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  • Lawmaker Bullies Employer Because Its Employee Supported Gay Marriage

    September 10, 2012
    Maryland State Delegate Emmett Burns (D-Baltimore), who has a long record of hostility to business (a 90 percent bad MBRG rating), gave more evidence of that last week with a bullying letter to a sports team, the Baltimore Ravens, telling it to gag a player who supports gay marriage. His letter to the owner of the team (which did not even spell the player's name right) showed flagrant contempt for the First Amendment. The letter, on official Maryland House of Delegates stationery, begins with “As a Delegate to the Maryland General Assembly and a...
  • Federal Government: Fire Good Employees, Hire Bad Ones

    September 10, 2012
    The Obama administration is pressuring employers outside the financial sector to hire felons, even as its regulations force employers in the financial sector to fire "thousands of employees," including exemplary employees who once committed misdemeanors decades ago. As Walter Olson notes:
    Thanks to new federal banking and...
  • CEI's Battered Business Bureau: The Week In Regulation

    September 10, 2012
    51 new rules and 1,641 Federal Register pages, from storing explosives to keeping fisheries accountable.
  • Collective Bargaining: Mythical Right Turned Constitutional In Michigan?

    September 7, 2012
    Everyone knows that our Founding Fathers’ primary motive during the revolution was to preserve collective bargaining for the carriage industries. That as Washington crossed the Delaware he was shouting, “Save collective bargaining, Christian soldiers!” Natch. But this is what labor unions in Michigan would have you believe. Statewide ballot proposal “Protect our Jobs” seeks to make collective bargaining a constitutional right, and the Michigan Court of Appeals certified on August 27 that the measure would appear before voters in November. The Court of Appeals overturned the Board of State Canvassers’ previous decision to withhold the initiative from the ballot. As Jocelyn Benson, director of the Michigan Center for Election Law at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit...
  • Want 1990s Job Growth? Go Back To Clinton-Era Deregulation

    September 7, 2012
    As much as the term "Forward" was used at the Democratic National Convention this week, the speeches of Bill Clinton and, to an extent, President Obama, hearkened back to the prosperity of the 1990s. But another disappointing employment  report today shows that in terms of job growth, these are two-different eras. But if we want to emulate '90s growth, there is one Clinton-era policy we can pursue: bipartisan deregulation. And despite Clinton's finger-wagging in the speech at Republicans for wanting to "get rid of those pesky financial regulations," Clinton know that the financial liberalization he pursued with the GOP was a key factor in the prosperity during his presidency. As I ...
  • Fact Checking Lilly Ledbetter's False Speech At The Democratic National Convention

    September 7, 2012
    Former pay-discrimination plaintiff Lilly Ledbetter, in speaking at the Democratic National Convention on September 4, repeated the false claim that she learned about the pay disparity she sued over only at the end of her career, in order to suggest that the Supreme Court did her an injustice when it later dismissed her pay discrimination lawsuit as untimely in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (2007). In reality, she was aware of the pay disparity for over five years before filing a legal complaint over it. It's not true, as she claimed to the convention, that she didn't learn of it until "two...
  • Regulation Of The Day 228: Peyton Manning’s Jersey

    September 7, 2012
    School officials forbid 8-year old Colorado boy from wearing his Peyton Manning jersey to school because of possible gang ties.
  • Today's Links: September 7, 2012

    September 7, 2012
    OPINION STEVEN GREENHUT: "Scandals Show California Is Broken, Not Broke" "It started in May 2011 when Governor Jerry Brown announced that 'turbulent times' required the 'unthinkable' -- the shuttering of 70 parks to deal with the state’s enduring fiscal problems. Brown’s critics sensed that he found the proposed cuts to be quite 'thinkable' -- at least as a ploy to encourage Californians to loosen the grip on their wallets. [...] Brown and his fellow Democrats didn’t count on two things. First, nonprofit groups and local governments...
  • CEI Podcast For September 27, 2012: The Future Of Generic Biotech Crops

    September 7, 2012
    Senior Fellow Greg Conko discusses his new paper, "Is There a Future for Generic Biotech Crops? Regulatory Reform Is Needed for a Viable Post-Patent Industry."
  • CEI Podcast For September 6, 2012: Modernizing Air Traffic Control

    September 6, 2012
    America's air traffic control system can be charitably described as an antique. Land-use and Transportation Policy Analyst Marc Scribner describes some of the problems the FAA has encountered in its attempt to move from the vacuum tube to GPS, and suggests a better path to modernization.


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