state of emergency

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    Study: Lockdowns Damaged Democracy and Human Rights

    Ethan Yang reports for the American Institute of Economic Research about the latest edition to the ongoing, comprehensive study of world democracies by the V-Dem [Varieties of Democracy] Institute at the University of Gothenburg. The report finds that democracy was damaged by Covid-19 lockdowns: The most shocking findings…
    Jon Sanders, August 11, 2021
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    New York Times Calls for Humility Amid “Covid Mysteries”

    Earlier this spring I wrote about how our leaders, including Pres. Joe Biden and Gov. Roy Cooper, "need the humility of Canute" in understanding that "the forces of nature obey their Creator, not a man." Today's New York Times also calls for humility instead of thinking humans have authority over the virus.
    Jon Sanders, July 30, 2021
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    The Great ‘Decoupling’: North Carolina Hasn’t Seen Excess Deaths from Covid since Mid-March

    The graph atop this post plots weekly Covid deaths against the excess death threshold. Covid’s peak in early winter is evident. But as you can see, North Carolina has not been suffering excess deaths owing to Covid-19 since mid-March 2021.
    Jon Sanders, July 29, 2021
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    North Carolina in the Minority of States Still Under a State of Emergency

    COVID-19 emergency orders have expired in 26 states. Emergency orders remain active in 24 states, including North Carolina.
    Jon Sanders, July 29, 2021
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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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    COVID-19: What’s Been Done, What More The State Should Do

    The John Locke Foundation’s research team is putting out a package of policy recommendations focused on the Coronavirus this week. The schedule of policy briefs is as follows: Monday: (1) Health Care and (2) the State Budget Tuesday: (3) K-12 Education…
    Brenee Goforth, March 17, 2020
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    The Finances of Coronavirus

    The Coronavirus is a serious public health issue, but it is also a serious financial affair. As more states declare a “state of emergency” and the governments flood their treasuries with emergency mitigation funds, this has quickly become a multibillion-dollar affair. JLF’s Joe Coletti broke down some of the numbers…
    Brenee Goforth, March 13, 2020
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    Governor Cooper Declares Coronavirus State of Emergency

    On Tuesday, March 10, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency due to the concern over novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Thirteen other states declared a state of emergency prior to Cooper’s announcement. As of the announcement, seven people in North Carolina tested positive for Coronavirus. The…
    Brenee Goforth, March 10, 2020