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Originalism Bolsters the Democratic Process by Checking Judges

Robert Alt November 15, 2022

At Bloomberg Law, The Buckeye Institute’s Robert Alt explains how an originalist approach to the Constitution respects the democratic process. He says this interpretation is a check on abuses by the majority against the minority, and prevents judges from substituting their own views. “Words, rules, statutes, and constitutions do have meaning. The judicial duty is to understand them as they were written and apply them without prejudice to the cases and controversies that arise. Originalism holds judges to that duty.”

The Buckeye Institute’s D.C. Restaurant Shutdown Case

Robert Alt October 31, 2022

John Vecchione, co-host of Administrative Static, a podcast produced by New Civil Liberties Alliance, interviews Robert Alt, The Buckeye Institute’s president and chief executive officer, on Flannery v. D.C. Department of Health, a Buckeye Institute lawsuit challenging D.C.’s unconstitutional emergency acts and orders, which were used to shut down a neighborhood bar and grill.
 

Restaurant owner sues DC over pandemic orders

October 18, 2022

Robert Alt, The Buckeye Institute’s president and chief executive officer, and our client Eric Flannery, owner of The Big Board, joined Trace Gallagher on Fox News @ Night to discuss Buckeye’s case against the District of Columbia challenging D.C.’s unconstitutional emergency acts and orders, which were used to shut down The Big Board.

The human face of gov't-sanctioned covid discrimination

October 15, 2022

Robert Alt, The Buckeye Institute’s president and chief executive officer, and our client Eric Flannery, owner of The Big Board, joined Larry O’Connor on O’Connor Tonight to discuss Buckeye’s case against the District of Columbia challenging D.C.’s unconstitutional emergency acts and orders, which were used to shut down The Big Board. 

DC bar sues over city's pandemic overreach

October 15, 2022

Robert Alt, The Buckeye Institute’s president and chief executive officer, and our client Eric Flannery, owner of The Big Board, joined Laura Ingraham on The Ingraham Angle to discuss Buckeye’s case against the District of Columbia challenging D.C.’s unconstitutional emergency acts and orders, which were used to shut down The Big Board. “It’s a lawsuit for everybody who’s out there who's had their rights violated and stripped by government overreach — it’s time we hold our officials to account.”

Robert Alt and Eric Flannery Join O’Connor and Company to Discuss the Case Against the DC Government

October 13, 2022

The Big Board restaurant owner Eric Flannery and The Buckeye Institute president and CEO Robert Alt joined WMAL’s O’Connor and Company radio program to discuss their win in court against the D.C. government and the new case that was filed challenging the D.C. Council’s and Mayor Muriel Bowser’s unconstitutional emergency acts and orders, which D.C. used to force the closure of The Big Board.

D.C. COVID Lockdowns Were Unconstitutional and Illegal

October 13, 2022

Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, and Buckeye’s client, Eric Flannery, owner of The Big Board, joined Matt Kibbe on the tremendously popular and always edifying Kibbe on Liberty podcast to celebrate the filing of their constitutional challenge against the District of Columbia—Flannery v. D.C. Department of Health.

Computer science teachers need better pay to avert crisis

Logan Kolas October 10, 2022

In Crain’s Cleveland Business, The Buckeye Institute outlines how Ohio can better prepare students for the 21st century economy. Logan Kolas, an economic policy analyst with The Buckeye Institute’s Economic Research Center, writes, “Taking bold preemptive action now to help our schools hire the teachers they need to teach will help our businesses hire employees with the knowledge and skills they need to do the job. Computer science in school today really will determine the Ohio we have tomorrow.”

Ohio Pig Farmers Didn’t Get a Vote on California’s Proposition 12

Robert Alt October 07, 2022

In The Wall Street Journal, Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, argues that California’s Proposition 12 not only violates the U.S. Constitution’s commerce clause, but it is also a threat to state sovereignty, which is why The Buckeye Institute filed an amicus brief in National Pork Producers Council v. Ross.

Is collecting 2020 income taxes by Ohio cities an illegal seizure under the 4th Amendment?

October 04, 2022

In a Buckeye Institute case a judge last week ordered Cleveland to refund income taxes for a doctor working remotely during the pandemic, leaving many other Ohioans who worked from home in 2020 wondering what it means for them. Cleveland.com’s Today on Ohio podcast asks if taxing people who don’t work or live in your city could qualify as unconstitutional. Editor Chris Quinn hosts the daily half-hour news podcast, with impact editor Leila Atassi, editorial board member Lisa Garvin, and content director Laura Johnston.