Courts (page 2)

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    Texas attorney general criticizes Democratic counterparts

    Bill McMorris of the Washington Free Beacon details a complaint from Texas’ top law enforcement officer. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says that Democrats are abusing the strategy that some Republican officeholders used to restrain the Obama administration. Texas filed 48 lawsuits against the Obama administration…
    Mitch Kokai, May 9, 2017
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    Gorsuch shows sign of independence

    Kevin Daley of the Daily Caller highlights one way in which the nation’s newest Supreme Court justice is making his mark. In an early show of independence, Justice Neil Gorsuch declined to join the Supreme Court’s “cert pool,” an administrative division of labor that allows for…
    Mitch Kokai, May 4, 2017
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    Unanimous N.C. Appeals Court panel rules against I-77 toll lane critics

    A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower-court ruling against WidenI77, a group opposing the N.C. Department of Transportation’s planned toll lanes on a section of I-77 north of Charlotte. A trial judge had dismissed the toll lane critics’ arguments that the law allowing…
    Mitch Kokai, May 2, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online on support for the Raise the Age campaign targeting 16- and 17-year-old criminal offenders. The Daily Journal warns N.C. political observers to watch out for phantom cuts during the upcoming debate about the state budget.
    Mitch Kokai, May 2, 2017
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    N.C. Chief Justice Martin heads to Legislative Building to push ‘Raise the Age’

    The head of North Carolina’s judicial branch of government headed to the seat of the legislative branch this afternoon to tout the “Raise the Age” campaign. Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin led a news conference supporting the campaign to treat most nonviolent 16- and 17-year-old criminal offenders as juveniles.
    Mitch Kokai, May 1, 2017
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    Leef tackles California’s hostility toward gun ownership

    George Leef’s latest Forbes column explores the Golden State’s latest attack on the Second Amendment. California is the prime example of a state where the dominant political class abhors guns and does all it can to hamper individuals who own and carry them. A recent action of the…
    Mitch Kokai, April 24, 2017
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    A social-justice ‘super clause’

    The latest print edition of National Review features a brief lament about federal judges who are unwilling to abide by the Constitution. It’s becoming increasingly clear that a disturbing number of federal judges are reading a social-justice “super clause” into the Constitution and federal statutes and regulations. The clause works…
    Mitch Kokai, April 24, 2017
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    The N.C. House has approved a measure to limit damages linked to nuisance lawsuits targeting hog farms. But a key amendment would prevent the new law from protecting major hog producer Smithfield Foods against hundreds of existing legal cases. Rick Henderson analyzes the legislation for the next edition of…
    Mitch Kokai, April 21, 2017