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This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Changes in social media have created challenges for N.C. lawmakers and courts as they try to balance free-speech rights with efforts to protect the public from sexual predators and other criminals. Jon Guze explores that balancing act in the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jon Sanders explains how occupational licensing restrictions create obstacles forContinue Reading






Berger highlights document linked to DPI dispute

Senate leader Phil Berger’s office has produced a document bolstering Berger’s case in a dispute with State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson. Here’s the news release from Berger: Document Proves DPI Planned to Shift Funds to Help Kids Learn to Read to Protect Bureaucracy Raleigh, N.C. – A public record obtained by Senate leadersContinue Reading






New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that some N.C. lawmakers worry about controversial Common Core standards lingering in the state’s public schools. Kristen Blair’s Daily Journal dissects the new, but not necessarily improved, SAT.






New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online on a projected $60 billion gap between state transportation funding and transportation project costs in North Carolina through 2040. John Hood’s Daily Journal highlights lessons North Carolina can learn from the Iowa caucuses.






Committee continues digging into occupational licensing

A legislative oversight subcommittee is pushing ahead with its review of the administration of occupational licensing in North Carolina. Sen. Andy Wells, R-Catawba, who chairs the occupational licenses subcommittee, said lawmakers want to take a look at what the state is doing compared to other states. “Are we overregulating?” Wells asked. “That’s the question… HowContinue Reading






Reining in regulatory growth in North Carolina

Regulatory reform has attracted attention from N.C. lawmakers in each of the past five years. Now the John Locke Foundation is urging lawmakers to adopt another tool to limit the growth of the state’s regulatory burden: a state-level REINS Act. REINS stands for “Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny.” It’s an idea thatContinue Reading






N.C. Supreme Court backs McCrory in fight with legislature over appointments

The N.C. Supreme Court has ruled, 6-1, in favor of Gov. Pat McCrory in his fight with the General Assembly over appointments to state boards. Only Justice Paul Newby dissented from the majority opinion that legislative appointments of the majority of members of boards operating in the executive branch represents a violation of the separationContinue Reading






This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

The John Locke Foundation is joining state-level free-market think tanks from across the country in registering formal objections to the Obama administration’s proposed Clean Power Plan. Becki Gray explains why in the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Wake Forest University professor Jim Otteson critiques socialism, and Patrick Gleason of Americans for Tax Reform discussesContinue Reading