Category Archives: Elections

Barone explores Trump’s appeal

Michael Barone‘s latest column for the Washington Examiner focuses on the reasons for Donald Trump’s appeal among potential Republican presidential primary voters. Trump’s constituency in many ways resembles that amassed by another celebrity candidate who defied the usual political rules, Ross Perot in 1992. Like Perot, Trump runs better among whites than blacks, among menContinue Reading

An alternative to Lessig’s campaign

David Keating, president of, writes for the Daily Caller about why he thinks Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig‘s latest campaign is misguided. Has there even been a potential presidential candidate like Larry Lessig that has gotten as much attention, even though he has nearly zero chance of becoming president? And if he wins, he hasContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

As school kids have headed back to North Carolina classrooms, some political partisans have tried to turn the annual quest to fill teacher jobs into a political issue. Terry Stoops rebuts false claims and offers facts about teacher vacancies during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Katherine Restrepo analyzes some presidential candidates’ health careContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online that N.C. lawmakers might combine all 2016 election primary votes on March 15. Terry Stoops’ Daily Journal urges lawmakers to add more funding for school choice programs.

Dispatches from the trail, September 2, 2015

• U.S. House Deputy Majority Whip Patrick McHenry, R-10th District, is chairman of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s 2016 presidential campaign in North Carolina. Joining McHenry on the Bush team are state Sens. Tom Apodaca of Henderson County, Brent Jackson of Sampson County, and Rep. Charles Jeter of Mecklenburg County. • The latest poll fromContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Jesse Saffron reports for Carolina Journal Online on an employer survey that suggests UNC system graduates are deficient in work skills. John Hood’s Daily Journal theorizes that many 2016 presidential voters will seek a candidate who reminds them of a better America from the past.

Barone sees potential change in partisan alignment

Michael Barone‘s latest column for the Washington Examiner delves into the prospects for a partisan realignment in 2016. There’s no question that the partisan divisions have shifted little in recent years. Consider the almost precisely identical popular vote percentages for Barack Obama in 2012 (51.01 percent) and those when you combine the 2000 vote forContinue Reading

National Review column focuses on N.C. voting law case

J. Christian Adams and Hans von Spakovsky devote a National Review Online column to the recent challenge of North Carolina’s voting law. The recently concluded federal trial over North Carolina’s election rules proved one thing beyond a reasonable doubt: The Obama administration and its partisan, big-money, racial-interest-group allies will stop at nothing to win elections.Continue Reading