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SUPER PACs: Occupy the Courts and the Fight for Free Speech

This past weekend marked the two-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United. Protesters, dubbed Occupy the Courts, gathered at the Court to voice their disapproval of the decision: [youtube FJxMmqTWcNE] As Institute for Justice campaign finance

Friday's Obamacare Ruling Was a Momentous Event

What is the most important part of the 11th Circuit’s recent ruling on The Affordable Care Act? You might think it was the individual mandate being struck down. But it was actually this: Judicial engagement. For the first time in

Why are California Republicans Permitting Eminent Domain Abuse?

Partisan politics shouldn’t stand in the way of protecting private property rights. Unfortunately in California, Republicans are siding with bureaucracy, Big Government and eminent domain abuse. In an effort to close the state’s budget gap, Governor Brown has proposed eliminating

MEAN STREETS: IJ Launches National Defense of Food Vendors

The Institute for Justice has been vindicating the rights of entrepreneurs for the last twenty years. Across the country, IJ has teamed up with casket makers, florists, hairbraiders, horse teeth-floaters, interior designers, sign-hangers, taxi-drivers, trash haulers, vintners and numerous other

Puppies + Bureaucrats = Federal Free Speech Lawsuit

What do you get when you mix bureaucrats with a bunch of adorable puppies? In Kim Houghton’s case, you get a major First Amendment lawsuit. [youtube eFm0jWM2-zg] Kim Houghton decided after a successful, 20-year career in advertising that she wanted

Can a City's Budget Priorities Trump the Constitution?

On Tuesday the Institute for Justice went to federal court to find out. [youtube vJ9IbZ05JrY] Two years ago IJ teamed up with three Philadelphia tour guides to file a major First Amendment lawsuit seeking to vindicate the freedom to speak

Texas Entrepreneurs Win Fight for Economic Liberty

Carl Mitz is a third-generation horseman. The Texan is widely known as one of the nation’s best horse dentists. He’s treated the teeth of over 100,000 horses and has clients in over 30 states. But Texas bureaucrats tried for years

IJ Scores Major Legal Victory for Free Speech

Karen Sampson and her Colorado neighbors just won a serious victory for liberty. In a unanimous decision on Tuesday, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Colorado’s disclosure laws for grassroots political groups. This is a big deal.

Why Can't Chuck Get His Business Off the Ground?

Nationwide, government at every level is requiring more and more of the workforce to get its permission just to earn a living. In the 1950s, only about 5 percent of the workforce needed a government license to do their job.

Bulldozing Free Speech on Eminent Domain Abuse

Carla Main wrote an outstanding book called Bulldozed. A veteran journalist, she brought to life a heart-wrenching, true-life tale of eminent domain abuse in a Texas fishing town. She told the truth. And for that, she’s being sued. Today, Carla

Talk About the Bill of Rights, Get 90 Days in Jail

In Washington, DC, talking about the Bill of Rights can land you in jail for 90 days. Our nation’s capital has a licensing scheme in place that makes it illegal for anyone to “guide or escort” anyone else for hire

Public School FAIL: Video Clip That Will Shock, Sadden You

On June 5, Andrew Coulson posted a disturbing graph at Big Government: He showed that public education costs are skyrocketing while student achievement remains flat. In another graph in the same post, he showed that the public school bureaucracy is

Licensing Gone Wild: Monks Face Jail for Selling Caskets

Abbot Justin Brown and his fellow monks are being threatened with crippling fines and even jail time. Their crime? Selling caskets. Today, they are fighting back in a big way. [youtube 7NxtGzsGtJc] In 1889, a group of monks from Indiana

Supreme Court to Consider School Tax-Credit Program

Today the Institute for Justice filed opening briefs in our fourth case to appear before the U.S. Supreme Court. IJ’s first trip to the high court came in 2002 and resulted in a landmark victory for school choice. We also

FREE TRADE BAN: 90 Days in Jail? Farmers Fight Back

Should farmers get thrown in jail for 90 days and hit with $1,000 in fines for engaging in free trade? Unfortunately, that’s the law in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. And that is why the farmers are fighting back. Tuesday they rallied

KELO: Five Years Later

The Little Pink House that changed America still stands strong. Five years ago this week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued what would soon become one of the most despised decisions in its history. In a controversial 5-4 opinion, the Court