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January 28, 2019

To address government dysfunction, Congress must reclaim its oversight responsibilities

Originally published by The Hill, January 28, 2019. On Friday afternoon, President Trump and Congress moved to reopen the government for three weeks following a shutdown of historic length. The president encouraged a committee of senators and House representatives to negotiate his request for $5.7 billion in border wall funding in the Homeland Secu ...

January 25, 2019

Reducing forest fire risks requires market incentives, free enterprise

Originally published in The Hill, January 25, 2019. In a rare example of bipartisanship, last week the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed two Republican-sponsored bills to increase funding for fire-reduction projects in federal, state and private forests. Although there is heated disagreement over the causes of the recent increas ...

January 25, 2019

Kentucky law stifles ambulance competition and hurts emergency care

Originally published in the Courier-Journal, January 25, 2019. In Kentucky, six counties, each with more than 50,000 residents, have just one ambulance service. In a medical emergency, time is of the essence — but a lack of ambulance providers threatens to prevent the residents of these counties from getting timely emergency care. Welcome to the ...

January 16, 2019

Supreme Court Set To Decide A Critical Property Ownership Case

Originally published by The Daily Caller, January 16, 2019. Much of what happens inside the Supreme Court is shrouded in mystery. So Rose Knick doesn't know why she has the rare distinction of having the court hear her case twice this session. But that won't stop spectators from guessing, especially with the unusual circumstances surrounding ...

January 16, 2019

Why homeless “right to shelter” bill is a recipe for disappointment

Originally published by The San Diego Union-Tribune, January 16, 2019. There's no question California communities are struggling with a crisis of homelessness that needs solving. But one of the most prominent legislative solutions on offer — the "right to shelter" bill (Senate Bill 48) by state Sen. Scott Weiner, D-San Francisco — is an example ...

January 15, 2019

End discrimination against corporate speech

Originally published in The Hill, January 15, 2019. "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." George Orwell's pithy lesson from "Animal Farm" describes the hypocrisy of governments that proclaim the equality of their citizens, while granting special power and privileges to an elite group. It's also an apt description of ...

January 08, 2019

Grassroots political participation is under attack in Utah and GOP is fighting back

Originally published by The Hill, January 8, 2019. If you want to understand the importance of grassroots volunteers in a democracy, spend some time working political campaigns and party activities at the state and local levels. I experienced this lesson firsthand when I got involved with the Utah Republican Party as a law student. But ...

December 31, 2018

If frozen ground is ‘navigable water,’ Supreme Court should set bureaucrats straight

Originally published by The Hill, December 31, 2018. Richard Schok runs a family pipe fabrication business in North Pole, Alaska, and he wants to move his expanding business to another area in town. What started out as a simple permitting matter turned into a federal case — that is, a case of federal agencies ignoring ...

December 20, 2018

The Environmental Protection Agency Is Protecting The Swamp

Originally published in The Daily Caller, December 20, 2018. One of Donald Trump's first presidential actions was telling the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revise the agency's Obama-era Clean Water Act "navigable waters" definition. It was a welcome reform to a particularly abusive and controversial regulatory overreach. But on December ...

December 19, 2018

Unelected bureaucrats must follow the law, too

Originally published by The Hill, December 19, 2018. One of the first things Americans learn in civics class is that Congress makes laws and the executive branch enforces those laws. Unfortunately, that key constitutional principle has been eroded, with regulatory agencies ignoring congressional commands and instead making their own laws through ad ...