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Locke joins groups challenging federal subpoena that aims to chill speech

The John Locke Foundation has signed on to a federal friend-of-the-court brief challenging the federal government’s use of a subpoena to chill political speech in Alabama. The brief asks a court to “prohibit the weaponization of the civil litigation process against organizations with whom the United States Government disagrees.”

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Stein makes case against N.C. criminal libel law in new 4th Circuit brief

N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein’s latest filing in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals makes the case for declaring a 91-year-old state law unconstitutional. The law creates a misdemeanor crime for people who lie about candidates in election campaigns. A split 4th Circuit panel already voted, 2-1, to give Stein a temporary win in the case.

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Appeal will continue in lawsuit challenging COVID shutdown of N.C. bars

Sixteen months after Gov. Roy Cooper lifted the last COVID-related restrictions on N.C. bars, a lawsuit at the N.C. Court of Appeals focuses on possible monetary damages for bars that were forced to shut their doors during the pandemic. The Appeals Court issued an order Monday in the case.

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Legislative leaders bolster their case in N.C. Supreme Court felon voting dispute

Groups pushing for felon voting in North Carolina have attacked the wrong state law, according to the latest filing from state legislative leaders at the N.C. Supreme Court. The document filed Monday addresses a group of friend-of-the-court briefs submitted in favor of felon voting. The case ultimately could lead to 56,000 new voters in North Carolina.

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National Constitution group touts amendment for 18-year Supreme Court terms

Lifetime appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court would end, under a proposal unveiled Monday by conservative, progressive, and libertarian constitutional scholars. Supreme Court justices would serve staggered 18-year terms moving forward. The change to Supreme Court tenure stood out among a set of five proposed constitutional amendments prepared for the National Constitution Center.

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Cooke testifies before congressional committee on ‘climate misinformation’ claims

On Wednesday, September 14, Amy Cooke, CEO of the John Locke Foundation, testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee Oversight and Investigations. The Democrat-led committee titled the hearing "The Role of Public Relations Firms in Preventing Action on Climate Change."

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State urges U.S. Supreme Court to take up dispute over health plan premiums

N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein has filed paperwork urging the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a dispute involving premiums charged to government retirees on the State Health Plan. The state hopes the nation’s highest court will overturn a March 11 ruling from the N.C. Supreme Court. State justices ruled by a 4-2 vote that 220,000 state government retirees had a contractual right to premium-free health care benefits that had been promised to them.

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State Supreme Court will tackle voter ID, redistricting on back-to-back October days

The N.C. Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in two high-profile election-related cases on back-to-back days next month. Justices will address the state’s voter identification law on Oct.3, then the state’s legislative and congressional election maps on Oct. 4.

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State wants N.C. Supreme Court to overturn Ace Speedway’s win in COVID shutdown dispute

The state’s top health official is asking the N.C. Supreme Court to reverse a unanimous Appeals Court ruling against him. Appellate judges determined that owners of an Alamance County racetrack could sue the official over a COVID-related shutdown in 2020.

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