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The Declaration of Independence connects equality, freedom, and opportunity 

July 03, 2024 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

In recent years, the page on Pacific Legal Foundation’s website that has drawn the most visitors isn’t about any of our Supreme Court cases or a hotly debated news story. It’s a six-year-old blog post by a former PLF attorney titled “The Declaration of Independence (made easy).” The premise is simple and fantastic: tra ...

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70 years after Brown v. Board, a resurgence of race-conscious admissions policies in schools

May 17, 2024 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

Ask most people to name five Supreme Court decisions, and Brown v. Board of Education will make their list. Its pronouncement that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal” is so widely known and so well-respected that people of many ideological backgrounds quote it and try to claim its mantle, even when they have vastly ...

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Louisiana legislators demand meatpacking monopoly

October 27, 2022 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

  Gluttony: characterized by a limitless appetite   It was the late 1860s, and the city of New Orleans had a gruesome problem: Animal intestines clogged the city’s water pipes. The drinking water was tainted: It contained bits of meat and offal from slaughterhouses a mile and a half upstream, where butchers gutted 300,000 livestock ...

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The Hill : A Louisiana law keeps special needs kids from getting care — one woman wants to change it

September 06, 2022 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

In a recent lawsuit, the Louisiana Department of Health admitted what every parent of a special needs child knows: There is always a need for more care for this population. … ...

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Discourse : Irrational Basis

August 05, 2022 | By MATTHEW MITCHELL, ANASTASIA BODEN

The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade. While the outcome of the case is, of course, important—state legislatures can now more strictly regulate abortion—the court’s reasoning will have effects far beyond that particular debate. In Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, the majority ruled that abortion is not a fundamental righ ...

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SCOTUSblog : With Justice Breyer’s retirement, the court loses a pragmatist (and some laughs)

July 15, 2022 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

Perhaps one of the worst accusations that can be thrown at a judge is that they’re inconsistent, since it implies that the judge is ruling according to his or her whim rather than the rule of law. For Justice Stephen Breyer, consistency was key: For better or worse, democracy was his guiding principle. This multifactor … ...

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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 ...