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January 29, 2018

Fox News: States are using absurd licensing requirements to license people right out of work – it has to stop

Published by Fox News January 29, 2018. In Maryland, if you're behind in paying your state taxes you face a perverse situation.  You need money to clear yourself of the debt, but anyone with unpaid taxes is automatically prohibited from obtaining or renewing an occupational license.  That makes it difficult to find a job, because ...

January 30, 2018

The Daily Journal: Water, Property Rights and the Public Trust Doctrine

Originally published in The Daily Journal on January 30th 2019. Even if Mark Twain never actually said, "Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over," nowhere is this maxim better illustrated than in California, where people have been claiming, diverting and fighting over water since pioneers and prospectors first started rolling in. Califo ...

February 23, 2018

The Daily Signal: Don’t punish people with delinquent student loans by revoking their work licenses

Published at The Daily Signal February 23, 2018.  Nearly one-third of Americans today must be licensed by the government in order to do their jobs. Many of those people are among the 44 million Americans who have outstanding student loans. For that group of people, falling behind on student loan payments can mean that the ...

February 28, 2018

Wall Street Journal: Career civil servants illegitimately rule America

Originally published in The Wall Street Journal February 28, 2018. After Kimberly Manor lost her husband to lung cancer, she was inspired to make a dramatic career change. Kimberly now owns and operates Moose Jooce in Lake, Mich., a "vape shop" that sells various electronic nicotine devices. These products use battery-powered coils to vaporize liqu ...

March 08, 2018

National Law Journal: Pacific Legal’s Formula for Winning Cert: “Evil villains, outrageous facts, and sympathetic clients”

You need doggedness and determination, and real subject matter expertise. You've got to be able to write great cert petitions because that's the way you get in the door, but you also need to find clients that judges can rule in favor of. ...

April 11, 2018

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Racial discrimination is alive and well in St. Louis schools; now let’s end it

Published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch April 11, 2018. If you thought school segregation was a thing of the past, guess again. The practice of denying educational opportunities to African-American kids is alive and well in St. Louis schools. That's unacceptable. We're helping to lead the fight to end St. Louis schools' segregation policy, and ...

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