Category: Civil Society

  • Open-meetings law toothless no more?

    A government body can’t block the media from reporting on one of its public meetings because its leader doesn’t like the coverage he thinks it will get. Nor can it list an item on its public agenda, remove the item until the audience leaves the room, and then discuss it…

  • Hall shows up for confirmation hearing; wins over committee

    After weeks of ducking constitutionally mandated Senate confirmation hearings, a contrite Larry Hall appeared under subpoena before the Commerce and Insurance Committee on Thursday, answered questions at length, and was approved unanimously for recommendation to the full Senate for confirmation as secretary of…

  • Cooper, Stein move to drop appeal of ruling in voter ID case

      RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein, both Democrats, said Tuesday they’ve abandoned the state’s appeal of a court ruling that overturned North Carolina’s voter ID law. GOP  leaders called the act a “politically motivated stunt.” Cooper’s office sent a letter discharging outside counsel hired to appeal…

  • Citizens United facilitates discussion, to the chagrin of the left

    Citizens United, or  Citizens United v. FEC, is a 2010 case in which the Supreme Court struck down limits to independent political expenditures on First Amendment freedom of speech grounds. The ruling didn’t affect lobbying activities and direct contributions to political parties and candidates that continue to be subject…

  • Michael Novak, R.I.P.

    Former John Locke Foundation Headliner Michael Novak has died at age 83. After a 2010 speech in Raleigh, Novak told CarolinaJournal.com that religious faith played a critical role in the founding of the American constitutional republic.