 20, 2014

• National Review Online looks at the controversy surrounding energy grants received by businesses owned by family members of Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan. Over the weekend, the News & Observer and WRAL News entered the fray. Carolina Journal’s reporting is here. • The Charlotte Observer’s Jim Morrill suggests the Hagan-Tillis race will surpass theContinue Reading

Hagan business profited from stimulus. Period. Full stop.

In 2010, JDC Manufacturing, a real estate company owned and managed by Sen. Kay Hagan’s husband Charles “Chip” Hagan and his brothers John and David, applied for and received a federal stimulus grant administered by the State Energy Office of $250,644 that helped pay for energy upgrades, including a solar energy installation, at a buildingContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, October 17, 2014

• Republican Thom Tillis’ Senate campaign launches a new ad referring to a stimulus grant that benefited several companies owned by family members of Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan. See Carolina Journal’s reporting on the stimulus grant, and a separate grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture here, here, here, and here. • North Carolina mainstreamContinue Reading

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