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    The Constitution and Its Enemies

    The Constitution and Its Enemies This week, JLF’s Jon Guze published an opinion piece in Carolina Journal for Constitution Day 2019. Guze’s piece focused on the principles inherent in the Constitution – limited government, individual liberty, and the rule of law – and the threats they have seen in modern…
    Brenee Goforth, September 20, 2019
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    North Carolina as a Peacemaker at the Constitutional Convention

    It’s Constitution Week! This week we are celebrating the signing of the U.S. Constitution, our nation’s governing document. Each day, you will find a blog about constitutions in America. These blogs serve to educate on the thing that has historically defined government in the United States – the rule of…
    Brenee Goforth, September 18, 2019
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    Ferg’s take on Ron Paul: Interview on WGSO’s Ringside Politics

    With successful campaigns in the Iowa and New Hampshire presidential primaries—third and second, respectively—Ron Paul remains in the national spotlight. However, two broad misunderstandings are impeding his rise as the conservative front-runner and alternative to Mitt Romney: first, confusion about Paul's policy positions as a constitutional or paleoconservative; second, the dire state of the United States economy, which compels more aggressive action than the other candidates offer. Jeff Crouere (pictured), a radio host I admire with WGSO in Louisiana, had me on to address these concerns and respond to questions from callers. Click below to listen (24 minutes, mp3), and I encourage people to check out his show, weekdays at 7 to 11am CST. [audio:]
    Fergus Hodgson, January 18, 2012
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    Is Perdue’s Executive Order Unconstitutional?

    As I have discussed, Governor Perdue issued an executive order creating a commission made up of special interests and political and partisan insiders to identify three potential judges, one of whom the Governor is required to nominate, when a judicial vacancy occurs. Is this executive…
    Daren Bakst, January 18, 2012
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    Liberal Special Interests to Pick Judges

    There’s an effort driven by the North Carolina Bar Association to try and eliminate the election of judges and replace it by having liberal special interest groups pick judges. As I have written, there was a constitutional amendment (SB 548) proposed to do this, but fortunately it…
    Daren Bakst, January 6, 2012
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    Annexation Lawsuit

    As reported in the Carolina Journal, several cities are challenging the new annexation law in court. The first issue that the court must address is whether the protest petition process is a vote.  The DOJ has already rejected the argument that it is a vote under the Voting…
    Daren Bakst, December 22, 2011
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    Racial Justice Act: Moratorium and Unintended Consequences

    The North Carolina Racial Justice Act allows those on death row or facing the death penalty to challenge the decision to seek or impose the death penalty. To win this challenge, the defendant or death row inmate must demonstrate that race was a significant factor in the decision.  Here’s…
    Daren Bakst, December 20, 2011