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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    NCGA leaders: Tax and budget changes likely to be modest

    RALEIGH — Top legislative budget and tax writers say the N.C. General Assembly isn’t likely to tackle more extensive tax reform next year. Nor are major spending changes in the works. However, they do plan to implement budget changes made during the 2016 short session. “It’s going to be a…

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    Election results important, not ‘transformational,’ for N.C., U.S.

    This month’s election results were important but not necessarily “transformational,” either in North Carolina or the nation as a whole. That’s a key takeaway from John Locke Foundation Chairman John Hood’s analysis of 2016 election returns. Hood shared that analysis during a speech Monday to the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury…

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    Voters replace longtime N.C. state school superintendent

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 706: North Carolina voters booted longtime State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson from office and replaced her with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school board member Mark Johnson. That could lead to major changes in the way the state Department of Public Instruction operates. Terry…

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    N.C. legislators continue to look at licensing laws

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 706: The N.C. General Assembly continues to examine the future of occupational licensing in the state. The legislature’s Program Evaluation Division has recommended several changes to the licensing process. That includes a new commission to look into consolidation and termination of some licensing…

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    UNC free-speech advocate calls for new First Amendment training

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 706: Free speech on N.C. public university campuses has had no more vocal advocate in recent years than Mike Adams, professor of criminology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. During a recent speech in Raleigh, Adams explained why his latest free-speech…