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    Coronavirus and the billion-dollar GCS bond

    Funny —of all the things to think during this difficult time, I was thinking about the proposed $1.6 billion Guilford County Schools bond, which was set to go on the November ballot. My thought was the coronavirus could usher in a learn from home revolution, as some believe it will…
    Sam Hieb, March 31, 2020
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    Mecklenburg health director slams Charlotte’s lack of social distancing

    It was a beautiful morning yesterday, and I got out on my bike to take a little spin. I saw more than a few people know; some I just buzzed right by with a quick wave; I stopped for a quick chat with another couple, making sure to keep my…
    Sam Hieb, March 30, 2020
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    No way RNC will be canceled, says Trump

    President Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity there is “no way” he will cancel the Republican National Convention, scheduled for August in Charlotte. Obviously the bigger concern in the Democratic National Convention, scheduled for mid-July in Milwaukee. NYT reports: Among the complicating factors are the uncertain…
    Sam Hieb, March 27, 2020
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    Rep. Walker says he will make China pay for stimulus package

    Sixth District Rep. Mark Walker—who is not running for reelection in his redrawn district, says via Twitter: China’s lack of transparency created this. Now we are asking American taxpayers to foot the bill? Not hardly! I am working on a plan to make the Communist…
    Sam Hieb, March 27, 2020
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    Tillis’ anti-price-gouging bill

    News & Observer reports on Sen. Thom Tillis’ price gouging bill, which would punish people and businesses who engage in price gouging during the coronavirus crisis: Under Tillis’ legislation, when the president declares a national state of emergency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency would be able to create a…
    Sam Hieb, March 26, 2020
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    Feebly embracing Biden

    JLF’s Mitch Kokai posted earlier today on presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s conspicuous absence from the national stage as the coronavirus carries on. Never fear– today’s News & Observer has an op-ed by Gene Nichol saying it’s time all Democrats embrace Biden. And what a feeble embrace…
    Sam Hieb, March 24, 2020
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    Winston-Salem Journal stops short of calling for Burr’s resignation

    Sen. Richard Burr’s hometown newspaper—the Winston-Salem Journal—weighs in on the recent controversy surrounding North Carolina’s senior senator: ProPublica named other legislators who may have benefited by selling off stock before warning the public about the serious pandemic. But Burr is our senator — he represents our interests and…
    Sam Hieb, March 23, 2020
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    Policy briefs and recommendations for policy makers and thought leaders as North Carolina responds to COVID-19

    As North Carolina faces the COVID-19 crisis with it’s impact on our economy, families, jobs and every aspect of our lives, the John Locke Foundation responds by looking at policy concerns, offering suggestions and solutions. All five of our COVID-19 policy documents have been released and are available on our…
    Becki Gray, March 19, 2020