Category Archives: Courts

Unanimous Appeals Court panel agrees former ALE director’s firing was politically motivated

A three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals upheld this morning a lower court’s ruling that politics motivated the firing of a high-profile Democrat who had once served as director of the state Alcohol Law Enforcement Division. The case involves John Ledford, a former Madison County sheriff who led ALE from 2009 to 2012.Continue Reading






This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

The N.C. Supreme Court ruled recently that state lawmakers cannot take tenure away from public school teachers who already have that type of job protection. Terry Stoops analyzes the impact of that court ruling during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Kari Travis reports on the latest round of student protests at a UniversityContinue Reading






EPA: We don’t need no stinking Supreme Court

Michael Bastasch of The Daily Caller reports on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s disregard of a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials are moving ahead with a key part of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) despite the Supreme Court issuing a stay against the agency’s global warming plan in February.Continue Reading






New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on congressional candidates’ reaction to the campaign limbo linked to an ongoing redistricting lawsuit. John Hood’s Daily Journal highlights the importance of N.C. policies for funding roads.






This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Gov. Pat McCrory wants 5 percent average pay raises and 3.5 percent average bonuses for N.C. public school teachers. Terry Stoops analyzes McCrory’s proposal during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. State Sen. Andy Wells discusses the General Assembly’s recent review of state occupational licensing rules. Thomas Maher of the N.C. Office of IndigentContinue Reading






Leef’s latest Forbes column probes challenge to Wisconsin right-to-work law

George Leef examines for Forbes readers a legal challenge to Wisconsin’s right-to-work law. Once a state has enacted RTW, the unions will try almost anything to reverse that, with litigation being a preferred tactic — which brings us back to the Badger State. Opponents of RTW there (i.e., advocates of compulsory unionism) filed a lawsuitContinue Reading






New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online an expert’s assessment that federal judges might uphold North Carolina’s limits on municipal broadband service. Andy Taylor’s Daily Journal says the 2016 campaign is highlighting distinct ideological strains in American politics.






Garland a model of judicial deference to government agencies

For those who would like to see the U.S. Supreme Court take a more active — or “engaged” — role in protecting rights and freedoms, President Obama’s latest nominee is not the best man for the job. That’s according to a recent analysis from the National Federation for Independent Business. In the past 20 yearsContinue Reading