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Month: July 2009

July 27, 2009

Roger Clegg hits the nail on the head

Author: Joshua Thompson  Roger Clegg, President of the Center for Equal Opportunity, has a very good piece on The National Review Online, reviewing a piece in The Washington Post.  Mr. Clegg has worked with PLF attorneys in the past, (see here, or here) and is nationally-known for his insight into race-preferences, Equal Pro ...

July 23, 2009

Join us to celebrate the legacy of Milton Friedman

Author: Timothy Sandefur On July 31, Pacific Legal Foundation will join with the Cascade Policy Institute in Portland, Oregon, to commemorate the life and achievements of Milton Friedman. More information on the event here. The keynote speaker is state Representative Matt Wingard; I'll also be there, along with PLF client Adam Sweet, who recently o ...

July 23, 2009

Are judges umpires?

Author:  Damien M. Schiff Professor Holly Doremus has this post from Legal Planet criticizing the analogy between umpires and judges.  Professor Doremus contends that the analogy is inapt for at least two reasons:  first, umpires do in fact have much discretion (compare one ump's strikezone to another and the point is proved); ...

July 21, 2009

Democrats' health care bill

Author: Joshua Thompson The Democrats' prodigous 1,018 page health care bill is available for online viewing.  The American Thinker has discovered that the bill is loaded with race-preferences.  Why is it that everytime a new government boondoggle is proposed, the bureaucrats have to make sure that money is allocated acc ...

July 17, 2009

Barbara Boxer: Step 1 — Find mouth. Step 2 — Insert foot.

Author: Joshua Thompson Harry C. Alford, president and chief executive of the National Black Chamber of Commerce spoke yesterday during the Senate hearing chaired by Barbara Boxer (D-CA) , entitled "Ensuring and Enhancing U.S. Competitiveness while Moving toward a Clean Energy Economy."  Fireworks ensued. After Mr. Alford spoke abo ...

July 15, 2009

Philadelphia: The good and the bad

Author: Joshua Thompson The Philadelphia Inquirer published an excellent editorial Sunday.  I stumbled upon the article after it was re-printed in the Sacramento Bee today.  Granted, any editorial that quotes from Federalist 62 is bound to be one of my favorites, but, it's also great to hear The Inquirer ask Suprem ...

July 13, 2009

Does the Equal Protection Clause require the government to treat people differently?

Author: Joshua Thompson HUH?  Does the Equal Protection Clause require that blacks and whites (or Asians and Latinos) be treated differently? Does the Equal Protection Clause… Equal.  Differently? So argue the plaintiffs in the 6th Circuit case of Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action v. Regents of the University of M ...

July 13, 2009

reality bites: the Endangered Species Act puts fish before people

Author: Brandon Middleton Last week NRDC's Doug Obegi weighed in on the California water crisis by discussing "The Fallacy of 'Fish versus People.'" His message: While some Members of Congress and other elected officials have fallen hook, line and sinker for the myth that protecting California' ...

July 13, 2009

the hidden costs of environmental litigation

Author: Brandon Middleton As California's economic troubles continue, more and more people are waking up to the hidden costs that accompany environmental litigation. Last week Chapman University presidential fellow Joel Kotkin noted that "in California today, everyone who makes a buck in the private sector–from developers and manufac ...

July 10, 2009

Radanovich Signs Pacific Legal Foundation’s ‘Save Our Water’ Petition to Schwarzenegger and Obama

We are pleased to announce that Congressman George Radanovich has signed Pacific Legal Foundation’s “Save Our Water” Petition. We thank the Congressman for his support, which indicates how truly important PLF’s petition is. Congressman Radanovich is fully aware of the draconian Endangered Species Act water restrictions and w ...