About: Rick Henderson

Rick Henderson

Managing Editor, Carolina Journal, John Locke Foundation

Recent Posts by Rick Henderson

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

Dispatches from the campaign trail, August 25, 2014

• Outside groups have launched new ads attacking Republican U.S. Senate nominee Thom Tillis (Senate Majority PAC) and Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan (Crossroads GPS). The spots echo familiar themes. • President Obama will visit North Carolina tomorrow to speak at the American Legion convention, but he’s not likely to receive a welcome from Hagan. OnContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, August 22, 2014

• A Washington Post blog picks up the Survey University/USA Today poll showing the tightness in the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis, with Hagan holding a slender 45-43 lead. (Libertarian Sean Haugh clocks in at 5 percent.) The post also notes that at 41 percent, Hagan’sContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, August 21, 2014

• Gov. Pat McCrory fills a second vacancy on the state Supreme Court within 72 hours. Monday, he picked Associate Justice Mark Martin (who’s running for chief justice) to complete the term of Chief Justice Sarah Parker, who must retire at the end of August. Wednesday, McCrory chose Appeals Court Judge Bob Hunter (who’s runningContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, August 20, 2014

• The Democratic Public Policy Polling firm finds the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan and GOP House Speaker Thom Tillis closing, with Hagan leading 42-38 (she had a 7-point lead in the previous poll). Libertarian Sean Haugh gets 8 percent. If Haugh weren’t running, Hagan’s lead would shrink to a single point,Continue Reading

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