Category: North Carolina

  • 6th Circuit gives N.C. a victory in municipal broadband dispute

    The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed the states of North Carolina and Tennessee a victory on Wednesday when it struck down a Federal Communications Commission rule that pre-empted the states’ regulation of municipal broadband service within their borders. The three-judge panel said that the FCC overstepped its authority.

  • Libel lawsuit against N&O tests truth as a defense

    The News & Observer of Raleigh claims it is being stripped of constitutional protections by a Wake County Superior Court judge’s order in a libel case that blocked witnesses and key evidence that would support a longstanding defense that truthful statements and accurate evidence can be the basis of a…

  • Judge: Wake County voters will use 2011 maps

    The Wake County Board of Elections will revert to using the maps that were in place in 2011 for this year’s school board and county commissioner elections, a federal judge has ruled. All nine members of the school board will be up for re-election this year. They’ll run in single…

  • Analysts disagree on merits of 4th Circuit election law ruling

    Legal analysts have given the opinion by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturning North Carolina’s election reform law, including its voter ID requirement, mixed reviews. Both J. Christian Adams, president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation in Washington, and Rick Hasen, chancellor’s professor of law and political science…

  • Surgeon: CON laws cost State Health Plan $250 million yearly

    A Durham orthopedic surgeon argues that the State Health Plan for public employees wastes a quarter-billion dollars annually because North Carolina’s certificate-of-need laws force patients to use hospital-based facilities instead of physician-operated outpatient surgery clinics. Dr. Richard Bruch, who is on the North Carolina Orthopaedic Association executive committee, issued that…

  • School choice growth in N.C. impressive

    There are many reasons for North Carolinians to be proud of the statewide education reforms implemented over the last five years. The state has made massive investments in K-12 education with a focus on grade-level proficiency in reading. Accountability is stronger. We pay teachers better. School districts have unprecedented budgetary…

  • Council of State members offer mixed reaction to limits on employment

    A recommendation that the state might impose ethics-related restrictions on secondary employment and corporate board memberships on the state treasurer — and possibly other Council of State officers — drew a mixed response from those officials. At a July 28 meeting of the Investment Advisory Committee, Blake Thomas, interim general…

  • NCGA lawyers file new maps for Wake County elections

    Attorneys for legislative leaders have filed new maps with the U.S. District Court and are urging the judge handling the case to approve the maps for the 2016 election for Wake County commissioners and school board members. The maps divide Wake County into seven districts and two…

  • Growing tax collections trigger corporate rate cut

    By collecting $21.3 billion in General Fund revenues during the 2015-16 fiscal year, the corporate income tax rate will drop to 3 percent in January. That trigger was included in the budget that was adopted in September 2015. “Even in an environment of historic tax cuts saving taxpayers more than…