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December 30, 2019

A Washington court denies Santa’s freedom of speech

In early December, a federal court in Washington held that government has broad leeway to kick people off public property if the government doesn't like what they have to say. The Christmas season timing of the ruling is ironic: The federal court held that the Washington Department of Ecology did not violate the First Amendment ...

December 26, 2019

Officials who block people on social media violate the First Amendment

This piece initially appeared as a syndicated article from Tribune Content Agency in newspapers across the country ~~~ In the social media age, numerous politicians have come under fire for blocking critics from following them on Twitter. The latest is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, who recently settled a lawsuit brought by Dov Hikind, ...

December 26, 2019

California’s war on freelance journalism is unconstitutional

A California law scheduled to go into effect on January 1 threatens the First Amendment rights of nearly every freelance journalist in the Golden State and would likely put thousands of them out of work. Earlier this year, in an effort to regulate the rideshare and "gig" economy, and in response to a recent California ...

December 23, 2019

The Hill: California law unjustly and unconstitutionally restricts freelance journalists

Freelancing is a centuries-old practice. But with a controversial state law set to take effect Jan. 1, 2020, freelance journalism soon may become a thing of the past in California. Assembly Bill No. 5 (AB5) was enacted in 2019 to create a new three-part test under California law for determining whether someone is an independent ...

December 23, 2019

How the Fourth Amendment can protect us from becoming a surveillance state

Recent reports from countries like China and Russia have shown frightening new government programs that spy on Chinese and Russian citizens. Programs like these aren't surprising coming from Russia and China, but could American officials ever enact similar surveillance programs here? While it's always possible, U.S. citizens have a powerful weapon ...

December 20, 2019

Property owners with strong property rights make our coasts more beautiful

For many Americans, the cornerstone of "the American dream" is the possibility to someday own a slice of a beach paradise. But when it comes to beaches—or any land along our coasts—government agencies have declared open season on private property rights. Government agencies and environmental organizations often suggest there's an inherent confl ...

December 19, 2019

George Lucas just bought a new California beach home, here’s all the red tape he (and any California homeowner) faces

Filmmaker and sci-fi deity George Lucas recently purchased a $28 million, 2-acre plot of California beachfront land in the city of Carpinteria. Lucas' new land is next door to his existing home in Carpinteria and expands his beachfront property to just under 4 acres. The Star Wars creator hasn't announced what he plans to do ...

December 18, 2019

Issues & Insights: How hard would you fight to get the best education for your kids?

How far would you go to get the best education possible for your child? How hard would you fight? A group of Connecticut parents are prepared to find out — they're challenging the state's discriminatory education policies that lock minority children out of the state's top-flight magnet schools. That's what's happening in Hartford, Connecticut, wh ...

December 17, 2019

Terrence Roberts discusses racial quotas and discrimination in Connecticut schools

In 1957, armed National Guard officers guarded Terrence Roberts and eight other black high school students as they tried to walk into the all-white Little Rock Central High School for the first time. Roberts and the other students were known as the Little Rock Nine and they were the first black students to attend a ...

December 16, 2019

The Hill: Call the midwife — but not if you live in Georgia

Debbie Pulley is a midwife, but if she told you that, the Georgia Board of Nursing would fine her $500. That's because the board has barred the use of the title "midwife" by anyone who doesn't hold a nursing license — even people like Pulley, who has spent the past 40 years delivering more than ...

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