News Articles

NC Senate overrides vetoes, governor fires back
Craig Jarvis
Sep 4th, 2013

In a week that brought Gov. Pat McCrory stinging defeats, with lawmakers from his own party overriding his first two vetoes, the Republican governor Wednesday responded by criticizing legislators and throwing up roadblocks to the new laws that he had opposed.

State and Local Sales Tax Rates Midyear 2013
Scott Drenkard
Aug 28th, 2013

The non-partisan Tax Foundation released a new study comparing the State and Local sales tax rates of the 50 states.

NCICL's Jeanette Doran shares her concerns about Common Core public school standards
Jeanette Doran
Aug 23rd, 2013

Jeanette Doran, executive director and general counsel at the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law, discusses her group's concerns about Common Core public school standards. Doran offered these comments during an interview for Carolina Journal Radio.

Lawsuits filed after Gov. Pat McCrory signs voter ID bill
Rob Christensen & Jim Morrill
Aug 13th, 2013

Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday signed into law a bill requiring voters to produce a photo ID when they go to the polls, and it was immediately met with legal challenges in federal court questioning its constitutionality.

NC-NAACP v. McCrory
NAACP Lawsuit
Aug 13th, 2013

The NC-NAACP filed a lawsuit against Gov. Pat McCrory challenging the Voter ID bill that he signed into law. The lawsuit is alleging that the law violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and the 14th and 15th amendments.

NC League of Women Voters
League of Women Voters Lawsuit
Aug 13th, 2013

The NC League of Women Voters filed a lawsuit challenging the Voter ID bill signed into law. The lawsuit challenges the legislature's power to set new voter qualifications under Article 6, Section 1 of the NC Constitution.

North Carolina's Republican tax experiment
Jeanne Sahadi
Aug 8th, 2013

Tax reform is still all talk, talk, talk in Washington. And many expect real action could take years. But not in North Carolina. The state has taken a very big first step in overhauling its tax code -- enacting its first major reform in 80 years.

Charter Certification Change Could Have Far-Reaching Effect
Jane Shaw
Aug 7th, 2013

A small change in a North Carolina law affecting charter schools could have a major impact on teacher education in North Carolina. This summer, the General Assembly rewrote the rules governing charter schools. A compromise between the House and Senate determined that only 25 percent of charter schools’ teachers must be state-certified.

NC three-judge panel lets GOP-drawn voting maps stand
Anne Blythe & Lynn Bonner
Jul 8th, 2013

North Carolina’s legislative and congressional boundaries were upheld Monday by a three-judge panel, a decision lauded by state Republicans who oversaw the drafting of the maps in 2011.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Federal Defense of Marriage Act
Jess Bravin & Brent Kendall
Jun 26th, 2013

The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act, which denied federal benefits to lawfully married same-sex couples.