Mitch Kokai

Mitch Kokai

The latest legal challenge to North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarships has yet to head to a courtroom. But a review of a similar case from 2015 should raise concerns for scholarship supporters.

If being cooped up for days has made you irritable, so irritable that you’ve taken out your frustrations online, a recent ruling from the N.C. Court of Appeals might offer a small degree of comfort.

Few people want to spend time these days debating the finer points of constitutional law and government’s separation of powers. That makes sense. Until we know the limits of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, most people prefer to focus on actions that keep themselves and their families safe.

Not all pictures are worth a thousand words. But the picture of North Carolina’s new congressional map tells an important story. It’s a story worth more than most words generated in ongoing legal disputes about the map.