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    ACLU picks wrong side in due-process debate

    Editors at National Review Online question the American Civil Liberties Union‘s commitment to the liberties spelled out in its name. That the ACLU is suing the federal government in the hope of altering its due-process standards is not headline news. That the ACLU is suing the federal government…
    Mitch Kokai, May 21, 2020
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    Rick Henderson Discussed Potential Hair Salon Lawsuit on WPTF’s Triangle’s Morning News

    Carolina Journal’s Rick Henderson made an appearance on “The Triangle’s Morning News” on 680 WPTF Wednesday morning. Henderson discussed Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order limiting business operations with the show’s host, Scott Briggaman. Specifically, the two discussed the intentions of the Hair is Essential Association to file a…
    Brenee Goforth, May 20, 2020
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    “Democrats Have Abandoned Civil Liberties”

    It’s sad, and all too true, but it’s not something you often hear from a left-wing ideologue like Matt Taibbi. Nevertheless, that’s the title of a recent blog post by the life-long Democrat. The subtitle is, “The Blue Party’s Trump-era Embrace of Authoritarianism Isn’t Just Wrong, it’s a Fatal…
    Jon Guze, May 19, 2020
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    Churches Sue Gov. Roy Cooper Over Social Distancing Restrictions on Worship

    On Thursday, May 14, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Governor Roy Cooper’s executive order establishing social distancing guidelines aimed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Carolina Journal’s Lyndsay Marchello writes: A collection of churches filed a federal lawsuit Thursday, May 14, challenging Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order banning mass…
    Brenee Goforth, May 15, 2020
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    If a ‘rebellion’ has begun, it’s got a sterling pedigree

    While people struggle to provide for their families, these police-state acts to uphold Cooper's rule by fiat call to mind one of the charges laid against King George III in the Declaration of Independence, that he has "sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance."
    Jon Sanders, May 14, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online that COVID-19 restrictions are extending tensions involving religious liberty. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why state policymakers should treat federal COVID-19 relief as a shock absorber.
    Mitch Kokai, May 13, 2020
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Government officials have relied on models projecting COVID-19’s impact as they have made decisions about shutting down major portions of the state’s economy. Donald van der Vaart explains in the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio how the state could benefit from more useful modeling. Rick Henderson…
    Mitch Kokai, May 8, 2020
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    College students send mixed messages about support for free speech

    Yuichiro Kakutani of the Washington Free Beacon highlights contradictory poll results linked to college students’ approach to free speech. More than three-in-four college students want “safe spaces” on their campuses that are free of “threatening actions, ideas, or conversations,” even as a majority support President Trump’s threat to…
    Mitch Kokai, May 6, 2020