Archives: Paul Chesser

  • Easley, Basnight Manipulate Golden LEAF, Papers Show

    The Golden LEAF Foundation, which administers half of North Carolina’s share of the national tobacco settlement, claims to operate independent of political persuasion. But documents obtained by Carolina Journal suggest that Gov. Mike Easley and N.C. Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight wield significant influence over the nonprofit foundation, reports…

  • National Television Networks Focus on Tobacco Money

    Carolina Journal?s Paul Chesser reports that national media, including MSNBC, Fox News, ABC's "Good Morning America," CNN, and ?NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw? have tackled the controversy over how states, particularly North Carolina, have misused money won in the 1998 tobacco lawsuit.

  • Moral Victories are for Losers

    Carolina Journal’s Paul Chesser says that The News & Observer’s front page report on the Carolina Hurricanes’ triple-overtime loss to Detroit last weekend was lame, because they laid claim to a “moral victory.”…

  • Whoa! Public School Student Victorious

    Carolina Journal associate editor Paul Chesser says that a simple headline run by The News & Observer of Raleigh, for an article about the winner of the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee last week, hints at an attempt to restore some luster to public education.