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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    David Bass reports for Carolina Journal Online on state lawmakers sending Gov. Roy Cooper bills designed to address student learning loss. John Hood’s CJ Opinion highlights widespread bipartisan support for the legislature’s reading bill.
    Mitch Kokai, April 7, 2021
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    Biden, Cooper et al. need Canute thinking

    Case declines in Texas, Mississippi, and other states that got rid of strict executive orders to "fight" COVID-19 is publicly ripping off "the mask of the All-Wise Central Planner who can dictate even the progress of a virus." How? By showing that the case declines are "consistent with natural seasonality as well as expanding natural immunity along with vaccine-induced immunity …, the natural progress of the virus, not with mask mandates."
    Jon Sanders, April 6, 2021
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    The NC Threat-Free Index for the week ending April 5

    All things considered, about 99.8% of people in NC posed no threat of passing along COVID-19 to anyone — a virus most had never had and the rest had recovered from.
    Jon Sanders, April 6, 2021
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    The Cooper Plan: Spend Big and Borrow Big

    Spend big. It’s the Cooper way, as evidenced by his new budget proposal, which increases spending by 11.6 percent for fiscal year (FY) 2021-22. A review by Locke analysts notes the increase is $2.8 billion more than the state budgeted for this year. But for Gov. Cooper, spending big…
    Donna Martinez, April 6, 2021
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    Who are today’s Ronald Reagan and Johnny Carson?

    Over the weekend I sat down with a book I pick up occasionally and read a few pages chosen at random. I was too young to fully appreciate Johnny Carson’s humor and interviewing skills during his prime. It’s only through watching “The Tonight Show” on You Tube that I’ve become…
    Donna Martinez, April 6, 2021
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    Biden’s bogus bipartisanship and the U.S. House’s future

    David Catron of the American Spectator argues that President Biden’s questionable approach to bipartisanship is likely to cost Democrats control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Despite his pledge to work across the aisle with Republicans, Biden never had any intention of doing so. This became manifestly obvious…
    Mitch Kokai, April 6, 2021
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    California’s ‘ethnic studies’ plan should generate widespread concern

    Anna Mussmann writes for the Federalist about a left-coast proposal that should concern anyone interested in public education. Political activists are working to control the historical consciousness of students in California. State legislators are pushing to make courses in ethnic studies as universal an experience as P.E. and…
    Mitch Kokai, April 6, 2021
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    Biden’s two-headed infrastructure package could be doomed

    Naomi Lim of the Washington Examiner explains why President Biden’s approach to large-scale infrastructure packages could fail. The White House’s decision to push twin sprawling infrastructure packages is complicating its pathway to passage and the Biden administration’s messaging strategy. President Joe Biden unveiled his monster $2.25 trillion “American…
    Mitch Kokai, April 6, 2021