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I’m a sucker for quotes. Good Earth teabags. Baci chocolates. And, circa 2006 Starbucks coffee cups. Pictured left was one such quote photographed, held in my hand as I sipped from its very brim in Manhattan’s Battery Park, New York City. 698 more words


A Victory Against the IRS in North Carolina

Last May, I wrote about a pending civil asset forfeiture case taking place in the federal eastern district of North Carolina. Put briefly, Lyndon McLellan of Robeson County had his business’s assets seized by the Internal Revenue Service for having committing the sin of “structuring.” This is where a person carries out cash transactions in such a way as to avoid the IRS’s reporting requirement for transactions or related transactions that involve more than $10,000 in cash. 496 more words

Government Accountability

4th Circuit now says Norfolk violated free speech rights

Arlington, Va.—Jan. 29, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declared that the city of Norfolk, Virginia, violated the free speech rights of a small business after the city suppressed the business’s banner protesting the government’s unlawful attempt to seize its property by eminent domain. 628 more words


Golden Valley Couple Calls Housing Inspection A Violation Of Privacy

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Do Minnesota cities have a legal right to inspect rental properties without any evidence of code violations? That’s the critical question that will be answered in a case now headed to the Minnesota court of Appeals. 341 more words


Cities, HOAs Eroding Democratic Principles

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities, CHPPI

Is democracy disappearing in the US?

Recently, the Institute for Justice (IJ) has filed a class action lawsuit against the city of Pagedale, Missouri. 1,019 more words


Minnesota On Hook For $100K In Legal Fees In Campaign Lawsuit

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A settlement involving Minnesota campaign regulators requires the state to pay more than $100,000 in costs and attorney fees for a group that sued over contribution limits. 120 more words


Regulations mislead, unfairly question safety of small food producers

By Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D.*

Fresh food markets are experiencing rapid growth across the nation as more and more residents look for local food options. In Tallahassee, popular local markets are patronized at the Downtown Marketplace and Lake Ella, and a new market is being encouraged as part of the revitalization efforts in Frenchtown. 552 more words