Rolling Back Overcriminalizaiton

Between 2000 and 2007, the United States Congress created 452 entirely new crimes, a rate of over one new crime every week. By the end of 2007, the U.S. Code included more than 4,450 federal crimes, with an estimated tens of thousands more located in the federal regulatory code. Worse, a joint study released this […]

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Side Effects: Number of Waivers Grows As a Result of Obamacare Authors’ Sloppy Handiwork

Jamie Dupree recently reported for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the number of waivers granted by the Obama Administration for a certain provision in the new health care law has now reached 222. That’s double the amount of just three weeks ago. The waivers apply to a provision of Obamacare prohibiting annual limits on health plans. […]

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Blue Dogs Sing the Blues

The events of Election Day will ultimately polarize Congress and affect the conservative policy agenda being debated and passed by lawmakers. Although Republicans were launched into power in the House, the more conservative Democratic Caucus, known as the Blue Dog Democrats, lost power by losing several of its more conservative members.  Add to that many […]

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O, Christmas Tree! O, Taxing Tree!

The tax bill (still being drafted in secret) is becoming a lobbyist’s dream, just in time for Christmas. The Democrat opposition to President Obama’s compromise has increased the negotiating power of every Representative and Senator, especially the Democrats. The vote by the House Democrat Caucus to denounce the unwritten bill “in its current form” is […]

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Arizona Immigration Law in the Supreme Court: Employers Who Knowingly Hire Illegal Aliens

The oral arguments in the Supreme Court on Wednesday in U.S. Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting were an interesting mix of tap dancing, political correctness, and duplicity. In Whiting, the Chamber of Commerce sued the state of Arizona over its 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act, which (1) authorizes the suspension and revocation of the business […]

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Parents “Trigger” Reform in California

Since last January, every parent in California of a child in a failing public school has had the legal right to petition and invoke one of four turnaround models. Yesterday, in a revolutionary move, parents at McKinley Elementary School, part of the Compton Unified School District, did just that, becoming the first in the nation […]

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