News Articles

Outlaw Hot Dogs vendor says commissary rule is unconstitutional
Vernal Coleman
Sep 12th, 2012

The Independent Weekly published a story about Steve Pruner, a hot dog vendor, that we are representing in his NC Court of Appeals case. The story discusses the state commissary rule and mobile food vendors.


Forsyth board set to vote on incentives
Richard Craver
Sep 10th, 2012

The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to vote tonight on the incentive request of a Pennsylvania advanced-components company with expansion plans in Rural Hall. A public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. at Forsyth County Government Center, 201 N. Chestnut St. The incentive, if approved, would come from the county's general fund.


City Argues That Courts Have No Power To Alter Tax Policies
Dan Way
Aug 7th, 2012

Lumberton officials are using an unprecedented taxation defense in an Internet sweepstakes lawsuit before the state Supreme Court that features constitutional separation of powers issues and arcane legal protections dating from the Great Depression. Jeanette Doran, executive director and general counsel of the North Carolina Institute of Constitutional Law, acknowledges the just and equitable tax clause has not been heavily litigated. But since being added to the state constitution in 1936 “there have been at least three significant decisions that all address lawsuits that were based on the just and equitable clause,” Doran said. “It’s not as though the business owners down in Lumberton are trying to invent some new right.”


State makes it hard for food vendors to make a living
Jeanette Doran
Jul 15th, 2012

Jeanette Doran, Executive Director, wrote a letter to the editor of the Charlotte Observer in response to an article concerning food vendors at the upcoming Democratic National Convention.


Incentive Package Fuels Concern in Charlotte
Winston-Salem Journal Staff
Jul 6th, 2012

In a controversial decision, the city of Charlotte will pay a defense manufacturer $875,000 — along with $732,000 in city and county tax rebates — to bring an aerospace headquarters to Charlotte.


Incentives: Beneficial or bluffs?
Richard Craver
Jul 1st, 2012

The role of economic incentives — whether critical or icing on the cake when it comes to recruiting major projects such as Caterpillar Inc., Dell Inc. and FedEx Corp. — remains intensely debated. "I understand the whole 'everybody else is doing it' argument, but that doesn't mean they have to go along with every request," said Jeanette Doran, a senior staff attorney for the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law. "It's gotten to the point of having an entitlement tone to it. It means local communities are being held hostage, and governments are providing tax credits to companies while they are struggling to pay for essential community services."


AFP, Civitas host rally against federal healthcare ruling
Under the Dome
Jun 30th, 2012

An overflow crowd in a ballroom at the Crabtree Marriott on Saturday rallied to carry on the fight against the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s health-care plan that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld on Thursday.


NCICL Statement
Jeanette Doran
Jun 28th, 2012

Jeanette Doran, NCICL's Executive Director, comments immediately after Supreme Court decision is released.


Supreme Court upholds Obama’s health-care law
Robert Barnes, N.C. Aizenman & William Branigin
Jun 28th, 2012

A sharply divided Supreme Court upheld President Obama’s health-care law Thursday, ruling that its key provision – an “individual mandate” to buy health insurance – is constitutional under Congress’s taxing authority.


How the Supreme Court ruled
Washington Post Staff Reports
Jun 28th, 2012

In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate—the requirement that all Americans obtain health insurance by 2014—at the heart of the health-care law. Here is a breakdown of the ruling.