Constitutional Law

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    The importance of protecting the Constitution

    James Buckley writes at National Review Online that people must understand and respect the Constitution’s safeguards in order to protect them. In my view, the serious problems we face these days are in major part the result of our abandonment of the Constitution’s limits on federal authority. American…
    Mitch Kokai, April 18, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    North Carolina has been able to cut tax rates in recent years without having to cut government programs. Joseph Coletti credits sustainable budgeting. He explains during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jordan Roberts analyzes a proposed provider tax associated with expanding Medicaid. Shannon Watkins of…
    Mitch Kokai, April 12, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello and Kari Travis report for Carolina Journal Online on education-related measures moving through the N.C. Senate. The Daily Journal lists questions U.S. Supreme Court justices could have asked — but didn’t — about North Carolina’s congressional election map.
    Mitch Kokai, April 11, 2019
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    Williamson labels high court’s death penalty debate ‘absurd’

    Kevin Williamson writes for National Review Online about the U.S. Supreme Court’s latest consideration of capital punishment. The headlines say the justices of the Supreme Court are “openly feuding” and “sniping” at one another over the death penalty. What they are in fact doing is nibbling around the…
    Mitch Kokai, April 5, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    North Carolina’s redistricting dispute recently returned to the national spotlight and the U.S. Supreme Court. Rick Henderson analyzes redistricting developments in the latest edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jon Guze explains how North Carolina could learn from other states in blocking federal “equitable sharing” programs that lead…
    Mitch Kokai, April 5, 2019
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    Gorsuch and the death penalty

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon dissects the U.S. Supreme Court’s latest death penalty case. The Supreme Court voted in a 5-4 decision Monday to reject the appeal of a man claiming that Missouri’s lethal injection protocol would cause him, particularly, to die in an unconstitutionally…
    Mitch Kokai, April 4, 2019
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    No need for rule by bureaucrats

    Jon Riches writes at National Review Online about the importance of taking on administrative agency power. We live in a system where administrative agencies exercise extraordinary power. Under existing law, administrative agencies are free to fine people, deny them licenses, and even recommend criminal penalties for alleged violations…
    Mitch Kokai, April 3, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    After months of rumors about his job status, East Carolina University Chancellor Cecil Staton has announced his resignation. Rick Henderson analyzes the circumstances surrounding Staton’s departure for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Mike Schietzelt explains why North Carolina’s haphazard collection of criminal laws creates a…
    Mitch Kokai, March 29, 2019