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Some governors, mayors, and county executives are already extending their shelter-in-place decrees and economic shutdowns beyond what President Trump has signaled he’ll do nationally.
Some governors, mayors, and county executives are already extending their shelter-in-place decrees and economic shutdowns beyond what President Trump has signaled he’ll do nationally.
 
On Friday, March 20, 2020, State Treasurer Dale Folwell announced his intention to rescue the State Health Plan with price transparency.
On Friday, March 20, 2020, State Treasurer Dale Folwell announced his intention to rescue the State Health Plan with price transparency.
 
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. Here’s this week’s review:
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. Here’s this week’s review:
 
A priceless work by artist Vincent Van Gogh was stolen overnight in what authorities are calling a “daring” art heist at the Singer Laren museum in Amsterdam.
A priceless work by artist Vincent Van Gogh was stolen overnight in what authorities are calling a “daring” art heist at the Singer Laren museum in Amsterdam.
 
Last week Gov. Roy Cooper extended the closure of all public schools in North Carolina through May 15 via executive order. Among other things, Cooper said the extension is necessary to promote public health and safety in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
Last week Gov. Roy Cooper extended the closure of all public schools in North Carolina through May 15 via executive order. Among other things, Cooper said the extension is necessary to promote public health and safety in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
 
The State Board of Elections and N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles have launched a service to allow NCDMV customers to apply to register to vote or update existing voter registration information online.
The State Board of Elections and N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles have launched a service to allow NCDMV customers to apply to register to vote or update existing voter registration information online.
 
Jerry Rogers writes for Real Clear Health about the important role of telemedicine in addressing the coronavirus pandemic.
Jerry Rogers writes for Real Clear Health about the important role of telemedicine in addressing the coronavirus pandemic.
 
On St. Patrick’s Day, Gov. Roy Cooper issued an executive order, and the biggest item in the order was shutting down all bars and sit-down rsestaurants effective 5 p.m. that same day.
On St. Patrick’s Day, Gov. Roy Cooper issued an executive order, and the biggest item in the order was shutting down all bars and sit-down rsestaurants effective 5 p.m. that same day.
 
Guns, assembly, even religion are now on the chopping block.
 
Emily Larsen of the Washington Examiner looks into the long-term implications of Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden’s leftward drift.
Emily Larsen of the Washington Examiner looks into the long-term implications of Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden’s leftward drift.
 
On December 13th, 2019, Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz became the 12th chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
On December 13th, 2019, Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz became the 12th chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
 
Responding to the coronavirus outbreak, at 5 p.m. Friday, March 27, more than a million more North Carolinians face a stay at home order, issued Thursday afternoon by the Wake County Board of Commissioners.
Responding to the coronavirus outbreak, at 5 p.m. Friday, March 27, more than a million more North Carolinians face a stay at home order, issued Thursday afternoon by the Wake County Board of Commissioners.
 
The State Board of Elections will hold a telephonic meeting beginning at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.
The State Board of Elections will hold a telephonic meeting beginning at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.
 
Essential businesses may remain open, social distancing mandated
 
K-12 schools in North Carolina are currently shut down due to the Coronavirus outbreak, but they are not the only educational institutions that are being rocked by the virus.
K-12 schools in North Carolina are currently shut down due to the Coronavirus outbreak, but they are not the only educational institutions that are being rocked by the virus.
 
Workers are Reminded to Complete their Weekly Certification Each Week to Receive Benefits
 
Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures.
 
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says Americans who qualify for federal assistance under the $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill passed by Congress can expect to see $1,200 checks deposited into their bank accounts “within three weeks.”
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says Americans who qualify for federal assistance under the $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill passed by Congress can expect to see $1,200 checks deposited into their bank accounts “within three weeks.”
 
With K-12 schools across the state closed until May 15, lawmakers and education officials are working to ensure students are still able to get an education and that school employees are paid.
With K-12 schools across the state closed until May 15, lawmakers and education officials are working to ensure students are still able to get an education and that school employees are paid.
 
The COVID-19 crisis, with all of its complexities, is revealing simplicities about education and life.
The COVID-19 crisis, with all of its complexities, is revealing simplicities about education and life.
 
