About: Rick Henderson

Rick Henderson

Managing Editor, Carolina Journal, John Locke Foundation

Recent Posts by Rick Henderson

FCC not content to stop with Net Neutrality

While most of the Internet-related headlines today will deal with the Federal Communications Commission’s ruling (along party lines) to treat Internet Service Providers like regulated utilities, another party-line ruling also hits close to home: The commission voted to overturn laws in North Carolina and other states limiting the ability of cities to expand broadband accessContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, February 25, 2015

• More polling data is out, this time by Elon University. The survey of 867 residents (including 773 registered voters) finds President Obama and Gov. Pat McCrory each with approval ratings of around 40 percent among voters. McCrory’s net approval rating is slightly positive, however, while Obama’s disapproval rating is pushing 50 percent. Obamacare remainsContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, February 18, 2015

• In a preview of the 2016 race for control of the U.S. Senate, the Washington Post again suggests ousted Tar Heel Kay Hagan is “ready-made” for a run against two-term GOP incumbent Richard Burr. The story also notes that, here and in other states where Democrats look to pick up seats, the gap betweenContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, February 11, 2015

• In case you missed it, Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-5th District, winner of the John Locke Foundation’s James K. Polk Award for Leadership in Public Office, last week paid tribute to JLF on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. • State Democrats have a new leader. The N.C. Democratic Party on Saturday elevatedContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, February 4, 2015

• It’s polling time! The Democratic firm Public Policy Polling surveyed 823 registered voters, asking their views on Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, Gov. Pat McCrory, and their possible 2016 Democratic rivals. Both incumbents outpoll their potential challengers, though neither has positive approval/disapproval ratings. McCrory delivers his second State of the State Address at 7Continue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, January 28, 2015

• The debate over voting rights — a recurring theme in the “Moral Monday” protests — is far from over, as Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina’s 1st District says a host of measures are expected to be attempted in the new Congress. • Butterfield also found himself in the news as DemocratsContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, January 21, 2015

• Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-10th District, continues to take advantage of his seniority in the lower chamber. McHenry, who’s the chief deputy whip of the Republican caucus, was named vice chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, the panel that handles oversight of banking and other savings and investment-related institutions. McHenry has become a championContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, January 15, 2015

• Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-2nd District, bucked her party’s leaders and voted against several measures blocking President Obama’s executive action on immigration. • At a Democratic congressional caucus retreat in Baltimore, Rep. David Price, D-4th District, is one of many attributing the party’s sinking fortunes to Republican-dominated gerrymandering. • Mark your calendars: The Republican National CommitteeContinue Reading

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