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Kay Daly is running for Congress in North Carolina. She has a son named Jack Reagan and a daughter named Reagan Joy. The family’s recently adopted albino cat is named Goneril. The assertions in this sentence are products of ethnographic research rather than journalism or social science. Share

First Drip (8/13/15): Senate passes Taxpayer's Bill of Rights against state Treasurer's suggestion

The North Carolina Senate passed a "Taxpayer's Bill of Rights," which would allow voters to choose whether to amend the state constitution by adding a section to limit the growth of state spending to the rate of inflation and population...Show More Summary

Amidst Budget crisis, GOP debates Constitutional Convention

4 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

Who needs moot court when you've got moot government: A state House committee approved a bill under which North Carolina would join Alaska, Georgia, Mississippi and North Dakota in an effort to amend the U.S. Constitution to control the national debt. Show More Summary

After Board Closes UNC Law School Poverty Center, Gene Nichol Launches New Poverty Research Fund

Following up on my previous post, North Carolina Senate Cuts $3 Million From UNC Law School Budget: 'The Gene Nichol Transfer Amendment': WRAL, Nichol Opens New Research Project at UNC Law: The Center on Poverty at UNC School of Law may have been shuttered this week, but its work will...

"Piñata Politics" is an apt description

5 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

The vendetta against Gene Nichol is childish and destructive: A last-minute amendment by Senate leaders Wednesday docked the University of North Carolina School of Law budget by $3 million. Democrats say it's political payback for the school's employment of legislative critic Gene Nichol. Show More Summary

North Carolina Senate Cuts $3 Million From UNC Law School Budget: 'The Gene Nichol Transfer Amendment'

WRAL News, Senate GOP Docks UNC Law $3M: A last-minute amendment by Senate leaders Wednesday docked the UNC Chapel Hill School of Law budget by $3 million. Democrats say it's political payback for the school's employment of legislative critic Gene Nichol.... Senate Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca... wanted to...

Roberts Court Refuses to Hear North Carolina Forced Ultrasound Case

Monday's refusal by the Roberts Court leaves in place a federal appeals court decision that ruled the law violated the First Amendment rights of practitioners. Image: Shutterstock The post Roberts Court Refuses to Hear North Carolina Forced Ultrasound Case appeared first on RH Reality Check.

North Carolina Overrides Governor’s Veto, Passes Law Allowing Clerks To Opt Out Of Officiating Same-Sex Weddings

5 months agoLGBT / Gay : NewNowNext

"Just because someone takes a job with the government does not mean they give up their First Amendment rights."

Monitoring Bracelet Counts as 4th Amend Search, Court Holds

An ankle bracelet is more than a fashion statement: it's a search. At least according to the Supreme Court's holding in Grady v. North Carolina, which found that a state conducts a Fourth Amendment search when it affixes a device to an individual's body, sans consent, for the purposes......

Supreme Court Reinforces Jones Conception of 4th Amendment

Adam Bates In a per curiam opinion this week, Grady v. North Carolina, the U.S. Supreme Court reinforced recent 4th Amendment decisions in holding that when the government physically occupies private property for the purpose of obtaining...Show More Summary

What It Feels Like To Be Legally Married After Seven Years

We were on our way to soccer practice when we got the news: North Carolina’s Amendment One had been struck down in the late afternoon on a Friday in October. My seven and a half year marriage to my partner was finally officially a hundred percent legal (in our state). Show More Summary

Gun company shows support for the Second Amendment: No more guns for Liam Neeson!

10 months agoNews : The Raw Story

A North Carolina gun manufacturer has called on the firearm industry to boycott actor Liam Neeson over the Taken 3 star’s controversial comments about guns. In a Facebook post, PARA USA said the company now regretted providing firearms to be used in the Taken 3 film. “While the film...

How Sonia Sotomayor became the Supreme Court's preeminent defender of civil liberties

A decision handed down by the Supreme Court earlier in December may have disturbing implications for Fourth Amendment rights. But Heien v. North Carolina is notable for another reason: it marks the emergence of Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's first Supreme Court nominee, as the strongest voice for civil liberties on the court. Show More Summary

Sotomayor Is Right: SCOTUS Gave Too Much Leeway to the Police in Heien v. North Carolina

11 months agoNews : Reason

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in favor of the police in a Fourth Amendment case in which the arresting officer's "mistake of law" led him to conduct an erroneous traffic stop (and subsequent car search) based on a non-existent legal offense. Show More Summary

Requiring Abortion Doctors to Narrate Ultrasound Violates First Amendment, 4th Circuit Rules

11 months agoNews : Reason

A North Carolina law requiring physicians to perform an ultrasound, display the sonogram, and describe the fetus to women seeking abortions has been struck down by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. Because the intent ofShow More Summary

An interesting Fourth Amendment case

The Supreme Court today handed down Heien v. North Carolina. An officer stopped a car that had a brake light burned out, and in the course of the stop discovered cocaine. It turns out that the North Carolina traffic statutes...

Supreme Court Sides With Police In 4th Amendment Case Arising from Officer’s ‘Mistake of Law’

11 months agoNews : Reason

In a decision issued this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the police in a case arising from an officer’s “mistake of law.” At issue in Heien v. North Carolina was a 2009 traffic stop for a single busted brake light that led to the discovery of illegal drugs inside the vehicle. Show More Summary

Should North Carolina Magistrates Perform Gay Marriage Despite Their Faith?

Nevertheless, AOC Director Smith claims that magistrates swear an oath to the United States Constitution, and, therefore, have a duty to perform such marriages since two federal judges have ruled the State's Marriage Amendment that defines marriage as one man and one woman is unconstitutional. Show More Summary

16 North Carolina Judges Quit Following State's Legalization of Gay Marriage

Sixteen North Carolina judges have either resigned or retired after gay marriage became legal in that state last month after a judge ruled that an amendment to the state's constitution banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

Gay North Carolina Couple Weds After First Being Denied Based On Magistrate's Religious Beliefs

last yearLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

On Monday, Randy Jackson and Eddie Locklear of Elizabeth City, North Carolina attempted to make their partnership official after thirty-one years. The state's same-sex marriage ban, Amendment One, had been struck down and their request should have been respected. However,...

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