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Since opening in 1990, JLF has worked hard to become the broadest-supported think tank in North Carolina. The John Locke Foundation envisions a North Carolina of responsible citizens, strong families, and successful communities committed to individual liberty and limited, constitutional government.

Mission: The John Locke Foundation employs research, journalism, and outreach programs to transform government through competition, innovation, personal freedom, and personal responsibility. JLF seeks a better balance between the public sector and private institutions of family, faith, community, and enterprise.

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UPDATE: House Democratic leader Darren Jackson was picked for Court of Appealshttps://www.carolinajournal.com/news-artic...
12/30/2020
Jackson picked for Court of Appeals; Searcy also resigns from General Assembly - Carolina Journal

UPDATE: House Democratic leader Darren Jackson was picked for Court of Appeals

https://www.carolinajournal.com/news-article/jackson-picked-for-court-of-appeals-searcy-also-resigns-from-general-assembly/

The former House minority leader is set to join the state Court of Appeals. A Wake County state senator who considered a run for U.S. Congress also resigned from a seat he recently won. Rep. Darren Jackson becomes the second Wake County Democrat to announce he’s leaving the General Assembly as the...

Merry Christmas from the John Locke Foundation!
12/25/2020

Merry Christmas from the John Locke Foundation!

Make your holiday a little merrier by observing the 3 W's of Christmas!Merry Christmas from the Locke and Civitas Instit...
12/24/2020

Make your holiday a little merrier by observing the 3 W's of Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Locke and Civitas Institute team!

About 25% of gyms in the U.S. will close by year’s end, a new study shows. https://www.carolinajournal.com/news-article/...
12/18/2020
Gyms, fitness centers in trouble because of lockdowns, surveys find - Carolina Journal

About 25% of gyms in the U.S. will close by year’s end, a new study shows.

https://www.carolinajournal.com/news-article/gyms-fitness-centers-in-trouble-because-of-lockdowns-surveys-find/

About 25% of gyms in the U.S. will close by year’s end, a new study shows. The global pandemic is the biggest disruption the fitness industry has ever faced, writes Nick Rizzo of RunRepeat, which specializes in shoes for athletes and studies the fitness industry. It’s also estimated the gym and ...

The NC Supreme Court has affirmed the #NCGA's control over state spending decisions. A new 6-1 ruling rejects the govern...
12/18/2020
State Supreme Court rebukes governor, affirms General Assembly's spending control - Carolina Journal

The NC Supreme Court has affirmed the #NCGA's control over state spending decisions. A new 6-1 ruling rejects the governor’s attempt to bypass lawmakers in determining how federal block grants should be spent.

https://www.carolinajournal.com/news-article/state-supreme-court-rebukes-governor-affirms-general-assemblys-spending-control/

The N.C. Supreme Court has affirmed the General Assembly’s control over state spending decisions. A new 6-1 ruling rejects the governor’s attempt to bypass lawmakers in determining how federal block grants should be spent. A 43-page opinion from Justice Sam Ervin IV affirms earlier court rulings...

Christmas and the holiday season remain a powerful reminder that it is good to give and help those in need. https://www....
12/18/2020
Christmas reminds us that voluntary charity is superior to government coercion - Carolina Journal

Christmas and the holiday season remain a powerful reminder that it is good to give and help those in need.

https://www.carolinajournal.com/opinion-article/43513/

Unfortunately, our current politicized culture causes many to look first to the government when they think about charitable giving and helping those in need. Politicians, activists, and even some religious leaders are quick to demand that the taxpayer shoulder the charitable role traditionally reser...

Find out what you might have missed this week in North Carolina news in Carolina Journal’s week in review!https://www.ca...
12/18/2020
CJ politics week in review, Dec. 14-18 - Carolina Journal

Find out what you might have missed this week in North Carolina news in Carolina Journal’s week in review!

https://www.carolinajournal.com/news-article/cj-politics-week-in-review-dec-14-18/

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, accordin...

