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While local liquor boards try to make the case that bureaucrats can do a better job than private businesses when it comes to managing the sale of alcoholic beverages, some small-minded censors at the … more
While local liquor boards try to make the case that bureaucrats can do a better job than private businesses when it comes to managing the sale of alcoholic beverages, some small-minded censors at the … more
Local government leaders who lobbied to make police body camera video confidential might lack the stomach for secrecy when loose lips could land them behind bars. In a fascinating legal twist, … more
In a constitutional Catch-22, a divided N.C. Court of Appeals panel agrees motorists have a First Amendment right to flip the bird, but contends traffic cops can detain you for it anyway. Shawn … more
In a constitutional Catch-22, a divided N.C. Court of Appeals panel agrees motorists have a First Amendment right to flip the bird, but contends traffic cops can detain you for it anyway. Shawn … more
Helping women and minorities find their place behind the microphone and camera as broadcasters is commendable, but telling bureaucrats to monitor radio and television stations’ political leanings … more
Lawmakers reversed course on a heavy-handed and unnecessary bid to ban smokable hemp last week, but they preserved a provision in the state’s 2019 farm bill that could cloak public records about … more
Lawmakers reversed course on a heavy-handed and unnecessary bid to ban smokable hemp this week, but they preserved a provision in the state’s 2019 farm bill that could cloak public records about … more
President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Greenville last week showed extreme positions on the right and left continue to edge away from the fringes and creep toward the center. Swift … more
State lawmakers might hamstring North Carolina’s ascendant hemp farming industry because police can’t yet reliably tell the difference between hemp and marijuana. The 2019 farm bill has been … more
On this 243rd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, Americans will celebrate with hardly a thought for the risks and sacrifices of their forefathers. A little patriotic music, perhaps, some … more
Charles Ray Finch is finally free. But after serving 43 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, he left state custody with little more than the clothes on his back. No mortal can return … more
Want to dust off the tackle box, grab the fishing poles and catch your own family seafood feast? Next Thursday, you’re fine. On Friday, you might have to pay a fine. Each year on the Fourth … more
Progressives predicted a hard swing to the right after Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation cemented a 5-4 conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court. So far this term, that fear hasn’t … more
It’s time to follow the Lone Star State’s lead — North Carolina needs a lemonade freedom law. On June 10, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 234 to prevent overzealous police … more
The Johnston County Board of Education righted a wrong last week when it allowed previously censored public comments to be read, but it also compounded its mistake by doubling down on unlawful and … more
Justice came four decades too late, but it finally arrived under overcast skies last Thursday in rural Greene County. Charles Ray Finch, a Wilson native who was railroaded through the court … more
Johnston County’s school board chairman censored a concerned citizen’s remarks last week, enforcing a ban on discussion of personnel matters that a neighboring county scrapped last year after … more
When no crime’s been committed, there’s nothing to probe and no one to punish. So why are two North Carolina colleges wasting their time investigating protected speech? N.C. State University … more
Spurred by a public health scare, Congress is considering a big-government power grab to save young adults from themselves. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, is reintroducing legislation to raise the … more
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