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    N.C. Supreme Court allows Blackbeard fight to continue

    In a 5-2 ruling, the N.C. Supreme Court is allowing portions of a Blackbeard-related lawsuit to proceed against state government. The suit involves a contractual dispute over media rights linked to recovery and use of artifacts from Blackbeard’s flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, as well as search permits for an…
    Mitch Kokai, November 1, 2019
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    Senator makes bizarre argument against originalist judicial nominee

    Alex Griswold of the Washington Free Beacon highlights a disturbing statement from U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii. Sen. Mazie Hirono (D., Hawaii) attacked a judicial nominee Wednesday, charging that he would rule against suffrage for blacks and women if a hypothetical U.S. Constitution banned them from voting.
    Mitch Kokai, November 1, 2019
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    Charlotte 6th easiest city to do business in North America

    A new report examines how easy it is to do business in cities around North America. The  start a business, register a property, get electricity, find and keep employees, pay taxes, and get through insolvency. Charlotte ranks sixth on the index, behind Oklahoma City, Arlington (VA), Sioux Falls,…
    Joseph Coletti, October 28, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Supporters of the N.C. Department of Transportation are urging state lawmakers to devote more money to highway projects. They contend unusual weather events and settlements related to the Map Act have eaten into DOT’s funding sources. Joseph Coletti assesses their claims for the next edition of Carolina…
    Mitch Kokai, October 25, 2019
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    What You Missed: NC Criminal Law Reform Summit

    On Monday, Oct. 21, the John Locke Foundation and the Cato Institute co-hosted the “North Carolina Criminal Law Reform Summit” at the Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, North Carolina. The event featured four panels and one keynote on criminal law reform in the state. The schedule included: Why…
    Brenee Goforth, October 23, 2019
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    Supreme Court could strike down Obama-era agency

    Ilya Shapiro writes at National Review Online that the nation’s highest court could reject a controversial government agency created during the Obama years. Last week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear what could end up being the most consequential case of the term — in a year where…
    Mitch Kokai, October 23, 2019
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    Overcriminalization turns ordinary people into lawbreakers

    Lars Trautman writes for the Washington Examiner about the problems tied to overcriminalization. Our country is in the midst of a crisis of criminality: At this very moment, more criminals are walking our streets than ever before. How is this possible, especially in light of the FBI’s latest…
    Mitch Kokai, October 22, 2019
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    Warren’s regulatory creation to face Supreme Court scrutiny

    Melissa Quinn reports for the Washington Examiner on a U.S. Supreme Court case with ties to Democratic presidential contender Elizabeth Warren. The Supreme Court has agreed to take up a dispute over the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a case that could dramatically scale back…
    Mitch Kokai, October 21, 2019