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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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The Bee Gees, government and the myth of property ownership

By William R. Toler 70s disco icons The Bee Gees aren’t usually considered to be a source of libertarian thought. But a line in the band’s 1977 hit ballad “How Deep is Your Love” recently struck a chord with me: … 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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Court: No barber pole without license

By William R. Toler A recent decision by the N.C. Court of Appeals shows no signs of letting up on the protectionism levied by occupational licensing and the ridiculous waste of resources enforcement entails. In Kindsgrab v. State of North … Continue reading

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N.C. law gives student groups more leeway in leadership selection

By William R. Toler [Note: the following was written as an article for the Richmond County Daily Journal.] HAMLET — Student groups at Richmond Community College and public colleges throughout the state now have more autonomy to select their leadership. … Continue reading

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Code enforcement needs due process

By William R. Toler and Corey Friedman [Note: The following was written as an editorial for The Richmond County Daily Journal July 10. A section that was excised from the original draft has been included in this version and appears … 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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Amanda Billyrock takes a plea

By William R. Toler The trial of Amanda Billyrock didn’t exactly go as planned Monday morning. Instead of making the state prove her guilt in court, she decided it was in her best interest to take a deal and plead … Continue reading

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N.C. town imposes yard sale restrictions

By William R. Toler Yard sales are a common occurrence across the fruited plain, however one North Carolina town wants them to occur less commonly. Earlier this month, the town of Newton decided to impose several restrictions regarding how and … Continue reading

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Don’t play politics with the people’s records

By Corey Friedman It’s not an choice between right or left, but a simple matter of right and wrong. A showdown between Attorney General Roy Cooper — a likely Democratic gubernatorial candidate in 2016 — and Republican Gov. Pat McCrory … Continue reading

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Cash, property taken from Pitt County businesses in raid

By William R. Toler Earlier this month, heavily-armed gangs stormed nearly 30 Pitt County businesses in a calculated heist, stealing more than $30,000 in cash and other property. Sounds horrible, right? Mainstream news accounts read something more like this: Police … Continue reading

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Learn, teach the Constitution’s message of freedom

By Corey Friedman A senseless act of terror that killed three people and injured more than 250 others could lead to limits on individual rights that make the “land of the free” less so. A survey gauging Americans’ awareness of … Continue reading

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To spray or not to spray for mosquitoes?

By Corey Friedman A few minutes down the road from Wilson County — the home of this year’s first confirmed West Nile virus case in North Carolina — there’s a town with something of a mosquito problem. Robert Johnson, an … Continue reading

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Grounding drones a win for privacy

By Corey Friedman North Carolinians will largely be free from spying eyes high above their heads — at least for the next two years. State lawmakers included a provision in the 2013 Appropriations Act that prevents state and local authorities … Continue reading

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