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  • January 28, 2015    |   Educational Choice

    Last Sunday kicked off National School Choice Week 2015. School choice is what it sounds like: the ability to choose which school your child attends, regardless of school district or income. Click here for more information about National School Choice Week I consider myself very lucky. Both of my parents have a considerable income, giving…

  • January 9, 2015    |   Private Property

    On February 10, 2014, civil forfeiture claimed yet another victim. But now he’s fighting back. El Willis hadn’t been charged with a crime. Nor was he carrying any drugs. But when police stopped his car last February, they didn’t need any evidence of criminal activity to take almost $20,000 in cash from him. Under civil…

  • December 19, 2014    |   Economic Liberty

    Yard sales: as American as hot dogs, baseball and apple pie. But like so many other innocent activities, yard sales are getting swept up in the ever-growing blob of government regulation. Towns are increasingly requiring permits for such sales, limiting their frequency, and even restricting their advertising. That’s what is happening in Highland, Calif. The…

  • December 18, 2014    |   Economic Liberty

    If Bank Street Brewhouse’s sleek exterior and silver siding in New Albany, Ind., doesn’t catch your eye, its unusual menu might. Loaded with sarcasm and bite, the menu offers “Chef Campbell’s Soup of the Day,” helpfully “served in a bowl. Your choice of whichever can is on the top of the stack.” Alternatively, a hungry…

  • December 11, 2014    |   Private Property

    Below is a statement from Melinda Haring, activism manager at the Institute for Justice, on today’s statement from the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, announcing its decision to reverse the condemnation of James Dupree’s Mantua art studio. The city was attempting to forcibly seize James Dupree’s studio through eminent domain in order to replace it with private development. Today…

  • December 10, 2014    |   Private Property

    Monday evening, after months of living with the uncertainty that they wouldn’t have a home for Christmas, the residents of Pleasant Ridge scored a major victory against a mayor who sought to bulldoze 354 homes in Charlestown, Indiana. At a city council meeting that went late into the night, the council rejected the mayor’s plan…

  • November 12, 2014    |   Economic Liberty

    By a vote of 6-1, the city council of Austin, Texas approved a new ordinance that legalizes Uber, Lyft and other rideshare services as “transportation network companies”. To operate legally, and to cover bodily injury and property damage, TNCs must have commercial automobile liability insurance coverage of at least $1 million. Moreover, drivers have to…

  • October 9, 2014    |   Private Property

    Mandrel Stuart used to own the Smoking Roosters, a barbecue restaurant in Staunton, Va. But one night in August 2012, police pulled him over and seized $17,550, without even bothering to charge Stuart with a crime. Unable to pay his bills and rent, Stuart had to close down his small business. On the night of…

  • October 8, 2014    |   Private Property

    In late September, I packed my megaphone and took the next flight to Indiana to deliver fighting words and reassure property owners that they have the right to keep their homes. The city of Charlestown plans to seize and demolish 354 homes in order to build newer homes and retail—even though the plan grossly violates…

  • September 17, 2014    |   Economic Liberty

    Washington, D.C., is home to one of the best food-truck scenes in the country. But last year the city’s mayor asked the council to approve new and sweeping restrictions that, if enacted, would have made D.C. one of the worst cities in America for mobile vending. This was a story we were all-too-familiar with—and if…

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