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Profanity law’s repeal a good step toward reform

By Corey Friedman Those coarse words that escape many a driver’s lips in a traffic jam can no longer land you behind bars in North Carolina. The Regulatory Reform Act of 2015, a housecleaning bill designed to streamline the state’s … Continue reading

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A journey to the Capitol

By William R. Toler [Note: The following is a metaphorical retelling of my trip to Raleigh to cover the General Assembly.] In my trade as a scribe, I was selected to travel to the dark city to document the ceremony … Continue reading

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Protect the public, not polluters

By Corey Friedman [Note: the following editorial was written for the June 26 edition of the Richmond County Daily Journal. It was read aloud on the N.C. Senate floor by Sen. Gene McLaurin, D-Richmond, the following day.] Any farmer knows … Continue reading

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N.C. develops plan to regulate drones, including photography limits

By Corey Friedman If loose lips can sink ships, loose language can crash a statewide plan to regulate drones before the first unmanned flying machines even get off the ground. Lawmakers on a special state panel approved a working draft … Continue reading

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Reporter arrest at NAACP protest raises questions

By Corey Friedman Police raised thorny legal questions this week when they arrested a newspaper reporter covering an NAACP-led protest at the North Carolina General Assembly. Tim Funk, a religion writer for the Charlotte Observer, was charged with trespassing and … Continue reading

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A modern-day poll tax for public notices

By Corey Friedman In the Jim Crow days of the early 1900s, state officials imposed a poll tax to prevent African-Americans and poor whites from voting. It took a decades-long civil rights struggle and a Supreme Court verdict to reverse … Continue reading

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Bill threatens public’s right to know

By Corey Friedman It could qualify as a Freudian slip — in a moment of curt clarity, a North Carolina lawmaker apparently showed us how he really feels about the public he was elected to serve. “I am the senator. … Continue reading

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Read our words: No new laws

By Corey Friedman When the North Carolina General Assembly reconvenes later this month, a flurry of new bills will flood House and Senate committees. Some would add pages to the state’s already voluminous lawbooks, and we’re not convinced that’s a … Continue reading

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NC lawmakers consider prescription for cold meds

By Corey Friedman The bottle of bleach in your laundry room can compromise a crime scene by destroying DNA, potentially setting a killer free. Freon, the refrigerant in home air conditioners, can be huffed as an intoxicant. And pseudoephedrine, the … Continue reading

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Survey says: Americans ignorant of redress of grievances

By Corey Friedman Just one in every 20 Americans knows why we have the right to speak at county commissioners’ meetings and write letters to our congressman. An abysmal 4 percent of adults named the right to petition government for … Continue reading

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Ruling could open Pandora’s box

By Richard C. Evey Libertarian/Patriot The North Carolina Supreme Court ruled last week that the state statute making it “unlawful for any person who has been convicted of a felony to purchase, own, possess, or have in his custody, care … Continue reading

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