Senate Bill 827 and the Dire State of Affordable Housing in California

By Francis Northwood (PO ’21) Back in 2018, Scott Weiner, the State Senator representing San Francisco, introduced California Senate Bill 827 to the floor. The bill’s purpose was to counteract the growing housing crisis in the state by drawing zoning power away from the cities and into the state’s hands. The bill would allow increased…

Entering the Twilight Zone: A Historical Look at the National Emergency

By Alex Simard (PO’22) Mere hours after signing a measure to avoid a second government shutdown, President Trump declared a National Emergency in order to advance his campaign promise to build a wall along the southern border. A litigious storm followed the announcement as advocacy groups amassed and began contemplating how exactly to block the…

OPINION: Our Constitutional Duty; The Death Penalty, Intellectual Disability, and Moore v. Texas

By Isaac Cui (PO ’20), Managing Editor The Supreme Court yesterday acted on Bobby Moore’s death penalty case and ordered that Moore cannot be executed because of his intellectual disability.[1] It was a small step on an arcane issue, one that does not fundamentally change the Court’s capital punishment jurisprudence. But it was nevertheless a…

A Novel Name and a New Beginning: Czechia’s Rebranding

By Savannah Green (CMC ’20) In April of 2016, the government of the Czech Republic approved and adopted ‘Czechia’ as the official English-language name of the country. This initiated the United Nations to update their database for official country names, and supposedly ended the century-long naming debate within the country. The English version has been…