John Davis is the executive director of the Raleigh-based North Carolina Forum for Research and Economic Education (NCFREE). The organization was created in 1983 by a large cross-section of business leaders and lawyers. Davis was hired the same year. The founders wanted to understand the political process in the state, who the people were that ran for, or held office, how they voted, who backed them, and what underlying trends might change the state's political dynamics. The results of Davis's work are published in THE ALAMANAC OF NORTH CAROLINA POLITICS, which is often called the bible of North Carolina politics. Davis rates highly for his political insight, information gathering, and ability to forecast trends.