John Hood is the Chairman of the Board at the John Locke Foundation, where he served as President for almost 20 years. His syndicated column appears weekly in 60 North Carolina newspapers with a combined circulation of nearly 700,000. He currently writes the “Free & Clear” column on politics and business for Business North Carolina magazine and appears weekly on the statewide talk show NC SPIN. He lives in Raleigh, N.C.
In 1985, newly elected North Carolina governor Jim Martin met with Tennessee governor Lamar Alexander, U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and six other Republican leaders to map out a strategy for making the GOP competitive in state and local elections, particularly in the South. That the strategy this group developed has succeeded shows Martin’s under-appreciated role as a catalyst for political change in North Carolina and beyond.
In Catalyst, we follow Martin from his days in the 1960s as chairman of the first Republican-majority commission in North Carolina’s most-populous county to his 2012 role in investigating scandals at the University of North Carolina.