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Month: September 2013

September 30, 2013

PLF's Timothy Sandefur joins Diana Hsieh on "Philosophy in Action" on Wednesday

I’ll be on Diana Hsieh‘s online radio show and podcast “Philosophy in Action” on Wednesday at 6pm Pacific Time to discuss the right to earn a living, occupational licensing, and other matters of constitutional and philosophical import. You can listen live here, or download the podcast here. ...

September 30, 2013

Public hearings on gray wolf delisting this week

This week, Fish and Wildlife Service is holding public hearings on its proposal to delist the gray wolf. The first hearing will be today in D.C. On Wednesday, there will be a hearing in Sacramento. And Albuquerque will play host on Friday.  As readers know, PLF filed a lawsuit in 2011 demanding that the Service ...

September 27, 2013

President's weekly report — September 27, 2013

Education Reform — Charter Schools The Georgia Supreme Court issued an excellent decision in Atlanta Independent School System v. Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School, Inc.  As explained in more detail in our blog post, public school districts in Georgia are required to allocate money to charter schools according to a statutory formula.  Bu ...

September 27, 2013

Greenhouse gas rules up in the air

Today is a big day for all things greenhouse gas, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change releasing its Fifth Assessment Report.  Earlier this week, the similarly named (but differently purposed) Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change released its latest report, Climate Change Reconsidered II: Physical Science.  These tw ...

September 27, 2013

Hard questions about polar bear listing

In anticipation of the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision on whether it will hear our challenge to listing the polar bear as a threatened species, Capital Press published my recent op-ed on the case.  Here it is in full: Capital Press September 26, 2013 Court should hold feds accountable for questionable ESA listing Asking tough ...

September 26, 2013

Prairie skyline towers over Washington D.C.

A North Dakota businessman recently announced plans to develop a 352-foot tower in Fargo, North Dakota. Fargo is a small city with a population of 105,000. The metropolitan population of Fargo is only 3% that of Washington, D.C. However, even without this latest development, Fargo has more 200 ft. commercial buildings than our nation's capital. ...

September 26, 2013

The Endangered Species Act at 40

This year, the ESA turned 40, and many conferences around the nation are convening to determine whether the ESA needs an update or perhaps more radical change.  In that vein, the California Environmental Law & Policy Center at University of California Davis School of Law is hosting next Friday “The Endangered Species Act at 40:  ...

September 25, 2013

PLF to participate in Oct. 2 builders' conference in L.A.

I'll be speaking at the Building Industry Legal Defense Foundation's Annual Law and Policy Conference in Downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 2.  I'll be on a panel on Takings Law, discussing PLF’s recent victory in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District. If you’re an attorney, planner or other government official, or ...

September 24, 2013

Adverse mining claim decision from the Ninth Circuit

We received this adverse opinion today from the Ninth Circuit in McMaster v. United States.  Ken and Debbie McMaster had worked a small gold mining claim in the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area for many summers, supplying nugget gold for their Gold Rush Jewelry shop in Graeagle, California (right).  After their claim was swallowed up by the Wildern ...

September 24, 2013

High school textbooks exclude property rights from Bill of Rights

Last week, the internet was buzzing about high school history textbooks that diminish or mis-characterize the Second Amendment.  What some of those reports have not mentioned, however, is that the same books fail to even mention that the Bill of Rights protects private property from government theft. One book, The Americans, a history book for ...