Sports & Outdoors Statehouse

Futile Gun Control Schemes Back Again

By John McClaughry In the wake of horrendous mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, leading political figures are once again demanding sweeping measures of gun control. Former VP Joe Biden, the front runner in the Democratic Presidential pack of twenty, said on CNN that he favored a ban on “military style rifles” He acknowledged Read More…

Business & Economics Property Rights

Supreme Court Enforces Citizens’ Rights Over Trump AG’s Argument

John McClaughry On June 21 the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion on a case with enormous consequences for landowners facing takings of their property by government. In doing so the conservative majority overrode both the liberal Justices and the Trump Administration. Rose Mary Knick’s Pennsylvania property included a small private cemetery, allegedly the last Read More…

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A Legislative Wrapup for 2019

by John McClaughry The 2019 legislative session is now history, and it’s worth taking stock of its accomplishments, both positive and negative. On the plus side, the FY2020 general fund budget is balanced (up 3.1%), that is, it’s balanced if the $55 million FY2019 surplus projected last January actually shows up. The main reason for Read More…

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Commentary: Sneaking In the Seat Belt Mandate

by John McClaughry The Vermont House is, for the seventh time over 37 years, trying to enact a primary seat belt law for over-18 drivers.  Worse yet, this time its backers are trying to slip their cherished bill through where it won’t be noticed. Fortunately, it’s been noticed.  Here in Q&A format is what you Read More…