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 …