Archives by: Melissa Boughton

Melissa Boughton

About the author

Melissa Boughton, Courts and Law Reporter, joined N.C. Policy Watch in September 2016. She covers local, state and federal courts and writes about key decisions that impact the lives of North Carolinians. Before joining the project, Melissa worked the crime and courts beats at The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C.; The Winchester Star in Winchester, Va.; and The Kerrville Daily Times in Kerrville, TX. While reporting in Charleston, she covered the Emanuel church shootings and the police killing of Walter Scott. She was part of the team that was named a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in breaking news reporting for coverage of Scott’s death.

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Defending Democracy Law and the Courts Top Story

House approves voter ID after long debate over voter fraud, student IDs

It was clear during two hours of debate Wednesday where the two political parties at the legislature diverged over photo ID: their belief in voter fraud. The GOP supermajority expectedly passed legislation that would implement a constitutional requirement that voters must show a photo ID to cast a ballot.

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Monday Numbers: A closer look at the cost of voter ID

Lawmakers didn’t waste any time creating a voter ID bill after North Carolinians passed a constitutional amendment in the midterm elections. The Senate has already passed Senate Bill 824, a measure that will require North Carolina voters present a valid photo identification before casting an in-person ballot.

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Law and the Courts Top Story

Senate expands some voter ID provisions, advances bill to final vote

The voter ID bill moving through the legislature is not as “restrictive or burdensome” as some Democrats feared but it is still flawed and rushed, according to the most recent Senate debate. Republican Senators and three Democrats passed a second reading Wednesday night of Senate Bill 824...

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PW exclusive: Voting rights advocates spell out their recommendations for voter ID bill

In less than one week, after all the tryptophan has worn off, lawmakers will be back in Raleigh working on a measure that will require North Carolina voters to have a photo identification to cast a ballot. Residents voted on an amendment to enshrine such a requirement in the state constitution.

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Defending Democracy Law and the Courts Top Story

Partisan gerrymandering will be North Carolina’s next big court battle

Breaking the Republicans’ veto-proof majority was the Democrats’ and voting rights activists’ short game. Their long game? Ending partisan gerrymandering for good in North Carolina. Common Cause, the North Carolina Democratic Party and a group of individual voters filed a lawsuit earlier this week in Wake County Superior Court challenging the...

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Defending Democracy Law and the Courts Top Story

Midterm election proves to be Independence Day for NC courts

The North Carolina courts have a lot to celebrate after Tuesday night – voter turnout in statewide judicial races was higher than the past three midterm elections, voters elected the first openly LGBTQ candidate in any statewide political race and there was a rebuke on lawmakers’ efforts to politicize the judicial branch.

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Law and the Courts Top Story

NC recovery courts training encourages reducing stigma, equal access

One of the major themes at a statewide conference this week for recovery court personnel was stigma. “It’s important to smash the stigma in all settings, but especially this one,” said Donald McDonald, Executive Director of Addiction Professionals of North Carolina. “Stigma keeps us from doing our best work for the people we serve.”

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State Supreme Court candidates debate judicial philosophy amid high-profile race

The state's three Supreme Court candidates answered several questions Tuesday night in a debate fit for a legal crowd. It was clear the debate was meant to educate voters about the judicial system, but the questions were ripe with legal jargon and philosophy that would likely send a layperson straight to Google.

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After school shootings, North Carolina students take a stand on gun violence

It’s not a matter of if another school shooting like the one in Parkland, Florida, will happen again, it’s a matter of when, and that fear is giving rise to a new generation of activists.

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Monday numbers: A closer look at early voting

Early voting has begun, and North Carolinians are turning out in droves at the polls. It’s a big year for the state’s midterm elections — voters get to decide if the GOP will keep its legislative supermajority and if six of their constitutional amendments will pass.

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