Constitutional Law

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    Former Sen. Jim DeMint visits Raleigh to tout Convention of States

    Jim DeMint, former Republican U.S. senator from South Carolina and former Heritage Foundation president, is visiting Raleigh to urge N.C. legislators to support the Convention of States. DeMint explained his endorsement of the idea during an interview for Carolina Journal Radio.
    Mitch Kokai, June 26, 2017
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    Hate speech and free speech

    Rich Lowry explains at National Review Online why the former is the latter. With the Left feverishly attempting to squash unwelcome speech on college campuses, with the president of the United States musing about tightening libel laws, with prominent liberals asserting that so-called hate speech is not protected…
    Mitch Kokai, June 21, 2017
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    Liberal legal lion pours cold water on idea of criminally prosecuting Trump

    Pete Kasperowicz of the Washington Examiner highlights support for President Trump from an unexpected source. Alan Dershowitz, professor emeritus at Harvard Law School, argued Monday that Trump should not face any criminal penalty just because he fired former FBI Director James Comey. “The president of the United States…
    Mitch Kokai, June 20, 2017
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    Leef laments loss of key constitutional provision

    George Leef’s latest Forbes column focuses on liberal judges’ role in helping to kill an important protection within the U.S. Constitution. Americans who have read our Constitution might recall the words saying that state governments may not “impair the obligation of contracts.” Yet they frequently rewrite or dissolve contracts…
    Mitch Kokai, June 19, 2017
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    Court case could give right-to-work protections to public workers nationwide

    Mailee Smith of the Illinois Policy Institute describes a court case from the Prairie State that could have a major national impact. It would extend right-to-work protections. Twenty-eight states have Right-to-Work laws, which means government workers can choose for themselves whether to financially support a union. But in…
    Mitch Kokai, June 6, 2017
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    Solar farm developer wins court battle against Robeson County

    A unanimous three-judge panel has ruled in favor of a solar farm developer in its dispute against Robeson County. Appellate judges agreed that Robeson County commissioners should not have rejected a proposed 40-acre solar farm in a portion of the county zoned for residential agricultural uses. The Appeals Court opinion…
    Mitch Kokai, June 6, 2017
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    Unanimous N.C. Appeals Court panel rules against heirs of eugenics victims

    A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has ruled that the estates of three victims of the state’s eugenics program are not entitled to payments from North Carolina’s eugenics compensation fund. It was the second time the Appeals Court had addressed the cases. In the first round,…
    Mitch Kokai, June 6, 2017
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed with a lower court that North Carolina’s old congressional maps featured two unconstitutional instances of racial gerrymandering. Rick Henderson analyzes the impact of that ruling on future N.C. elections during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Julie Tisdale questions…
    Mitch Kokai, June 2, 2017