North Carolina Supreme Court

Politics & Government
5:23 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Justice Cheri Beasley Unofficially Wins Re-Count In Race For NC Supreme Court

Justice Cheri Beasley
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North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley has won a re-count to keep her seat against  Winston-Salem attorney Mike Robinson, according to certified State Board of Elections results.

Beasley, endorsed by Democrats in the non-partisan race for the state’s highest court, gained a net of 17 votes in the re-count, keeping a narrow lead of 0.22 percent of ballots cast, the unofficial results show.

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Politics & Government
8:35 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Why Many NC Voters Don't Know Who They'll Elect To The Supreme Court

Justice Robin Hudson (center) and Judge Eric Levinson spoke with at a Supreme Court candidate forum in Raleigh in September moderated by Donna Martinez (left).
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With five weeks to go before Election Day, candidates for the state’s highest court are trying to get some attention. And they’re spending more time raising campaign funds because the legislature eliminated state funding for judicial races last year.

Campaign ads for the Supreme Court are usually pretty civil. They're kind of like one from Justice Bob Hunter, in which a narrator says: "In the North Carolina Legal system, one quality must stand out: Fairness." In the video, three young people hold a sign that says "fairness" and a then flip it over to say, "Bob Hunter!"

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The State of Things
12:14 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

The Races For NC’s Highest Court

The Supreme Court elections are coming and things are getting interesting.
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The North Carolina Supreme Court is supposed to be above hyper-partisan politics, but what happens when groups from outside the state become the biggest donors? 

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Education
6:13 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Advocates Ask NC Supreme Court To Release School Voucher Funds

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Supporters of private school vouchers are trying to put the state’s program back on course. Attorneys are asking the North Carolina Supreme Court to overturn a recent ruling that halts the program.

A superior court judge ruled last week that using taxpayer dollars to help send children to private schools is unconstitutional.

But critics say the program gives low-income families school choice and that freezing the funds has put hundreds of families in limbo.

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Politics & Government
7:39 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Supreme Court Justice Survives Ad Blitz, More To Come

From left: Eric Levinson, Jeanette Doran and Robin Hudson
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Two experienced judges won the right to run for North Carolina’s Supreme Court on Tuesday night.

Incumbent Justice Robin Hudson got 43 percent of the vote and Superior Court Judge Eric Levinson got 37 percent to Raleigh attorney Jeanette Doran's 21 percent, according to the State Board of Elections.

Judicial races are usually sedate, but this one is getting attention because out-of-state funders spent more than half a million dollars in negative advertising against Hudson.

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Politics & Government
8:47 am
Fri May 2, 2014

The TV Ad That’s Rattling The Campaign For NC Supreme Court

Eric Levinson, Jeanette Doran, Robin Hudson
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North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race isn’t the only one attracting lots of campaign money ahead of Tuesday’s primary.

Incumbent Supreme Court Justice Robin Hudson is facing two challengers. She also faces more than a half-million dollars in negative advertisements from out-of-state funders.

Some say money is changing the non-partisan tone of court races in North Carolina. In this race, people are talking about one particular television ad that concludes with:  

“Justice Robin Hudson. Not tough on child molesters. Not fair to victims.”

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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Outside Money Funds NC Supreme Court Race

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Elections for seats on the NC Supreme Court are purportedly nonpartisan. But one race this year is already infused with large outside donations and negative advertising. The state's highest court likely will rule on cases regarding redistricting, teacher tenure, voter ID laws and same-sex marriage in the coming year. Those contentious issues make the race for incumbent Democrat Robin Hudson's seat a particularly heated one. Hudson faces Republicans Eric Levinson and Jeannette Doran.

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Politics & Government
5:43 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Battle Over Redistricting Lands In State Supreme Court

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Opponents of the legislative and congressional districts drawn in 2011 by the General Assembly argued in court today that those boundaries should be thrown out.

The effort to scrap the new legislative and congressional boundaries landed in the state Supreme Court today. Attorneys for groups from the Southern Coalition for Social Justice to the state NAACP told justices the boundaries for the newly drawn maps are unconstitutional. They want the court to postpone the candidate filing period for this year's elections as well as the May sixth primary date.

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Politics & Government
5:13 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

State Supreme Court Justices Consider N.C. Pre-K Case

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North Carolina's Supreme Court justices heard arguments Tuesday morning over whether the state's pre-kindergarten program must be expanded to reach more children.

The justices listened to attorneys in the case over the North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten Program, or N-C Pre-K for short. Legislative cutbacks have whittled down the number of children allowed to take part.

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