Washington Examiner : Biden’s proposed environmental rule would force bad California policy onto everyone

November 09, 2023 | By MARK MILLER

“What in the world is President Joe Biden thinking?” That’s what we asked ourselves when we saw the White House Council on Environmental Quality, or CEQ, had proposed a new environmental rule that would slow, if not stop altogether, the federal permitting of major infrastructure and energy projects that are necessary for our count ...


Issues & Insights : Homeless Crisis Exposes Judges Making Policy Rather than Law

October 02, 2023 | By MARK MILLER

Homelessness is the defining public health and safety crisis in the western United States. We see it in Phoenix, Seattle, Boise, Los Angeles, and seemingly all cities in between: makeshift camps, tents, feces, discarded drug needles, and the mentally ill living on the streets and in the public parks of our cities. To their credit, … ...


The Center Square : Looking for statesmen on Constitution Day

September 13, 2023 | By MARK MILLER

President Calvin Coolidge once said, “To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race.” Not-So-Silent Cal’s simple words from a hundred years ago resonate most especially today, the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. But do our current leaders recogn ...


Is eight enough? How the Supreme Court functions with only eight justices

September 30, 2020 | By MARK MILLER

In light of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s recent passing, the U.S. Supreme Court will be without a full complement of judges for the third time in the past decade—first, when Justice Antonin Scalia passed unexpectedly in 2016, next when Justice Anthony Kennedy retired, and now this time. How does the Court work when a judge … ...


The Daily Caller : The new champion of private property rights is … Barack Obama?

September 24, 2020 | By MARK MILLER

According to recent media reports, former President Barack Obama and his longtime colleague Marty Nesbitt want a 100-year-old sea wall rebuilt and fortified to protect a planned Hawaii retreat for both of them. Cue the objections from Obama’s critics — but in this case, the critics are many of the former president’s avid supporters in ...


Governor Cuomo’s quarantine exemption for MTV reveals problems with giving governors unchecked power during COVID-19

August 27, 2020 | By MARK MILLER

In June, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, New York Gov. Cuomo began issuing big fines—up to $10,000—against New Yorkers and New York visitors who travel out of state to COVID-19 hotspot states but refuse to quarantine for two weeks after arriving in New York. Yet despite Cuomo’s quarantine order, the state announced this week that … ...


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

August 06, 2020 | By MARK MILLER

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 ...


Qualified immunity is a blank check for government overreach

June 09, 2020 | By MARK MILLER

The killing of George Floyd has sparked protests and discussions of race, police abuse, and criminal justice reform across the country. George Floyd’s killing has also sparked discussions of a legal doctrine called “qualified immunity” that government bureaucrats and regulatory officers have used as a legal defense to violate peop ...


Florida deems WWE ‘essential’ and shows the danger of unchecked government during COVID-19

April 14, 2020 | By MARK MILLER

Today the governor of Florida and mayor of Orange County* have deemed professional wrestling (Hulk Hogan et al.) to be an “essential activity,” allowing it to go forward despite government orders to shelter in place for the rest of us. Floridians do not like the smell of what these Florida politicians are cookin’. Aside from R ...