Public Safety

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    Surge of people, including Democrats, with concealed-carry permits

    Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner reports that the ranks of those seeking concealed-carry permits are not limited to crazy, gun-totin’ right-wingers. A nation on edge has driven a surge in concealed carry gun licenses, but those getting them aren’t the usual suspects. According to the United States…
    Mitch Kokai, September 18, 2018
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    Russia, China, and extremists

    Natalie Johnson of the Washington Free Beacon details the role Russia and China play in stoking extremism within fragile states. Expanding Russian and Chinese influence in the Middle East and North Africa threatens to foster extremism in countries with fragile political systems and undermines America’s ability to compete…
    Mitch Kokai, September 14, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on state preparations for Hurricane Florence. John Hood’s Daily Journal highlights problems that result when people believe their preferred political ends justify terrible means.
    Mitch Kokai, September 12, 2018
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    Carolina Journal Reports: Silent Sam may speak loudly in national conversation on free speech

    From Carolina Journal’s Kari Travis – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is poised to set a national example of allowing lawful protest while protecting free speech. But campus administrators and law enforcers so far have come up short, some experts say. As public universities bend under the…
    Anna Manning, September 4, 2018
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    “How to Topple a Statue, How to Tear Down a Wall”

    Sorry about the late notice, but a conference with that name took place today in Durham. The host was an organization called Defend Durham. It doesn’t seem to have a website, but here’s what an anonymous member had to say about it at the “antifascist” website, ItsGoingDown:…
    Jon Guze, August 25, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on a Hoke County school’s recent active shooter drill. The Daily Journal explains that criticism of North Carolina’s flat tax falls flat if it fails to acknowledge that higher-income earners pay much higher effective tax rates.
    Mitch Kokai, August 21, 2018
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    Volunteers help where governments can’t

    More than 1,200 volunteers across 57 North Carolina counties have been trained to help in case of disasters, search and rescue operations, terrorist attack, or fire. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) programs get volunteers ready to supplement first responders. A Stateline story explains, “It [CERT] launched in response…
    Joseph Coletti, August 15, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on Gov. Roy Cooper’s tour this week highlighting hurricane recovery efforts. John Hood’s Daily Journal compares economic growth rates in Raleigh, Charlotte, and the rest of North Carolina.
    Mitch Kokai, August 15, 2018