Ninth Circuit won’t rule on the constitutionality of Obamacare’s “Platonic Guardians”

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals this morning threw out the constitutional challenge to Obamacare’s “Independent Payment Advisory Board”–the group of “Platonic Guardians” charged with writing laws relating to Medicare–on the grounds that case was brought too early. The Board’s powers … Continue reading

Lawmakers kickoff summer recess with a lawsuit bang

Right before its summer recess, the House voted (225 to 201) to authorize the chamber to sue the President for his failure to faithfully execute the laws, specifically his many suspensions and unilateral re-writes of the Obamacare law. While there … Continue reading

Standing up for constitutional limits on taxation

Several states have constitutional limits on tax-increases, and particularly super-majority requirements that force legislatures to get a 2/3 vote to raise taxes. California’s Proposition 13 is the most famous, but Arizona, Nevada, and other states have similar requirements. Sadly, state … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — July 4, 2014

The theme of this week’s legal report is liberty and is dedicated to the writings of Thomas Jefferson Supreme Court filings:  “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat … Continue reading

Timothy Sandefur’s Sac Bee op-ed on Hobby Lobby case

Today’s Sac Bee carries PLF attorney Timothy Sandefur’s op-ed about the Hobby Lobby case.  Excerpt: [Hobby Lobby] is hardly an extreme decision. It did not block the availability of contraception, or force workers to get their bosses’ approval. It simply … Continue reading

Obama’s defeat on recess appointments: half a loaf is better than starving

Today’s Supreme Court ruling in National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning is a strange “split the baby” decision, bound to disappoint almost any serious scholar, even though it reached the right result on the claims at issue. A unanimous … Continue reading