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Rules commission to review proposed voting system access restrictions

The N.C. Rules Review Commission will consider Thursday two proposals to restrict access to information about voting systems in North Carolina. RRC staff have recommended that the commission reject both rules from the State Board of Elections.

CJ Staff
Opinion

Why medical marijuana should not be legalized

Based on current medical research, medical marijuana should not be legalized in North Carolina. We all want to be compassionate and help people in need. As we look for potential health benefits of marijuana, we also need to look at the harm to individuals, their families, their community, and our state. To find the facts, we need to...

Jere Royall

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N.C. patients lose when clinics duel for government favors

Two North Carolina rivals will meet Nov. 18 in a showdown that never should occur in the United States. Instead of competing for a sports trophy or academic prize, they will battle for government favoritism. Millions of dollars will be on the line. The winner will receive state approval to acquire and operate a fixed...

Jaimie Cavanaugh, Daryl James
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Homebuilders jump into N.C. Supreme Court case over disputed Ashe asphalt plant

The N.C. Home Builders Association is taking an interest in a legal fight over a proposed Ashe County asphalt plant. The case addresses “an issue of critical importance to the homebuilding industry,” according to a brief filed Tuesday with the N.C. Supreme Court.

CJ Staff
Opinion

Medical marijuana: don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater

Recently, Dr. Christian Thurstone, a Colorado psychiatrist, implored North Carolinians to heed his warning about medical marijuana, suggesting that legalizing medical marijuana in our state would be a net negative. Dr. Thurstone offered reasonable critiques of medical marijuana—ease of access, the potential for being over-prescribed, and higher potency. However, while all of these are valid, he...

Michael Bruce
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Cooper drops two-year-old lawsuit against state Rules Review Commission

Gov. Roy Cooper is dropping his lawsuit challenging legislative control of North Carolina’s Rules Review Commission. Cooper’s lawyers filed a notice of voluntary dismissal on Friday. A three-judge panel had been scheduled to hold a hearing in the case on Nov. 9.

CJ Staff
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Cooper order mandates zero-emissions vehicles for public and private fleets

Gov. Roy Cooper has issued a sweeping executive order that directs the state's Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) to take a number of major actions to mandate increased use of zero-emissions vehicles (ZEVs) among public and private medium-and-heavy duty (MHD) vehicles.

David Larson