STEMigration Reform: Not All About the Cap
Economy / Immigration / Politics

STEMigration Reform: Not All About the Cap

As border security fear mongering steals the headlines (first ISIS, now Ebola), a slow-burning immigration drama is playing out between the world’s two biggest democracies. The controversy revolves around the H-1B visa, a 3-year nonimmigrant visa designed to attract skilled foreigners to fill U.S. labor shortages in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. … Continue reading

Questioning the “Shareholder Solution”
Constitution / Economy / Politics

Questioning the “Shareholder Solution”

On October 3, the Washington Post ran an opinion piece entitled “A shareholder solution to ‘Citizens United.’” As the title indicates, the article presents a way to control corporate campaign financing permitted by Citizens United. Specifically, the article introduces proposed legislation in Maryland that would require corporations to disclose and subsequently receive support from a “majority” of … Continue reading

Obamacare Cost Cutting: Rumor or Reality?
Affordable Care Act / Healthcare / Medicare / Politics

Obamacare Cost Cutting: Rumor or Reality?

Over the past 50 years, healthcare costs have risen to unprecedented levels.  With expenses approaching 18% GDP, the federal government thought it necessary to intervene.  The hope was and is that the growth of healthcare costs can be curbed and that, in doing so, federal expenditures on Medicare would decrease and contribute less to the … Continue reading

Evading Same-Sex Marriage Ruling: Impact on Political Races
Politics

Evading Same-Sex Marriage Ruling: Impact on Political Races

“#VirginiaIsForLovers”, tweeted Senator Mark Warner (D-VA.) in response to the U.S. Supreme Court announcement that it will not hear any of the seven cases brought before the highest court in the land regarding same-sex marriage. While some on the left rejoice that the court’s avoiding this decision is a victory within itself, those facing hotly … Continue reading

$15 Billion Tax Prevented by PIFTA
Politics / Regulation / Tax / U.S. Senate

$15 Billion Tax Prevented by PIFTA

If the Senate opts in for H.R. 3086, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PIFTA), $14.7 billion in taxes will be averted every year. During the Internet boom of the 1990s, Congress passed the Internet Tax Freedom Act (IFTA), which prevented state and local governments from collecting Internet specific taxes. Sponsored by Senate Finance Committee … Continue reading

Yes means Yes.: California’s Affirmative Consent Legislation
Culture / Education / Politics

Yes means Yes.: California’s Affirmative Consent Legislation

Last week California passed a law that caught the attention of universities across the state and people across the country. The new law, Senate Bill #967, requires that universities create and implement protocol to address sexual assault of students, faculty and staff on the college campuses. This new bill states that universities who fail to put … Continue reading

Previewing Holt v. Hobbs: Is Hobby Lobby Dispositive?
Constitution / Politics

Previewing Holt v. Hobbs: Is Hobby Lobby Dispositive?

In an op-ed for The Atlantic, law professor Dawinder S. Sidhu discusses an upcoming case this term, Holt v. Hobbs, which involves the question of whether Arkansas’ Department of Corrections’ grooming regulations violate Holt’s religious freedom.  Sidhu asserts that this case should begin and end with Hobby Lobby.  Yet, Professor Sidhu ignores one key distinguishing factor: here, unlike … Continue reading