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December 30, 2011

CARB suffers setback

Yesterday, a federal court in Fresno enjoined implementation of the California Air Resources Board’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, reasoning that the regulation impermissibly burdens interstate commerce in violation of the U.S. Constitution.  Prof. Richard Frank has a good analysis of the decision in Rocky Mountain Farmers Union v. Goldstene at ...

December 29, 2011

Major victory for property owners in California

The California Supreme Court today upheld the constitutionality of AB 26, which eliminates the state’s Redevelopment Agencies–the entities responsible for eminent domain abuse in California. At the same time, the Court struck down AB 27, which provided a new mechanism for the Agencies to come back into existence. Although the court̵ ...

December 29, 2011

An ode to invertebrates

The High Country News GOAT Blog has high praise for the Xerces Society and its 40 years of advocacy on behalf of invertebrates of all kind: Invertebrates are the planet’s soil tillers and pollen pimps, its gravediggers and stream cleaners; the animal kingdom’s working class. In fact, they represent 99 percent of life on earth. ...

December 29, 2011

Gray wolf on its way to California?

Seems to be a reasonable possibility, according to this AP report. ...

December 28, 2011

More educational choice for Michiganders

Despite strong opposition from the Michigan teachers’ union (shocker), Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill into law that will eliminate the cap on charter schools in that state. ...

December 28, 2011

California Supreme Court to issue redevelopment decision tomorrow

The California Supreme Court has announced that it will issue its decision in California Redevelopment Association v. Matosantos tomorrow morning. This is the case in which various government officials are challenging the constitutionality of two laws signed by Gov. Brown this summer which abolish the state's existing redevelopment agencies and pro ...

December 28, 2011

Panel discussion of Sackett v. EPA oral argument at Georgetown Law Center on January 9, 2012

The Supreme Court Institute at Georgetown Law Center is hosting a panel discussion of the oral argument in Sackett v. EPA on January 9, 2012 at 1:30 p.m., just a few hours following the actual oral argument in the Supreme Court, which takes place at 10:00 a.m. that morning.  All are invited to attend this ...

December 28, 2011

New research points to limited government as the way forward in health care

Readers who have been following our efforts to challenge the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate should check out a brand new publication from The Heritage Foundation.  The paper, called Empowering Patients as Key Decision Makers in the Face of Rising Health Care Costs, advises lawmakers to adopt measures that promote personal liberty i ...

December 23, 2011

KAPO’s cert petition is catching attention

Earlier this year, PLF filed a petition for a writ certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case, Kitsap Alliance for Property Owners v. Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board.  The petition asks the Court to review a Washington appellate decision holding that a county can force landowners to dedicate large tracts of private ...

December 22, 2011

PLF board member Charles Trainor receives PLF's inaugural "Foundation of Freedom" award

At our December Gala, held in Sacramento on December 1, 2011, PLF inaugurated an annual award, the “Foundation of Freedom” award.  In this first year, PLF named Charles Trainor, who has served on PLF’s Board of Trustees for many years, as our first recipient.  To find out more about the award, and why Mr. Trainor ...