CJ Radio #588: Highlights Of The New General Fund Budget...08/24/14
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...
CJ Radio #576: Obamacare: Is It The Success Supporters Claim?
The debate continues over the federal Affordable Care Act – Obamacare as it's known – even though we are past the first official deadline for enrolling. Supporters say Obamacare is a success and the initial website problems are in the past. But...
CJ Radio #575: Reforming N.C.'s Teacher Compensation System
Among the key issues being addressed by the state legislature during the short legislative session is teacher pay and accountability. Both Gov. Pat McCrory and Lt. Gov. Dan Forest have proposed plans to address how we compensate teachers. John Locke...
CJ Radio #574: Analyzing N.C.'s Races For Senate & Congress
The field is set for major federal races this November, following a fascinating primary election that saw candidates and independent groups pour millions into radio and TV ads, mailers, phone banks, and other get-out-the-vote efforts. Rick Henderson,...
CJ Radio #573: Empirical Data Discredits Left's Approach To Growth
As North Carolina continues to seek way to encourage job creation, the policy debate focuses on the best way to do that. Analysis of empirical evidence on state-level job creation clearly points to the path the state should follow, according to John...
CJ Radio #572: Education Status Quo Fights Teacher Pay Reform
Gov. Pat McCrory has proposed raising the salaries of North Carolina public school teachers who are entering the profession. But the idea of paying these teachers more has been met with criticism from some in the education community – and calls for...
CJ Radio #571: Research Shows Film Incentives Poor Public Policy
Supporters of special North Carolina tax breaks for film and television productions defend the special break by saying it creates jobs and leads to greater economic impact. But research from the General Assembly's fiscal research staff shows...
CJ Radio #570: ObamaCare Update: Enrollment Shows Problems Ahead
The Obama administration is claiming victory when it comes to signups for ObamaCare, telling supporters the problems are in the past and that millions of Americans are better off because of the law. But Katherine Restrepo disagrees. The John Locke...
CJ Radio #569: Corruption Allegations Engulf Patrick Cannon
North Carolina's political world is still reeling from last month's stunning arrest on corruption charges of Patrick Cannon, the Democrat who had been mayor of Charlotte for less than six months. Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson...
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