Rights and Liberties

NEW: Are benefits of Prop 1 being oversold?

Saturday, October 25th, 2014
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Proposition 1 -- a $7.1 billion state bond to pay for a variety of water projects -- was billed as a huge improvement over bloated past proposed water bonds when it emerged from the Legislature this summer. Now Gov. Jerry Brown's political warchest and Sean Parker of Facebook and Napster fame are fu...

San Francisco rebuked for ‘fundamental’ abuse of property rights

Friday, October 24th, 2014
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In an era in which eminent domain is routinely used to reward the wealthy and politically connected -- to the detriment of  poor and middle-class property owners -- it's easy to forget that property rights as conceived of in the U.S. Constitution are every bit as essential as free speech and the ri...

Fiasco at all-minority L.A. high school validates Vergara argument

Thursday, October 16th, 2014
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The immense fiasco at 100 percent minority Jefferson High School in Los Angeles underscores the findings of Judge Rolf Treu in the Vergara case that minority students are treated awfully in the L.A. Unified School District. This is from the latest coverage this week by the Los Angeles Times: The...

Dems make Peters-DeMaio race a referendum on Tea Party

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
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The nationally watched race for a swing seat between Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, and former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio is currently in a roiled state because of lewd allegations made against DeMaio by a former staffer whom DeMaio says is suspected in the burglary of his campaign headquarte...

Noted liberal pundit: CA ‘affirmative consent’ law a ‘radical experiment’

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
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The problem of sexual violence and abuse on college campuses is a huge one. But California's new “affirmative consent law,” which requires college students having sex to obtain “affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement ... throughout a sexual activity,” is certain to be hugely pro...

Post-Stockton, Democrat job-retention myth certain to be exposed

Friday, October 3rd, 2014
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Both parties have bogus canards that they trot out when convenient. The worst example of this among Republicans is the idea that tax cuts always pay for themselves -- that they lead to higher revenue. It could well be true for capital gains taxes and any other taxes that discourage investment or rei...

Apple and Google snub FBI snoops

Monday, September 29th, 2014

In good news for Californians, Silicon Valley companies are getting some backbone in rebuffing government snooping. The Washington Post reports: FBI Director James B. Comey sharply criticized Apple and Google on Thursday for developing forms of smartphone encryption so secure that law enforcement ...

We’re all perpetual suspects: Portents of privacy-free era emerging in CA

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
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The inexpensive ease with which law-enforcement authorities can monitor the citizenry has gotten some attention from the media, which has reported on how cell phones and cars are de facto tracking devices and on how NSA software allows it to readily track millions of calls made by Americans. But ...

Support for death penalty drops

Monday, September 15th, 2014
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A new Field Poll shows support for the death penalty dropping to its lowest level in 50 years. The Times reported: After a series of botched executions raised questions about the use of capital punishment across the United States, support for the death penalty in California is nearing an all-time...

DMV crashes due process

Sunday, September 14th, 2014
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One of the most crucial elements in the development of liberty was that every man deserves his day in court. As described by Harvard professor Harold J. Berman in his crucial "Law and Revolution: The Formation of the Western Legal Tradition," that check on arbitrary power has changed in recent deca...