CJ Radio #596: Stifling Competition: Repeal Certificate...10/19/14
Considering all the talk about the need to lower health care costs, one would think there would be more serious discussion about the state law that impedes the very competition that leads to lower costs. John Locke Foundation Health and Human Services...
CJ Radio #595: Progressives Spin Data On Education Funding
Education is always high on the list of concerns for parents and taxpayers, but this year's midterm election has catapulted the issue of state spending onto the national stage. John Locke Foundation Director of Research and Education Studies, Terry...
CJ Radio #594: 30 Days & Counting For Hagan, Tillis & Haugh
Most polls show Democratic incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan with a lead over her Republican challenger Thom Tillis, North Carolina's House Speaker. But with roughly 30 days to go, the third candidate in the race, Libertarian Sean Haugh, the man expected to...
CJ Radio #593: The Good & The Bad of N.C.'s Student Test Scores
New statewide test scores and graduation rates for North Carolina public school students have been released. The results have generated very interesting discussion. John Locke Foundation Director of Research and Education Studies, Terry Stoops,...
CJ Radio #592: N.C. Makes Right Decision Not To Expand Medicaid
North Carolina is one of the states that has chosen not to expand Medicaid under Obamacare. Supporters of the Affordable Care Act say the move will cost the state billions, but John Locke Foundation Health and Human Services Analyst Katherine Restrepo...
CJ Radio #591: Judicial Appointments and The General Election
Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed Supreme Court Justice Mark Martin to the Chief Justice seat on North Carolina's highest court, effectively making Martin the incumbent in his General Election race against Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis. Carolina Journal...
CJ Radio #590: Legislators Work To Rein In Government Power/Scope
State legislators have left Raleigh, having passed a new state General Fund budget and having approved a number of other key reforms. John Locke Foundation Vice President for Outreach Becki Gray explains their progress on reining in the power and...
CJ Radio #589: Judge: Election Reforms Will Be Enforced In Nov.
Last year the state legislature passed, and Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law, a package of election reforms that Democrats and their allies are challenging in court. But recently, a federal judge ruled that the reforms are enforceable for this...
CJ Radio #588: Highlights Of The New General Fund Budget Plan
It's a done deal. After months of discussions, debate, and negotiations, the state's new General Fund operating budget for the year that began July 1 has been signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory. John Locke Foundation Vice President for Outreach,...
CJ Radio #587: Beach Reading For The Liberty-Minded Tar Heel
August is prime vacation time, which means many of us will be spending time with a book or two. George Leef, research director with the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, recommends two books for liberty-minded readers. Leef discusses "Please...
CJ Radio #586: Polls: Voter Enthusiasm Is With GOP This Cycle
Conventional wisdom says the political party that has the most enthusiastic voters leading up to Election Day is likely to win at the ballot box. Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson delves into multiple polls that show Republicans are...
CJ Radio #585: Facts Refute Often Used Progressive Talking Point
Legislative reformers and Gov. Pat McCrory been the subject of intense criticism from those who disagree with their decision to exit the federal extended unemployment benefits program. But John Locke Foundation President John Hood explains that...
CJ Radio #584: Political Intrigue In Congressional & Senate Races
A political shocker. That's the way some are describing the results in one of North Carolina's primary election runoff races. Carolina Journal Managing Editor delves into the trouncing of favorite Phil Berger Jr. by fellow Republican Mark Walker in...
CJ Radio #583: The Obamacare Lawsuit That Garners Little Coverage
A recent Supreme Court decision has critics of Obamacare cheering as the court ruled in favor of the religious freedom of the owners of craft store chain and against the Affordable Care Act. But there is another legal challenge that is equally...
CJ Radio #582: N.C.'s Real Teacher Recruitment/Retention Problem
The message from North Carolina's education establishment and teacher union is that public school teachers are unhappy and on the verge of a mass exodus. But Dr. Terry Stoops, the John Locke Foundation's director of research and education studies,...
CJ Radio #581: Legislative Protests: Policy Debate or Politics?
Anti-Republican protesters became a fixture at the General Assembly during the recent legislative session in Raleigh, with the N.C. NAACP leading other progressives and Democrats in the movement they dubbed ‘moral' Mondays. Carolina Journal Managing...
CJ Radio #580: Another Parton-Connected Project In Trouble
The name Dolly Parton is synonymous with country music, but in North Carolina, the Parton name is synonymous with ill-fated development projects. Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson explains that, besides the much-publicized failure of the...
CJ Radio #579: New Era Of Energy Exploration Begins In N.C.
It is called the Energy Modernization Act of 2014, a law designed to clear the way for on-shore energy exploration in our state through hydraulic fracturing. John Locke Foundation Vice President for Outreach, Becki Gray, explains the process of...
CJ Radio #578: Empirical Evidence Supports N.C. Education Reforms
For the past several years, education reforms in the N.C. General Assembly have enacted policies to empower parents, encourage innovation, and increase choices. Were the legislature's moves correct? John Locke Foundation Director of Research and...
CJ Radio #577: Juggling Act: Thom Tillis as Speaker & Candidate
The legislature is back in Raleigh and no person is getting more scrutiny than House Speaker Thom Tillis, Republican of Mecklenburg County. Political watchers of all stripes are eyeing Tillis as he juggles dual roles as leader of the N.C. House and...
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