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Rick Henderson


Rick Henderson (@deregulator) became managing editor of Carolina Journal in April 2009. Prior to joining CJ he had worked the previous nine years as an editorial writer and columnist for daily newspapers in Las Vegas, Riverside, Calif., and Denver, Colo. He previously worked as an editor and reporter for Investor’s Business Daily and the Los Angeles Business Journal.

From 1989 to 1998, he was with Reason magazine, dividing his tenure between the publication’s Los Angeles headquarters as a reporter and managing editor and its D.C. bureau as Washington editor.

His articles and op-eds have appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and National Review Online. He has also appeared on numerous television and radio public affairs programs, such as NBC's Today Show, C-Span’s Washington Journal, CNBC’s McLaughlin, Rocky Mountain PBS’ Colorado State of Mind. In North Carolina, he has been a guest on News14 Carolina's "Capital Tonight," WPTF's Rick and Donna Martinez and Bill LuMaye programs, The Big Talker with Chad Adams, Take a Stand with Matt Mittan, and WBT's Tara Servatius and Pete Kaliner programs.

Henderson received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In the mid-1980s, while producing the alternative monthly tabloid Deregulator in Chapel Hill, he assisted then-undergraduate (and later JLF president) John Hood in the early days of The Carolina Critic, a newspaper Hood founded at UNC.

Henderson was awarded first place in editorial writing by the Colorado Associated Press (2006-07) and second place in editorial writing by the Colorado Society for Professional Journalists (2007). In 1992, he was named a fellow of the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the University of Maryland for his environmental reporting.

He is a native of Wilkesboro, and now lives in Wake County with his wife Cara and their pets.

Articles by Rick Henderson

(11.05.14) Tillis Stuns Hagan, Joins New GOP Senate Majority
RALEIGH — In one of the most closely watched U.S. Senate contests nationally, Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis of Mecklenburg County knocked off incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan in a race capping a night that saw the GOP seize the majority in the upper chamber, unifying control of Congress. Unofficial results show Tillis winning 48.84 percent, Hagan 47.23 percent, and Libertarian Sean Haugh 3.74 percent.

(11.03.14) DENR Verifies Authenticity Of Hagan Stimulus Staff Review
RALEIGH — Drew Elliot, communications director for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, has confirmed to Carolina Journal that a staff review of the stimulus grant awarded to a company owned by Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's husband and other family members that was reported on Saturday is authentic.

(11.02.14) DENR: ‘Legal Review’ of Hagan Stimulus Grant ‘Warranted’
RALEIGH — The handling of a $250,644 stimulus grant received by a company co-owned by Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s husband has been referred to the state auditor by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources for “further legal review,” according to documents obtained by Carolina Journal.

(10.23.14) Hagan Lawyers Have Trouble With The Dictionary
To profit is to benefit, and the senators family members most certainly did that from a stimulus grant one of their companies received.

(10.21.14) Hagans: It’s Worse Than We Thought
Companies owned by Kay Hagan’s husband, their son, and his brothers collected an extra $137,000 in tax credits, and son Tilden Hagan behaved a lot like a project manager on the solar project at a Hagan building.

(10.09.14) Stop Dwelling On The Past
The major party candidates for Senate have done little to inform voters what they hope to accomplish in Washington over the next six years.

(10.02.14) Stop Dwelling On The Past
We know they can attack each other’s records in public office. What would Kay Hagan or Thom Tillis do during the next six years as a U.S. senator?

(6.03.14) Film Industry Trashes Critique of Incentives
RALEIGH — Lobbyists for North Carolina’s motion-picture industry, in an attempt to preserve an expiring taxpayer subsidy for film production in the state, are circulating two “talking points” documents to lawmakers attacking the credibility of those who have questioned the figures the industry uses to tout the value of the film incentives.

(5.07.14) Sales Tax Referendums Go One-for-Four On Primary Day
RALEIGH — Three of the four referendums increasing local sales taxes by 0.25 percent failed. Local bond measures fared better, with all six passing. A handful of counties considered expanding alcoholic beverage sales.

(3.06.14) Civics Test: When Is Election Day?
Gerrymandered districts and outsized incumbency prevent many North Carolinians from having any say in who represents them.

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