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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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    Big ruling today: Judge rules Anglin will appear on ticket as Republican, Carolina Journal reports

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal that Democrat-turned-Republican Chris Anglin has won his fight to run on the GOP ticket for Supreme Court justice on November 6th. Wake County Superior Court Judge Becky Holt issued her ruling Monday, Aug. 13, after a hearing on constitutional claims Anglin made in…
    Anna Manning, August 13, 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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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    We’ve heard the word “socialist” used to describe Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Roy Cordato explains why he believes that label is inaccurate during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops analyzes the N.C. School Boards Association’s latest attempt…
    Mitch Kokai, August 10, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on questions surrounding the N.C. Revenue Department’s legal authority to collect sales tax from more out-of-state online retailers. John Trump’s Daily Journal highlights a Wake Forest University project focusing on felony trial jury selection across North Carolina.  …
    Mitch Kokai, August 10, 2018
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    “The next step in criminal justice reform is fewer laws.”

    That’s what UT law professor Glenn Reynolds suggests in an opinion piece at USA Today, and I couldn’t agree more. Here’s an excerpt: The truth is, we don’t really have a criminal justice system. Mostly, what we have is a plea-bargain system. Police arrest people, prosecutors charge them…
    Jon Guze, August 9, 2018