Tag Archives: First Amendment

NC House has a snow day and the NC Senate keeps working

This was released today by the NC Senate.  While the House is out for a snow day, the NC Senate debated this bill.  This is in response to some of the push back magistrates have had over the last few months regarding same sex marriages.

UNCW: Hey, we’re not through wasting time & your money trying to deny Mike Adams’ free speech rights

I.e., what should be by now a thoroughly embarrassed and apologetic public university is declaring they will seek to appeal yesterday’s defeat in a U.S. District Court in Greenville. A jury held that UNC-Wilmington did in fact discriminate against Prof. Mike Adams over his conservative speech activity: Locker Room readers have been following Adams’ caseContinue Reading

Catholic bishops take on Obamacare’s assault on religious freedom

This past Sunday, Catholic priests across the country read to their congregations versions a letter in response to Obamacare’s assault on religious freedom (emphasis in original): The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that almost all employers, including Catholic employers, will be forced to offer their employees’ health coverage that includes sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs, and contraception. AlmostContinue Reading

Campus Police Act Doesn’t Violate Constitution

The North Carolina Supreme Court just held in State v. Yencer that the North Carolina Campus Police Act as applied to the specific defendant doesn’t violate the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution. This lawsuit arises as a result of an officer at Davidson College arresting an individual (the defendant)  for driving while impaired. Continue Reading

Lawsuit Challenging State Taxpayer Financing Systems

A new lawsuit has been filed challenging North Carolina’s taxpayer financing systems.  The United States Supreme Court, in Arizona Free Enterprise Club v. Bennett, recently ruled that rescue funds (or matching funds) that make up these campaign finance systems are unconstitutional. Rescue funds are money that is triggered when a candidate not accepting taxpayer dollarsContinue Reading

Supreme Court: NC-Type Public Financing of Campaigns is Unconstitutional

As predicted, the United States Supreme Court has struck down public campaign financing programs similar to North Carolina’s judicial public financing program. In the 5-4 decision (PDF), the Court confirmed that matching fund provisions are unconstitutional. The case shouldn’t have been close.  Regardless, this puts an end to North Carolina’s unethical and unconstitutional political welfareContinue Reading

‘A ringing vindication of academic freedom’

UNC-Wilmington criminal justice professor Mike Adams won his case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The Speak Up blog gives the details: A lower court had said that Adams’ speeches and columns on matters of public concern were not protected by the First Amendment and instead constituted “official” speech as partContinue Reading