• John Locke Update

    It’s Time To Amend the Emergency Management Act

    posted April 15, 2021 by Jon Guze
    Reforming the Emergency Management Act is about good governance, regardless of who resides in the governor’s mansion. No individual should have the power unilaterally to deprive citizens of their liberty for an extended period. Reforms would still allow for rapid responses for true emergencies.
  • John Locke Update

    Why EMA reform is so urgent: Cooper’s abuse of emergency powers is a year old

    posted March 17, 2021 by Jon Sanders
    On March 17, 2020, Gov. Cooper used emergency powers to shut down restaurants and bars to in-person eating and drinking, and he did so without concurrence from the Council of State, as required by the EMA. Cooper then claimed authority elsewhere in state law, setting a dangerous precedent that legislators must fix by reforming the EMA.
  • John Locke Update

    New research warns: the death toll from lockdowns will far exceed that of COVID-19

    posted February 9, 2021 by Jon Sanders
    Cooper has continued to ignore research on the long-term severe health consequences from lockdowns. New research from professors at Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, and Harvard Medical School warns that the death toll from the economic impact of lockdowns and other government COVID containment measures could far exceed that of the virus itself.
  • John Locke Update

    Time to amend the Emergency Management Act, Part Four

    posted February 4, 2021 by Jon Guze
    The North Carolina Emergency Management Act (EMA) delegates too much power to the executive branch and provides too little legislative guidance and oversight. This article proposes specific changes to the EMA to correct these deficiencies and restore the separation of powers guaranteed by the North Carolina State Constitution.
  • John Locke Update

    Time to amend the Emergency Management Act, Part Three

    posted January 26, 2021 by Jon Guze
    The first three counts are concerned with the discriminatory way Cooper has applied the Emergency Management Act. The last two counts, on the other hand, point to problems with the EMA itself — problems that can only be solved by amending the act.
  • John Locke Update

    Does Cooper’s own research justify his extreme orders? Part 2

    posted December 15, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    The question is this: Does this research offer a slam-dunk case justifying Cooper's extreme emergency orders? This series will examine and discuss each study provided by the Cooper administration and ask whether it supports Cooper's extreme exercise of power, because that is the relevant standard.
  • John Locke Update

    Does Cooper’s own research justify his extreme orders? Part 1

    posted December 7, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    The question is this: Does this research offer a slam-dunk case justifying Cooper's extreme emergency orders? This series will examine and discuss each study provided by the Cooper administration and ask whether it supports Cooper's extreme exercise of power, because that is the relevant standard.

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