It took five weeks to settle the final race, but when the N.C. Supreme Court’s session opens in a few weeks, there will ...
12/17/2020
Newby's narrow win suggests broader philosophical changes in N.C. courts - Carolina Journal

It took five weeks to settle the final race, but when the N.C. Supreme Court’s session opens in a few weeks, there will be a new chief in Raleigh.

https://www.carolinajournal.com/news-article/newbys-narrow-win-suggests-broader-philosophical-changes-in-n-c-courts/

It took five weeks to settle the final race, but when the N.C. Supreme Court’s session opens in a few weeks, there will be a new chief in Raleigh. Republican Associate Justice Paul Newby defeated incumbent Democratic Chief Justice Cheri Beasley by roughly 400 votes. Nearly 5.4 million ballots were...

School choice was already mainstream, but will it become a mainstay?Find out how COVID19 has affected #SchoolChoice in N...
12/17/2020
School ­­­Choice During the Pandemic - John Locke Foundation

School choice was already mainstream, but will it become a mainstay?

Find out how COVID19 has affected #SchoolChoice in North Carolina

https://www.johnlocke.org/update/school-choice-during-the-pandemic/

There’s always been overwhelming support for programs offering school choice opportunities for disadvantaged and special-needs children assigned to underperforming or unsafe public schools. Modest investments in school choice programs can improve the short-term educational circumstances and long-t...

Curfew is Cooper’s latest move in state’s fight against bars and alcohol, but there is so much morehttps://www.carolinaj...
12/17/2020
Curfew is Cooper's latest move in state's fight against bars, alcohol - Carolina Journal

Curfew is Cooper’s latest move in state’s fight against bars and alcohol, but there is so much more

https://www.carolinajournal.com/opinion-article/43511/

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. Abou...

Listen to our Jon Sanders explain how 13 more of Governor Cooper's studies DON'T justify his executive orders.LISTEN for...
12/17/2020
Review of the 23 studies cited by NC Gov to support mask mandate finds they don't justify the order

Listen to our Jon Sanders explain how 13 more of Governor Cooper's studies DON'T justify his executive orders.

LISTEN for FREE on the Pete Kaliner Show: https://thepetekalinershow.com/episode/review-of-the-23-studies-cited-by-nc-gov-to-support-mask-mandate-finds-they-dont-justify-the-order

In the second part of his analysis, Jon Sanders, Research Editor and Director of Regulatory Studies at the John Locke Foundation, examined 13 more studies cited...

On Saturday, North Carolina got confirmation on its newly elected chief justice, Republican Justice Paul Martin Newby.Do...
12/16/2020
On Justice Paul Newby’s Victory - John Locke Foundation

On Saturday, North Carolina got confirmation on its newly elected chief justice, Republican Justice Paul Martin Newby.

Donald Bryson stated this race "highlights the high level of voter engagement this election cycle, with historically low ballot roll-off."

https://www.johnlocke.org/press-release/on-justice-paul-newbys-victory/

RALEIGH – In November, North Carolinians delivered a blow to the litigious Left by electing conservative-leaning judges to all eight of North Carolina’s open statewide judicial seats. Today, the final race achieved closure as Chief Justice Cheri Beasley (D) delivered her concession to Justice Pa...

Our Jon Sanders is going through, study by study, analyzing if Gov. Roy Cooper's "science and data" justifies his restri...
12/16/2020
Does Cooper's own research justify his extreme orders? Part 3 - John Locke Foundation

Our Jon Sanders is going through, study by study, analyzing if Gov. Roy Cooper's "science and data" justifies his restrictive executive orders.

Short answer: No

https://www.johnlocke.org/update/does-coopers-own-research-justify-his-extreme-orders-part-3/

Click for Part 1 and Part 2 of this series. To recap: The Cooper administration sent a list of 22 studies, all published this year, containing what they state is “overwhelming” “scientific evidence for the protective effect of face masks and respiratory virus infection in healthcare and commun...

