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May 17, 2021

The Hill: After losing a congressional seat, California needs a course correction

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, California's leading exports are computers and electronic products. But these days, it feels like the top exports are jobs, residents and misguided public policy. Companies such as Tesla, Hewlett-Packard and Oracle — once staples of Silicon Valley — are moving to more employmen ...

May 13, 2021

New York Daily News: Live theaters, hung out to dry

From million-dollar productions on the Great White Way to shoe-string experimental off-Broadway shows, live theater and performance is the lifeblood of New York City. And yet, for more than a year, productions throughout New York City have been shuttered in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, restaurants and bars with live music, bowling al ...

May 13, 2021

The government’s internment of Japanese Americans was a grave violation of civil rights

On February 19, 1942, just two months after the Japanese military attacked Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066. The emergency order "relocated" 120,000 Japanese Americans to internment camps in the Western United States. The internment order would not be lifted until 1945. Of those individuals held in the i ...

May 11, 2021

The Hill: Utah should open its doors to economic opportunity

On the heels of a pandemic, states should be inviting innovation, entrepreneurship and economic recovery. But a recent story in Utah exemplifies a disturbing trend in America: banning all business models not explicitly permitted and depriving people of their shot at the American Dream. Late last year, Utahan entrepreneur Zachary Stucki reached out ...

May 07, 2021

Great news: North Dakota ends home equity theft

Co-authored with Michael Fedorchak, the state director for AFP North Dakota. There is cause for celebration in North Dakota, as it joins the growing list of states that forbid home equity theft. Until recently, local North Dakota officials could seize and sell valuable properties when the owners fall behind on property tax payments and then ...

May 07, 2021

Separation of theater and state: One performer is challenging NYC’s selective COVID restrictions

It takes courage and grit to stand up to authority when your basic rights to free expression and economic liberty are threatened—especially when you're leading the charge on behalf of dozens of others. Yet, in spite of the many obstacles that accompany taking on "the man," one performer is fighting back against New York's arbitrary ...

May 05, 2021

Houston Chronicle: Make busking protected speech in all of Houston, not just the Theater District

Tony Barilla is an accomplished accordion player who wants to busk — that is, to perform in public for tips — on the streets of Houston. Many of the world's great cities like New York, Paris, London and New Orleans are known for their robust busking cultures. Street performers and their music make these cities ...

May 05, 2021

Harvard’s inconsistent position on discrimination ignores the full meaning of equality before the law

Later this month, Harvard University will file its brief asking the Supreme Court to refrain from reviewing its admissions policy. Its full-throated defense of the policy, which discriminates against "Asian-American" students, reveals the university's inconsistent position on discrimination. On one hand, Harvard condemns discrimination against Asia ...

May 04, 2021

Carolina Journal: North Carolina bureaucrats are about to learn a lesson in the importance of property rights

When is losing the entire value of your property due to government regulation, not an "undue hardship"? According to the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission, the answer is whenever your home is on the coast. In October 2016, Michael and Cathy Zito's Nags Head beach house burned to the ground. Luckily no one was hurt, ...

April 30, 2021

Daily Journal: In AFP v. Beccera, Supreme Court has the opportunity to bolster free speech 

On Monday, the Supreme Court heard argument in a case asking whether you have the right to privacy when you make charitable donations.  Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta, 19-251 (S. Ct., filed Aug. 26, 2019); The case involves a California requirement that all nonprofit organizations soliciting donations within Califo ...