Is the ocean “land owned or controlled by the Federal government”?

As President Obama’s final term came to a close, he engaged in what has unfortunately become a favorite pastime for lame duck Presidents: trying to build a legacy by abusing the Antiquities Act. President Obama was the Barry Bonds of … Continue reading

How will President Obama’s judicial appointees affect the federal courts?

For answers, check out this podcast by the Federalist Society, moderated by Dean Reuter. Brett Shumate of Wiley Rein discusses the impact of the president’s nominees to the D.C. Circuit, while I tackle the issue with respect to the Ninth … Continue reading

PLF will fight “Obamacare” on constitutional grounds

The Obama Administration’s health care legislation raises compelling questions about the limits of federal power. The requirement on individuals to buy health insurance, for example, negates the freedom not to buy a designated product, and pushes beyond a reasonable understanding … Continue reading

The Obama Administration disappoints again

Author: Joshua Thompson This week the Obama Administration filed an amicus brief in Fisher v. University of Texas.  This case deals with the extent to which universities can deny individuals equal protection rights in the name of promoting group-based diversity. PLF, … Continue reading

PLF leads “Save Our Water” petition press conference

Author:    Damien M. Schiff Yesterday, Pacific Legal Foundation held a press conference at the Capitol in Sacramento to notify Governor Schwarzenegger and President Obama that PLF has collected over 12,000 signatures to its "Save Our Water" petition.  The petition asks Governor Schwarzenegger … Continue reading

Salazar underwhelms Fresno; federal and state officials must act to convene God Squad

There is plenty of coverage of Sunday's visit by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to Fresno. Aquafornia has a nice roundup of the news stories — the problem with these stories, however, is that they fail to portray how truly uninspiring … Continue reading