John Locke Update / Impact Newsletter

Market pay, N.C. governor’s race, Catalyst tour, and other items of interest

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When the Raleigh News and Observer highlighted a change in state law that allows the state treasurer to shift some employees to salaries based on market forces, the newspaper sought reaction from the John Locke Foundation. Senior Political Analyst Mitch Kokai‘s comments ended up in the N&O, Charlotte Observer, and the “N.C. Insider” news service. Both newspapers also cited Kokai in an editorial calling for market pay to be extended to public school teachers.

Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson dissected the state’s ongoing fight over renewable energy subsidies and the potential impact of former Republican state Rep. Robert Brawley on the 2016 governor’s race during his latest appearance on Time Warner Cable News’ statewide “Capital Tonight” program. Henderson and JLF Vice President for Marketing and Communications Donna Martinez tackle the week’s top political developments during this weekend’s edition of Curtis Media Group’s syndicated “People In Politics” radio program.

Vice President for Outreach Becki Gray continues twice-weekly WTSB radio updates, and she analyzes some of the week’s top political developments during an appearance this evening on Time Warner Cable News’ “Capital Tonight.” Gray recently served on a tax and budget panel at the Heartland Institute’s Emerging Issues Forum in Nashville.

Syndicated columnist D.G. Martin recommended JLF Chairman John Hood‘s latest book, Catalyst, as a potential Christmas gift. The Salisbury Post is the latest publication to highlight Hood’s book tour with Catalyst‘s subject, former Republican N.C. Gov. Jim Martin.

A Winston-Salem Journal editorial noted Director of Legal Studies Jon Guze‘s friend-of-the-court brief in a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s Map Act. A Gates County Index editorial column promoted Director of Research and Education Studies Terry Stoops‘s recent research newsletter focusing on links between school spending and student performance. The Lumberton Robesonian published Stoops’ column on misuse of average teacher pay data. The Duplin Times published Stoops’ column correcting teacher pay misinformation.

The Kernersville News published Stoops’ column on disruptive students, along with CJ contributor Kristen Blair‘s column on classroom technology and Vice President for Research and Resident Scholar Roy Cordato‘s column on false claims surrounding solar energy. The Wilmington Star-News interviewed Cordato for an article about differences in average pay within southeastern N.C. counties. The Spanish-language Mises Hispano website published a translated version of Cordato’s column on Pope Francis, capitalism, and religious liberty.

The Chowan Herald published two articles focusing on N.C. History Project Founding Director Troy Kickler. One noted his donation of his book, The King’s Trouble Makers, to members of a local high school history club. The other covered Kickler’s speech at a local library.

The N.C. Spin website promoted Stoops’ column on misleading average teacher pay data. promoted Stoops’ column, Health and Human Services Policy Analyst Katherine Restrepo‘s column on failing Obamacare co-ops, and CJ Publisher Jon Ham‘s column on mainstream media news reports that resemble propaganda.

Americans for Prosperity highlighted in a news release CJ Executive Editor Don Carrington‘s article on a potential bill for N.C. taxpayers of nearly $1 billion because of a new law phasing out renewable energy tax credits. N.C. Senate Republicans’ daily press email cited Hood’s column on the potential impact of the eventual Republican presidential nominee on N.C. elections, Stoops’ column on average teacher pay, CJ Associate Editor Barry Smith‘s article on state economic development “tiers,” Associate Editor Dan Way‘s story on the resolution of an Alamance County open meetings and public records dispute, Associate Editor Kari Travis‘ reports on a University of North Carolina Board of Governors protest and student subsidies of UNC system athletics, and the transcript of a Carolina Journal Radio interview with American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks about his latest book, The Conservative Heart. The website promoted Travis’ article on student subsidies of UNC system sports.

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