North Carolina

Today in 1751, James Iredell was born. A brilliant figure of the founding era, he was considered a legal prodigy at an extremely young age. Just prior to the American War for Independence, he penned a pamphlet, To the Inhabitants of Great Britain, which espoused his constitutional arguments against the British concept of Parliamentary sovereignty. […]

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 5, 2018) – Last week, the North Carolina legislature overrode Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of a farm bill that includes provisions legalizing limited raw milk for human consumption in the state. This takes a first step towards nullifying a federal prohibition scheme in practice. I bipartisan coalition of three sponsors and three cosponsors introduced…

RALEIGH, N.C. (Jun. 11, 2018) – A bill filed in the North Carolina Senate would decriminalize marijuana possession and expunge the records of certain marijuana offenders. Passage into law would take a step toward nullifying federal cannabis prohibition in effect in the state. Sen. Paul Lowe (D-Forsyth) introduced Senate Bill 791 (S791) with three co-sponsors on…

Testimony offered before the N.C. Commission of Inquiry on Torture (NCCIT) earlier this month revealed the culpability of state and local officials in a program of extraordinary rendition and torture. Knowing how states helped facilitate torture opens the door to take steps to keep it from happening again. On Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, the 11-member panel…

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 29, 2017) – In June the North Carolina House passed a “Constitutional Carry” bill, but the Senate failed to pass as well. However, since the bill was not voted down in the 2nd chamber, it’s still alive for further consideration in 2018. A coalition of four Republican representatives introduced House Bill 746…

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 26, 2017) – Yesterday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed a bill into law exempting the sale and purchase of gold and silver from state sales taxes. The new law will remove an important roadblock in the way of their everyday use as money, taking the first step toward breaking the Federal Reserve’s…