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Ranchers Sue Over New EPA Waterways Rule, Claiming Bureaucratic Overreach

Ranchers Sue Over New EPA Waterways Rule, Claiming Bureaucratic Overreach

BY MATTHEW VADUM   New Mexico ranchers are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its new Navigable Waters Protection Rule, which they say violates property rights even though it’s an improvement over the previous statute. The move comes after the Supreme Court gave the EPA new power to regulate pollution that travels to navigable waters […]

Despite Pandemic, Churches Persevere, Push Back Against Overreach

Despite Pandemic, Churches Persevere, Push Back Against Overreach

BY MATTHEW VADUM As politicians and lawyers argue over emergency powers claimed by government officials, the faithful are finding ways to cope amid aggressive public health orders that make it difficult or impossible to come together in person for worship. As religious people go about their daily lives, battles are raging in courts across the land […]

Supreme Court Considers Law That Requires Admitting Privileges for Abortion Docs

Supreme Court Considers Law That Requires Admitting Privileges for Abortion Docs

BY MATTHEW VADUM WASHINGTON—A Louisiana law that requires abortionists to have hospital admitting privileges close to where the procedure takes place should be upheld because it protects women’s health, the state’s solicitor general told the Supreme Court on March 4 as protests raged outside. Oral arguments came in the case, June Medical Services LLC v. Russo, as partisan, […]

California Officials Sue to Strike Down Pro-union Gag Law

California Officials Sue to Strike Down Pro-union Gag Law

BY MATTHEW VADUM Elected officials in California are challenging a controversial state law that deprives them of their ability to speak critically about labor unions by prohibiting statements deemed to “deter or discourage” public employees from seeking union membership. “I was elected by the people to ask tough questions and discuss public policy issues in an open dialogue […]

Small States With Low Immigrant Populations Hit Hardest by Influx of Illegal Aliens

Small States With Low Immigrant Populations Hit Hardest by Influx of Illegal Aliens

BY MATTHEW VADUM Illegal aliens are gravitating to so-called sanctuary cities in states with small immigrant populations where they strain local finances because they consume as much as $6,000 in taxpayer-funded services annually over and above any fiscal benefit they generate, according to a new study. The report by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), […]

Federal Judge Denies Injunction Against California Anti-Contractor Law After Admitting It Causes Harm

Federal Judge Denies Injunction Against California Anti-Contractor Law After Admitting It Causes Harm

BY MATTHEW VADUM   A federal judge refused to grant Uber and Postmates an injunction against California’s unusually restrictive anti-contractor law, even after acknowledging the law would cause the two companies “irreparable harm.” The law, known as AB5, forces companies to reclassify their freelancers as employees, which goes against their business model. When it took effect Jan. 1, […]

Report: States Face $1 Trillion in Unfunded Liabilities

Report: States Face $1 Trillion in Unfunded Liabilities

BY MATTHEW VADUM States are facing more than $1 trillion in unfunded future liabilities related to health and life insurance benefits for their retired employees, a growing shortfall that amounts to about $3,100 for every person in the United States, according to a new report by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC, which has come […]

POLITICS | Conservative Virginia Counties Float Seceding to West Virginia

POLITICS | Conservative Virginia Counties Float Seceding to West Virginia

BY MATTHEW VADUM A long-shot proposal for Virginia counties to secede and become part of neighboring West Virginia gained momentum after conservative leader and Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. endorsed it this week. The proposal by grassroots conservative activists, dubbed “Vexit,” calls for redrawing the border of Virginia, whose legislature recently flipped to Democrats, allowing some of […]

Pension Plan Members Argue Before Supreme Court About Right to Sue for Risky Investments

Pension Plan Members Argue Before Supreme Court About Right to Sue for Risky Investments

BY MATTHEW VADUM WASHINGTON—Defined benefit plan participants should be allowed to sue plan administrators for fiduciary breaches even when the retirement plan is overfunded and participants have not lost money, a lawyer for participants told the Supreme Court. A company retirement plan is said to be “overfunded” when its assets exceed its liabilities, allowing the surplus […]

Watchdog Group Tells 5 States of Millions of Extra Voter Registrations

Watchdog Group Tells 5 States of Millions of Extra Voter Registrations

BY MATTHEW VADUM   At least 2.5 million extra voter registrations are on the voter rolls of 378 counties nationwide, according to the good-government group Judicial Watch. Democrats have long denied that voter fraud affects electoral outcomes and claims that those on the right want to crack down on voter fraud solely as a means of preventing […]

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