Democrats went 0-2 yesterday in court in an attempt to get a temporary restraining order like they did on Tuesday. Chris Anglin on Tuesday successfully convinced a judge to issue a TRO in his challenge to a recently passed law. The Democrats yesterday, however, were far less successful…http://bit.ly/2vtbse5
Gov. Roy Cooper failed Tuesday afternoon to get a temporary freeze on two proposed constitutional amendments he has called legislative power grabs, with a Superior Court judge declaring that a three-judge panel should have the first chance to decide.
Meanwhile, the state NAACP and an environmental group called Clear Air Carolina are suing to keep four amendments from appearing on this fall’s ballots.
Wake County Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway said he would urge the state Supreme Court chief justice to appoint a three-judge panel quickly to decide both cases. The state is facing a ballot-printing deadline, and the Legislature wants the six proposed amendments on it.
The NAACP is challenging 4 of 6 constitutional amendments on the ballot this November (maybe). While litigation is pending, the North Carolina Constitutional Amendments Publication Commission did decide to write explanations for the two amendments not facing a legal challenge. First up, The amendment guaranteeing the right to hunt and fish…http://bit.ly/2njhWaX
“This amendment would acknowledge the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife, and to use traditional methods to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife. The amendment does not define ‘traditional methods,’” the amendment description reads, before going on to explain the amendment’s relation to existing laws.
The description also says the amendment will “establish that public hunting and fishing are a preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife.”
The second amendment they dealt with deals with victim rights…http://bit.ly/2njhWaX
It lays out eight rights already guaranteed to victims in the N.C. Constitution. Then it describes seven other rights the amendment would ensconce in the Constitution if approved.
“Today, victims have legal rights if the crime was a major felony, certain domestic violence cases, or one of several other kinds of serious crimes,” the explanation reads. “The amendment would expand the types of offenses that trigger victims’ rights to include all crimes against the person and felony property crimes. … This amendment directs the Legislature to create a procedure, by motion to the court, for a victim to assert his or her rights.”
Just a reminder, these descriptions will not appear on the ballot. They will only appear in voter guides. FYI: I’m still standing by my prediction that Anglin wins his challenge while the NAACP and Cooper will be laughed out of court.