Constitutional Law

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    Near unanimity — and bad news for lower courts — in latest batch of N.C. Supreme Court opinions

    The N.C. Supreme Court issued not a single dissent today in its latest batch of nine opinions. The seven justices agreed unanimously in eight cases. In the ninth case, Justice Paul Newby agreed with his colleagues in the result but wrote a concurring opinion because he reached his decision for…
    Mitch Kokai, August 17, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Expert scholars with conservative, libertarian, and even liberal political viewpoints have praised the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the next justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Jon Guze explains why he finds those endorsements compelling during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jon Sanders critiques…
    Mitch Kokai, August 17, 2018
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    Former Governors Join Cooper In Opposing Two Constitutional Amendments

    It was a rare gathering of five former North Carolina governors of both political parties, as Will Rierson reports for Carolina Journal. All five attended Monday’s news conference to express opposition to two constitutional amendments the General Assembly has passed and that are scheduled to appear on the November…
    Donna Martinez, August 14, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Will Rierson reports for Carolina Journal Online on five former N.C. governors from both major parties uniting to oppose two proposed state constitutional amendments. Julie Havlak’s Daily Journal highlights reaction to restaurants that have joined the movement to ban plastic straws.
    Mitch Kokai, August 14, 2018
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    Barron’s links Supreme Court ruling to better schools

    Matthew Klein of Barron’s explains why a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling could help lead to better public schools. The U.S. Supreme Court may have opened the door to long-needed education reforms. In June, the court declared in its Janus decision that “extraction of agency fees from nonconsenting…
    Mitch Kokai, August 13, 2018
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    Kavanaugh to face high level of scrutiny

    Emily Larsen writes at CheckYourFact.com that U.S. senators should have no shortage of material with which to assess Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee said that they expect to receive more pages of records on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh than those produced…
    Mitch Kokai, August 10, 2018
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    Attacking the First Amendment to limit the Second

    David French of National Review Online dissects New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s campaign against the NRA. New York’s Andrew Cuomo is engaging in a deliberate campaign to use state power to drive the NRA out of business. It’s using a combination of consent decrees and warning letters directed…
    Mitch Kokai, August 9, 2018
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    Leef highlights court victory for contractual rights, academic freedom

    George Leef’s latest Martin Center column analyzes the resolution of a court case pitting Marquette University against one of its professors. At last, McAdams v. Marquette University is over, and the outcome is heartening for Americans who cherish free speech and adherence to contracts. Conversely, it has those who…
    Mitch Kokai, August 8, 2018