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August 06, 2020

Townhall: Congressional and state efforts to reform doctrine of Qualified Immunity underway

The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis over Memorial Day Weekend sparked protests and nationwide discussions of race, police abuse and criminal justice reform — a discussion that has yet to abate. His tragic death also renewed focus on a legal doctrine called "qualified immunity" that government bureaucrats and regulatory officers have used a ...

July 31, 2020

The Hill: To cripple the abusive campus ‘sex bureaucracy,’ rein in the Title IX coordinators

If you want to entrench a government policy, make sure someone's job depends on enforcing it. Even if that person isn't a true believer in the program initially, she will be by the time her first paycheck arrives — and increasingly after that. That's certainly the case with the education system's Title IX coordinators, who ...

July 30, 2020

A chef cooking to stay afloat during COVID-19

Chef Geoff Tracy is an entrepreneur, cookbook author, and owner of restaurants in the Washington, D.C., area. Chef Geoff's numerous awards include The Best Neighbor Award (for contributions to the community) and Washingtonian magazine's "Best Local Chef." He also served on the executive board of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington ...

July 23, 2020

The Detroit News: State’s highest court upholds fundamental property rights

"Government shall not collect more in taxes than are owed, nor shall it take more property than is necessary to serve the public." With these words, the Michigan Supreme Court on Friday confirmed what Uri Rafaeli and his attorneys knew all along: The government violates constitutional property rights when it takes more than it is ...

July 22, 2020

Strengthening property rights will improve affordable housing in America’s cities

Our nation is in the midst of a severe and ever-worsening housing crisis. For decades, we have seen far too few homes being built. And those homes that are built are often too expensive—particularly in major urban centers, where poor and middle-class families increasingly find themselves priced out of homes and apartments located near the ...

July 22, 2020

Daily Journal: A primer on amicus briefs as a tool to protect individual liberty

As a public interest legal organization, Pacific Legal Foundation litigates in multiple ways: Primarily, we initiate, defend and intervene in lawsuits on behalf of individuals and associations. These lawsuits champion the rights of our clients’ rights, and by extension, all Americans. We file as many as we can. Additionally, PLF files amicus ...

July 21, 2020

California Department of Public Health offers much-needed relief to personal care providers

Barbers, stylists, and other personal care providers across California were given new hope today. Small businesses all across California were devastated by California Governor Gavin Newsom's March 19, 2020, stay-at-home and shutdown order. No industry was harder hit than the personal services industry, as hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, ...

July 21, 2020

The Hill: Smart regulatory reform is an achievable goal ― Idaho has shown the way

Government bureaucracies tend to grow and become more bloated and ineffective over time. Sometimes this seems like an inexorable law of nature, like gravity. But it doesn't have to be that way. Regulatory inertia is not inevitable. Just look at Idaho, which has taken the lead in showing that reducing unnecessary regulation and limiting government ...

July 20, 2020

Governments should uphold separation of powers during COVID-19

As America begins to open up from the COVID-19 pandemic, various state and local stay-at-home orders, and the lifting of those orders, have been subject to legal challenges. Many of these lawsuits claim that government action violates the "separation of powers." Yet there is confusion as to what that term means and how it impacts ...

July 17, 2020

The Orange County Register: Newsom, Cosmetology Board should open minds, heads, and doors to the great outdoors

On March 19, 2020, Gov. Newsom issued a stay-at-home and shutdown order, dramatically changing our way of life. The shutdown order was catastrophic for many businesses and their employees, and even worse for the personal services industry, as salons, barbershops, nail salons, and other personal care providers were among the last allowed to reopen. ...