New Jersey places a bet on the Constitution

States are not puppets of the federal government, to be manipulated to accomplish whatever policy the federal government might prefer. If they were, both individual liberty and political accountability would be compromised. That’s why our Constitution forbids the feds from … Continue reading

New Jersey doubles down on sports betting

This week, I participated in a Federalist Society teleconference call on the Third Circuit’s recent en banc arguments over New Jersey’s efforts to repeal its prohibitions against sports gambling. That call has since been released as a podcast and is available here. … Continue reading

Are states better than the feds at protecting endangered species?

In honor of Groundhog Day, WildEarth Guardians released its annual report card for federal and state management of prairie dogs. Unsurprisingly, the environmental group isn’t too fond of PLF’s victory on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Property … Continue reading

Justices skeptical of Park Service’s power to regulate private and state property

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral argument in Sturgeon v. Frost, in which the issue is whether the National Park Service can regulate activity on property it does not own but is located within the exterior … Continue reading

When Obamacare fails, the Executive can’t blame states

As readers well know, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes all sorts of new restrictions on the types of health insurance policies that can be bought and sold.  Naturally, this means that a lot of people who liked their health … Continue reading

Federal courts can hold Forest Service accountable for fire conditions

Across the western United States, intense forest fires rage every summer, blackening millions of acres. One of the factors in the severity of these fires is the fuel conditions prevailing on many national forests.  For many decades the Forest Service has … Continue reading

Can Congress grant a state a monopoly over an industry at the expense of the rest of the nation?

Today, PLF and the Cato Institute filed this brief supporting New Jersey’s cert. petition in its challenge to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA)’s grant to Nevada of a monopoly on sports-gambling. This federal statute was adopted in 1992 and … Continue reading

PLF’s Timothy Sandefur talks with Armstrong & Getty about Jon Stewart, EPA, the Constitution…

I was on the Armstrong & Getty program this morning to talk about some important Supreme Court environmental law cases that are pending now, about my new book, The Conscience of The Constitution–and about why Jon Stewart is wrong to ridicule … Continue reading

PLF files amicus brief in Supreme Court in support of State of Alaska

The State of Alaska has asked the United States Supreme Court to review a decision of the Ninth Circuit which says that the federal government, instead of the state, has the power to regulate hunting and fishing in navigable waters … Continue reading