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Locke’s Mitch Kokai analyzes court ruling against Cooper’s shutdown of NC bars

Mitch Kokai, John Locke Foundation senior political analyst, discusses the N.C. Court of Appeals’ decision against Gov. Roy Cooper’s decision to keep private bars closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kokai offered these comments during the April 19, 2024, edition of PBS North Carolina’s “State Lines.”

Mitch Kokai
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New policy will hurt NC access to banking

If policymakers are serious about supporting communities in North Carolina, they need to make it easier to break the cycle of crime and poverty. As a veteran and criminal defense attorney in Forsyth County, I’ve seen firsthand that access to credit and banking can drive real change by transforming communities and creating opportunities. However, federal regulators have made decisions that will do quite...

Harold Eustache, Jr.
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State’s high court wrestles with Revenue Department tax exemption dispute

The North Carolina Supreme Court will decide in the months ahead whether a business qualified for a tax exemption from 2012 to 2014 for machinery it purchased to make asphalt. The business and the state Department of Revenue are locked in a dispute over the issue. The parties spent nearly an hour Tuesday morning haggling over the exemption during oral arguments before the high court.

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Appeals Court delivers partial victory to bar owners who sued over COVID shutdown

Bar owners who sued Gov. Roy Cooper for shutting them down during the COVID-19 pandemic have won a partial victory at the state Court of Appeals. A unanimous appellate panel agreed the governor had violated bar owners’ rights to the fruits of their labor and equal protection of the laws. At the same time, the Appeals Court rejected the bar owners’ argument that the shutdown amounted to an unconstitutional taking of their property.

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Federal spending drives inflation, but NC lawmakers can offer relief

If you’re like many North Carolinians, you’ve had to make more hard choices recently, like between paying your bills and buying your medicine. You might have even skipped meals to fill up your gas tank. We got here because big-government politicians put the yoke of regulations on your shoulders and spent money we don’t have...

Robert Bortins
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RTP Biotech company granted $15 million JDIG agreement

FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies, a division of Japanese parent company Fujifilm Corp, plans to expand its job force at its Holly Springs location with an additional 680 jobs and a $1.2 billion investment as part of a $15 million Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) awarded by the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Economic Investment Committee (NCEIC).

Theresa Opeka
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The Debrief: Is this the end of DEI on campus?

This week on the Debrief, Vice President Kamala Harris is back in North Carolina, for the second time in two weeks, and there will be s a new name on your November presidential ballot. What is a “benefits cliff?” We’ll explain how a raise can be a net loss for those on entitlement programs, plus...