Carolina Journal Print Edition

Volume 29, Number 4 – April 2020

On the cover

• Regulation rollback: In policy fight against COVID-19, less is more

• Where’s my Carolina Journal?



• Polls, Page 2

• CJ Briefs, Pages 3 – 5

• NCFREE briefing sheds light on Super Tuesday’s role in fall campaign, Page 6

• Budget stalemate leaves community college pay stuck in neutral, Page 7

• COVID-19 timeline: Unprecedented, Page 11

• More accountability needs in county sales tax referendums, expert says, Page 12

• UNC board member says online learning should become higher priority, Page 13



• Q&A: Ilan Wurman — Defense of originalism requires an understanding of Founder’s plan, Page 14



• Amy Cooke commentary: Freedom’s moment in time: ‘Now go out there and take it,’ Page 2

• Terry Stoops commentary: The promise and limitations of online learning, Page 15

• Kristen Blair commentary: In education politics, mad mamas are on the move, Page 16

• Will Rierson commentary: The ever-growing costs of mandatory student fees, Page 17

• Anthony Hennen commentary: In Wilmington, the decline of community college leadership, Page 17

• Becki Gray commentary: Disruption, though painful, can lead to innovation, Page 18

• Mitch Kokai commentary: Case of highway drug bust offers interesting split within N.C. Supreme Court, Page 19

• John Trump commentary: Virus further exposes ABC system as flawed, irreparable, Page 22

• Andy Taylor commentary: Democrats could get wins in November, but the farm league is thin, Page 23

• Michael Walden commentary: Could a virus take down the economy?, Page 23

• Jordan Roberts commentary: Assessing the future of Obamacare, Page 24


Commentary by John Hood

• Easy grades produce hard landings, Page 2

• Believing rumors can be dangerous, Page 21

• Freedom extends beyond just words, Page 21