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SCOTUS spares CA raisin farmer

At least one closely split Supreme Court decision seems likely to meet widespread acclaim this term. A 5-4 majority, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, sided with a California raisin grower challenging a New Deal law that had enabled government agriculture regulators to

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San Francisco rebuked for ‘fundamental’ abuse of property rights

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

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Incoming Assembly speaker seeks vast new power for Coastal Commission

If you had to come up with one state agency that has done the most damage to California’s economy with its regulatory sweep and overreach, you’ll never come close to topping the state Air Resources Board. But it you wanted

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Property rights score victory in Alameda County

May 29, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court John Roberts once observed that it was virtually impossible for any landowner to win a regulatory property takings case against local government.  This was because the case

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Feds destroy up to 47% of raisin crop

April 18, 2013 By John Seiler One of the better commercials over the years was the dancing California Raisins: But did you know that the federal government seizes from farmers — without pay — up to 47 percent of America’s

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CA Supreme Court allows only union protests on private property

Dec. 28, 2012 By John Seiler In civics and law classes, we’re taught that the court system is “objective” and “follows the Constitution.” In fact, courts are just more political bodies. And as someone said, the U.S. Supreme Court “reads

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