It’s understandable that most House Republicans are skeptical of environmental reforms championed by inside-the-beltway environmentalist lobbying groups. But not everything supported by environmentalist groups or the Obama Administration is a bad idea. Catch shares for fisheries (which I wrote about for NRO here) are a good example. Environmental groups have come around to this market-based policy of recognizing property rights in marine fisheries because it has produced demonstrable results. Catch shares increase the efficiency and sustainability of marine fisheries without expanding centralized regulatory control over the industry. Yet some fishing interests don’t like catch shares, and earlier this month these interests convinced a majority of House Republicans to support an amendment barring further implementation of catch-share programs in the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic Coast. With this vote, a majority of House Republicans chose to ally themselves with Rep. Barney Frank over the market stalwarts at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and endorsed an approach to fishery management that is anti-market, anti-property, and anti-environment all at the same time. More at Volokh and Reason.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) has been telling a story for years. It’s a deeply romantic story about her parents and their young love, fraught with the familial bigotry of an earlier time. Here’s how she told it this week in a video she released in preparation for her 2020 run: My daddy always said he ... Read More
Attention, journalists of America: Time is running out! You have under three weeks left to publish your last batch of over-the-top pre-election puff pieces on Texas Democrat/cross-country liberal sensation/wing-and-a-prayer Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke! It is here that we must face the difficult truth: ... Read More
Two Republican candidates for state office in Minnesota have been physically assaulted in recent days, leading prominent Republican lawmakers to caution their Democratic colleagues against employing inflammatory rhetoric. Republican state representative Sarah Anderson was punched in the arm last week after ... Read More
The metaphors don’t get any better (or worse) than this: A van carrying Hillary Clinton, fresh from throwing her Me Too sisters under the bus this weekend, crashed into a parking-garage pillar on the way to a New Jersey campaign fundraiser Tuesday for beleaguered Democratic senator Bob Menendez. At her side was ... Read More