A recent N.C. Court of Appeals' opinion effectively ends the attorney general’s $12 million hog settlement “slush fund."...
12/16/2020
Appeals court decision may end 'slush funds' for governor, executive branch - Carolina Journal

A recent N.C. Court of Appeals' opinion effectively ends the attorney general’s $12 million hog settlement “slush fund."

https://www.carolinajournal.com/news-article/appeals-court-decision-may-end-slush-funds-for-governor-n-c-executive-branch/

The N.C. attorney general can’t keep and distribute money from a settlement over hog waste that leaked and overflowed from lagoons. A split 2-1 panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals, in an opinion issued Tuesday, Dec. 15, ruled money resulting from a settlement between Smithfield Foods and the N.C. a...

Thomas Stith III was named new leader of state community college system https://www.carolinajournal.com/news-article/sti...
12/15/2020
Stith named new leader of state community college system - Carolina Journal

Thomas Stith III was named new leader of state community college system

https://www.carolinajournal.com/news-article/stith-named-new-leader-of-state-community-college-system/

The N.C. Community College System elected Thomas Stith III to lead it through the coronavirus pandemic and steep enrollment losses. Stith will become president of a system of 58 community colleges that enroll about 700,000 students a year. He now serves as district director of the U.S. Small Busines...

If we take our Constitution seriously, citizens should never have to prove they have a right to live their lives free fr...
12/14/2020
'Following the science'? In a free society, Cooper's severe restrictions require strong justification - John Locke Foundation

If we take our Constitution seriously, citizens should never have to prove they have a right to live their lives free from government interference.

Instead, it is the government that bears the burden of justifying the restrictions.

https://www.johnlocke.org/update/following-the-science-in-a-free-society-coopers-severe-restrictions-require-strong-justification/

Free people should never have to prove they have a right to live their lives free from government interference. Instead, it is the government that bears the burden of justifying the restrictions it wishes to impose, and the more severe the proposed restrictions, the stronger the justification must b...

12/14/2020
Election Integrity: Where Does NC Stand?

As the calendar prepares to turn to a new year and a new election cycle, one key 2020 race is still being contested. What comes next in the race for Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, where challenges linger over Republican Paul Newby’s apparent win over Democrat incumbent Chief Justice Cheri Beasley? We’ll ask our panel to clarify what’s ahead in the race and for how long. We’ll also look at the continuing litigation over requiring an I.D. to vote in North Carolina. In a scathing rebuke, a federal court has reversed a lower court ruling that struck down the law that implemented a voter I.D. requirement, which North Carolinians approved at the ballot box. But that case isn’t the end of the fight. There’s also a challenge to voter I.D. in state court. The intrigue is playing out as the redrawing of election districts looms ahead and as North Carolinians demand election integrity.

12/14/2020
14 Election Integrity: Where Does NC Stand?

As the calendar prepares to turn to a new year and a new election cycle, one key 2020 race is still being contested. What comes next in the race for Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, where challenges linger over Republican Paul Newby’s apparent win over Democrat incumbent Chief Justice Cheri Beasley? We’ll ask our panel to clarify what’s ahead in the race and for how long. We’ll also look at the continuing litigation over requiring an I.D. to vote in North Carolina. In a scathing rebuke, a federal court has reversed a lower court ruling that struck down the law that implemented a voter I.D. requirement, which North Carolinians approved at the ballot box. But that case isn’t the end of the fight. There’s also a challenge to voter I.D. in state court. The intrigue is playing out as the redrawing of election districts looms ahead and as North Carolinians demand election integrity.

12/14/2020
14 Election Integrity: Where Does NC Stand?

As the calendar prepares to turn to a new year and a new election cycle, one key 2020 race is still being contested. What comes next in the race for Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, where challenges linger over Republican Paul Newby’s apparent win over Democrat incumbent Chief Justice Cheri Beasley? We’ll ask our panel to clarify what’s ahead in the race and for how long. We’ll also look at the continuing litigation over requiring an I.D. to vote in North Carolina. In a scathing rebuke, a federal court has reversed a lower court ruling that struck down the law that implemented a voter I.D. requirement, which North Carolinians approved at the ballot box. But that case isn’t the end of the fight. There’s also a challenge to voter I.D. in state court. The intrigue is playing out as the redrawing of election districts looms ahead and as North Carolinians demand election integrity.

