The CATO Institute Daily Podcast
Devolving Power from States to Localities10/21/14
Devolving state power and money to local governments and people drives growth and fosters self-government. Greg Lawson from the Buckeye Institute discusses how to make it happen.
Legal Protections for State Pensions
Judges are beginning to question the on-the-books legal protections assigned to state pensions, especially when those protections conflict with other laws. Eileen Norcross studies pensions at the Mercatus Center.
New Mexico's Federal Dependence
Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation describes the impact of New Mexico's dependence on federal largesse.
Correcting the Hobby Lobby Record
Ed Whelan corrects the record and reviews the Supreme Court's narrow Hobby Lobby decision.
Remembering Leonard Liggio
Leonard Liggio was an important pillar in the modern libertarian movement and someone who connected modern libertarian ideas with their historical antecedents. Tom G. Palmer comments on Liggio's impact on ideas and libertarianism.
Giveaways in the Tax Code
How do states hand out special benefits in the tax code? William Freeland from the American Legislative Exchange Council provides some notable examples and avenues for reform.
Bootleggers, Baptists and Recent Experience
The "Bootlegger and Baptist" theory, a public-choice theory developed more than 30 years ago, holds that for a regulation to emerge and endure, both the "bootleggers," who seek to obtain private benefits from the regulation, and the "Baptists," who...
What Happens after Right-to-Work?
What happens after so-called right-to-work legislation passes? Joe Lehman of the Mackinac Center details the experience in Michigan.
Conservatives Opposed to the Death Penalty
Conservatives broadly believe in law and order, but the death penalty as an institution has clearly failed. Marc Hyden with Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty says it's time for government-run executions to end.
A Renewed Public Appetite for Federalism
The public broadly wants to shift the power to make key political decisions away from the federal government to state governments. John Samples discusses the public's developing appetite for federalism. Public Attitudes toward Federalism: The Public's...
The New Backdrop of Permanent War
We have entered a time where the backdrop for debates about executive power is endless war. Gene Healy comments on the President's assertions of nearly unlimited war powers.
College Students demand Freedom from Speech
"Disinvitation season" for commencement speakers has become something of a hallmark of the college experience in recent years. Greg Lukianoff of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education explains in his new essay, "Freedom from Speech."
Educational Freedom Wins in Florida
A judge in Florida has turned back a union challenge to education savings accounts for special needs children. Clint Bolick of theGoldwater Institutecomments.
Colorado's Cannabis Experiment
Colorado is one of two U.S. states that has relegalized marijuana. How is the experiment going? Jon Caldara of Colorado's Independence Institute comments.
Prospects for State Pension Reform
Many state pension funds are still in dire financial condition. The case for reform is stronger than ever. Lance Christensen with the Reason Foundation talks about how lawmakers can ask fund managers and actuaries the right questions.
Mandatory Minimums at the State Level
Harsh sentencing laws that gives judges no discretion can effectively destroy whole families. Greg Newburn of Families Against Mandatory Minimums discusses a few recent cases.
SCOTUS Speaks Clearly on Phone Searches
The Supreme Court spoke clearly on police searches of cellphones incident to arrest. Jim Harper discusses the twin cases that brought about the ruling.
The Senate's Breathtaking Stab at Political Speech
Serious or not, the U.S. Senate leadership's attempt at curbing political speech would have dramatically reduced the range of political debate. Allen Dickerson of the Center for Competitive Politics comments on the failed amendment to the Constitution.
The Big Misunderstanding over Political Speech
McCutcheon v. FEC has been maligned and misunderstood. Nadine Strossen sets the record straight on an important First Amendment Supreme Court ruling. 13th Annual Constitution Day
Occupational Licensing in the Crosshairs
Cases moving through the courts threaten to undo various occupational licensing regimes. Timothy Sandefur comments.
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