A weekly, one-hour newsmagazine on North Carolina, Carolina Journal Radio is hosted by Donna Martinez and Mitch Kokai and features a diverse mix of guests and topics. Education reform, tax policy, the state legislature, affirmative action, air pollution, freedom of the press and the courts – these are just a few of the subjects that Carolina Journal Radio has tackled since the program began production in 2003.

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    JLF: Proposed minimum-wage hike could cost N.C. 334k jobs

    RALEIGH — Raising the government-mandated minimum wage to $15 per hour could cost North Carolina 334,000 jobs. The least-skilled and most vulnerable workers would feel the largest impact, according to a recent John Locke Foundation Spotlight report. “Economic research consensus is clear on the negative effects of a higher…

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    Court: Police may not detain motorists after traffic stops

    RALEIGH — During a traffic stop, how long after resolving the issue that led to the stop may a law enforcement officer continue to question the motorist? That issue was before the state’s second highest court in September, in a case involving a state trooper who issued a warning ticket…

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    Author reveals 10 traits that help define U.S. presidential greatness

    After conducting 31 “cross-examination”-style public interviews of presidential historians and White House insiders, attorney Talmage Boston believes he has identified 10 key traits of successful presidents. Boston shares those traits in the book Cross-Examining History, and he discussed them during a speech Monday for the John Locke Foundation and the…

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    JLF events focus on presidential history

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 700: The John Locke Foundation approaches Election Day with a couple of interesting events involving presidential history. On Monday, Oct. 17, JLF co-hosts attorney and author Talmage Boston as he discusses Cross-Examining History, his book of 31 edited transcripts of on-stage interviews with…

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    Legislature’s internal watchdogs identify key recurring problems

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 700: A special branch of North Carolina’s legislative staff spends much of its time searching for waste, duplication, and inefficiency within state government programs. While the Program Evaluation Division tends to focus on individual projects, director John Turcotte recently updated lawmakers on common…


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