Gov. Roy Cooper has settled on Plan B for the reopening of public schools across North Carolina. The plan effectively ends all fully in-person class attendance for most schools across the state. Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and President Donald Trump believe it is safe for schools to reopen, citing data from Europe and the position of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Most states in the Southeast with Republican governors are fully committed to reopening their schools while Gov. Cooper continues to say he will follow the science.
This issue offers a potential preview on the mechanics for the 2020 election with coverage of the June 11th Congressional District primary. Many Democrats across the country are pushing for mail-in-voting as the preferred voting method, while many Republicans believe that type of election would threaten fairness and ballot security.
The 2020 election in North Carolina promises to be a close one, particularly at the presidential level. Many experts expect North Carolina to be closer than Ohio or Florida, two states that have trended more Republican over the last decade.