Coverage of PLF at the Supreme Court for Schuette

Last week I was in Washington, D.C. for the oral argument in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action.  This is the case that is challenging whether voters have the right to prohibit racial preferences by government.  In 1996, California voters becase the … Continue reading

Supreme Court to hear case concerning Michigan’s ban on racial preferences

May the voters of a state amend their state constitution to prohibit discrimination and preferences based upon race?  The Supreme Court will address that question.  Today, with Justice Kagan recusing herself, the Court granted certiorari in Schuette v. Michigan Coalition to Defend … Continue reading

Michigan AG files cert. petition two weeks after Proposal 2 decision

That was fast!  After the Sixth Circuit’s horrendous decision striking down Michigan’s equal rights amendment two weeks ago, the Michigan Attorney General filed this certiorari petition yesterday to ask the Supreme Court to take up the case.  Kudos to the AG’s office for … Continue reading

More on the Sixth Circuit’s Proposal 2 decision

Last Friday I explained the Sixth Circuit’s embarrassing decision to strike down Michigan’s Proposal 2.  President of the National Association of Scholars (and longtime PLF friend) Peter Wood, has been assembling similar reactions to the Sixth Circuit’s decision.  For example, here … Continue reading

The Sixth Circuit’s embarrassing decision

As we reported on Thursday, the Sixth Circuit declared Michigan’s Proposal 2 unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause.  The decision has been roundly condemned throughout the legal community.  For good reason.  The decision defies both logic and common sense by … Continue reading

Proposal 2 struck down by the Sixth Circuit

The Sixth Circuit, sitting en banc, declared Proposal 2 unconstituional under the Equal Protection Clause today. Proposal 2 is Michigan’s landmark constitutional amendment that banned racial preferences and discrimination by state and local government. Think about that for a second … Continue reading

Proposal 2 in front of the full Sixth Circuit today

Today, the Sixth Circuit, sitting en banc, will be hearing the case of Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action v. Regents of the University of Michigan. This case challenges the constitutionality of Proposal 2, a statewide constitutional amendment that banned the … Continue reading

New Shoreline Master Program might eliminate iconic “liveaboards”

Author: Daniel Himebaugh The Seattle Times reports that the City of Seattle's forthcoming Shoreline Master Program could spell the end of house barges in the city's marinas.  House barges are vessels that people use as residences.  They are also known … Continue reading

Seattle trimming its tree retention ordinance

Author: Daniel Himebaugh The City of Seattle is taking some concrete steps toward eliminating its "exceptional tree ordinance," reports The Seattle Times.  New proposed rules that would repeal retention standards for large trees and do away with permitting for tree … Continue reading