If you are a rich person who is still donating $$$$ to The John Locke Foundation, you might as well be flushing it down the toilet or tossing it out the window as you speed down I-40. The General Assembly and other power players in Raleigh regularly ignore their position papers. (Meanwhile, we’re a verified daily first-read, must-read on Jones AND Blount Streets.)
The JLF was established by gazillionaire Art Pope to lead the conservative counter-culture in Raleigh. Nowadays, they’re a dependable defender of the GOPe. Some so-called scholars within their offices regularly poo-poo and mock actual conservatives trying to do good.
Robin Hayes and Dallas Woodhouse were last seen by many leaving the NCGOP HQ under a cloud of scandal and controversy. (Hayes detoured through an FBI probe and a federal courtroom.) Both men, during their time at NCGOP HQ, bent over backwards to cause problems for conservatives — doing more damage than Democrats and other leftists could ever hope to.
Locke has brought Woodhouse back as some sort of political mastermind journalist / columnist. Clearly, he’s doing little more than transcribing GOPe spin. Though, Dallas — like me — DOES have a drive-by background. I remember encountering him at several press gaggles. The first time I recall encountering him, we were both covering the same court case. (If I recall correctly, he was with the Fox affiliate in Raleigh.)
*Initially, I mistook him for a pimp waiting for them to call his court case.*
Now, there is a very very soft puff piece up on Locke’s web site profiling a drug rehab center that got funding from the Hayes family. Of course, Robin was featured — waxing philosophically about his faith and his, um, desire to help people in need.