Courts

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    Expanding the federal courts

    Steven Calabresi and Shams Hirji explain at National Review Online why they support an expansion of the federal judiciary. Republicans are looking for a win with their new tax-reform bill. But they could get two wins in one: In addition to overhauling the tax system, the bill could…
    Mitch Kokai, November 17, 2017
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Federal “equitable sharing” programs hurt the relationship between local law enforcement agencies and the people they’re supposed to protect. The programs also threaten private property rights. Jon Guze explains how during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops explains why he’s glad to see a new…
    Mitch Kokai, November 17, 2017
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    McConnell and conservative judges

    As some conservative activists blast U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a National Review Online column from Jonathan Tobin highlights one area in which McConnell’s work clearly has helped the conservative cause. [I]t might behoove those grassroots activists to think about what the majority leader and his caucus…
    Mitch Kokai, November 16, 2017
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    U.S. Supreme Court conflicts of interest

    Kevin Daley of the Daily Caller highlights the most recent case of a U.S. Supreme Court case that might be jeopardized by one justice’s conflict of interest. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan recused herself Friday from a divisive immigration case that was argued in October, after her chambers…
    Mitch Kokai, November 15, 2017
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    Ditching a special interest in the judicial confirmation process

    Kevin Daley of the Daily Caller reports on a major potential change in the federal judicial confirmation process. The White House may soon advise President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees not to cooperate with the American Bar Association’s independent vetting process, further weakening the dominant role the interest group…
    Mitch Kokai, November 14, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on a new study showing that farmers’ misuse of federal subsidies could be costing taxpayers billions of dollars. The Daily Journal explains why Gov. Roy Cooper’s recent comments suggest he expects fellow Democrats on the N.C. Supreme Court to overrule his…
    Mitch Kokai, November 14, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Carolina Journal Online reports that the state of North Carolina has spent more than $4 million on a CSX Connector project, even though that project’s fate is unclear. The Daily Journal explains why it would be a mistake to assume that North Carolina’s Supreme Court decides cases on…
    Mitch Kokai, November 7, 2017
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    Trump’s judicial appointments rolling along

    Kevin Daley of the Daily Caller offers a progress report on President Trump’s federal judicial appointments. The Senate is processing President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees at an impressive clip. This week is perhaps the high-water mark of the GOP’s judicial confirmation operation, an aggressive effort to pack the…
    Mitch Kokai, November 3, 2017