Constitutional Law

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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello and Kari Travis report for Carolina Journal Online about property owners who are still waiting for the N.C. Department of Transportation to pay them for takings linked to the Map Act. The Daily Journal explains why a voter identification requirement would place North Carolina squarely within…
    Mitch Kokai, June 19, 2018
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    U.S. Supreme Court questions standing, avoids definitive ruling in gerrymandering dispute

    The U.S. Supreme Court has avoided a definitive ruling for or against partisan gerrymandering in a Wisconsin case. It’s not clear that the high court’s ruling in Gill v. Whitford will lead to any changes for North Carolina’s election maps this fall. Rather than deal with the key question…
    Mitch Kokai, June 18, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship school vouchers have a “positive, large, and statistically significant” impact for low-income students. That’s according to a new report from N.C. State University researchers. Terry Stoops assesses the report’s significance for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jon Guze analyzes the U.S.
    Mitch Kokai, June 15, 2018
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    The president’s defense of constitutionally suspect laws

    Ramesh Ponnuru of National Review Online ponders the president’s proper role in defending legislation of questionable constitutionality. Perhaps a constitutionally conscientious president should … direct his aides to defend the challenged statutes unless the constitutional case against them is overwhelmingly strong. Or perhaps the executive branch should reach…
    Mitch Kokai, June 14, 2018
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    New Poll: 69% Support Requiring Photo I.D. To Vote

    A new poll from Civitas Institute/Survey USA shows overwhelming support by North Carolina voters for requiring a photo I.D. to vote. Carolina Journal reports on the poll, which asked voters’ views on several possible constitutional amendments being considered by the General Assembly. The most controversial proposed amendment,…
    Donna Martinez, June 13, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online on the state Farm Bill’s treatment of food handlers. John Hood’s Daily Journal weighs the merits of the recent N.C. Supreme Court ruling in the political tug of war between the state school superintendent and the State Board of Education.
    Mitch Kokai, June 13, 2018
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    Obamacare might have lost whatever constitutional basis it ever enjoyed

    Attorneys Robert Henneke and Chance Weldon argue in a Daily Caller column that recent changes challenge the Affordable Care Act‘s constitutionality. In 2012, the five conservative justices on the United States Supreme Court (including Chief justice John Roberts) held that key portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)…
    Mitch Kokai, June 12, 2018
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    Convention of States advocates plan Tuesday morning rally

    The N.C. House of Representatives voted 59-53 in 2017 not to move forward with a request for a Convention of States. The convention would propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Lawmakers later revived the idea and parked it in a House committee. Now convention supporters will rally at 10:30 a.m.
    Mitch Kokai, June 11, 2018