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Rob Schofield

About the author

Rob Schofield, Director of NC Policy Watch, has three decades of experience as a lawyer, lobbyist, writer and commentator. At Policy Watch, Rob writes and edits daily online commentaries and handles numerous public speaking and electronic media appearances. He also delivers a radio commentary that’s broadcast weekdays on WRAL-FM and WCHL and hosts News and Views, a weekly radio news magazine that airs on multiple stations across North Carolina.
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The freedom for which they fought

Yesterday – the 75th Memorial Day since the end of World War II (and the first in more than century to take place during a global health pandemic) – seems like an apt point on the calendar to reflect for a moment on the question what it was that the Allies fought and died for in the battle against fascism. If you agree that the obvious answer to that question is “freedom,” then perhaps it also makes sense to take a few more minutes to reflect upon what it is that we mean by that word.

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Monday numbers: The exploding need that NC lawmakers shouldn’t ignore

North Carolina's Republican legislative leaders have sent mixed signals thus far on what the nature of their response to the COVID-19 recession will be. On the one hand, they've repeatedly taken credit for the fact that the state entered the crisis with a reasonably large "rainy day fund" -- something that would seem to indicate that they intend to use those reserves to meet the state's need and blunt the effects of the recession.

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“Not really essential … just expendable”: Advocates describe the people that rapid reopening puts in harm’s way

Mindy Bergeron-Lawrence seemed to be struggling with her emotions at times as she spoke into the computer that connected her to a national Zoom press conference. As she worked to maintain her composure, the host of the conference, Rev. William Barber, offered occasional words of comfort and encouragement to the New England fast food worker as she struggled to explain the reality she confronts every day as a 17-year McDonald’s restaurant veteran.

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