Solving the wildfire crisis requires free-market solutions

September 15, 2020 | By JONATHAN WOOD

***Editors note: This article originally appeared in 2018, but because of the massive wildfires currently raging in California, we are republishing to (again) show the free-market solutions that can help reduce natural disasters like this. Originally published by The Hill, November 26, 2018. The devastating fires burning in California are a vivid r ...


States can’t prevent American Indian artists from truthfully marketing their art

August 20, 2019 | By CALEB TROTTER

This March, Peggy Fontenot, an award-winning artist and member of the Patawomeck Tribe, vindicated her right to truthfully market her art as “American Indian-made” in Oklahoma. The Patawomeck Tribe is recognized by Virginia as an American Indian tribe. But because the Patawomeck Tribe is not recognized by the federal government, Oklahom ...


To address government dysfunction, Congress must reclaim its oversight responsibilities

January 28, 2019 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

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 ...


Reducing forest fire risks requires market incentives, free enterprise

January 25, 2019 | By JONATHAN WOOD

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 ...


Kentucky law stifles ambulance competition and hurts emergency care

January 25, 2019 | By MOLLIE RIDDLE

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 ...


Supreme Court Set To Decide A Critical Property Ownership Case

January 16, 2019 | By CHRISTINA MARTIN

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 surrou ...


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

January 16, 2019 | By TONY FRANCOIS

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 ...


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

January 08, 2019 | By DANIEL ORTNER

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 … ...


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

December 31, 2018 | By JEFF MCCOY

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 … ...