State schools Superintendent June Atkinson wasn't the only winner Friday when a judge ruled that her constitutional authority to run North Carolina schools had been usurped. Bob Orr, a former state Supreme Court justice, also came out on top. Orr represented Atkinson, a Democrat, in her suit against the governor and the State Board of Education over who has the authority to run the state's public schools. The case wasn't Orr's first challenge against the state regarding the constitution. He has led unsuccessful lawsuits against the state over the lottery, tax-increment financing and tax incentives for Dell. Orr runs the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law and made an unsuccessful bid for the GOP nomination for governor last year.(Dome, THE NEWS & OBSERVER, 7/19/09).
**Editor note** NASW-NC's political action committee, NC PACE, interviewed Judge Orr when he ran for the GOP nomination for Governor. He was the only GOP candidate who would grant NASW an interview.