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    “Americans are not rallying around Donald Trump during the pandemic”

    That’s the headline of a recent article in the Economist. It goes on to say, “His approval ratings have been remarkably flat compared with those of other leaders—and past American presidents,” and it provides this chart:  …
    Jon Guze, May 22, 2020
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    Help our cideries; don’t keep them shut down

    How can our policymakers help cideries? First, let cideries open and welcome the public back in. Our Carolina Rebound project proposes another sensible way to help cideries going forward.
    Jon Sanders, May 22, 2020
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    Guilford County school bond trimmed to $300m

    At last night’s contentious meeting, the Guilford Board of Commissioners approved a $300 million school bond that would go on the November ballot. The school system and liberal members of the county commission were hoping for a $1.6 billion bond to go before voters. The debate grew testy.
    Sam Hieb, May 22, 2020
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    Checks and Balances Must Be Respected Even in Emergencies

    Everyone in North Carolina is familiar with the executive orders Gov. Roy Cooper has been issuing to address the coronavirus outbreak. In the executive order he announced on Wednesday, he announced that restaurants and other businesses would be allowed to reopen at limited capacity. However, as our JLF’s Jon…
    Brenee Goforth, May 22, 2020
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    ICYMI: NCGA to consider universal licensure recognition

    In case you missed it during this busy week, a bill was introduced in the North Carolina Senate to create a system of universal licensure recognition in North Carolina. In a research brief this week, my colleague Jon Sanders wrote about the components of the bill. Sanders writes,…
    Jordan Roberts, May 22, 2020
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    Martin Center column examines higher education ‘earthquake’ out west

    Scott Yenor writes for the Martin Center about major higher education developments in Idaho. Idaho’s state legislature, together with a newly engaged state board and Governor Brad Little, has made an issue of the spiraling higher education costs. Tuition increases have fostered expansions of bureaucracy and mission creep, and…
    Mitch Kokai, May 22, 2020
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    Could continued COVID-19 shutdown lead to a ‘mass casualty incident’?

    Tyler Olson writes at FoxNews.com about medical concerns surrounding the preferred government response to COVID-19. More than 600 doctors signed onto a letter sent to President Trump Tuesday pushing him to end the “national shutdown” aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus, calling the widespread state orders…
    Mitch Kokai, May 22, 2020
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    Florida governor blasts media for terrible COVID-19 coverage

    Andrea Widburg of the American Thinker writes that Florida’s governor has released his “inner Trump.” Florida chose a different lockdown path from the rest of America, protecting old people and letting other Floridians mostly roam free. The media gleefully predicted disaster and have been disappointed that Florida has…
    Mitch Kokai, May 22, 2020