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    JLF’s Mitch Kokai Comments on Unemployment for the Winston-Salem Journal

    This week, the Winston-Salem Journal’s Richard Craver wrote an article on a plan from Sen. Joyce Krawiec, R-Forsyth, to reopen the economy. Craver writes: Krawiec said she favors opening up the national economy on a piecemeal basis, saying, “It is time for each state to make a decision about how…
    Brenee Goforth, April 22, 2020
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    Newsflash–media coronavirus hits keep coming

    In the process of chastising protesters in North Carolina and Michigan calling for governors to reopen the economy, Greensboro reminds us his livelihood is in jeopardy too: As for the so-called “liberal media,” hell no, we’re not rooting for the virus. We as an industry were struggling mightily before…
    Sam Hieb, April 21, 2020
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    Which fork in the road will the 2020 election take?

    Interesting letter to the editor in today’s Charlotte Observer: Will we be lucky a third time? If Lincoln had not been elected would there be a United States? If FDR had not been elected would the fascists be ruling half the world? Will the election of 2020 be looked…
    Sam Hieb, April 20, 2020
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    Coronavirus, the post office, ballot harvesting and–last but not least–North Carolina

    As long as coronavirus casts its pall over society–who knows how long that will be–the call for national voting by mail will no doubt increase. It’s certainly no mistake that today’s NYT editorial page had former presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s call to require every state to allow…
    Sam Hieb, April 15, 2020
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    Charlotte Observer to readers: Help, please

    I’ll just cut to the chase because anyone paying attention knows that– like the rest of us—- the newspaper business is suffering from the fallout of coronavirus–especially a bankrupt media company like McClatchy. In today’s Charlotte Observer, executive editor Sherry Chisenhall pleads for help: Dear readers,…
    Sam Hieb, April 13, 2020
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    Trump’s news conferences bother news media outlets

    Mollie Hemingway of the Federalist ponders media reactions to President Trump’s briefings. For years, the media complained that President Donald Trump wasn’t holding enough press conferences. Now, as the media’s poor performance in his daily coronavirus press conferences is on worldwide display, they’re begging him to leave his…
    Mitch Kokai, April 13, 2020
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    Coronavirus isn’t derailing plans for Greensboro’s downtown trolley

    I got an email from the City of Greensboro’s Participatory Budgeting division: It will be a few months before funding is available to start any of the Participatory Budgeting (PB) Greensboro projects residents approved during Cycle 3. But City staff is already doing the legwork on one big project:…
    Sam Hieb, April 9, 2020
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    Update on Criminal Law Reform efforts*

    *Updated with Sen Wells’ comments to the GSC. With everyone’s attention on COVID-19 for the last several weeks, you may have missed an important meeting of the General Statutes Commission.  This is a group of dedicated legal and policy experts who research and correct NC Statutes.  Session Law 2019-198 directed them to make…
    Becki Gray, April 8, 2020