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Locke’s Jordan Roberts explains benefits for N.C. of granting nurses full practice authority

Jordan Roberts, director of government affairs at the John Locke Foundation, discusses “Granting Nurses Full Practice Authority: Benefits for NC.” Roberts offered these remarks March 29, 2022, to the N.C. General Assembly’s Joint Legislative Committee on Access to Healthcare and Medicaid Expansion.

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State of emergency continues with new ways to measure COVID

Gov. Roy Cooper said North Carolina’s state of emergency will continue, despite declining COVID numbers. The announcement came during a news conference Thursday, March 17, announcing new guidelines to measure COVID-19 levels. Cooper has shifted responsibility for dealing with the pandemic to the General Assembly. He explained the move like this: “It’s a legal tool...

Theresa Opeka
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State Supreme Court rules government retirees had contractual health care right

The N.C. Supreme Court has ruled, 4-2, that 220,000 state government retirees had a contractual right to premium-free health care benefits that had been promised to them. Now a trial court will have to determine whether state changes to those benefits a decade ago violated the contract. The decision reverses the state Court of Appeals,...

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Berger: No end in sight to ongoing COVID state of emergency

N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, says the governor’s long-running COVID state of emergency is now the “status quo.” “For 730 days,” Berger said in a statement Thursday, March 10, “Gov. Roy Cooper has kept North Carolina in a state of emergency, even as COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines have disappeared.” Emergency declarations are typically reserved...

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Durham, Orange counties now free from indoor mask mandates

Even if things are still tense after the Tar Heels beat the Blue Devils during Coach K’s final home game this weekend, the counties where UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University respectively reside can come together on one thing: The need for indoor masking is officially over.  As of Monday, March 7, two of the...

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Cooper vetoes bill that would end mandatory masks in schools

Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed the Free the Smiles Act. The bipartisan measure would have blocked mandatory mask policies in N.C. schools. It’s Cooper’s second veto this year and a record-extending 71st veto since he took office in 2017. “I have encouraged local boards to lift mask mandates, and they are doing it across the...

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Lawmakers vote to ditch masks as Cooper signals end to mask mandates

Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday, Feb.17, called for an end to local mask mandates for schools and local governments, though state lawmakers are seemingly forcing his hand. Cooper, a Democrat, cited declining COVID-19 cases, vaccines and boosters, expanded testing, available PPE, and treatments. Kody Kinsley, state health secretary, echoed Cooper’s comments in a news conference...

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Locke’s Mitch Kokai discusses new report critiquing N.C. nonprofit hospitals

Mitch Kokai, John Locke Foundation senior political analyst, discusses a report questioning N.C. nonprofit hospitals’ commitment to charity care. Kokai offered these comments during the Feb. 11, 2022, edition of PBS North Carolina’s “Front Row with Marc Rotterman.”

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Media ignores study about harmful lockdowns. Color me surprised.

The mainstream media, and apparently academic-types, decided to cower from a study showing lockdowns had little consequence in curbing infections during the ongoing pandemic. Researchers, Carolina Journal reported, found lockdowns “have had little to no public health effects” while imposing “enormous economic and social costs” and should be “rejected as a pandemic policy instrument.”  Neither...

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