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Author: Daniel Ortner

February 22, 2021

The government can’t prevent you from fundraising for nonprofits

When Adam Kissel, a longtime advocate for civic education, agreed to give the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America's Founding Principles and History (JMC) a helping hand with fundraising, he assumed he would simply be communicating with potential donors who might be open to supporting the organization's mission. Instead, Kissel found himself on ...

December 30, 2020

Our freedom of speech doesn’t depend on what you’re speaking about

The right to protest government is one of the oldest and most revered American traditions. From the Boston Tea Party to the Civil Rights movement to the modern-day Tea Party and Black Lives Matter movements, Americans of all political beliefs and backgrounds have always turned out to protest for justice and liberty. As the Supreme ...

December 16, 2020

It should be game over for Nevada’s shutdown policies

In recent years, businesses that combine the fun of playing games with drinks and the atmosphere of a bar or tavern have become extremely popular. From e-sports lounges to arcades and board game shops, these locations have become destinations for adults to socialize and enjoy a fun night out. Individuals come to these businesses primarily ...

December 14, 2020

The Hill: The governor who stole Christmas — and the California businesses fighting back

Small business owners across California have struggled to survive this year in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and related shutdown orders. But with the holiday season beginning, Gov. Gavin Newsom, much like the Grinch, has stolen what little festive cheer remained. California already had one of the nation's more restrictive COVID-19 regimes a ...

December 10, 2020

The Detroit News: Professors cannot be excluded from First Amendment rights

At its best, academia is a place where controversial ideas are expressed and students are exposed to unsettling and uncomfortable topics. But increasingly conformity and coddling have become the norm. And professors who dare to say anything provocative or contrary to the prevailing narrative are being targeted, punished or even fired, even at publi ...

November 18, 2020

Governors can’t single-handedly govern during COVID-19

Ever since the COVID-19 outbreak began, individuals and businesses have taken extraordinary measures to slow its spread. But in many states, instead of working with legislatures to enact reasonable and constitutional COVID-19 protocols, governors have used executive orders and emergency powers to govern single-handedly, without any of the proper ch ...

October 30, 2020

Small business owners are fighting back against Gov. Newsom’s unconstitutional shutdown orders. Here’s why. 

This Halloween will be particularly spooky for small business owners across California, thanks to Governor Gavin Newsom's ongoing shutdown of businesses statewide in response to the pandemic. Indeed, many of these small businesses may not live to see another All Hallows Eve. For example, take Ghost Golf, an indoor miniature golf and family entertai ...

October 28, 2020

Handing out candy to trick or treaters in some cities could get you fined

For kids who have been subjected to lockdowns and distance learning for months on end, Halloween this year should be an especially sweet treat. Trick-or-treating is an outdoor activity that is socially distancing and mask-wearing friendly—indeed, kids have worn masks on Halloween long before COVID-19. Kids get to express their creativity, let out ...

October 19, 2020

Temple University rightly clarifies ban on student gatherings

Good news for students at Temple University and other universities in Philadelphia. They are not going to be suspended or expelled for attending church or canvassing on behalf of political candidates. In response to COVID-19, the City of Philadelphia put strict limits on public gatherings. Indoor gatherings are limited to 25 people, while outdoor g ...

September 25, 2020

The City of Brotherly Love Must Allow Students to Gather

Philadelphia already has some of the most stringent limits on public gatherings in the country (limited to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors). But because of an outbreak among some of Philadelphia's roughly 450,000 college students, the City doubled down and imposed a total and complete ban on student gatherings of any size. Temple Universit ...