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December 11, 2019

Some politicians are trying to take away nonprofit donors’ First Amendment right to privacy

The First Amendment protects your right to speak, assemble, and petition the government. Yet there are ways to limit and obstruct speech without banning it. When political leaders want to silence a critic or muzzle a burgeoning cause, they often do so by placing onerous conditions on those who dare to speak. Today, one of ...

December 09, 2019

Impeachment explained: A constitutional primer and history

Americans are sharply divided about the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump. But regardless of how you feel about the controversy, many Americans remain unsure about what impeachment means, how it serves as a tool to enforce our government's separation of powers, and how the Framers of our Constitution intended that tool to be used. ...

December 09, 2019

The Virginian-Pilot: Norfolk’s Airbnb rules may not pass muster

Planning to rent out your home to visitors through an online booking service such as Airbnb? If you live in Norfolk, you might just be inviting Big Brother into your living room. That's the conclusion we can draw from Norfolk's new ordinance requiring property owners to register with the city and submit to warrantless inspections ...

December 06, 2019

The Hill: In pollution case, the Supreme Court should side with property rights

At 585 feet, the Anaconda Smelter Stack looms large over rural western Montana. The Washington Monument-sized pillar stands as a reminder of the state's mining history and, to neighboring landowners, of the tons of toxic pollutants dumped on them and their properties for decades. The smokestack is the center of a Supreme Court case heard ...

December 03, 2019

Can Kanye West solve L.A.’s housing crisis? Not if city bureaucrats have their way

If you only know Kanye West from his music (or the Award Show Interruption Heard Round the World), you would be forgiven for being more than a little surprised by the headline above. But there are few things about Kanye West that aren't surprising. This past summer, Kanye began work on a new housing community ...

November 27, 2019

The Hill: Feds clear farmer to plow, then slap him with millions in fines

Following government rules is often a tough enough task. But when federal agencies secretly move their own rules' goalposts and then threaten millions of dollars in fines for noncompliance, it can be devastating. Ask Jack LaPant. In 2011, the rural farmer in Tehama County, Calif., planted 900 acres of winter wheat on his property. Before ...

November 25, 2019

A shocking 61% of Americans want more restrictions on free speech. Here’s why they’re dead wrong

In October, the Campaign for Free Speech published poll results showing a shocking shift in American attitudes toward free expression, especially among younger people. Among those results: 61% of Americans agree that free speech should be restricted, and 51% believe that the First Amendment, ratified in 1791, should be rewritten to reflect the new ...

November 22, 2019

Polluters and the EPA are trying to block property owners from suing polluters

Every day for nearly 100 years, a copper smelter in Montana spewed tons of toxic metals, arsenic, and lead from its smokestacks onto its neighbors. Those neighbors are suing Atlantic Richfield, the company that now owns the smelter, demanding that it restore their land to its original, healthy condition. But Atlantic Richfield, with the support ...

November 19, 2019

California’s ‘woman quota’ for corporate boards is an offense against equality and women. Here’s why we’re challenging it.

The online news publication Vox recently brought attention to our lawsuit challenging California's "woman quota" for the boards of publicly traded companies. We're grateful that the article's author, Alexia Fernández Campbell, engages in a thoughtful debate rather than resorting to ad hominem attacks. Still, her article misstates key facts about t ...

November 15, 2019

The Guardian criticizes Endangered Species Act reform that will help recover more endangered species

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is intended to protect and recover rare species. Yet instead of achieving these goals, the ESA has counterproductively imposed burdensome and costly regulations on landowners who preserved those species' habitat. For decades, PLF has pushed to correct this basic flaw in the law, recognizing that an Endangered Specie ...