U.S. Supreme Court http://wfae.org en U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Government Prayer Case. What's It Mean For Rowan Co. Dispute? http://wfae.org/post/us-supreme-court-hear-government-prayer-case-whats-it-mean-rowan-co-dispute <p>Prayers in government meetings have received <em>a lot</em> of attention in North Carolina. The ACLU has sued the Rowan County Commission, and another group has threatened to sue the Union County Commission for what they say are “sectarian prayers.”</p><p>As the U.S. Supreme Court is taking up a similar case from New York next week, we&nbsp;explore what the case could mean for North Carolina.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 38283 at http://wfae.org U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Government Prayer Case. What's It Mean For Rowan Co. Dispute? Court Decision A Setback For Voter Rights, Cooper Says http://wfae.org/post/court-decision-setback-voter-rights-cooper-says <p>The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down part of the Voting Rights Act Tuesday could have a big impact on North Carolina.</p><p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 01:31:25 +0000 Michael Tomsic 30097 at http://wfae.org Court Decision A Setback For Voter Rights, Cooper Says A Look At High Court's Opinion-Crafting Process http://wfae.org/post/look-high-courts-opinion-crafting-process <p>So now the briefs and oral arguments are filed in the same-sex marriage cases with the U.S. Supreme Court—now what?</p><aside class="flags"><p>As probably one of the least transparent institutions of our government, the court’s decision-making process is left solely to the nine members of the high court.&nbsp; But we do know, from the research on judicial politics in political science, that this period between the court’s public arguments and the release of a decision (expected in late June) can be just as crucial as any public discussion.</p> Sat, 06 Apr 2013 02:09:37 +0000 Michael Bitzer 24749 at http://wfae.org A Look At High Court's Opinion-Crafting Process A Legal Primer As High Court Decides Gay Marriage http://wfae.org/post/legal-primer-high-court-decides-gay-marriage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In his </span>18<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> century tour of the new American republic, Alexis de Tocqueville commented that most controversies eventually arrive in court. Over its history, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld de Tocqueville’s observation in key battles, both political and social.&nbsp;</span></p><p>And the justices on the high court are preparing to confront a new set of controversies.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 20:52:10 +0000 Michael Bitzer 23944 at http://wfae.org A Legal Primer As High Court Decides Gay Marriage In Gun Debate, Don't Count On Pols To Seek Common Ground http://wfae.org/post/gun-debate-dont-count-pols-seek-common-ground <p>With the president’s announcement of gun control <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/gun-advocates-shrug-at-obamas-executive-actions-86329.html?ml=po_r">proposals</a>, the divisive battle has re-emerged even when the nation tries to comprehend the horrors of Sandy Hook Elementary.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 17:14:33 +0000 Michael Bitzer 20056 at http://wfae.org In Gun Debate, Don't Count On Pols To Seek Common Ground