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    Trump Team Names Five More Potential Supreme Court Justices

    At the Cato blog, Ilya Shapiro explains why this is good news: In today’s Friday afternoon “news dump”—a tactic to either bury bad news or, as here, to get reporters scrambling to cover an important story despite weekend plans—President Trump added the following people to his list…
    Jon Guze, November 18, 2017
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    Will High Point election change Guilford commissioners’ mind on the stadium?

    Probably not. Boosters for the proposed $50 million downtown stadium triumphed in High Point’s municipal election, but what could they possibly say to the Guilford County Board of Commissioners to make then change their minds regarding their part in HP’s tax-increment financing plan? Board Chairman Jeff Phillips doesn’t sound…
    Sam Hieb, November 17, 2017
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    Vote on Greensboro $56m parking decks delayed

    The lame duck Greensboro City Council delayed a vote to approve funding for two downtown parking decks priced at $28 million each. The Rhino Times reports the issue will be taken up by the new council at its Dec. 19th meeting. The vote was delayed because negotiations with…
    Sam Hieb, November 16, 2017
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    Interim Committee Notes: Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform

    The Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform met on Wednesday, November 15. As a reminder (also noted in the committee’s first meeting notes), the task force is charged to study various weighted student formula funding models and develop a new funding model for the elementary and secondary public…
    Lexi Arthur, November 15, 2017
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    Interim Committee Notes: Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services

    The Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services met on November 14, 2017. The notes below highlight some of the meeting’s most important developments: Committee Members: Click Here Committee Meeting Documents: Click Here Senator Pate, Presiding Co-chair   Comments from Mandy Cohen, MD, Secretary Department of Health…
    Lexi Arthur, November 15, 2017
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    Re: Special Master’s redrawn N.C. districts

    No strong reaction yet to Special Master Nathaniel Persily’s draft redrawn North Carolina legislative districts in response to the federal lawsuit alleging racial gerrymandering. Legislators say they need time to study Persily’s map, but comments from those impacted are expected by the end of this week with a…
    Sam Hieb, November 15, 2017
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    Maybe There’s Hope for Legal Education After All

    Adam J. MacLeod is an associate professor of law at Faulkner University. A recent piece of his at New Boston Post suggests that the future of legal education may not be a bleak as I had supposed: For several years now my students have been mostly Millennials. Contrary to…
    Jon Guze, November 14, 2017
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    NC’s Certificate of Need laws cause real pain, part 2

    Last week, I wrote about Certificate of Need laws.  The issue has moved from the theoretical to the concrete for me over the past week as I’ve nursed my husband through a pretty painful kidney stone and associated blockage.  Every few hours, I administer more opioids.  He’s missed a…
    Julie Tisdale, November 14, 2017