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Sharon McCloskey

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Sharon McCloskey, former Courts, Law and Democracy Reporter for N.C. Policy Watch, writes about the courts and decisions that impact North Carolina residents. McCloskey also wrote for Lawyers Weekly and practiced law for more than 20 years. Follow her online at sharonmccloskey.com or @sharonmccloskey.

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Featured Articles Law and the Courts

Wrapping up the election law cases

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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Featured Articles Law and the Courts

Supreme Court term heating up

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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Featured Articles Law and the Courts

Beleaguered court officials try to find the bright side in a modest state budget

[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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The courts in 2015

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

Open season on individual rights

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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Win the courts, win the war

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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Law and the Courts

Vote counting at the U.S. Supreme Court

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

Paradise for polluters

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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Featured Articles Law and the Courts

In the wake of for-profit college collapses, a long road to student loan debt relief

State and federal regulators announced a string of court victories and settlements involving predatory for-profit colleges in recent weeks, and while at first glance the numbers are big and the recognition of widespread deception precedential, the impact on ...
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Law and the Courts

Setting up a straw man to fight the Clean Power Plan

Officials from the state Division of Air Quality are set to meet this afternoon and tomorrow with the Environmental Management Commission to seek expedited approval of its plan to address power plant carbon emission reductions required under the ...
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