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Colorado homeowner dubbed ‘Wicked Witch of the West’ for protecting her property rights

July 24, 2024 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

The meaning of the word “villain” is ingrained in most of us from the first time we hear the phrase “Once upon a time.” And in storybooks, like Frank L. Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the line between hero and villain is clear.  Readers never once question that Dorothy is our heroine and the … ...

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Ideological bias stripped one first-grader of her First Amendment rights

July 19, 2024 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

Does free speech have age restrictions? The Supreme Court says no. But one California judge ignored the Court’s landmark decisions and upheld a public school’s decision to punish a first-grader over a picture she drew in class. The student’s mother is now fighting back to protect her daughter’s right to free speech. An innoc ...

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PLF client heads to the California Supreme Court to protect his property from the CCC

June 24, 2024 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

The California Coastal Commission (CCC) has earned itself a nasty reputation for overstepping the boundaries placed on it by both the state legislature and local county laws. And many California homeowners have lost their property rights as a result. Shear Development Company has experienced this abuse firsthand—so now they’re taking the Co ...

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The anniversary of Sackett v. EPA and continued defiance

May 24, 2024 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

One year ago, the Supreme Court unanimously agreed to restore proper limits to the Environment Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to broadly interpret and enforce the Clean Water Act (CWA). For decades, the EPA, along with the Army Corps of Engineers, had taken it upon themselves to expand the definition of “navigable waters” to ...

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MMA fighter Renato Moicano praises Constitution and private property at UFC 300, after PLF commercial airs

April 19, 2024 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

After winning his match during last weekend’s UFC 300 in Las Vegas, Brazilian mixed martial artist Renato Moicano delivered a rather unconventional victory speech. Moicano did not use his moment in the sun to boast of his win against his opponent Jalin Turner or reflect on the long road he traveled to become champion. Instead, … ...

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Without property rights, we drift further down “The Road to Serfdom”

March 21, 2024 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

This month marks 80 years since F. A. Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom was originally published in Britain. (An American edition was published six months afterward.) The book has since been translated into 20 languages and sold several million copies, making it not only Hayek’s most notable work, but also one of the foremost treatises ̷ ...

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A mother’s fight to end discrimination and protect merit-based public education

March 06, 2024 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

A student’s race should not determine their access to public educational programs. The Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause specifically safeguards against this kind of discrimination. Yet, this is exactly what is happening in New York State’s Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP). Originally intended to help students prep ...

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Frederick Douglass’ colorblind Constitution

February 27, 2024 | By RAFA OLIVEIRA

In the infamous Dred Scott v. Sandford decision of 1857, the Supreme Court ruled that black slaves were never intended to be United States citizens. Chief Justice Roger Taney promptly denied Dred Scott his freedom from slavery in the 7-2 decision. Dred Scott was a slave in Missouri, owned by John Emerson in Missouri. In … ...

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Zora Neale Hurston’s legacy of individual rights and equality

February 09, 2024 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

Zora Neale Hurston was a cultural icon of the Harlem Renaissance. Known for her prolific writing, especially her renowned novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston broke through racial barriers at a time when society was viewed primarily through a black or white lens. But Hurston’s artistic contributions to the countercultural zeitgeist of ...