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Month: February 2010

February 26, 2010

Revive 'privileges or immunities'

Author: Timothy Sandefur The National Law Journal has published my editorial on McDonald v. Chicago, just in time for the oral arguments on Tuesday. Excerpt: One of the biggest cases the U.S. Supreme Court will decide this year involves the right to bear arms. But in the long run, its decision in McDonald v. Chicago ...

February 25, 2010

Coastal Commission Arguments

Author:  Paul Beard Last week, the California Court of Appeal in Orange County heard argument in McNamee v. California Coastal Commission, with a decision expected in the next 90 days or so.  The appeal challenges the California Coastal Commission’s denial of a permit allowing the McNamees to keep tables, benches and other beach ame ...

February 25, 2010

Preparing for the McDonald oral argument

Author: Timothy Sandefur The U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing arguments on Tuesday in the case of McDonald v. Chicago, a crucial case about constitutional protections for Americans' right to possess firearms. But as I explain in the video below, the decision may end up being equally important for entrepreneurs and business owners. Monday afte ...

February 25, 2010

The "race" for stimulus money

Author: Ralph W. Kasarda The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was signed into law by President Obama just over a year ago, on February 17, 2009.  The Recovery Act distributes $787 billion dollars through tax benefits, contracts, grants, loans and entitlements.  Soon after the Recovery Act became law, an argument emerged that the s ...

February 24, 2010

Washington beats Supreme Court to the draw on Second Amendment

Author: Daniel Himebaugh McDonald v. Chicago could be one of the most important U.S. Supreme Court decisions this term because it will determine whether the Second Amendment applies to the states.  Residents of Washington State, however, need not wait on the U.S. Supreme Court to make that determination.  Last week, the Supreme Court of ...

February 23, 2010

PLF clients to appear on Fox News

Author: Joshua Thompson PLF Clients George and Sharlee McNamee will appear on the show Fox & Friends tomorrow morning, February 24, at 5:44 a.m., PST.  The McNamees own a beachfront home along Corona Del Mar Beach in Newport Beach, California.  They have lived there for about three decades.  The McNamees, like thei ...

February 23, 2010

Defending School Choice

Author: Joshua Thompson Over at, Senator Bob Huff has a great defense of the District of Choice program.  He writes: "The District of Choice program infuses free market principles into this system and breaks down the arbitrary school district boundaries by allowing kids to transfer to other schools. The very possibility of ...

February 23, 2010

When the stakes are high, the L.A. Times ignores the problem

Author: Brandon Middleton According to the Los Angeles Times, the regulatory drought isn't a crisis worth solving: Though the west valley's farms are important to the state's economy, they are located in a naturally arid landscape that's unsuited to agriculture . . . .  If cuts in water deliveries make it expensive to farm in ...

February 22, 2010

Lewis v. Chicago: Chicago Fire Department douses claims of discrimination

Author: Ralph W. Kasarda The United States Supreme Court heard oral argument today in Lewis v. City of Chicago. In this case, African-American fire department applicants sued the City of Chicago under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. They claimed that a written examination was discriminatory when it resulted in Chicago's ...

February 22, 2010

CEQA and GHG Emissions

Author: Reed Hopper From the Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental Law Blog, we have the following update: "On December 29, 2009, the California Natural Resources Agency ('Resources Agency') adopted amendments to the guidelines implementing the California Environmental Quality Act ('CEQA').  The amendments were filed wi ...