Category Archives: Courts

New Carolina Journal Online features

Rick Henderson reports for Carolina Journal Online on the impact of federal judges throwing out two of North Carolina’s congressional districts for the upcoming elections. John Hood’s Daily Journal gauges the degree to which North Carolina has become “Republican.”

Voters don’t want Obama named to U.S. Supreme Court

Amid all the petty squabbles and tempests in a teapot as a crowded field jockeyed for position in the Republican race for president, not to mention the media’s nonstop focus on anything and everything Donald Trump, scant attention has been given to the crucial issue of the candidates’ views on Supreme Court picks. The next president,Continue Reading

GOP leaders distrust Cooper, will intervene in gay marriage lawsuit to protect public employees

Republican leadership in the General Assembly is, once again, feeling forced to hire private counsel to defend a state law because Attorney General Roy Cooper, the state’s top lawyer charged with defending its laws, has publicly voiced opposition to a law. And, again, the divide is over gay marriage. Senate Leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, and HouseContinue Reading

Map Act video shows deteriorated property

As the date for oral arguments on North Carolina’s Map Act approaches in the N.C. Supreme Court, plaintiffs attorneys have released a video showing a neighborhood affected by the act. The video shows a number of houses, both one-story and two-story, in a cul-de-sac. Most are quite charming, well-kept houses. One, however, stands out. TheContinue Reading

N.C. Supreme Court sides with former Mecklenburg sheriff in dispute with fired employees

In a series of rulings, the N.C. Supreme Court has affirmed today lower-court rulings favoring former Mecklenburg County Sheriff Daniel “Chipp” Bailey in his disputes with former employees who were fired after his election. The unsuccessful plaintiffs had argued that the firings were illegally motivated by politics.

N.C. Supreme Court backs McCrory in fight with legislature over appointments

The N.C. Supreme Court has ruled, 6-1, in favor of Gov. Pat McCrory in his fight with the General Assembly over appointments to state boards. Only Justice Paul Newby dissented from the majority opinion that legislative appointments of the majority of members of boards operating in the executive branch represents a violation of the separationContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Next week marks National School Choice Week, and the John Locke Foundation will mark the occasion with a noontime speech Monday from the head of one of the state’s main school choice advocacy groups. In the meantime, Lindalyn Kakadelis discusses recent advances in North Carolina’s school choice options during the next edition of Carolina JournalContinue Reading

You got to know when to hold ’em

There’s still some life in a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on Texas Hold’em poker tournaments. In an unpublished opinion released this morning, a unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals dismissed an appeal from the state and the Wake County district attorney’s office. The two government agencies wanted the Appeals Court toContinue Reading