north carolina supreme court

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    Split Decisions Ahead For NC’s Supreme Court? Maybe Not.

    Voters in 2020 gave Republicans more seats on the North Carolina Supreme Court, including elevating Republican Paul Newby to the Chief Justice seat. But Democrats maintain a 4-3 political advantage on the court. So what does it mean for future rulings? That’s the question addressed by Mitch Kokai, the…
    Donna Martinez, January 7, 2021
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    Republicans Make Surprising Strides in NC Judicial Races

    Election season this year has been like no other. Americans are still raising questions about the presidential race, and control of the US Senate hangs in the balance of one state, Georgia, as it goes into a runoff this year. North Carolinians are facing an additional election anomaly in the…
    Brenee Goforth, December 4, 2020
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    Tuesday 10 am Update: Paul Newby Leads By 367 Votes In Chief Justice Race

    UPDATED AT 10 AM: Can it get any closer? The State Board of Elections website shows that the last vote count added to the Election 2020 total occurred Tuesday morning. In the race for Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, Republican Paul Newby maintains a lead of…
    Donna Martinez, November 17, 2020
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    Don’t Overlook Judges on Your Ballot

    North Carolina is in the midst of the election season. While much conversation is focusing on executive elections like president and governor or legislative races like those for the General Assembly, one elected branch of government in this state is often overlooked: the judiciary. In North Carolina, the citizens elect…
    Brenee Goforth, October 13, 2020
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    N.C. Supreme Court Candidates Share Their Beliefs

    On Thursday, Sept. 10, the Federalist Society hosted a forum with the candidates for the three contested seats this year in the North Carolina Supreme Court. JLF’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Donna Martinez, moderated the event. The event began with introductions from all the candidates…
    Brenee Goforth, September 17, 2020
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    Partisan Justices? News & Record Cites Mitch Kokai On Record of NC Supremes

    From under the headline, “Not following the script,” comes this citation from our Mitch Kokai. (scroll down the piece to the next-to-last item) State legislators who believe our judges need partisan labels must be disappointed in the N.C. Supreme Court. “The last batch of N.C. Supreme Court opinions…
    Donna Martinez, December 19, 2017
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    About That Democratic Majority on the NC Supreme Court

    Are we seeing an impact in court rulings since North Carolina voters gave Democrats a 4-3 partisan majority on the N.C. Supreme Court? Mitch Kokai analyzes the data…and you may be surprised by what he found. The last batch of N.C. Supreme Court opinions for 2017 confirms what court…
    Donna Martinez, December 12, 2017
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    Legislature Should Amend the Felony Firearms Act: Protecting the Right to Bear Arms

    As my colleague Mitch Kokai wrote, the North Carolina Court of Appeals just held that the state’s Felony Firearms Act was unconstitutional as applied to an ex-felon (Baysden).  The law places severe restrictions on the right to bear arms for ex-felons. I wrote about the Felony Firearms…
    Daren Bakst, November 16, 2011