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Month: July 2011

July 31, 2011

The 2011 water year in a nutshell

Author: Brandon Middleton A highly informative article from The Sacramento Bee's Matt Weiser. ...

July 31, 2011

The 14th Amendment and the debt ceiling

Author:  Damien M. Schiff Former President Bill Clinton recently caused something of a stir by his public suggestion that President Obama could unilaterally increase the debt ceiling by invoking the authority of Section 4 of the 14th Amendment.  That provision of the Amendment states:  "The validity of the public debt of the ...

July 30, 2011

NRDC attempts to silence dissent in delta smelt litigation

Author: Brandon Middleton As the delta smelt litigation proceeds in Fresno, Pacific Legal Foundation continues its fight to have the U.S. Supreme Court review the constitutionality of delta smelt water cutbacks.  This week, numerous groups and organizations filed amicus curiae briefs in support of PLF's petition for a writ of certio ...

July 30, 2011

Will EPA regulate forest road stormwater runoff?

Author:  Damien M. Schiff Earlier this year the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in Northwest Environmental Defense Center v. Brown, overturned the EPA's longstanding Clean Water Act regulatory exemption for stormwater runoff from forest roads.  PLF filed two amicus briefs in the case on behalf of industry groups that are right ...

July 29, 2011

Happy Birthday, Milton Friedman!

Author: Jonathan Wood Milton Friedman, one of the greatest minds of the 20th century, would have turned 99 on Sunday.  Though few individuals have been as deserving of praise, Milton Friedman was "much more interested in having people thinking about the ideas" than the person having them.  In that spirit, we celebrate his birthday by ...

July 29, 2011

Growth management ruling exposes Washington’s east/west divide

Author: Brian T. Hodges Washington's Growth Management Act (GMA) envisions a scheme where every city and county, in every nook and cranny of the state, adopts land use regulations responsive to a host of general societal interests  (e.g, affordable housing, preserving property rights, protecting rural lands from urban development, protecting ...

July 29, 2011

Are polar bears really drowning?

Author:  Damien M. Schiff Fox News is reporting that a leading polar bear researcher—Charles Monnett—is under investigation by the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement.  Apparently the investigation is focusing on a 2006 peer-reviewed report that Monnett authored, which details the supposed drowni ...

July 29, 2011

The Title IX Blog soundly defeats a number of straw men

Author: Joshua Thompson After PLF and the American Sports Council made waves announcing their lawsuit concerning the application of sex-based quotas on American high schools, the proponents of sex-based quotas have finally begun their counter-attack.  Unsurprisingly, however, the response from the Title IX Blog is based ...

July 28, 2011

Showdown at the Flower Hill Mall

Author:  Damien M. Schiff The California Coastal Commission is making a ruckus over the expansion of the Flower Hill Mall, a popular spot located just east of the Del Mar Racetrack on the north coastal edge of the City of San Diego.  The Commission contends that the Mall's expansion requires a coastal development permit from ...

July 27, 2011

Victories and unanswered questions in buffer appeal

Author: Brian T. Hodges Earlier today, the Kitsap Sun published an op-ed that I co-authored with Jackie Rossworn, executive director of Kitsap Alliance of Property Owners.  The op-ed highlights several property rights victories and important issues that remain unresolved after Washington's Supreme Court declined to review the Kitsap County bi ...