Tag:U.S. Constitution

  • SCOTUS showing subtleties of jurisprudence  

    We tend to think of U.S. Supreme Court justices as ideological, their views and actions mapping neatly onto the conventional liberal-to-conservative continuum of American politics. Their decisions are thought to conform to the party of the president who nominated them. The current conservative bloc is Chief Justice John Roberts…

  • No kidding, North Carolina taxes illegal drugs

    “Hey! Did you pay taxes on those drugs, mister? Probably not, right?” Unless you are buying your marijuana from a dispensary in a state where it’s legal, you probably aren’t paying taxes on your illicit substances. If not, you are likely committing two crimes: possession of a controlled substance and…

  • Flag burning and free speech: A question of who owns the flag

    To agree with others is not a problem in any society; it is the right to disagree that is crucial. It is the institution of private property that protects and implements the right to disagree. —Ayn Rand, “What is Capitalism?” During the 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump tweeted that he believed…

  • Skepticism is healthy, but political posturing is not 

    Since 2011, the Republican-led General Assembly has enacted transformational reforms. These include changes to our tax structure, how we pay for infrastructure, and more options for parents when choosing schools for their children. My colleagues and others have written extensively over the past seven years of the details and the benefits these reforms have had to the state’s economy, its business…

  • Court: Police may not detain motorists after traffic stops

    During a traffic stop, how long after resolving the issue that led to the stop may a law enforcement officer continue to question the motorist? That issue was before the state’s second highest court in September, in a case involving a state trooper who issued a warning ticket for speeding…