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    Biden Adviser Working For Minneapolis Ballot Amendment To Defund Police

    Hats off to Politico for reporting that Biden campaign pollster Celinda Lake is working  for “Yes 4 Minneapolis,” the group pushing to pass Minneapolis’ November ballot amendment that would, in essence, defund the police department. According to Politico’s West Wing Playbook: If voters pass the amendment this…
    Donna Martinez, August 5, 2021
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    HB-2 Deja Vu?

    In 2016, the Charlotte City Council approved an ordinance making it unlawful for private organizations to discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. As written, the ordinance specifically precluded the provision of sex-specific restrooms, locker rooms, shower rooms, and dormitories. The NC General Assembly responded…
    Jon Guze, August 3, 2021
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    John Locke Foundation Files Friend-of-the-Court Brief In Case Challenging North Carolina’s Certificate-of-Need Law

    New Bern eye surgeon’s suit says law blocks him from providing lower-cost service RALEIGH — The John Locke Foundation has filed an amicus brief in Singleton v. NC DHHS, the lawsuit filed against the State of North Carolina by New Bern eye surgeon Dr. Jay Singleton. The brief…
    Donna Martinez, June 1, 2021
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    Who Supports What? Comparing the Dem & GOP Police Reform Bills

    From the folks at No Labels comes a side-by-side comparison of the two major pieces of congressional legislation to reform policing. For an easy-to-read full scene version, here’s the full chart. A screen shot is below.
    Donna Martinez, May 28, 2021
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    Chief Justice Newby’s Task Force To Look at Childhood Traumas That Push Kids Into Court

    One of my childhood friends was a boy who lived down the street. At the time I didn’t understand why his personality changed whenever we entered his house to play. Outside his house, or inside mine, he was a talkative and happy kid who was wicked smart. Inside his house,…
    Donna Martinez, May 21, 2021
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    Judge Calls Out Biden Administration

    It is 2021, and yet the Biden administration is excluding certain people — in this case, a white man — from COVID-19 restaurant relief funds. George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley recaps the case: (emphasis is mine) Under the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, the Administration announced that it would…
    Donna Martinez, May 21, 2021
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    SB 455, Decriminalize non-Statutory Offenses is a good idea

    North Carolina’s criminal code is a mess. The sheer number of criminal laws and regulations are inaccessible and haphazardly organized so as to make it virtually impossible for regular citizens to know, understand and comply without breaking the law as they go about their everyday life, jobs and businesses. Citizens…
    Becki Gray, May 5, 2021
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    IN BOX: Speaker Moore Proposes Legislation Cracking Down on Riots and Civil Disorder

    I received this news release from House Speaker Tim Moore’s office on Monday, about a bill likely to be taken up in the next few days. Raleigh, N.C. – Today, North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) along with Reps. McNeill (R-Moore, Randolph), Miller (R-Brunswick) and Sauls (R-Lee) introduced legislation significantly increasing penalties…
    Donna Martinez, May 4, 2021