Rights and Liberties

Federal judge strikes down CA foie gras ban

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Bon appétit. A federal judge has struck down California's prohibition on foie gras -- more than a decade after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law the nation’s first ban on the culinary treat. U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson ruled Wednesday that California's ban on the product vi...

Gov. Brown pardons 105 ex-cons, rescinds one

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown offered Christmas Eve pardons to 105 Californians. But before the paperwork reached the Secretary of State's office, that number was reduced by one. After facing questions from the Los Angeles Times, Brown retracted the pardon of Glen William Carnes, who, as a teenager, was convi...

Video: The Millennial mind: Political parties aren’t trusted with privacy

Sunday, November 16th, 2014
The Millennial mind: Political parties aren’t trusted with privacy

The Reason Foundation's Emily Ekins talks to James Poulos about who Millennials support politically when they don’t trust either party to protect their privacy. ...

CA gun dealers challenge handgun ad ban

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Second Amendment advocates say California is infringing on their First Amendment rights. On Monday, four California gun dealers filed a federal lawsuit challenging a nearly century-old law that bans the display of handguns in store advertisements. Under state law, it's perfectly legal for a g...

VIDEO: Is the pot legalization movement more important than the Tea Party?

Monday, November 10th, 2014
VIDEO: Is the pot legalization movement more important than the Tea Party?

California led the way on many fronts, including the legalization of marijuana. Is it time to give pot to needy Californians now? Reason Magazine's Editor Matt Welch joins CalWatchdog's James Poulos to talk about the weird world of legalization culture in California. ...

CA bans state cooperation with warrantless spying

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

From new regulations on ride-sharing to a ban on plastic bags, Californians lost plenty of liberty this legislative session. But freedom in the Golden State scored at least one small victory in 2014. Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed into law a bipartisan bill that would ban the state from cooperat...

Gov. Brown rebuilds redevelopment

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Reversing his 2011 abolition of redevelopment, on Monday Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law two bills that will revive it, Senate Bill 628 and Assembly Bill 229. He also vetoed a third redevelopment measure, AB2280, he believed went too far by codifying an anti-poverty program into redevelopment la...

Gov. Brown signs bill to expand prisoner DNA testing

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Wrongly convicted prisoners received a glimmer of hope Thursday from a new law that could help prove their innocence. Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 980, by state Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, which expands access to DNA testing for prisoners who are searching to prove their innocence. Si...

Bill banning forced arbitration on Gov. Brown’s desk

Monday, September 22nd, 2014
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A bill that the California Chamber of Commerce warns will drive up litigation costs for California businesses is on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. For disputes involving civil rights, currently businesses can provide contracts for customers in which civil-rights disputes are settled by arbitration....

Backlash to CA police militarization extends across political spectrum

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
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The acquisition of a mine-resistant armored vehicle by the city of Davis has drawn national attention and fueled a statewide outcry over the armament of law enforcement with military-grade equipment. In a detailed history of the so-called militarization of California police, the New York Times ...