N&O: Republican leaders press Cooper to reopen NC gyms, breweries

Coverage of this morning’s Council of State meeting from The News & Observer:

“Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and other Republican Council of State members sent the Democratic governor a letter asking for a COVID-19 update for North Carolina. Some had also asked for the update during the last council meeting. A special meeting was called for Friday, and consisted mostly of questions by those Republican members. Forest is running against Cooper for governor.

‘I think it would be helpful for the kind of fear and panic side of this that exists out there, especially in certain populations, that there is more information,’ Forest said.

Forest questioned picking some businesses over others to reopen.

Forest, Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey and Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler all questioned the length of Phase Two, which ends June 26.

‘Five weeks is an awfully long time,’ Forest said.”

Read the full story: ‘Punishing the healthy.’ Republican leaders press Cooper to reopen NC gyms, breweries