Independent pharmacies welcome SCOTUS ruling on benefit managershttps://www.carolinajournal.com/news-article/independent...
12/14/2020
Independent pharmacies welcome SCOTUS ruling on benefit managers - Carolina Journal

Independent pharmacies welcome SCOTUS ruling on benefit managers

https://www.carolinajournal.com/news-article/independent-pharmacies-welcome-scotus-ruling-on-benefit-managers/

Pharmacist Darius Russell, owner of Russell’s Pharmacy and Shoppe in Durham, hopes to stop losing money on helping patients. Russell is an independent pharmacist, and he has little negotiating power with the middlemen that control the supply chain of prescription drugs. But change is coming. The U...

We have joined forces with the Civitas Insitute to become one force for freedom.WATCH CEO Amy O Cooke and President Dona...
12/11/2020
John Locke Foundation and Civitas Institute combine capabilities Jan. 1 - Carolina Journal

We have joined forces with the Civitas Insitute to become one force for freedom.

WATCH CEO Amy O Cooke and President Donald Bryson break down what this means for North Carolina

https://www.carolinajournal.com/video/john-locke-foundation-and-civitas-institute-combine-capabilities-jan-1/

The intellectual forces that have driven three decades of freedom-forward research and policy reforms in North Carolina will merge their capabilities, ensuring that North Carolinians’ liberties are robustly defended and advanced as we enter this next decade. Effective Jan. 1, 2021, the staff and r...

Teacher unions continue to resist the reopening of schools because there is no incentive to hasten the return to in-pers...
12/11/2020
Why do teacher unions want to keep your schools closed? - Carolina Journal

Teacher unions continue to resist the reopening of schools because there is no incentive to hasten the return to in-person instruction. - Terry L. Stoops

https://www.carolinajournal.com/opinion-article/43456/

This weekend, the Chicago Teachers Union tweeted that efforts to reopen schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic are “rooted in sexism, racism and misogyny.” The union later deleted the tweet after receiving a flood of criticism for the unsubstantiated — and frankly outlandish — claim, admitting t...

Every week, the Carolina Journal staff recaps what happened in NC politics that week.Check out what you might have misse...
12/11/2020
CJ politics week in review, Dec. 7-11, 2020 - Carolina Journal

Every week, the Carolina Journal staff recaps what happened in NC politics that week.

Check out what you might have missed at the link below!

https://www.carolinajournal.com/news-article/cj-politics-week-in-review-dec-7-11-2020/

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. Medical bills and price transparency: Patients will have an easier time knowing what they’ll pay for medical services at UNC Health. The system will r...

If we take our Constitution seriously, citizens should never have to prove they have a right to live their lives free fr...
12/10/2020
'Following the science'? In a free society, Cooper's severe restrictions require strong justification - John Locke Foundation

If we take our Constitution seriously, citizens should never have to prove they have a right to live their lives free from government interference.

Instead, it is the government that bears the burden of justifying the restrictions.

https://www.johnlocke.org/update/following-the-science-in-a-free-society-coopers-severe-restrictions-require-strong-justification/

Free people should never have to prove they have a right to live their lives free from government interference. Instead, it is the government that bears the burden of justifying the restrictions it wishes to impose, and the more severe the proposed restrictions, the stronger the justification must b...

Leaders in the General Assembly and governor say they have reached a deal to ensure $30 million for the GREAT rural broa...
12/10/2020
Legislative leaders, governor announce deal on rural broadband funding - Carolina Journal

Leaders in the General Assembly and governor say they have reached a deal to ensure $30 million for the GREAT rural broadband program.

https://www.carolinajournal.com/news-article/legislative-leaders-governor-announce-deal-on-rural-broadband-funding/

Leaders in the General Assembly and governor say they have reached a deal to ensure $30 million for the GREAT rural broadband program. GREAT is an acronym for Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology, which provides matching grants to internet service providers and electric membership coope...

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