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Redistricting plaintiffs urge N.C. Supreme Court to hear new arguments as early as September

Just as the fall election campaign season heats up in September, the N.C. Supreme Court could hear new arguments in the legal battle over state election maps. That’s if the state’s highest court grants a request from plaintiffs in the election redistricting case.

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State Supreme Court denies motion to speed up felon voting case

The N.C. Supreme Court will not speed up the timetable for a lawsuit challenging state restrictions on felon voting. An order issued Monday rejected a request for a shortened timeline in the case. Still up for debate is a separate request to extend the case’s current briefing deadlines.

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NC NEA affiliate’s social justice caucus organizing new coalition to counter parents

The social justice protest arm of the N.C. Association of Educators (NCAE), “Organize 2020,” recently sent out an email inviting those “committed to education justice” to join a new coalition aimed at fighting for topics that parents have pushed back on at recent school board meetings — namely Critical Race Theory and saving “banned” books....

A.P. Dillon
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Vandalism, protest follow SCOTUS decision

Protestors gathered in some of N.C.’s larger cities over the weekend to voice their opposition to Friday’s 6-3 decision in which the court upheld a law in Mississippi that prohibited the abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, with a 5-4 majority agreeing further to overturn the Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey precedents guaranteeing women...

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Lawmakers question Fed plan to house unaccompanied minors from southern border in Greensboro

On June 10, news broke that that starting in July unaccompanied children (UACs) from the southern border would be transported to and housed at Greensboro’s American Hebrew Academy, with the federal government hiring 800 staff members to oversee the facility. Now, North Carolina’s Republican congressional delegation has penned a letter to U.S. Department of Health...

David Larson

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Anti-Beasley TV ad pulled, but CJ citations remain unchallenged

At least two N.C. television stations have pulled a Republican campaign ad targeting Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cheri Beasley. Beasley supporters complained the ad contained false statements, according to a CBS News report. The ad focused on three cases Beasley heard during her time as chief justice of the N.C. Supreme Court. Two of the three cases mentioned in the ad cite reporting from Carolina Journal. Only the third case, relying on a citation from a different media outlet, prompted the Beasley team’s complaint.

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Longtime N.C. Rep. Grier Martin resigning from office

Longtime N.C. Rep. Grier Martin, D-Wake is resigning from office effective July 8. The announcement was made during Thursday’s House session. According to WRAL, he is leaving to take a job with the Pentagon. A call to Grier's office to confirm was not returned by time of this article's publication.

Theresa Opeka
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Here’s how Republicans could take back supermajority in the state legislature

Conventional wisdom is that the upcoming midterms will be a wave election in favor of Republicans, potentially rivaling the GOP’s success in 2010. But is it in the cards for Republicans to retake a supermajority in the North Carolina General Assembly? Republicans need 72 seats in the House and 30 in the Senate to secure...

David N. Bass

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U.S. Supreme Court’s Maine education ruling could affect N.C. Opportunity Scholarship lawsuit

Marie Miller, attorney at the Institute for Justice, explains how the U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling in Carson v. Makin, a case from Maine, could affect North Carolina’s lawsuit challenging the Opportunity Scholarship Program. Miller represents parents defending OSP. She argued on their behalf during a June 8 hearing at the N.C. Court of Appeals.

Mitch Kokai
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Raleigh attorney Eugene Boyce recalls his role in Watergate investigation

On the 50th anniversary of the infamous Watergate break-in, Carolina Journal revisits Raleigh attorney Eugene Boyce's recollections of the U.S. Senate investigation into the scandal. Boyce delivered these remarks on Sept. 26, 2011, in a presentation for the John Locke Foundation's Shaftesbury Society.

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Locke’s Mitch Kokai discusses bill to boost U.S. Supreme Court justice protection

Mitch Kokai, John Locke Foundation senior political analyst, discusses a bill in Congress to boost police protection for families of U.S. Supreme Court justices. Kokai offered these comments during the June 17, 2022, edition of PBS North Carolina’s “Front Row with Marc Rotterman.”

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Locke’s Mitch Kokai discusses anti-Beasley ad pulled from N.C. TV stations

Mitch Kokai, John Locke Foundation senior political analyst, discusses N.C. television stations’ decision to remove an ad linked to the state’s 2022 U.S. Senate race. Kokai offered these comments during the June 10, 2022, edition of PBS North Carolina’s “Front Row with Marc Rotterman.”

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Ukrainian people in N.C. rally to support homeland 

As the Russian invasion of neighboring Ukraine continues to escalate, North Carolina’s local Ukrainian population is rallying to bring attention to the suffering of people in their homeland and to gather supplies to help them. Donna Goldstein, co-president of the Ukrainian Association of North Carolina, finds herself at the forefront of these efforts.  Goldstein has...

David Larson
Opinion

Why the Fourth Estate is in receivership

The fourth estate, journalism, is racing to receivership unless we can rescue it from its rapacious self. The hubris hasn’t always been this bad, this blatant, or this biased, yet it worsens daily. In the town I grew up in, Nashville, Tennessee, there were two newspapers in the 1950s and 1960s, one for the morning,...

Mark Herring