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California Businesses Sue Gov. Newsom Over Pandemic Lockdowns

California Businesses Sue Gov. Newsom Over Pandemic Lockdowns

BY MATTHEW VADUM Two small businesses in central California are suing Gov. Gavin Newsom over his strict continuing lockdowns purportedly aimed at combating the CCP virus that causes the disease COVID-19. The 109-page lawsuit, Ghost Golf Inc. v. Newsom, filed in Fresno County Superior Court by Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), a public interest law firm based in Sacramento, claims the […]

Ballot Harvesting, Relaxation of Voting Rules Could Prolong Election

Ballot Harvesting, Relaxation of Voting Rules Could Prolong Election

BY MATTHEW VADUM The controversial practice of ballot harvesting, or allowing a third party to deliver a voter’s ballot to election officials, may drag out the Nov. 3 presidential election, experts say. The hotly contested battleground states of Colorado (9 electoral votes), Florida (29), Georgia (16), Iowa (6), Maine (4), Minnesota (10), Texas (38), and Virginia (13)—which […]

CDC Sued Over ‘Unconstitutional’ Nationwide Eviction Ban

CDC Sued Over ‘Unconstitutional’ Nationwide Eviction Ban

BY MATTHEW VADUM Landlords, homebuilders accuse agency of ‘sweeping assumption of power’ Landlords and homebuilders filed suit in federal court against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in an effort to block an eviction moratorium issued last month by the federal public health agency. The lawsuit, known as Skyworks Ltd. v. CDC, was filed Oct. […]

Trump Administration, 11 States, Launch Antitrust Lawsuit Against Search Behemoth Google

Trump Administration, 11 States, Launch Antitrust Lawsuit Against Search Behemoth Google

BY MATTHEW VADUM The U.S. Department of Justice and 11 states have filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against Google accusing the internet search giant of unlawful monopolistic behavior in its search business. “Google is the gateway to the internet and a search advertising behemoth,” U.S. Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen told reporters. “It has maintained its monopoly power through exclusionary practices that are harmful […]

Democrats Backpedal on Voting by Mail

Democrats Backpedal on Voting by Mail

BY MATTHEW VADUM After initially singing the praises of voting by mail in the Nov. 3 elections, some Democratic Party leaders are reluctantly backing away from the idea as enthusiasm for that method of voting fades. Pennsylvania’s Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman blames Republicans for the declining interest in voting by mail, accusing them of exaggerating […]

Trump’s List of Supreme Court Nominees Down to 12 Women

Trump’s List of Supreme Court Nominees Down to 12 Women

BY MATTHEW VADUM News Analysis President Donald Trump pared his sizable list of possible Supreme Court nominees on the weekend by indicating he intends in the coming week to name a woman to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died at 87 on Sept. 18. There are now 12 women on the list, topped by two Trump lower […]

California Parents Sue Governor Over In-Person School Ban

California Parents Sue Governor Over In-Person School Ban

BY MATTHEW VADUM A group of California parents who claim their children are being harmed by the state’s pandemic-related restrictions on in-person educational instruction are suing Gov. Gavin Newsom over the ban. The new lawsuit, cited as Looney v. Newsom, was filed in the Shasta County office of the Superior Court of the State of California. Shasta County is north of […]

Janus Court Decision Takes Toll as Union Ranks Thin, Report Says

Janus Court Decision Takes Toll as Union Ranks Thin, Report Says

BY MATTHEW VADUM Labor union membership in the United States has declined since a landmark 2018 Supreme Court ruling took away organized labor’s power to force public-sector employees to pay fees even when they refused to join the union, according to a new report. The data were included in The State of the Unions 2020, a report […]

California Limits Unpopular Law That Restricted Freelancers

California Limits Unpopular Law That Restricted Freelancers

BY MATTHEW VADUM California Gov. Gavin Newsom quietly signed a law on Sept. 4 repealing parts of an unpopular law that put independent contractors in the state out of work and limited the earnings of freelancers, including visual artists, musicians, writers, translators, and film support crews by classifying them as employees. The enactment of the new measure, […]

Pandemic Restrictions on Worship Spark Civil Disobedience

Pandemic Restrictions on Worship Spark Civil Disobedience

BY MATTHEW VADUM News Analysis Constitutional tensions between the authority of governments to use coercive powers to protect public health and the right of Americans to freely engage in religious worship have come to the fore in recent months as the quarantines, curfews, and stay-at-home orders amid the CCP virus, which causes the disease COVID-19 have dragged […]

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