Rick Henderson

Editor-in-chief, Carolina Journal

Posts by Rick Henderson (page 84)

  • The missing “C” word

    In an otherwise fair-minded column about Republican proposals to limit the terms of leaders in the General Assembly, the N&O‘s Rob Christensen ignores the elephant in the room: corruption. Christensen portrays the concern over lengthy tenures as a simple civics lesson over separation of powers, stemming from the reforms…
    Rick Henderson, March 27, 2011
  • ‘Job creation’ and rail

    The latest talking point parroted by the Left in its campaign to secure (borrowed) federal dollars for high-speed rail in North Carolina is that the project would create 4,800 jobs, and that blocking the funding would destroy those illusory jobs. (As an example, here’s a tweet from Raleigh…
    Rick Henderson, March 23, 2011
  • GOP to Perdue: Please leave a few pennies for our grandkids

    Rep. Ric Killian, R-Mecklenburg, is introducing legislation ordering the state Department of Transportation to reject any offer of “money” from Washington to build high-speed rail unless the project has been approved by the General Assembly. (Money quote from the N&O: The improvements will cut a projected 13 minutes from…
    Rick Henderson, March 22, 2011
  • An uphill climb for Bev Perdue?

    The headline from the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling reads, Perdue or no Perdue, Dems would lose NC Gov today The governor’s approval rating has slipped back to 30 percent, while 52 percent disapprove of her performance. She would trail her 2008 GOP opponent Pat McCrory 50-36 if the…
    Rick Henderson, March 22, 2011
  • N.C. “Blue Dogs” vote to keep NPR on the taxpayer gravy train

    Following up on yesterday’s post, The Corner reports the U.S. House voted 228-192 (with one “present”) to defund National Public Radio. Of interest, the roll call shows the Tar Heel State’s so-called centrist Democrats, Mike McIntyre (7th District), Larry Kissell (8th), and Heath Shuler (11th) all supporting…
    Rick Henderson, March 17, 2011
  • Expect wailing and gnashing of teeth

    In honor of Sunshine Week, Sens. Debbie Clary, R-Cleveland, Tommy Tucker, R-Union, and Thom Goolsby, R-New Hanover, have introduced Senate Bill 344, Government Transparency Act of 2011. The bill would expand public access to government employees’ personnel records by requiring…
    Rick Henderson, March 16, 2011
  • Free Elmo!

    Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., is about to introduce a bill (PDF) banning federal funding for National Public Radio and any other use of federal tax dollars for “radio content acquisition.” The bill would still allow funding for Voice of America and Defense Department-related activities. Lamborn represents Colorado Springs (home…
    Rick Henderson, March 16, 2011