John Locke Update / Impact Newsletter

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As North Carolinians celebrate Christmas and look back at 2015, John Locke Foundation Chairman John Hood has reminded us this week that Gov. Pat McCrory’s promised Carolina Comeback is real. Hood’s column attracted attention from the governor’s office, N.C. Senate Republicans’ daily press email, and the Independent Weekly. The Winston-Salem Journal quoted Hood in an article about Charlotte and the Triangle driving the state’s economic growth. The Kinston Free Press noted Hood’s recent comments about North Carolina’s demographic shifts.

Vice President for Marketing and Communications Donna Martinez filled in for Bill LuMaye as host of WPTF Radio’s late-morning program. Among her guests: Vice President for Outreach Becki Gray. Gray also serves as an expert panelist on this weekend’s edition of the syndicated “N.C. Spin” program. Topics include the N.C. Supreme Court’s recent endorsement of the state’s election maps, the end of filing for 2016 elections, and the latest developments in the debate over Common Core public school standards.

WFMY Television interviewed Senior Political Analyst Mitch Kokai about the potential $1 billion fiscal impact of a “safe harbor” law tied to the end of state renewable energy tax credits. The Kernersville News published Kokai’s column on a new book challenging the political left’s claims linked to income and wealth inequality.

The Tribune Newspapers reported on Director of Regulatory Studies Jon Sanders‘ recommendation that North Carolina adopt a REINS Act to limit growth of the state’s regulatory burden. promoted Carolina Journal Associate Editor Barry Smith‘s articles about the N.C. Supreme Court’s ruling upholding North Carolina’s election maps and a lawsuit challenging the state’s new law for judicial retention elections. N.C. Senate Republicans highlighted Smith’s articles on election districts and judicial retention, along with N.C. History Project Director Troy Kickler‘s column about North Carolina’s role in helping secure the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights and CJ contributor Andy Taylor‘s column on Republican electoral advantages.

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