The Pacific Legal Foundation has had quite a week.
Its 45th anniversary celebration at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in California last weekend was bracketed by an oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court February 28, and a cert grant on March 5—its third this term.
The argument in Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky was a challenge to a Minnesota law banning political badges and clothing at polling places. The newly granted case Knick v. Township of Scott, Pennsylvania asks the court to reconsider Williamson County Regional Planning Commission v. Hamilton Bank, a 1985 precedent that requires property owners to pursue takings cases in state court before going to federal court.
Neither case hails from the left coast, but that’s not a problem for Pacific Legal’s president and CEO Steven Anderson. Even though it is based in Sacramento, PLF is a national liberty-oriented public interest group, he says. We caught up with Anderson, who came to the organization in 2016 after a 12-year stint at the like-minded Institute for Justice. Snippets from the conversation: