Dan E. Way

Associate Editor
Dan E. Way joined the staff of Carolina Journal in June 2012 after freelancing for CJ for nearly a year.

Dan has extensive experience in daily journalism, editing The Chapel Hill Herald from 2009-11, serving as metro editor at the Durham Herald-Sun from 2005-08, and working at various senior editing and management positions at newspapers in Montgomery, Ala., Columbus, Miss., Greenville, Miss., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Williamsport, Pa., and Renovo, Pa.

He was founding president of the Mississippi Center for Freedom of Information and former president of the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Managing Editors.

Posts by Dan E. Way (page 1)

  • Critics of election challenge revisions say stop, in the name of the law

    Constitutional fealty, separation of powers, and the rule of law. It’s the tedious stuff of high school civics classes that put many a student head into amusement park spin. But in present-day North Carolina, those issues permeate relations between Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and the Republican-led General Assembly. The clash has…
    Dan E. Way, August 2, 2017
  • House panel takes brief budget detour to debate keeping the trust

    Preserving legislative integrity and maintaining public trust were central to a legislative debate led by state Rep. Julia Howard, R-Davie, on Tuesday. It was an important conversation to embrace, and one that deserves further attention. Unfortunately for Howard, it was drowned out by the much larger issue at hand in…
    Dan E. Way, May 31, 2017
  • House passes bill to study environmental effects of large solar installations, possible rules for decommissioning

    State Rep. Jimmy Dixon, R-Duplin, lamented on the House floor Wednesday afternoon that the Environmental Review Commission that he chairs has atrophied in recent years. The commission once was a go-to body for lawmakers hoping to thoroughly study environmental matters and possibly move items in bill form to the General…
    Dan E. Way, April 19, 2017
  • Protecting property rights has ancient roots

    No sooner had the General Assembly reconvened in session on Wednesday than the first legislative bill was filed. It involves an issue with which lawmakers are very familiar. House Bill 3 would amend the state constitution to grant protection to private property owners from the government taking their land. The bill states:…
    Dan E. Way, January 25, 2017
  • I once was lost, but now I’ve found . . . Donald Trump? Is that the gospel truth?

    Call it the mystique of Donald Trump, cultural confusion, free-range definitional practice, or something else. Presidential poll analysts tell us Trump is, astonishingly, winning the evangelical Christian vote at the electoral expense of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Trump’s brash character and sometimes checkered personal history being what it…
    Dan E. Way, March 9, 2016
  • Congressional map mess might aid push for an independent redistricting commission

    Voters from one side of North Carolina to the other have voiced support for an independent redistricting commission to replace the current process of the political party in power creating maps that favor their candidates. It remains to be seen if the current litigation-shackled congressional boundaries are a catalyst to that change. “The long-term influence of this process may be to create a fairer process,” Chris Cooper, head of the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs at Western Carolina University, said of the congressional remapping imbroglio in which a federal court struck down the state’s 1st and 12th districts as racially gerrymandered. That is the hope expressed by many of the North Carolina voters who turned out to present testimony at a public hearing via teleconference at several sites around the state amid an icy winter storm on Feb. 15. “We need to create a nonpartisan redistricting commission” similar to other states where such systems are functioning,” Tom Byers of Asheville testified. “The General Assembly could retain a veto power over the commission’s work” so it wouldn’t abdicate all responsibility. “I want you to take the issue up in the next election” and join other states to devise a nonpartisan commission “based on expertise, based on the capabilities that our new technology has,” said Susan Bullock of Wilmington. That theme echoed throughout Democrats’ debates in ensuing days as the Joint Select Committee on Congressional Redistricting met to determine mapping changes ordered by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Middle District of North Carolina, and the General Assembly convened in special session to enact legislation by a Feb. 19 deadline. Building an independent redistricting commission from scratch would be “a massive, wholesale, transformative change to the way we do this stuff,” said Andy Taylor, a political science professor at N.C. State University.
    Dan E. Way, March 3, 2016
  • Voters don’t want Obama named to U.S. Supreme Court

    Amid all the petty squabbles and tempests in a teapot as a crowded field jockeyed for position in the Republican race for president, not to mention the media's nonstop focus on anything and everything Donald Trump, scant attention has been given to the crucial issue of the candidates' views on Supreme Court picks. The next president, conventional wisdom holds, could appoint up to four new justices. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, perhaps trying to secure President Obama's previous voters and supporters in her neck-and-neck presidential battle against Vermont socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, made a curious overture the other day. She indicated a willingness to appoint Obama to the Supreme Court if she is elected in November. But according to pollsters at Rasmussen Reports, a majority of voters neither would approve of putting Obama on the Supreme Court, nor want to see him run for a third presidential term. From a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted on Jan. 28 and 31, with a margin of sampling error +/- 3 percentage points, and a 95 percent level of confidence. :
    Dan E. Way, February 5, 2016
  • GOP leaders distrust Cooper, will intervene in gay marriage lawsuit to protect public employees

    Republican leadership in the General Assembly is, once again, feeling forced to hire private counsel to defend a state law because Attorney General Roy Cooper, the state’s top lawyer charged with defending its laws, has publicly voiced opposition to a law. And, again, the divide is over gay marriage. Senate Leader…
    Dan E. Way, February 5, 2016