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    Cooper: “We have a mandatory mask order, which is one of the strongest in the country.”

    Each time (nine so far) Cooper has announced an extension or tightening of his original mask order, the average daily case numbers have been higher than they were when he originally leveled the order.
    Jon Sanders, January 20, 2021
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    North Carolina’s Connection To The ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech

    Dignity and opportunity for every human being, no matter one’s background, zip code, race, creed, economic circumstance, or ideology. It’s what we seek through our work at the John Locke Foundation. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words and voice remind us that injustice is real and that we each…
    Donna Martinez, January 16, 2021
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    Why NC should envy Japan’s COVID-19 response

    The contrasts between Cooper's heavy-handed, deeply authoritarian, and woefully ineffective policies and Japan's less restrictive, more sensible virus mitigation policies are striking. So, too, are the similarities between Japan's policies and what we at John Locke have urged for North Carolina.
    Jon Sanders, January 15, 2021
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    School choice can help mend our cultural conflicts

    With civic and political conflict headlining the news nearly every day, I’ve been searching for a bright spot on which to pin my hopes for reconciliation in this country. I’ve found a glimmer, thanks to Carolina Journal Opinion Editor Ray Nothstine. Ray writes about the collapse of civic…
    Donna Martinez, January 14, 2021
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    A Victory for Wilmington Property Owners

    The Institute for Justice recently announced: IJ clients David and Peg Schroeder are lifelong members of the Wilmington community. After retiring to the mountains, they bought a townhome in Wilmington to preserve their ties to family and friends. Being sure to purchase where vacation rentals were…
    Jon Guze, January 13, 2021
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    NC bars and taverns struggle to stay afloat

    Among the North Carolina businesses hardest hit by Gov. Roy Cooper’s COVID-19 shutdowns are bars, taverns, and distillers. Very few customers means very little — if any — revenue to pay the bills and the employees. For some, it’s the end of the line. Others are suing to…
    Donna Martinez, January 11, 2021
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    Red-state governments must shine over next two years

    Stacey Lennox writes at about opportunities for state governments led by Republicans to protect people’s rights. Heads up, Greg Abbott, Brian Kemp, and every other Republican governor with a GOP legislature. A democrat trifecta at the federal level, like the one from 2009-2010, is now upon us.
    Mitch Kokai, January 11, 2021
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    Monday: A Legislative Agenda For a Better Carolina

    Join Our Livestream Monday, Jan. 11 at Noon You’ll Find Us On Facebook or at john With the new year comes new opportunity to drive a Carolina Rebound that lifts North Carolinians from the nightmare of COVID-19 shutdowns into a year of promise and purpose.
    Donna Martinez, January 7, 2021