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    American businesses and innovators stepping up

    Helen Raleigh of the Federalist assesses one aspect of the private sector’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. As confirmed Wuhan coronavirus cases in the United States surpass 60,000, our nation is in war mode. Winning a war requires all hands on deck. It appears American businesses and innovators…
    Mitch Kokai, March 30, 2020
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    Coronavirus and the Constitution

    Gregory Weiner of the American Enterprise Institute warns against sacrificing important constitutional safeguards while addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. Everything about the coronavirus crisis looks and feels like a war that is all the more unsettling because the enemy is invisible and immune to brute force. Yet amid all…
    Mitch Kokai, March 30, 2020
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    Coronavirus tests media outlets

    Mark Hemingway writes for Real Clear Politics about one interesting revelation from the COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus crisis is a make-or-break moment for the American media. According to Wednesday’s Gallup poll on the coronavirus response, “Hospitals Rated Best, News Media Worst.” The survey shows that 44% of the…
    Mitch Kokai, March 30, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    John Trump and Kari Travis report for Carolina Journal Online on N.C. craft alcohol businesses struggling to stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why government’s order to shelter in place is not sustainable.
    Mitch Kokai, March 30, 2020
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    Gun stores, manufacturers, even shooting ranges added to DHS list of critical infrastructure

    All the ambiguity and rigmarole over whether Wake County or Gov. Cooper were closing gun stores as nonessential businesses are now moot.
    Jon Sanders, March 29, 2020
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    Tom Coburn, R.I.P.

    The news of former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn’s death at age 72 reminded me of my one conversation with him in 2017. Coburn was in Raleigh at the time to tout the proposed Convention of States.
    Mitch Kokai, March 28, 2020
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    JLF CEO responds to Gov. Roy Cooper’s statewide stay-at-home order

    John Locke Foundation CEO Amy Cooke issues the following statement in response to Gov. Roy Cooper’s latest COVID-19 executive order. It orders people across North Carolina to stay at home as of 5 p.m. Monday. Gov. Cooper has essentially shut down daily life for every North Carolinian. He’s using…
    Mitch Kokai, March 27, 2020
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    What rights? Wake County really, really wants to shut down guns and ammo sales

    What is Wake County officials' problem with people being able to buy guns and ammunition "during a declared state of emergency even within one’s home 'where the need for defense of self, family, and property is most acute'"? 
    Jon Sanders, March 27, 2020