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, 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






Dispatches from the trail, August 19, 2015

• Former state Rep. Stephen LaRoque, R-Lenoir, who recently received a two-year prison sentence for diverting federal funds for personal use, says his prosecution was a “witch hunt” led by political opponents. LaRoque was convicted by a jury for using funds meant to aid low-income rural businesses to invest in rental property and buy luxuryContinue Reading






Dispatches from the trail, August 12, 2015

• In breaking news, Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-9th District, has confirmed an FBI inquiry is under way regarding the real estate firm he left in 2013 when taking office. Members of Congress are not allowed to maintain outside business interests. • Will it or won’t it make the ballot? The Senate just barely got enoughContinue Reading






Father of N.C. film industry needed no incentives

Friday at 6 p.m. the N.C. Museum of History will host a talk with Earl Owensby, the filmmaker who produced a host of low-budget action films in the ’70s and ’80s and made Shelby the birthplace of the state’s film industry. This profile from the News & Observer reveals quite the character. For Owensby, whoContinue Reading






Dispatches from the trail, August 5, 2015

• The big news of the week: Another resignation from Gov. Pat McCrory’s Cabinet. A week after Transportation Secretary Tony Tata resigned abruptly, Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos has ended a shaky tenure at the massive state agency. Wos, a physician, and her husband Louis DeJoy are major political donors and philanthropists. HerContinue Reading






Dispatches from the trail, July 29, 2015

• Rep. Mark Meadows, R-10th District, has introduced a resolution requesting the immediate removal of John Boehner as speaker of the House. Meadows said the move was “really more about trying to have a conversation on making this place work, where everybody’s voice matters, where there’s not a punitive culture. Hopefully, we’ll have some discussionContinue Reading






Dispatches from the trail, July 22, 2015

• Reps. Patrick McHenry, R-10th, and G.K. Butterfield, D-1st, have sponsored House legislation giving survivors of the state’s infamous eugenics program a little comfort. The bill would ensure those getting payments from the state’s compensation plan for eugenics survivors remain eligible to receive other federal benefits they were entitled to get before the payments wereContinue Reading






Dispatches from the trail, July 15, 2015

• Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will join the parade of presidential hopefuls stopping in North Carolina when she visits Raleigh for a July 22 fundraiser. Ticket prices start at $2,700. • The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has circulated a memo outlining incumbent GOP U.S. Sen. Richard Burr’s vulnerabilities in 2016, according to UnderContinue Reading






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