Carolina Journal


Legislative leaders argue for new state Supreme Court review in Leandro case

Top leaders of North Carolina’s General Assembly have filed their official request for the state Supreme Court to take another look at the 29-year-old Leandro education funding lawsuit. A judge has ordered $677 million in new education spending tied to a Leandro plan.

CJ Staff

Legislature passes $30 billion budget, Cooper will let become law

On Friday, both chambers of the state legislature sent House Bill 259, the state budget, to Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk for his signature. Shortly after the Senate passed the budget, Cooper said he would let the bill become law without his signature, citing the importance of Medicaid expansion. “Make no mistake, overall, this is a...

Alex Baltzegar

Tillis Announces $24.9 Million for High-Speed Internet in North Carolina

Cutting-edge high-speed internet is on its way to some of North Carolina’s rural counties, Republican Senator Thom Tillis announced last month.  “This critical investment will help bridge the digital divide for North Carolina’s rural communities and deploy the resources that families need and deserve,” remarked Sen. Tillis in a recent press release. The plan, part...

Sherman Criner

State Supreme Court grants stay to DOT worker fired over bus driver recertification

The state’s highest court has granted a temporary stay to a former state Department of Transportation worker challenging his dismissal. DOT had cited Thurman Crofton Savage’s violations of bus driver recertification rules when firing him.

CJ Staff




Watch This


New group seeks to expand supply of private schools in NC

Doug Turpin has a personal story about how a school can change its values quickly, without parents being fully apprised. That experience led Turpin to found a new group, Coalition for Liberty, that seeks to established new classical model schools that are apolitical, among other objectives.


Locke’s Mitch Kokai discusses NC state budget impasse

Mitch Kokai, John Locke Foundation senior political analyst, discusses the latest developments in North Carolina’s ongoing state budget stalemate. Kokai offered these comments during the Sept. 15, 2023, edition of PBS North Carolina’s “State Lines.”

Mitch Kokai

The Debrief: Fuel to the Fire

This week, Donna King, Alex Baltzegar, David Larson, Mitch Kokai, and Theresa Opeka break down the week’s news. * Temperatures are running hot down at the state legislature. * North Carolina’s highest court has a new associate justice. * The Capital Broadcasting Company calls for the executive branch to usurp state lawmakers’ authority. * NC State Treasurer Folwell released...




Extreme Injustice: The Leandro Case: Where Are We?, Season 2, Ep. 6

Host David Bass is joined by Mitch Kokai of the John Locke Foundation for the latest updates on the Leandro school funding case.  Like what you hear? Hit subscribe and don’t miss another episode of Extreme Injustice. Learn more at

Donna King, David N. Bass

Extreme Injustice: Superintendent Catherine Truitt On The Importance Of Parental Feedback, Season 2, Ep. 5

In this episode, hosts David Bass and Donna King are joined by N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt to discuss a new parent advisory committee that seeks to get feedback on creating an education system that works for everyone.  Like what you hear? Hit subscribe and don’t miss another episode of Extreme Injustice. Learn...

Donna King, David N. Bass

Extreme Injustice: Where Do We Go From Here? Pt. II, Season 2, Ep. 4

Hosts David Bass and Donna King are again joined by Dr. Terry Stoops of the John Locke Foundation to discuss solutions to learning loss for K-12 students, including expanded school choice.  Like what you hear? Hit subsribe and don’t miss another episode of Extreme Injustice. Learn more at

Donna King, David N. Bass

State Government



Morgan makes it official: He’s running for governor

One day after he was officially replaced as an associate justice on the state Supreme Court, Michael Morgan announced Tuesday that he will seek the Democrat nomination for governor in 2024. Morgan announced this spring that he would step down from the state's high court. Morgan said that he'd had encouragement from some in his party to run for governor, sparking speculation that Morgan could face Democratic Attorney General Josh Stein in the primary.


Mark Harris announces bid for Congress

Former congressional candidate, Pastor Mark Harris, a Republican, announced Tuesday morning that he will make a third try for Congress, despite the controversial 2018 election that saw Harris’ victory overturned due to allegations of ballot fraud.  The announcement follows sitting Congressman Dan Bishop's announcement that he will not run for his seat again, seeking instead to be elected North Carolina's attorney general in 2024.

Dallas Woodhouse

Conservative super PAC launches ad against Trump in 2024 presidential primary

Americans For Prosperity Action, a conservative super PAC, is disavowing former President Donald Trump as the lead candidate for the 2024 election for president with its launch of a $1.68 million ad buy Wednesday in North Carolina, Arkansas, and Tennessee, all Super Tuesday states, urging Republican voters to vote against him in the primary.

Theresa Opeka

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