Democrats by now know Biden is damaged.
 
NCGOP Chairman Michael Whatley announced today that Philip Thomas has been hired and began work as the new Political Director and Chief Counsel for the North Carolina Republican Party.
NCGOP Chairman Michael Whatley announced today that Philip Thomas has been hired and began work as the new Political Director and Chief Counsel for the North Carolina Republican Party.
 
Hospital leaders are sharing concerns about protective equipment and lower revenue as lawmakers look for ways to help the health care system fight COVID-19.
Hospital leaders are sharing concerns about protective equipment and lower revenue as lawmakers look for ways to help the health care system fight COVID-19.
 
Victor Davis Hanson of National Review Online explores former Vice President Joe Biden’s political strategy.
Victor Davis Hanson of National Review Online explores former Vice President Joe Biden’s political strategy.
 
The State Board of Elections is gearing up for a surge in absentee-by-mail voting, due to COVID-19 concerns.
The State Board of Elections is gearing up for a surge in absentee-by-mail voting, due to COVID-19 concerns.
 
Today, the United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, by a voice vote.
Today, the United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, by a voice vote.
 
With the help of the Food and Drug Administration, which has fast-tracked the effort, the state of New York is trying out potential treatments for people who have contracted COVID-19.
With the help of the Food and Drug Administration, which has fast-tracked the effort, the state of New York is trying out potential treatments for people who have contracted COVID-19.
 
All eyes are on Thomas Massie (R-KY).
 
On Tuesday, Gov. Roy Cooper declared in-person dining is banned in North Carolina for the foreseeable future.
On Tuesday, Gov. Roy Cooper declared in-person dining is banned in North Carolina for the foreseeable future.
 
Just a few weeks ago, the term social distancing hadn’t entered our lexicon. The Angus Barn was my new favorite restaurant.
Just a few weeks ago, the term social distancing hadn’t entered our lexicon. The Angus Barn was my new favorite restaurant.
 
California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday that five major U.S. banks will temporarily suspend home mortgage payments for people who have been affected by the coronavirus quarantine.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday that five major U.S. banks will temporarily suspend home mortgage payments for people who have been affected by the coronavirus quarantine.
 
The president's best and brightest approach is working and getting public support.
The president's best and brightest approach is working and getting public support.
 
Free or reduced price eligible families can text FOODNC to 877-877 to find nearby meal sites
Free or reduced price eligible families can text FOODNC to 877-877 to find nearby meal sites
 
Collin Anderson of the Washington Free Beacon predicts one likely impact of the coronavirus pandemic on 2020 elections.
Collin Anderson of the Washington Free Beacon predicts one likely impact of the coronavirus pandemic on 2020 elections.
 
Due to the national health emergency caused by the outbreak of the COVID-19 Virus, commonly known as the Coronavirus, the North Carolina Republican Party has rescheduled its annual State Republican Convention to June 4-7 in Greenville, North Carolina.
Due to the national health emergency caused by the outbreak of the COVID-19 Virus, commonly known as the Coronavirus, the North Carolina Republican Party has rescheduled its annual State Republican Convention to June 4-7 in Greenville, North Carolina.
 
Within the last 20 years, we have found to be covered by Due Process the right to abortion, which was so little rooted in the traditions of the American people that it was criminal for 200 years.
Within the last 20 years, we have found to be covered by Due Process the right to abortion, which was so little rooted in the traditions of the American people that it was criminal for 200 years.
 
Unemployment insurance benefits for workers affected by the coronavirus could flow as early as Monday, March 30, a spokesman for the Division of Employment Security told Carolina Journal.
Unemployment insurance benefits for workers affected by the coronavirus could flow as early as Monday, March 30, a spokesman for the Division of Employment Security told Carolina Journal.
 
On Thursday, Democratic Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo publicly questioned the full-quarantine measures his state implemented nearly two weeks ago.
On Thursday, Democratic Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo publicly questioned the full-quarantine measures his state implemented nearly two weeks ago.
 
Professor John Ellis has served on college faculties since 1963 and is now an emeritus professor at the University of California-Santa Cruz.
Professor John Ellis has served on college faculties since 1963 and is now an emeritus professor at the University of California-Santa Cruz.
 
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