• John Locke Update

    NC Supreme Court at a Crossroads, Continued

    posted October 13, 2021 by Jon Guze
    A recent order by the North Carolina Supreme Court confirms that its four Democratic members may attempt to disqualify two of the court’s three Republican justices from a case seeking to nullify constitutional amendments voters approved in 2018. In addition to being unjustified and unprecedented, such a blatant act of partisan gamesmanship would seriously harm the court as an institution and permanently damage the reputations and electoral prospects of the justices involved. If successful, it would also effectively disenfranchise the millions of North Carolina voters who approved the constitutional amendments and elected the disqualified justices.
  • John Locke Update

    Ten Reasons Why Lawmakers Should Reject the Leandro Plan and Fund Students, Not Systems

    posted October 12, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Gov. Cooper likely would sign a state budget that includes the first two years of a multi-billion-dollar plan developed by a California-based consulting firm without input from legislators. Lawmakers should reject Cooper’s offer because the court-ordered plan is an affront to the constitutional authority of the General Assembly to direct taxpayer dollars. Rather than concede to a consulting firm’s plan favored by an unelected judge, lawmakers should continue to empower parents by expanding public and private school choice options.
  • John Locke Update

    Redistricting Dilemmas: If You Ain’t Packing Asheville, You’re Cracking Asheville

    posted October 11, 2021 by Dr. Andy Jackson
    One 2019 lawsuit successfully changed Asheville being packed into one district, while another 2019 lawsuit successfully challenged Asheville being split across districts. Buncombe County will have three North Carolina House districts, and either packing Asheville into one district or spreading it across three could subject the map to a lawsuit. A compromise would be to have most of Asheville split between two House districts while having the third district represent rural parts of Buncombe County.
  • John Locke Update

    The Government Comes for Parents

    posted October 8, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Rising tensions between school officials and parents are real, but they are not cause for concern. Attorney General Merrick Garland agreed to use U.S. Department of Justice resources to address National School Boards Association concerns about purported threats of violence and acts of intimidation against school board members. Cooper and state education officials should send a joint letter to the Department of Justice declining federal assistance unless confronted with irrepressible violence at school board meetings.
  • John Locke Update

    Widespread Natural Immunity Underscores Why Vaccine Mandates Must End, Now

    posted October 7, 2021 by Jon Sanders
    While natural immunity is stronger than vaccine-induced immunity, proving natural immunity is difficult because fewer than one-fourth of infections are documented and antibodies testing is hit-or-miss. Vaccine mandates would affect more people with natural immunity (the stronger immunity) than those without any immunity, which would not justify the ostensible public-health case for such mandates. If the vaccines are effective as we know them to be, there's no need to deprive other people of their livelihoods for not being vaccinated, especially given the better-than-even odds that their immunity is better.
  • John Locke Update

    DHHS Data Show Strength of Natural Immunity in North Carolina

    posted October 6, 2021 by Jon Sanders
    DHHS data show that North Carolinians with natural immunity are much less likely to contract Covid than even vaccinated individuals. Data show the reinfection rate (a measure of the strength of natural immunity) is lower than the post-vaccination infection rate (strength of vaccination). The reinfection rate was likely less (possibly much less) than 0.8% while the post-vaccination infection rate was at least 1.3% (and possibly much greater).
  • John Locke Update

    Cooper Must Decide If the Leandro Plan Is a State Budget Deal-Breaker

    posted October 4, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    The $1.9 billion Leandro school funding plan will be the focus of budget negotiations between Gov. Cooper and lawmakers. Cooper wants a state budget that funds every dollar of the court-ordered plan, and budget conferees from the House and Senate do not. If the legislature does not pass a budget that includes the entire Leandro plan by October 18, Judge David Lee promised to use the court’s “remedial powers to secure such funding.”
  • John Locke Update

    Redistricting Dilemmas: Legislators Must Either Split Fayetteville or Surround It

    posted September 29, 2021 by Dr. Andy Jackson
    The geography of Cumberland and Moore counties will force legislators to make tough choices when drawing North Carolina Senate districts for them. Legislators could draw relatively compact districts, but at the expense of splitting Fayetteville. Keeping Fayetteville together would help North Carolina comply with the Voting Rights Act.
  • John Locke Update

    Leandro Plan Would Have Benefited from Collaboration with the General Assembly

    posted September 28, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    For nearly three decades, Leandro v. State of North Carolina has had the potential to bring together elected officials from the legislative, executive, and judicial branches for the benefit of public education. Even though the General Assembly has direct authority over public school funding and policy, Cooper and the courts failed to solicit input from members of the General Assembly. The decision by the judicial and executive branches to treat the General Assembly as a pariah will undermine efforts to cultivate legislative or popular acceptance of the remedial plan adopted by the court.
  • John Locke Update

    NC Supreme Court at a Crossroads?

    posted September 23, 2021 by Jon Guze
    The NAACP has asked the North Carolina Supreme Court to overturn the results of the 2018 election as they pertain to two constitutional amendments approved by the voters. It has been reported that the four Democrats on the court may try to disqualify two Republican justices from the case, a partisan attack that, in addition to being unjustified and unprecedented, would do lasting damage to the court as an institution and permanently damage the reputations and electoral prospects of the justices involved. If successful, such an attack would also have the effect of disenfranchising the North Carolina voters who approved the constitutional amendments and the voters who elected the disqualified justices.

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