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February 18, 2020

DailyJournal: SB 826, California’s ‘woman quota’ law, is plainly unconstitutional

More than 30 years ago, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals warned that “the notion that women need help in every business and profession is as pernicious and offensive as its converse, that women ought to be excluded from all enterprises because their place is in the home.” Associated General Contractors of California, Inc. ...

February 10, 2020

The Hill: Mandatory ‘woman quotas’ undermine Justice Ginsburg’s fight for equality

In the opening scene of the documentary "RBG," Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg famously quotes abolitionist-feminist Sarah Grimke. "I ask no favor for my sex," she says. "All I ask of my brethren is that they take their feet off our necks." Sadly, this view of equality is falling out of vogue.  To some ...

January 30, 2020

These Grammy-winning artists wouldn’t have gotten their start under Houston’s busking law

When listening to musicians like B.B. King describe their early journeys, it's clear how hard it can be for artists to survive: "I was making about $60 a week at this radio station, and I would go out and pick cotton. I would drive trucks and tractors; I did everything to try and make ends ...

January 22, 2020

The Supreme Court cases constitutional law experts are watching

There are many cases before the Supreme Court that will set important precedents in PLF's battleground areas of freedom of speech, property rights, equality before the law, economic liberty, and separation of powers. The decisions to many of these cases have the potential to strengthen Americans’ individual rights, or deliver more power to go ...

December 23, 2019

The Hill: California law unjustly and unconstitutionally restricts freelance journalists

Freelancing is a centuries-old practice. But with a controversial state law set to take effect Jan. 1, 2020, freelance journalism soon may become a thing of the past in California. Assembly Bill No. 5 (AB5) was enacted in 2019 to create a new three-part test under California law for determining whether someone is an independent ...

October 22, 2019

The morality of capitalism

This article is featured in the fall edition of our quarterly magazine Sword&Scales. To read the full edition visit: ~~~ Socialism is popular again. The rise of politicians such as Bernie Sanders and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez shows how the promises of socialism are once again influencing our political debate. It's ...