Monthly Archives: November 2015

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A Shockingly Bad Report Card for State Governments

By Peg Perl* Many of us know state government is often the better venue for a particular court case or legislative initiative. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brandeis praised states as “laborator[ies]” of democracy. Earlier this year, a poll found that over 60% of Americans thought state and local government were more likely to provide better…

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Korematsu Part II? Terror, Panic, and Institutional Failure

By Ana Choi* In the aftermath of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, panic has engulfed the United States. The fact that the attacks occurred in France—rather than in a distant and war-torn country that we can psychologically distance ourselves from—has shattered people’s sense of security and caused the threat of terrorism to loom larger…

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25 Years After ADA, Employment Still Lags

By Micaela Connery* Last week the New York Times shared the findings of a disability employment study by the National Bureau of Economic Research.  While conclusions showed improvement since the 1990 passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the United States still has a long way to go in the realm of employment for people…

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A Tale of Two Beaches

By Alex Gazikas* On March 16, 2015, the San Diego Regional Water Control Board voted 6-0 to reject a proposed five-mile extension of California’s 241 toll road. This five-mile extension, known as the “Tesoro Extension Project,” would have been the first part of a proposed extension that would have cut directly through San Clemente State…

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