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June 24, 2020

Supreme Court must remind law enforcement that not even the police are above the law

In 2015, an armed shoplifter fleeing the police broke into the Lech family's home in Greenwood Village, Colorado. The shoplifter, who chose the Lech's house at random, refused to come out and opened fire on the cops outside. In response, local police used explosives, high-caliber ammunition and a battering ram mounted on a tank-like vehicle ...

June 22, 2020

The Hill: Local governments are undermining state laws that encourage ‘granny flats’

It's well known that California is in the midst of a housing crisis that grows more severe all the time. For decades, we have seen too few homes built, and those that are built are too expensive. The poor and middle class suffer the most from the housing shortage, increasingly finding themselves priced out of ...

June 04, 2020

The Daily Signal: Trump’s new ‘Navigable Waters’ rule is an improvement, but still murky

The Trump administration published this spring its new definition of "navigable waters" (also known as "waters of the United States") under the Clean Water Act. The long-awaited action reversed course on decades of bureaucratic overreach by the Environmental Protection Agency and by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the EPA's partner in the abuse o ...

May 28, 2020

Seattle’s rent moratorium would hurt renters and landlords—and it’s unconstitutional

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Seattle City Council issued a resolution calling on state and federal government to "impose an immediate moratorium on residential and commercial rent payments…such that no Seattleite should be required to pay rent during this health emergency or accumulate debt for unpaid rent." This extreme proposal goe ...

May 18, 2020

This Massachusetts town tried shutting off some residents’ water to combat COVID-19, but that’s unconstitutional

Attempting to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections, officials in the town of Salisbury, Massachusetts, recently deprived seasonal homeowners of the right to receive running water in their homes. The reasoning was that if these homeowners couldn't access the town's public water utility, they wouldn't return to Salisbury for the vacation season ...

May 12, 2020

The Hill: Politicians seek relief for renters — but landlords have rights, too

State and local governments have closed businesses across the country in response to COVID-19, putting millions of Americans out of work. Right now, those Americans' biggest concerns are keeping a roof over their heads and feeding their families. Against that backdrop of economic anxiety, Sen. Barnie Sanders (I-Vt.) tweeted, "It is time to #CancelR ...

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