The INDY Endorses Mike Morgan for N.C. Supreme Court | Our Endorsements | Indy Week
Pin It

The INDY Endorses Mike Morgan for N.C. Supreme Court 

N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice

Mike Morgan

Here is how desperate North Carolina Republicans are to preserve their razor-thin conservative majority on the Supreme Court (which is nonpartisan in name only): last year, lawmakers passed a cockamamie law allowing Justice Robert Edmunds to run in a "retention" election—a yes/no referendum, rather than facing an actual opponent. If the noes prevailed, the governor, a Republican, would appoint his replacement. Neat trick.

That law was struck down by a panel of Superior Court judges. The N.C. Supreme Court, with Edmunds abstaining, deadlocked, so the real election was back on.

Edmunds has plenty of experience. He's been an appellate judge or justice for eighteen years, and he's a thoughtful, if stoutly conservative, jurist who stresses judicial independence. Under different circumstances, we would be inclined to support him, even though, because of age limits, he would be forced to retire about halfway through his eight-year term. But given the legislature's willingness to bend the constitution in service of ideological schemes—and given the Supreme Court's recent history as a partisan institution, which has been evident on questions of gerrymandering, school vouchers, and the aforementioned retention election—North Carolina can't afford to write Republican lawmakers a blank check. And that's exactly what preserving the status quo court would do.

We're endorsing Mike Morgan, who for the last two decades has served on district and superior courts and is highly rated by the state bar. He's known as a dedicated public servant and would be a welcome addition to the Supreme Court.

  • Incumbent Robert Edmunds has experience, but we can’t afford to write N.C. Republicans a blank check

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Our Endorsements



Twitter Activity

Most Recent Comments

Wayne Goodwin lost his reelection to many different factors, but one I am sure he never thought to look at …

by insideman on Statewide races (Our Endorsements)

Unforgivable primary endorsements

As was painfully clear to many of us when you endorsed HRC & Trump for their …

by alertcorgi on The INDY Endorses Hillary Clinton for President (Our Endorsements)

I'm going to respectfully disagree that "Howard was correct to support the zoning measure." This particular measure defies any kind …

by Monty Brekke on The INDY’s Endorsements for the Chatham County Board of Commissioners (Our Endorsements)

Vox: The real Clinton email scandal is that a bull---- story has dominated the campaign
(If you agree with her …

by Chris Sites on The INDY Endorses Hillary Clinton for President (Our Endorsements)

"....[The State legislators] do not permit the creation of categories of purchase. A "luxury tax" (whether statewide or local) would …

by 2Lionsrock on The INDY’s Endorsements for Wake County Offices and the Sales Tax Referendum (Our Endorsements)

Comments

Wayne Goodwin lost his reelection to many different factors, but one I am sure he never thought to look at …

by insideman on Statewide races (Our Endorsements)

Unforgivable primary endorsements

As was painfully clear to many of us when you endorsed HRC & Trump for their …

by alertcorgi on The INDY Endorses Hillary Clinton for President (Our Endorsements)

Most Read

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

© 2016 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation