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Economic Liberty

August 09, 2019

Albuquerque Journal: Indian Market’s exclusions are a pity

American Indian artist Peggy Fontenot, a member of the Patawomeck tribe, makes a living by selling her black-and-white photography and intricate beadwork at American Indian art markets across the country. A devotee of traditional techniques, she has received multiple awards at leading markets like the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angele ...

August 06, 2019

The Hill: New York taxi regulator tries to put the brakes on free speech

Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft have revolutionized local transportation and broken stagnant taxi monopolies. Ridesharing offers customers convenience and value, while providing drivers the opportunity to earn money on a flexible schedule. But there are downsides to this innovative new arrangement. For example, Uber drivers often work long ...

July 08, 2019

Los Angeles Times: Setting quotas on women in the boardroom is probably unconstitutional. It also doesn’t work

California recently became the first state in the nation to require publicly traded companies to include women on their boards of directors. Now Illinois, New Jersey and Massachusetts appear poised to establish their own "woman quotas." While undoubtedly well-intentioned, these mandates are likely to be struck down in court. And that's a good thing ...

July 01, 2019

The Hill: Virginia’s happy end to unlawful happy hour restrictions

Think of a few of the most memorable restaurant marketing promotions of recent history: the Five Dollar Footlong, the Dollar Menu, the 4 for $4 Meal. What do they have in common? Besides being short and catchy, each slogan lets customers know the price they can expect to pay. For that reason, these ads immediately ...

June 26, 2019

Supreme Court ends state discrimination against new resident liquor businesses

Can a state prohibit new residents from doing business in the alcoholic beverage industry? In a 7-2 opinion in Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association v. Thomas, today the Supreme Court answered with a resounding "no way." The Court affirmed that states may not discriminate on the basis of state residence, and that protectionism is ...

June 24, 2019

Richmond Times-Dispatch: After an intense legal battle, Virginia restaurants are free to advertise happy hour prices and puns

Virginia restaurants are finally free to unleash their creativity when crafting happy hour advertisements, thanks to recent legislation and a lawsuit brought by restaurateur and chef Geoff Tracy. Believe it or not, Virginia specifically prohibited businesses from advertising happy hour prices and from using puns or creative terms to describe their ...