Carolina Journal Print Edition

Volume 29, Number 5 – May 2020

On the cover

• A new reality: COVID-19

• JLF leads effort to ensure CARES Act flexibility for states



• Polls, Page 2

• N. C. ranks last at getting unemployment payments to applicants on time, Page 3

• CJ Reader Survey, Page 3

• Wake County nixes ‘drive-through’ Easter service for Raleigh church, Page 4

• Amid COVID-19, mom-and-pops in N.C.’s craft alcohol businesses struggle to keep the lights on, Page 5

• Criminal law reforms remain priority for some legislators amid COVID-19 pandemic, Page 7

• State law makes manicures haircuts a crime, limits stylists’ options post-pandemic, Page 8



• Timeline: From a budget stalemate to a viral outbreak, Page 12

• Q&A: Bob Luddy: Excellent schools offer best way to promote community development, Page 14



• Amy Cooke commentary: Trusting healthy North Carolinians to choose about reopening our economy, Page 2

• Jordan Roberts commentary: Were the regulations ever really needed?, Page 15

• Kristen Blair commentary: Help and hope for the emergency homeschool parent, Page 16

• Megan Zogby commentary: A student perspective on N.C. State’s online transition, Page 17

• Shannon Watkins commentary: Never let a crisis go to waste: UNC BOG enacts new admissions policy, Page 17

• Becki Gray commentary: Giving us time to realize what’s important, Page 18

• Mitch Kokai commentary: Sheriff’s promise of kind, polite enforcement downplays threat of government power, Page 19

• John Trump commentary: Liquor sales at ABC stores surge, but quick alcohol reform could keep clubs restaurants afloat, Page 22

• Michael Walden commentary: How will the economy change after the virus crisis?, Page 23

• Andy Taylor commentary: A month that saved the American Political Establishment, Page 23

• Terry Stoops commentary: The private school plight with public school consequences, Page 24


Commentary by John Hood

• Technology has reduced suffering, Page 2

• Cooper plan reopens too slowly, Page 21

• The great suppression may linger, Page 21