High school harpists are not criminals

January 19, 2023 | By CALEB TROTTER

Colorado high school sophomore Taryn Petruncola has played the harp since she was six years old. Aside from the joy that playing the harp brings Taryn, she also enjoys helping others. Through the years, she’s played for nursing homes and even during a family member’s funeral. As part of a business class that Taryn recently … ...


Victory! Busking now legal in Houston 

December 21, 2022 | By NICOLE W.C. YEATMAN

In 2018, accordionist Tony Barilla wrote in the Houston Press about his quest to play music on the city’s street corners—a quest that led him into a frustrating maze of bureaucracy. Busking was outright banned in most of Houston. Musicians could play in public spaces only if they didn’t accept tips.   Tony was happy … ...


WSJ editorial board slams New Jersey restrictions on microbreweries

November 30, 2022 | By NICOLE W.C. YEATMAN

The Wall Street Journal editorial board has thrown its support behind Pacific Legal Foundation client Chuck Garrity, owner of Death of the Fox Brewing Company, who is suing the New Jersey Division of Alcohol Beverage Control over its restrictions on breweries.  In a biting editorial, the Journal recounts some of the arbitrary and burdensome rules ...


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 ...


Orange County Register : Assembly Bill 5 is still wreaking havoc in California and across the country

October 18, 2022 | By WILSON FREEMAN

The state of California, doing the bidding of union activists, has for years been waging war on independent contractors. This effort, exemplified by the disastrous Assembly Bill 5, has undermined various lines of work, including freelance journalism, Uber and Lyft, and other professions. If you needed proof that AB 5 was a flawed piece of … ...


The Hill : California has a terrible labor law. The Biden administration wants to take it national.

October 10, 2022 | By JIM MANLEY

Three years ago this month, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed California Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) into law, essentially outlawing freelance journalism and most other independent contracting. … ...


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. … ...


Government blocks much-needed birth center in Georgia

September 01, 2022 | By NICOLE W.C. YEATMAN

A great test of any society is whether it takes good care of pregnant women and babies.   The State of Georgia is currently failing that test.  Georgia has the worst maternal mortality rate in the country—that is to say, more women die in childbirth in Georgia than in any other state.   The financial website … ...


Lunch at Ole Time Smokehouse

June 24, 2022 | By JESSICA THOMPSON

This article originally appeared in the Summer 2022 issue of our quarterly magazine, Sword&Scales. On days when Mark Shirley serves lunch at his food truck, Ole Time Smokehouse, he wakes up at 3:30 a.m. By the time most people in Farmville, North Carolina, are just getting out of bed, Mark’s barbeque has already been cooking … ...