Press Releases & Op-Eds

NCICL Hosts Esteemed Political Science Professor to Discuss Third Party Movments
Elizabeth Lincicome
Nov 18th, 2010

RALEIGH, NOVEMBER 18, 2010- Today the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law (NCICL), as part of its ongoing Constitutional Conversation series, hosted N.C. State Political Science Professor Andrew J. Taylor to discuss the outcome of the recent elections and what the current political landscape means for third party movements in 21st century America.


NCICL Hosts Thought-Provoking Discussion on Certificates of Need Laws
Elizabeth Lincicome
Oct 14th, 2010

RALEIGH, OCTOBER 14, 2010- Today the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law (NCICL), as part of its ongoing Constitutional Conversation series, hosted a panel of health law and health policy experts to debate the strengths and weaknesses of North Carolina’s Certificates of Need (CON) laws.


N.C. Supreme Court Issues Decision in Highway Trust Fund Case
Cynthia Crowdus
Oct 8th, 2010

Today, the N.C. Supreme Court issued an opinion affirming, per curiam, the Court of Appeals ruling that determined that then-Governor Mike Easley’s raid of the Highway Trust Fund was unconstitutional. The N.C. Court of Appeals held that the Governor exceeded his constitutional power when he transferred $80 million from the Highway Trust Fund, a special account within the State Treasury, to the General Fund without legislative approval in an effort to balance the state budget. The Court of Appeals upheld transfers of the General Assembly, but those transfers were not before the Supreme Court.


N.C. SUPREME COURT TO HEAR GOOGLE INCENTIVES CASE
Cynthia Crowdus
Oct 8th, 2010

Today, the Supreme Court issued an Order in response to Plaintiffs’ Petition for Discretionary Review allowing the case to be brought before the Court.


In honor of Constitution Day, NCICL unveils new iPhone app
Elizabeth Lincicome
Sep 17th, 2010

In honor of National Constitution Day, the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law (NCICL) today announced the creation of its new iPhone application.


Order in the court election!
Robert F. Orr
Sep 5th, 2010

Thirteen is associated with bad luck, and for North Carolina voters, 13 candidates' filing for the state Court of Appeals vacancy recently created by Judge Jim Wynn's move to the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals is not merely bad luck - it's downright ridiculous.


Keeping Covered in a New Climate
Robert F. Orr
Jul 19th, 2010

The importance of a free and effective press and its role in open, honest government is ingrained in our constitutional principles and our national culture. My first experience and appreciation for this concept occurred nearly 45 years ago as a freshman at UNC-Chapel Hill. As a radio-TV-motion pictures major, I had the opportunity to intern for WSOC-TV News in Charlotte, covering the 1965 session of the General Assembly.


Public Records and Lobbying Law Enforcement Lawsuit filed against N.C. Secretary of State
Elizabeth Lincicome
Jun 21st, 2010

The North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law (NCICL) brings this action to challenge the denial by the State of North Carolina, the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State, and Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall, in her official capacity (Defendants) of NCICL’s request for public records and for information pertaining to a lobbying law violation complaint filed by NCICL. In May of 2008, Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. (“Spirit Aero”) was induced to locate a manufacturing plant at the North Carolina Global TransPark in Kinston, North Carolina with “economic development incentives” from public funds and a commitment for a manufacturing facility worth approximately $100 million dollars to be leased to them for a nominal sum.