Legislative leaders label Common Cause redistricting motion ‘improper,’ ‘meritless’

N.C. legislative leaders urge the state Supreme Court to reject the latest arguments from a left-of-center activist group in a legal dispute over state election maps. Lawmakers are seeking a rehearing of the case called Harper v. Hall.

CJ Staff

Charlotte to vote on proposed I-77 toll-lane expansion study

The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) will be voting Feb. 15 on a proposed study which will utilize managed lanes on Interstate 77. The study conceptualizes several methods to improve highway transportation on I-77 running from Charlotte into South Carolina, one of which includes additional tolls. CRTPO’s upcoming vote is based on the goals...

Zach Rounceville




Rep. Jon Hardister is eyeing commissioner of Labor role

As soon as first-term Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson made the surprise announcement that he would not run again, Guilford County state Rep. Jon Hardister, a Republican, began hearing from supporters that he should consider the role. Contacted this week, Hardister told CJ he is highly motivated to seek the position after a successful decade in...

Dallas Woodhouse

On polls, Hispanics, and the suburbs

In much of the country, the Republican Party fell well short of expectations in the 2022 midterms. Flawed GOP nominees in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Nevada, and Arizona lost winnable races for U.S. Senate, thus consigning their party to another two years in the minority. Democrats lost their U.S. House majority but only by a sliver...

John Hood



Carolina Journal’s Donna King analyzes debate over Leandro education funding

Donna King, Carolina Journal editor-in-chief, discusses the debate over funding the Leandro education spending plan in North Carolina. King offered these comments during the Jan. 27, 2023, edition of PBS North Carolina’s “State Lines.”

Donna King

Former Gorbachev adviser Yuri Maltsev discusses ‘curse’ of Russia’s natural resources in 2013

Economist Yuri Maltsev, an adviser to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev before a 1989 defection to the United States, died in January 2023. In April 2013 Maltsev spoke with Carolina Journal Radio about the “curse” of Russia’s abundant natural resources.

Mitch Kokai

Locke’s Mitch Kokai assesses AG Stein’s entry into 2024 N.C. governor’s race

Mitch Kokai, John Locke Foundation senior political analyst, discusses N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein’s announcement that he’s running for governor in 2024. Kokai offered these comments during the Jan. 20, 2023, edition of PBS North Carolina’s “State Lines.”

Mitch Kokai

Watergate Exposed: Revisiting the national scandal 50 years later

January 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Watergate investigation. President Nixon had been seeking reelection. His “burglars” broke into the Watergate building and planted listening devices to learn about his opponent. His hardball politics soon caught up with him. A year-long investigation ensued, and Nixon eventually resigned rather than face impeachment....


Civil Society


Ukrainian people in N.C. rally to support homeland 

As the Russian invasion of neighboring Ukraine continues to escalate, North Carolina’s local Ukrainian population is rallying to bring attention to the suffering of people in their homeland and to gather supplies to help them. Donna Goldstein, co-president of the Ukrainian Association of North Carolina, finds herself at the forefront of these efforts.  Goldstein has...

David Larson

Why the Fourth Estate is in receivership

The fourth estate, journalism, is racing to receivership unless we can rescue it from its rapacious self. The hubris hasn’t always been this bad, this blatant, or this biased, yet it worsens daily. In the town I grew up in, Nashville, Tennessee, there were two newspapers in the 1950s and 1960s, one for the morning,...

Mark Herring