The Campaign Finance Accusations Against Trump Are Doomed to Fail

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The presidency of Donald Trump has elicited frequent cries from civil libertarians, fearing his perceived authoritarian tendencies. It is therefore sadly ironic that many of those voices are silent—nay, applauding—in the face of what can only be described as a cynical ploy by interim U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman to politicize his office and promote the ouster of a legitimately elected …

SDSU Must Not Bow Down to Antifa Terrorism

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The scourge of the heckler’s veto has regrettably found its way to San Diego, as SDSU officials canceled Milo Yiannopoulos’ upcoming event hosted by the SDSU College Republicans. The reason proffered by SDSU was, predictably, security costs. SDSUPD Chief Josh Mays explained that “officers would need more than six hours and 20 bomb-sniffing dogs to secure Montezuma Hall.” What? Six …

The COVFEFE Act Triggers 1st Amendment Concerns

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Life increasingly mimics art (or what now resembles art), as Rep. Mile Quigley (D-Ill.) has introduced the so-called COVFEFE Act, preventing the President from deleting any of his social media posts. In other words, a Congressman is now using legislation to troll the President’s Twitter feed. As the trolls now disembark the Internet and storm the halls of Congress, I’m …

Berkeley College Republicans Lawsuit a Bold Stand Against Censorship

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The backlash against the anti-speech movement among American universities continues, as conservative activists have sued UC Berkeley for its unjustifiable restrictions that led to the cancellations of speeches by Ann Coulter and David Horowitz. The message is simple: public universities cannot make conservative speech more difficult than other speech. The lawsuit—titled Young America’s Foundation v. Napolitano and filed by San …

No, Rachel Maddow Didn’t Commit a Felony

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Well, at least Geraldo’s off the hook now. Rachel Maddow promised a scoop and delivered a flop. She Tweeted: “BREAKING: We’ve got Trump’s tax returns.” Droves of angry anti-Trump viewers tuned in, pitchforks in hand, prepared to storm the White House and pillory the President for what must surely have been an impeachable—ney, treasonous—offense. What she produced instead was a …

Jordan’s Law Would Discourage Lawful Video Recordings

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California Assemblyman Matt Dababneh (D-Encino) has introduced a bill making it illegal to conspire to video record a violent felony. Simply stated, this law would—like the preexisting laws discussed below—incriminate the cameraman if he and the attacker were acting in cahoots, and it would also enhance the attacker’s sentence. This bill—introduced as AB 1542 and referred to as Jordan’s Law—is …

Anti-Speech Movement on the March at Orange Coast College

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Watching college professors bully conservative students over their political beliefs is one of my pet peeves, going back to my days as a College Republican. Watching college administrators punish a conservative student for blowing a whistle on a bullying professor is absolutely perverse. As we all know by now, that is exactly what occurred last week at Orange Coast College …

…for the Times, They Are a-Changin’

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Inauguration Day is finally upon us after a presidential cycle that seemed to drag on until Congress certified the Electoral College vote last month and made the unthinkable inevitable: Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States. As regular readers are aware, I never supported Donald Trump’s candidacy and chose to vote for Gary Johnson. However, my …

UCI’s Punishment of College Republicans Appears to Be Unconstitutional

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UC Irvine has prohibited its College Republicans chapter from accessing event space after the CRs notified the administration they may host controversial speaker Milo Yiannopoulos again this fall, according to Breitbart. It appears that UCI administrators invited College Republicans leaders to a meeting to discuss the planning of the Yiannopoulos event, which took place earlier this month. During the meeting, …

We Mean What We Say: #NeverTrump

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Support your local and congressional candidates this election, but we’re better off without Donald Trump. Now that Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, his supporters are attacking Republicans who refuse to vote for the Donald––Not voting for Trump is a vote for Hillary! is their inevitable cacophony. I dislike Hillary Clinton as much as the next Republican––she’s a …

A Victory for Trademark Speech, and Possibly the Redskins

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a recent ruling that might help the Washington Redskins regain their trademark, which the government revoked for being “disparaging to Native Americans.” The Ruling: In re Shiao Tam The Federal Circuit ruled In re Shiao Tam that the portion of the Lanham Act allowing the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office …

Hillary vs. Uber & Lyft: Can the GOP Come Out on Top?

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Hillary Clinton fired a shot across the bows of Über and Lyft last week, putting them on notice that she’ll “crack down on bosses misclassifying workers as contractors.” Secretary Clinton never referred to these two companies by name, but lumped them into a category of employees that she accuses of committing “wage theft” by improperly categorizing employees as independent contractors …

49ers Owner Apparently Favors Rams Stadium Proposal

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I recently posted that 49ers CEO Jed York hinted his opposition the joint Chargers/Raiders stadium proposal in Carson because it would force an unwanted NFC West realignment. This is significant because any franchise relocation must be approved by 24 of the 32 NFL owners––or defeated by 9 of them. Well, Mr. York recently offered the uncontroversial prediction that one or …

49ers to Oppose Chargers’ Potential Relocation?

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The U-T San Diego Editorial Board stirred the pot of the Chargers’ stadium/relocation controversy by arguing that the team actually wants to move to L.A. They make a compelling argument, and many San Diegans lament that the Chargers are as good as gone. However, all of this assumes that the NFL owners would allow the Chargers to relocate to L.A., …

Federalist Society Explores Regulatory Hurdles in “Sharing” Economy

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The Federalist Society’s recent Western Conference focused upon the innovative new “sharing” economy, and the looming regulatory threats. The afternoon panel featured attorneys Katie Chen from Lyft and Andrea Lobato from Airbnb, who discussed the legal and regulatory challenges facing their services, as well as the opportunities they offer to consumers. Ride-sharing and room-sharing have grown tremendously popular overnight, and …

Hobby Lobby & Government Forcing Employers into the Bedroom

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The Supreme Court held in Hobby Lobby that closely held corporations may be exempted from paying certain employee contraceptive costs if the owners are morally opposed. Some critics have argued that employers should not have control over employees’ contraceptive choices. For example, White House press secretary Josh Earnest argued that “women should make personal health care decisions for themselves, rather …

The Media Shield & Feinstein’s Antipathy to Journalists

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Congress is considering a media shield law to protect journalists from being compelled to testify in court about their sources. Unfortunately, Sen. Dianne Feinstein believes only paid reporters are journalists. The good news is her proposed amendment doesn’t do what she thinks it does. Sen. Feinstein’s belief demonstrates her ignorance of the role of citizen journalists (such as bloggers) in the …

Filner’s Chief of Staff & Attorney-Client Privilege

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Lee Burdick—Mayor Bob Filner’s current Chief of Staff—has asserted attorney-client privilege and the attorney work-product doctrine to reject the City Attorney’s demands for documents related to the sexual misconduct allegations against the mayor. However, her theory is based upon questionable legal footing and is unlikely to succeed. If Ms. Burdick claims attorney-client privilege, then who is her client? The City …

A Quick Explanation of the Convention Center Tax Ruling

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The Superior Court has issued a tentative ruling upholding the hotel tax increase used to finance the convention center expansion. Here’s a quick breakdown of the ruling for a lay audience: First of all, Judge Prager’s ruling is not set in stone. A judge issues a tentative ruling on a motion based upon the arguments filed by the parties, and …