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John Hood

Carolina Journal

Raleigh, NC, United States

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Past articles by John:

Partisan elections are the best kind

As long as we elect judges and school-board members, voters should have as much information as possible about them — including party affiliations, if any. → Read More

Tar Heel Voices: Get off the voter ID merry-go-round

Columnist John Hood says having a photo ID doesn't suppress legal votes. → Read More

John Hood: When politics enter the workplace

Columnist John Hood notes a recent Gallup poll where the public is nearly divided on politics at work. → Read More

Racial disparities aren’t proof of bias

Black-headed households are less likely than white-headed ones to own their residences. The latest data from the Census Bureau put the homeownership rate at 75% for whites and 45% for blacks. According to the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency, our state’s racial disparity is roughly similar. These are facts. What they mean, how they came → Read More

Tar Heel Voices: Deaths of despair need careful analysis

Is North Carolina dealing with a crisis from suicides, fatal drug overdoses, and alcohol-induced deaths? → Read More

Tar Heel Voices: How North Carolina can expand opportunity

Columnist John Hood shares recommendations from the John Locke Foundation. → Read More

Campuses will try to keep discriminating

The most-effective way to combat prejudice and expand opportunity is to make less use of crude racial and ethnic categories, not more use of them. → Read More

Tar Heel Voices: New law properly checks governor's power

Columnist John Hood writes that the revised Emergency Management Act law restores proper checks and balances in NC government. → Read More

Index Confirms State’s Reddish Tint

Political actors have already turned their attention to 2024. Candidates are signaling their intentions. Campaign teams are forming. → Read More

Our workforce is still too small

For restaurants and retailers already operating on thin margins, consumers won’t be willing to bear the higher prices required to offset higher wages. → Read More

On polls, Hispanics, and the suburbs

Ted Budd won the suburban vote by 11 points. By contrast, Arizona Democrat Mark Kelly edged out his Republican challenger among those voters. → Read More

Tar Heel Voices: North Carolina leaders should heed Cicero

Columnist John Hood takes a look at some Latin phrasing that holds meaning to North Carolinians. → Read More

National GOP fell short of expectations

Generally speaking, the issue environment favored the Republicans. In some key races, however, Democrats nominated superior candidates. → Read More

Court elections are most important

What makes the two NC Supreme Court races so important is the extent to which the court has increasingly inserted itself into policy questions. → Read More

Politicians should hold their tongues

Right after the Oct. 13 shootings in Raleigh, President Joe Biden demanded passage of his assault-weapon ban. But the teenager in question used a shotgun. → Read More

Tar Heel Voices: Free enterprise is the American way

RALEIGH — North Carolina is one of our country’s economic powerhouses. Blessed with a favorable business climate and a creative, hard-working population, our state is home to many thriving companies that export goods and services all over the world. Trade is integral to our economy. Most North Carolinians, like most Americans, generally favor free trade. But a sizable minority do not — and they… → Read More

Carolina is a high-cost university

What allows UNC-Chapel Hill to operate a low-price, high-cost model? The primary explanation is the generosity of North Carolina taxpayers. → Read More

Tar Heel Voices: Don't that just beat all?

Columnist John Hood writes about his ancestor, William Pendley (1649), age 30, who Hood believed was beaten to death for expressing his opinion. → Read More

Tar Heel Voices: For faster growth, pick freedom

RALEIGH — When pollsters ask voters to list the issues they care about most, economic concerns usually rank high on the list — even when unemployment rates are relatively low. There’s a stolen base here, however. With very few exceptions, most people think a rapidly growing economy is critically important. They recognize that other social problems usually get better if jobs are plentiful and… → Read More

Tar Heel Voices: Are we ready for drone skyways?

John Hood column: Are we ready for drone skyways? → Read More