Rick Henderson

Editor-in-chief, Carolina Journal
Rick Henderson became editor-in-chief of Carolina Journal in August 2016 after being managing editor of Carolina Journal since 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.

Posts by Rick Henderson (page 1)

  • Letter from JLF, Platte Institute has House members’ attention, could give state governments relief from COVID-19 spending limits

    House members are seeking to give state and local governments a budget break from the fiscal straitjacket put on them in the federal COVID-19 relief bills. The John Locke Foundation played a big role in pushing this help. Rep. Don Bacon, R-Nebraska, joined by four Republicans and five Democrats, has…
    Rick Henderson, May 6, 2020
  • DEQ/ACP mystery man Doug Heyl working for Democrats again

    Former Department of Environmental Quality Deputy Secretary Doug Heyl is back in the political consulting business. You may recall Heyl was a person of interest a little more than a year ago when a General Assembly investigative committee started digging into the Cooper administration’s moves to approve the Atlantic…
    Rick Henderson, February 19, 2020
  • Senate sends recodification bill to governor

    With no debate, the Senate passed by a 38-0 vote the amended version of Senate Bill 584, Criminal Law Reform. As Carolina Journal reported, the measure would prevent local governments from creating new misdemeanors without the General Assembly’s approval. Bill sponsor Sen. Andy Wells, R-Catawba, called the measure…
    Rick Henderson, August 6, 2019
  • Roanoke Rapids Theatre announces fall lineup

    The Roanoke Rapids Theatre, established more than a decade ago by the city as a venue featuring Dolly Parton’s brother Randy, soon will reopen and has announced a slate of acts, most with North Carolina connections, for the fall. A press release from the theater’s new owners says the…
    Rick Henderson, August 7, 2018
  • Latest developments in Atlantic Coast Pipeline controversy

    Catching you up on the latest: • Wednesday, Gov. Roy Cooper held a press conference slamming the General Assembly for interfering in the pipeline deal. He said he didn’t know who was initiated the negotiations. Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, held his own press briefing immediately after Cooper’s saying…
    Rick Henderson, February 15, 2018
  • House tax plan might “cut cut cut cut cut” stadium deals

    It didn’t grab headlines, but the House tax reform plan due out today includes a nugget free-marketeers should find encouraging. From the Wall Street Journal (behind the paywall): Tax-exempt bonds could no longer be used to build professional sports stadiums. That’s right. One major tool attracting public subsidies for…
    Rick Henderson, November 2, 2017
  • Tax Foundation Comparison Offers New Ammo For Tax Reformers

    The folks at the Tax Foundation just released their annual International Tax Competitiveness Index, giving conservatives and entrepreneurs new ammunition in their call to reform and streamline the U.S. tax code. The United States ranked 30th of the 35 nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, with…
    Rick Henderson, October 31, 2017
  • Former JLF Chairman Art Pope elected chairman of Bradley Foundation

    Art Pope John Locke Foundation founder and former chairman Art Pope today was elected chairman of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, one of the nation’s largest conservative grant-making charitable organizations. Pope is the owner and chairman of Variety Wholesalers Inc., which owns…
    Rick Henderson, April 6, 2017