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Arguing Wilkins v. USA at the Supreme Court  

December 02, 2022 | By PLF

On Wednesday, November 30, PLF attorney Jeffrey McCoy argued Wilkins v. USA at the Supreme Court. Montana neighbors Wil Wilkins and Jane Stanton have been trying to protect their remote forest homes after the U.S. Forest Service opened their small private road to the public, in violation of a decades-old easement agreement. When Wil and … ...

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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 ...

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Reason : The Respect for Marriage Act Shows That Congress Can Still Do Its Job

November 30, 2022 | By ALISON SOMIN

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s West Virginia v. EPA decision in June, prominent commentators complained that Congress is too broken to solve major problems, and thus, the executive branch must take action—even if it’s unlawful. … ...

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The Hill : A Montana ‘mountain man’ goes to court to protect his property rights

November 28, 2022 | By JEFF MCCOY

Wil Wilkins of Ravalli County, Mont., acknowledges he’s a bit of a throwback. Growing up in West Virginia, he says his mother used to tell him, “You was born a hundred years too late, boy.”  … ...

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The Carolina Journal : Farmville officials relax food-truck regulations. That’s a win for everyone

November 25, 2022 | By JESSICA THOMPSON

In 2019, barbeque pitmaster Mark Shirley of Walstonburg decided to test his entrepreneurial skills by launching his own food truck business, Ole Time Smokehouse. If he succeeded, he thought, he might eventually expand into a brick-and-mortar restaurant. Ole Time Smokehouse was indeed a hit, as Shirley built up a base of loyal customers in and R ...

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The Detroit News : Supreme Court must curb president’s expansive power

November 23, 2022 | By KYLE GRIESINGER

Arbitrary government has no place in our constitutional order. Yet many of today’s most significant federal policies reflect blatant abuses of presidential discretion. To cite the latest example, President Biden continues to maintain an indefinite state of “national emergency” for the COVID-19 pandemic, even though he declared in ...

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California Globe : To Make Housing Affordable, San Francisco Should Look Beyond California for Solutions

November 23, 2022 | By JEREMY TALCOTT

On November 8, voters in San Francisco weighed in on a pair of ballot initiatives aimed at easing the city’s affordable housing crisis. Let’s at least give city officials this much credit — they do, in fact, appear to recognize the city’s serious housing problem. … ...

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California’s new law silences doctors and gives government a monopoly on scientific truth

November 21, 2022 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

With the stroke of a pen, Governor Gavin Newsom has all but destroyed the First Amendment rights of healthcare professionals across California. The newly adopted Assembly Bill 2098 takes California’s routine disregard for the Constitution to new heights, penalizing any medical professional who disseminates “misinformation or disinformat ...

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The Hill : Biden reaches for his pen — and undermines separation of powers

November 21, 2022 | By CHARLES YATES

Faced with a Congress that would not endorse his expansive regulatory agenda, President Obama famously remarked, “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone.” Almost 10 years later, governing by executive fiat continues. The latest round of policymaking by pen and phone came when President Biden designated 53,804 acres of land in n ...