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    Gov. Cooper’s Latest Executive Order Confuses North Carolinians

    On Monday, November 23 – three days before Thanksgiving – Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper issued an executive order tightening mask restriction across the state. Some North Carolinians are confused, as the contents of the executive order and the Governor’s statements about the order appear conflicting to many. Transportation For…
    Brenee Goforth, November 24, 2020
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    NC Governor Cooper Tightens Mask Mandate

    North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced today that he is extending his executive mask mandate. The mandate requires people to wear masks in any public indoor space even when maintaining 6 feet of distance, including: wearing masks in gyms when exercising, schools (both public and private), and public or…
    Brenee Goforth, November 23, 2020
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    School Reopenings Not Driving Large COVID Case Numbers

    One of the most contentious issues in the recent North Carolina state superintendent race was whether or not to allow schools to reopen across the state. North Carolinians seemingly voiced their preference for reopening schools when they elected Republican candidate Catherine Truitt. In his research brief this week, Dr. Terry…
    Brenee Goforth, November 12, 2020
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    Local Governments Want More Federal Stimulus, Will They Get It?

    The United States recently experienced an uptick in the number of COVID-19 cases. This, coupled with former Vice President Biden’s presumed election victory, has many people pondering about the possibility of additional federal stimulus to state and local governments. This week, Alan Greenblatt wrote about the issue for Governing.
    Brenee Goforth, November 11, 2020
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    How Fiscal Restraint Protected NC Government from Layoffs

    For almost a decade, North Carolina has benefited from the fiscal conservatism of our General Assembly. This conservatism has allowed North Carolina to avoid many of the tough decisions other states have had to make during the COVID-19 economic downturn, like increased borrowing and government layoffs. In his research…
    Brenee Goforth, November 10, 2020
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    Can Context Breed More Compassion During the COVID Ourbreak?

    For weeks now, the John Locke Foundation’s Jon Sanders has been publishing what he calls the “NC Threat-Free Index.” It is a collection of COVID-19 data that puts the numbers into context – not just reporting how many people have contracted the coronavirus, but how many people have recovered, how…
    Brenee Goforth, November 6, 2020
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    2020 Election Ripe With Confusion & Contradictory Election Rules

    This year’s election cycle has been like no other. Polling places are socially distanced, an unprecedented number of absentee ballots have been submitted, and hundreds of lawsuits have been filed. One constant fixture of the 2020 elections in North Carolina has been frequent so-called “numbered memos” from the state Board…
    Brenee Goforth, November 3, 2020
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    90 Percent of Positive COVID-19 Tests Could Be Inactive

    North Carolina’s positive cases of COVID-19 might be misleading, according to a recent article from WRAL. After the John Locke Foundation’s Director of Regulatory Studies, Jon Sanders, sounded the alarm about North Carolina’s polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing at the beginning of the month, the attention PCR testing…
    Brenee Goforth, October 29, 2020