Archives by: Sharon McCloskey

Sharon McCloskey

About the author

Sharon McCloskey, Courts, Law and Democracy Reporter, joined the project in October 2012 after more than 20 years of practicing law. She writes about the courts here and elsewhere and decisions that impact North Carolina residents. Previously, McCloskey wrote for Lawyers Weekly.
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Courts and Law Featured Articles

Update: Per SCOTUSblog, the Chief Justice has asked the redistricting plan challengers for a response to the state’s application for a stay, due by 3 p.m. February 16. The fate of North Carolina’s congressional primary elections now rests ...
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The state court system has reasons to celebrate, according to Chief Justice Mark Martin, but adequate funding isn’t one of them. In late January Martin announced a Celebrate North Carolina Courts initiative to highlight several upcoming milestones, including ...
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The challenge to the state’s voter photo ID law heads to trial in Winston-Salem federal court on Monday, bringing to a close the first chapter of the lawsuits challenging the state’s radical revision of its election laws in ...
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The U.S. Supreme Court opened the second part of this year’s term on Monday with argument in a case that challenges the high court’s support for public sector unions, considering in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association whether compelling ...
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[Editor’s note: During the holidays, NC Policy Watch is taking a look back at 2015 by featuring some of our top news stories and commentaries from the past 12 months. We hope you will enjoy them and feel ...
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New and ongoing legal challenges to much of the controversial legislation enacted in North Carolina these past few years continued in 2015, proving once again why courts as final arbiters matter. Here are some of the highlights. Marriage ...
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"What democracy looks like" — Demonstrators gather in Raleigh during the 2014 "Historic Thousands on Jones Street" rally. (Photo by Ricky Leung)
Altered State Featured Articles

The party of less government rolled into Raleigh after the 2010 elections champing at the bit, eager to fulfill an agenda long delayed. “Regulations kill jobs” became the rallying cry, but as it turned out, that cry only ...
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Conservative justices hold a 4-3 majority on the ostensibly nonpartisan state Supreme Court and, as party operatives understand well, maintaining that edge has been critical to ensuring Republican control elsewhere throughout the state. “Lose the courts, lose the ...
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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear argument Tuesday morning in two of the four redistricting cases it has already accepted for review, with several more percolating in places like North Carolina, making this potentially a blockbuster term for ...
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Amy Adams, N.C. Campaign Coordinator for Appalachian Voices, shows some of the fine coal ash deposited on a piece of driftwood just upstream of the drinking water intake in Danville, Va. (Courtesy of Appalachian Voices; photo by Eric Chance)
Altered State Featured Articles

Conservatives rolled out the welcome mat for business when they took control of state government, making clear that unleashing companies from regulatory burdens ranked at the top of their agenda. “The reason I’m running for governor is to ...
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