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Issue: Personal Liberties

The liberty protected by the Constitution encompasses your right to be free in the enjoyment of all of your abilities in the pursuit of happiness, including the right to express yourself in thought and action, to pursue the occupation of your choice, to live where you want, and to pursue the best education for you and your children.

At PLF, we: vindicate freedom of speech and association; defend the right to earn a living; support freedom in education; and uphold equal protection of the law, including freedom from racial discrimination.

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Oklahoma cannot stop American Indian artists from calling their art American Indian-made

For over 30 years, Peggy Fontenot has made, displayed, and sold American Indian art, often traveling the country to participate in American Indian art shows and festivals. Her specialty is … ›

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The Book Passage v. Becerra

Governor signs bill making book signings legal again

Bibliophiles and liberty lovers, rejoice! Governor Brown signed a bill that exempts books from California’s draconian autograph law.

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Public comment reopened for federal wine labeling regulations

Over a year ago, I wrote about a pending federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) regulation that would remove certain common-sense labeling exceptions for wines sold within a … ›

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K.J. v. Minnesota State High School League

K.J. v. Minnesota State High School League

Kaiden Johnson loves competitive dance, and he is a valued member of the varsity dance team at Superior High School in Superior, Wisconsin. But the team primarily competes against high schools across the river in Duluth, Minnesota—and the Minnesota State High School League has a “girls only” policy for dance teams.

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Janus op-ed in the Daily Journal

Today’s Daily Journal celebrates the first day of the new Supreme Court Term by publishing an array of op-eds on pending cases, including my own take on Janus v. AFCSME. That … ›

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Compulsory union subsidies on the chopping block

The First Amendment protects the right to speak and associate as well as the right to refrain from speaking and associating. Today the Supreme Court decided to hear the First … ›

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Elster v. City of Seattle, Washington

Elster v. City of Seattle, Washington

Representing Seattle residents and property owners, PLF sued to overturn Seattle’s ordinance mandating public campaign financing. Under the city’s “democracy voucher” program, each Seattle resident receives four $25 vouchers to support eligible candidates for local political office. The money to fund the voucher program is taken from the city’s property owners via a dedicated levy. The lawsuit argues that these compelled subsidies violate the First Amendment right to refrain from speaking – or funding the speech of another person.

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The Book Passage v. Becerra

The Book Passage v. Becerra

Bay Area bookstore owner Bill Petrocelli is among hundreds of small business owners threatened by California’s newly expanded autograph law. Sellers of any autographed goods – including books – worth more than $5 must now provide a Certificate of Authenticity, details of each sale, personal information about buyers and previous owners, and store records for seven years. These new outrageous regulations deter, if not effectively ban, author events at bookstores like Bill’s and the free exchange of ideas.

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