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Orange County Register : California’s schools are reviving the loyalty oath

June 11, 2022 | By ETHAN BLEVINS

California’s universities once required faculty to sign an anti-Communist oath. Many faculty resigned or refused to sign on principle, and no one looks back on that history with fondness. Yet California’s community colleges are on the brink of embracing a new loyalty oath. Rather than force faculty to denounce communism, a new policy wi ...

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The Hill : Boise State punished a coffee shop owner for her speech

May 23, 2022 | By ETHAN BLEVINS

In late April, an Idaho judge allowed a vital free speech lawsuit against Boise State University to go forward. Big City Coffee, the plaintiff, had lost its contract with the university because some administrators and students were offended that the café supports local police. Thankfully, Judge Cynthia Yee-Wallace has denied Boise State’s re ...

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City Journal : Silencing parent advocates

March 03, 2022 | By ETHAN BLEVINS

A new regulation would prohibit New York City education councils from debating important policies. Around midnight on December 22, the New York City Panel for Education Policy wrapped up a seven-hour meeting by passing policy D-210, billed as a measure to combat harassment and discrimination. Unfortunately, the regulation risks chilling the speech ...

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Why is it so hard to be a California farmer?

September 20, 2021 | By ETHAN BLEVINS

In August, California’s State Water Resources Control Board voted unanimously to drastically reduce farmers’ rights to draw water from the state’s two largest rivers. The decision was just the latest in a series of blows to thousands of California farmers who are struggling to keep their farms alive, thanks to shrinking water allo ...

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The Hill : COVID-19 eviction bans expose deeper hostility toward property ownership

July 26, 2021 | By ETHAN BLEVINS

What would you think if the government dictated that you won’t be paid for more than a year but you must keep working? As unlikely as you might consider such a scenario, this hypothetical is Howard Iten’s reality. Iten, a commercial landlord in Los Angeles, is under Los Angeles County’s pandemic-driven mandate to continue running ...

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The Hill : The National Labor Relations Board embraces ‘cancel culture’

April 26, 2021 | By ETHAN BLEVINS

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently declared that Elon Musk violated federal law with this tweet: “Nothing stopping Tesla team at our car plant from voting union. Could do so tmrw if they wanted. But why pay union dues & give up stock options for nothing? Our safety record is 2X better than when … ...

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There are better ways to house people than by banning evictions

April 09, 2021 | By ETHAN BLEVINS

A common government response to the pandemic has been to freeze evictions to keep people housed. While an eviction moratorium may be attractive on the surface, this shortsighted tactic will only constrict access to affordable housing. There are better paths forward. Pacific Legal Foundation has challenged several of these eviction moratoria in cour ...

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Momentum is building against the CDC eviction ban

March 30, 2021 | By ETHAN BLEVINS

The tide has begun to turn in the legal battle over the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s moratorium on evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Property owners have hammered the CDC with a flurry of lawsuits since the agency adopted an order last September barring landlords from evicting non-paying tenants. PLF is lead counsel in ...

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Multiple lawsuits show how eviction bans are unjust and unconstitutional

March 11, 2021 | By ETHAN BLEVINS

Local governments and agencies across the country have responded to the pandemic by adopting policies that once would have been considered unfathomable in a country that values free enterprise and individual rights. Among the plethora of heavy-handed responses to COVID-19, the temporary bans on evictions, called eviction moratoriums, rank among the ...