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    Martin Center column examines pandemic’s impact on the job market

    Christian Barnard writes for the Martin Center about potential long-term economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. The types of jobs available before and after the Great Recession starkly differ. With the after-effects of the economic slowdown thanks to the coronavirus, the pattern could be repeated. Many of the jobs…
    Mitch Kokai, April 3, 2020
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    Texting during coronavirus pandemic helps political campaigns

    David Drucker of the Washington Examiner details one political consequence of shutdowns linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. Technology that enables campaigns to monitor text messaging conversations with voters in real time is generating more personalized data that candidates are using to craft targeted political appeals. Two weeks after…
    Mitch Kokai, April 3, 2020
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    Gun sales shatter records during coronavirus pandemic

    Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon looks into recent gun sales across the United States. Gun sales exploded across the United States as the coronavirus pandemic spread, with retailers experiencing the highest sales volume in recorded history. More than 2.5 million guns were sold in March as…
    Mitch Kokai, April 3, 2020
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    Hanson notes American leadership during crisis

    Victor Davis Hanson writes for National Review Online about American leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. A current global myth alleges that America under the Trump administration is not leading the world fight against the coronavirus in its accustomed role as the post-war global leader. Yet the U.S. was…
    Mitch Kokai, April 3, 2020
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    Biden’s low profile during pandemic

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online assesses what he calls Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden’s “disappearing act” during the coronavirus pandemic. Do they still put pictures on milk cartons? Has anybody seen Joe Biden? Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee (Senator Bernie Sanders, the socialist from Vermont from…
    Mitch Kokai, April 3, 2020
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    End Pistol Permit Requirements: A Solution to the Backlog

    This week, a judge ruled that Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker could not suspend pistol permitting approvals during the Coronavirus outbreak. As JLF’s Jon Guze writes in his most recent research brief, Sheriff Baker suspended pistol permitting applications for two reasons: an unmanageable backlog of recently filed applications and…
    Brenee Goforth, April 3, 2020
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    State revenues are getting hammered

    Tax revenues are falling for states and local governments across the country. The Atlantic wonders, “Will the coronavirus bankrupt cities?” Pew provides numerous examples of how state taxes are getting slammed: Hawaii officials have estimated a $225 million decline; in New York, it’s a whopping…
    Joseph Coletti, April 3, 2020
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the John Locke Foundation is offering freedom-forward ideas to help government address the resulting problems. Amy Cooke discusses those ideas during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops analyzes challenges and opportunities linked to the North Carolina’s transition to online learning…
    Mitch Kokai, April 3, 2020