Midday Commentary on a Week’s Worth of News — July 2, 2015

I really had no clue how to tackle the entire spectrum of news coming out of SCOTUS last week, so instead I did what any reasonable person would do, I ran and hid. So with a little time to digest it all, here are just a few take-aways: • To the Tumblerina Twitterati FB SJWs, you are doing amazing work. Keep it up! I definitely think your efforts helped to sway a few of the SCOTUS justices, especially Alito, who’s a known lurker in multiple subreddits. • Relying on the…

HB414 – Has the Legislature Overcompensated on Subpoenas?

And the John Swallow fallout continues. We all (well, perhaps not all) sympathized with the legislature’s frustration over John Swallow’s and payday lenders’ refusal to comply with subpoenas issued by the House Special Investigative Committee.  The enforceability of the subpoenas was litigated repeatedly and unnecessarily, resulting in significant additional costs to the people of Utah in order to discover information that should have been quickly and completely disclosed. In a legislative response to that frustration (wouldn’t be it be nice to legislatively respond to your personal frustrations?), Utah’s legislators enacted…