News Articles

Tyler Younts: Healthy sunshine
Tyler Younts
Jun 27th, 2012

Anthony Dent’s June 12 Point of View article (“At UNC, not all the books are open”) chronicled the excuses, delays and runaround he got from UNC-Chapel Hill officials when he requested financial records of university departments.

Supreme Court rejects much of Arizona immigration law
Robert Barnes & N.C. Aizenmann
Jun 25th, 2012

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected much of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, but upheld other provisions, giving a partial victory to the Obama administration. The court ruled that Arizona cannot make it a misdemeanor for immigrants to fail to carry identification that says whether they are in the United States legally; cannot make it a crime for undocumented immigrations to apply for a job; and cannot arrest someone based solely on the suspicion that the person is in this country illegally.

Court ends charter schools’ lawsuit against CMS
Chelsey Dulaney
Jun 19th, 2012

Mecklenburg County commissioners were notified Monday that the N.C. Supreme Court has ended a three-year legal battle over whether charter schools can receive public construction money.

Supreme Court review of health care under microscope (and stopwatch)
Robert Barnes
Jun 17th, 2012

If you thought the ways to analyze the Supreme Court’s marathon arguments about President Obama’s health-care law had been exhausted, you were wrong. A Texas trial consultant with an unflagging interest in all things high court-related has taken a stopwatch and magnifying glass to all six hours and 14 minutes (and seven seconds) of the relevant back-and-forth of the late March arguments.

NC Senate wants higher ferry tolls by July 1
Bruce Siceloff
Jun 14th, 2012

Senate Republicans refused Wednesday to drop their push to start collecting higher tolls this summer from riders on all seven state ferries – including the busy Hatteras Inlet route that is now toll-free. The Senate’s hard stance did not sit well with coastal House Democrats who gave Republicans a veto-proof budget last year, and whose votes might be crucial again this year.

‘Rescue Funds’ In Peril If Senate Bill Becomes Law
Signe Thomas
Jun 14th, 2012

Nearly a year after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an Arizona campaign-finance law allowing some candidates to receive "rescue funds" provided by taxpayers, North Carolina lawmakers are pushing a bill that would end a similar system for some elected offices. Jeanette Doran, executive director and general counsel at the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law, says the state is “begging for litigation” unless it passes S.B. 908. She calls the measure a housekeeping bill, because “the statutory scheme is still there on the books. … Senate Bill 908 just draws our public financing scheme in agreement with the Arizona Free Enterprise Supreme Court decision last summer.”

NC House environmental committee approves fracking
Associated Press
Jun 13th, 2012

North Carolina House committee members have given the green light to a much-debated form of natural gas drilling. The House Environment Committee met Wednesday morning to examine a Senate bill that would direct several state agencies to devise fracking regulations by October 2014. That's when the first permits could be offered.

The casino deal might be a bad bet
Doug Clark
Jun 1st, 2012

North Carolina's proposed new compact to allow table games with live dealers at casinos in Cherokee may violate the state constitution, Jeanette Doran of the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law writes in a recent memo.

Emerald Isle Takings Case Could Have National Implications
Dan Way
May 23rd, 2012

Property owners say town ordinances let beachgoers trespass Four property owners suing the Town of Emerald Isle alleging an unlawful taking of their beachfront lots would strike a blow nationally for property rights protections if they win, their lawyers say. Jeanette Doran, executive director and general counsel of the Raleigh-based North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law, filed an amici curiae brief jointly with the Pacific Legal Foundation in support of the plaintiffs and for payment of their costs and attorney fees.

N.C. lawmakers plan hearing on eugenics bill
Martha Waggoner
May 22nd, 2012

A large crowd is expected when legislators hold a public hearing in Raleigh about a bill that would pay $50,000 to people who were sterilized against their will. Some victims are expected to attend the hearing, which will be held Tuesday at the Legislative Office Building. So far, the N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation has identified 132 victims, of whom 118 are still alive.