Hooks retires after four years of storms, riots, and a pandemic

by Donna King, Carolina Journal Erik Hooks has announced his retirement from Gov. Roy Cooper’s Cabinet, ending a long career in state public safety. Hooks, secretary of the state Department of Public Safety, has served in the role since the beginning of Cooper’s first term. He helped oversee North Carolina’s response to hurricanes, violence in…

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OPINION: Too Many Workers Are Sidelined

by John Hood RALEIGH — The latest federal job report is out — and it shows North Carolina’s employment recovery stalling out a bit during the first quarter of 2021. That may not be evident at first glance. The state’s headline unemployment rate fell during the first three months of the year, reaching 5.2% in…

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‘Partisan’ Reading Bill Passes Easily

by John Hood RALEIGH — On March 31, the North Carolina Senate passed the hugely controversial SB 387, titled the Excellent Public Schools Act of 2021, by margin of 48 senators in favor, none opposed. The following day, the North Carolina House of Representatives took up the same SB 387, that same slapdash and extremely…

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Opinion: Levers Help Charities Meet Needs

by John Hood, Carolina Journal RALEIGH — You may not know much about an ancient Greek mathematician and inventor named Archimedes. But I bet you know the most famous thing he said. The king of Syracuse once asked Archimedes to investigate a possible fraud. The king had hired some artisans to make a crown out…

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Opinion: Reduce Health Cost, Not Just Price

by John Hood, Carolina Journal RALEIGH — Too many North Carolinians lack access to the medical services they need. One possible response, as we have heard incessantly for more than a decade, would be to expand Medicaid under the terms of the Affordable Health Act, with most of the expense to be borne by the…

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Carolina Journal politics week in review, Dec. 14-18

by Julie Havlak Each week, staff at Carolina Journal looks back at the week in N.C. politics and chooses several interesting, relevant stories you may have missed. Biden appointee: The Biden administration is tapping North Carolina’s top environmental official to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, according to multiple reports. Michael Regan, secretary of the N.C.…

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Opinion: Curfew is Cooper’s latest move in state’s fight against bars, alcohol

by John Trump Gov. Roy Cooper — and scores of politicians like them — have since March imposed noxious closures and lockdowns with the altruistic goal of keeping us safe. In reality, these government-imposed suppressions have done little but wreck our mental and physical health and devastate our economy. About 100 Triangle restaurants, bars, and similar service businesses…

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