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Championing happy hour (in Virginia and beyond)

July 18, 2019 | By NATHANIEL HAMILTON

The Happy Hour: An opportunity to imbibe a modestly priced cocktail with friends and colleagues. Or as Virginia bureaucrats would describe it: An opportunity for bars and restaurants to lure unsuspecting passersby with dangerous alcohol. For years, Virginia restaurants and bars were banned from advertising happy hour drink prices or from using any ...

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

December 11, 2019 | By LUKE WACHOB

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 … ...

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George Lucas just bought a new California beach home, here’s all the red tape he (and any California homeowner) faces

December 19, 2019 | By NATHANIEL HAMILTON

Filmmaker and sci-fi deity George Lucas recently purchased a $28 million, 2-acre plot of California beachfront land in the city of Carpinteria. Lucas’ new land is next door to his existing home in Carpinteria and expands his beachfront property to just under 4 acres. The Star Wars creator hasn’t announced what he plans to do … ...

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California’s war on freelance journalism is unconstitutional

December 26, 2019 | By NATHANIEL HAMILTON

A California law scheduled to go into effect on January 1 threatens the First Amendment rights of nearly every freelance journalist in the Golden State and would likely put thousands of them out of work. Earlier this year, in an effort to regulate the rideshare and “gig” economy, and in response to a recent California … ...

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Women don’t need California’s gender quota to be successful. Statistics say they already are

February 11, 2020 | By JENNIFER C. BRACERAS

American women in 2020 are healthier, wealthier, freer, and more prosperous than ever before. America is currently experiencing the lowest female unemployment rate since 1965, along with record rates of female business ownership. In fact, since 1997, the number of female-owned businesses has risen by 114%. The number of women executives has grown n ...

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Ten examples of companies innovating to make our lives better during COVID-19

April 02, 2020 | By NATHANIEL HAMILTON

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused incredible turmoil and pain for millions of people around the world. This uncertainty has inspired many to call for government to step in and fight the spread of COVID-19 and ensure that hospitals and critical industries have the resources and supplies they need. While government policies have a role in … ...

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Certificate of Need laws limited healthcare capacities in the years leading up to COVID-19

April 08, 2020 | By ANASTASIA BODEN AND ANNE PHILPOT

Temporary hospitals are popping up all over New York in anticipation of a growing number of coronavirus patients and an undersupply of hospital beds. The U.S. has just 2.8 hospital beds per 1,000 Americans⸺even fewer than Italy (3.2) and drastically lower than South Korea (12.3). But those so-called “field” hospitals, hidden beneath m ...

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To combat COVID-19, Florida must suspend its Certificate of Need Laws

April 16, 2020 | By ANASTASIA BODEN AND MOLLIE WILLIAMS

Today, in support of Brewster Ambulance Service, PLF called on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to suspend the state’s Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (COPCN) requirement for ambulances. That law puts the interests of incumbent providers above Florida entrepreneurs and consumers and blocks health care providers from providing vit ...

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PLF calls on 14 governors to suspend laws that inhibit emergency medical response

April 28, 2020 | By ANASTASIA P. BODEN AND MOLLIE WILLIAMS

In 36 states, medical providers must prove that a new service is “needed” before opening new facilities or purchasing medical equipment. In states with Certificate of Need (CON) laws, health care providers must satisfy this requirement at an onerous hearing where existing providers are invited to show up and testify that the current ser ...