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Clint Bolick: The Supreme Court Stakes in 2012Posted on July 09, 2012 | Type: In the News | Author: Clint Bolick
Many conservatives are angry with Chief Justice John Roberts, whose decisive vote in late June not only sustained a disastrous health-care law. It also interpreted the Constitution to permit Congress to penalize behavior through its taxing power that it cannot control through its power to regulate commerce. Magnifying the harm is a CBS News report—and informed suspicions from a number of sources—that Chief Justice Roberts initially voted to strike down the law but switched in the face of veiled threats from President Barack Obama and concerns about the court's reputation and his own.
Tombstone Ain't Dead YetPosted on May 23, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias
Last week, the U.S. Forest Service got the drop on Tombstone when the City’s request for an emergency injunction was denied by Senior Judge Frank Zapata of the United States District Court. But Tombstone’s legal posse has a more than a few rounds left in the chamber.
The Taxpayers Win OnePosted on May 17, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Clint Bolick
Two years ago, Gov. Jan Brewer abolished the Arizona Department of Commerce. It wasn’t an act of getting rid of government waste or excess, but rather making way for a new entity: the “quasi-public” Arizona Commerce Authority.
Is Tombstone the next Katrina?Posted on May 15, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias
More than the lives and properties of Tombstone, Ariz. residents and tourists are at stake in the historic town’s ongoing legal battle with the U.S. Forest Service to restore its water infrastructure. Arizona’s wildfire season is now underway with numerous dangerous wildfires being reported across the state. Tombstone is under contract with the Arizona State Forester to deliver water for suppressing wildfires; but that contract cannot be reliably fulfilled so long as the Forest Service blocks emergency repairs to Tombstone’s Huachuca Mountain water supply.
The Supreme Court Could End Government-Sponsored CartelsPosted on May 09, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Clint Bolick
Among the New Deal relics that persist today are federal dairy laws that restrict competition over milk prices. The Hettinga family, which owns two Arizona dairies, managed to lower prices through an exemption in the law, which ultimately led to the repeal of the exemption, and forced the Hettingas into the government-created dairy cartel.