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The Hill : California’s obsession with racial balancing

April 25, 2022 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

In 1996, California voters passed Proposition 209, which banned the use of race, sex or ethnicity in public employment, education and contracting. Things have changed drastically since then. In 2020, a California ballot measure sought to repeal Prop 209 and revive discrimination in government decision-making. And in 2022, the state legislature prop ...

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The Hill : Biden’s economic reform ought to consider certificate of need, too

August 23, 2021 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

President Biden recently called on the federal government to increase competition in the U.S. economy as a way of boosting wages, increasing employment, and allowing people to move between jobs. One of his biggest targets was occupational licensing, which has become a hot topic thanks to egregious examples such as states requiring thousands of hour ...

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

May 17, 2021 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

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 emp ...

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The Hill : Utah should open its doors to economic opportunity

May 11, 2021 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

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 ...

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Who is pushing to reinstate regulations eased under Covid?

April 20, 2021 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

As we inch toward pre-COVID normalcy, it’s important to recognize how much Americans have benefited from temporarily cutting red tape. It’s equally important to recognize who’s lobbying to return to red tape normalcy. A recent Wall Street Journal article questions whether the easing of regulations that occurred during the pandemic ...

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Can the government force you to get a vaccine?

April 14, 2021 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

The COVID-19 vaccine is one of the greatest advancements of medical science ever. But while the vaccine represents a welcome key to finally overcoming COVID-19, it has also renewed the questions surrounding government’s involvement in our health. Confusion and debate around vaccine eligibility or “vaccine passports” all lead to on ...

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The courts are a haven from political fights

January 06, 2021 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

On June 12, 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in the case of Loving v. Virginia, which ruled unanimously that state laws prohibiting interracial marriage violated the promise of equal protection before the law. That case became a famous touchstone of civil rights law, and was even the subject of a major … ...

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Supreme Court dissents’ role in shaping our laws

November 16, 2020 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

“It has been a tradition in the United States of dissents becoming the law of the land. So you’re writing for a future age, and your hope is that with time the Court will see it the way you do.” — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020) on writing a dissenting opinion.   We … ...

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Court packing explained

October 28, 2020 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

With the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just a few weeks before the 2020 presidential election, followed swiftly by the nomination and confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett as the Court’s ninth justice, court packing is experiencing a revival in the national conversation. But what exactly is “court packing”? What ...