An update to yesterday’s post concerning Public Campaign Action Fund’s manufactured scandal in Wisconsin.  The Washington Post has a copy of PCAF’s letter demanding an investigation of Gov. Scott Walker.  In addition to the charge of attempted coordination (which we debunked yesterday), the letter also charges Gov. Walker with illegally soliciting political contributions using state […]

Update: Click here to read about Public Campaign Action Fund’s latest frivolous charges against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. —– As if one needed further evidence that the primary beneficiaries of campaign finance laws are the political operatives who try to use them for partisan advantage, Public Campaign Action Fund has accused Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker […]

Washington state has a budget deficit of more than half-a-billion dollars and significant structural problems that will likely leave it lurching from fiscal crisis to fiscal crisis in the coming years. In the midst of these problems, legislators in Olympia are making the tough decisions. Besides designating a state rock (Tenino quarry sandstone—obviously the work […]

There’s a piece at Campus Progress, an effort of the Center for American Progress, praising the efforts of young 20-something progressives who run for office, and profiling a few candidates who have run races against established politicians.  The funny thing to me about the article is that it fails to discuss these young people filling-out […]

More than a year after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United, attacks on that historic ruling just keep coming.  The latest comes from a group called ProtectOurElections.org, which has submitted a complaint (.pdf) to the D.C. Bar arguing that Justice Clarence Thomas should have recused himself from the case.   The reason?   […]

Astute readers of this blog will note that its name is “Congress Shall Make No Law,” not “Parliament Shall Make No Law.” A story from Canada, however, teaches important lessons about how regulation can strangle basic human rights like the right to freely speak or peaceably assemble.   As described in the FrumForum, municipal regulations […]

      If it could, the ginormous publicity machine backing Justin Bieber would have never let this happen.                 Image source: jake.auzzie’s photostream          

New York Times columnist Adam Liptak has penned a thoughtful column on the meaning of the First Amendment’s protection for freedom of “the press” and its application to corporations.  Some critics of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United argue that the institutional press—unlike other corporations—enjoys special protection under the First Amendment, but as Liptak […]

The sports world is abuzz with the news that Daniel Snyder has filed a defamation lawsuit against the Washington City Paper because he is upset that it has been critical of his tenure as owner of the Washington Redskins.   In particular, he’s mad about a recent article in the paper that, in the words […]