Ryan J. Farrick

Ryan Farrick is a freelance writer and small business advertising consultant based out of mid-Michigan. Passionate about international politics and world affairs, he’s an avid traveler with a keen interest in the connections between South Asia and the United States. Ryan studied neuroscience and has spent the last several years working as an operations manager in transportation logistics.


Arkansas LGBT Anti-Discrimination Law Trashed

On Thursday, Supreme Court justices struck down an Arkansas LGBT anti-discrimination law. The city had created an ordinance banning discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Several other liberal communities in northwest Arkansas followed suit after a controversial bill was signed into law two years ago. The legislation had made it illegal


Florida Rehab CEO Arrested for Patient Brokering

The CEO of a Delray Beach rehab center which was raided in 2016 has been arrested on counts of patient brokering. Law enforcement officials say that Daniel Kandler of Chapters Recovery had paid four employees almost $325,000 in illegal kickbacks to bring patients in for treatment. Arrested on Thursday, Kandler faces 94 charges of patient


Texas Reinstates Law Against Harboring Illegal Immigrants

An appeals court in Texas reinstated a law which criminalized harboring illegal immigrants. The law had been pending since 2015, when it was passed by the state senate. A federal judge had issued an injunction against the law after two San Antonio landlords and their counsel filed a suit. The two men, backed by the


New Mexico Lawmakers Take on Payday Loan Lenders

On Friday, New Mexico lawmakers began drawing up a plan to rein in payday loan lenders. Payday loans have faced much criticism across the country. Lenders usually profit big by charging exorbitant interest rates. Borrowers are usually victimized by short payment windows coupled with unrealistically large installments. The proposed legislation seeks to cap interest rates


Supreme Court Sided with 13-Year Old Girl and Her Dog

The United States Supreme Court sided with a 13-year old girl with cerebral palsy in her legal battle to bring a service dog named Wonder to class. Ehlena Fry and her family had filed a lawsuit against her school district after they were told Wonder wasn’t welcome on campus. Lower courts in their home state


EPA Chief Scott Pruitt and Heavy Industry’s Ties

A slew of e-mails revealed just yesterday show the disturbing ties between newly-appointed EPA Chief Scott Pruitt and heavy industry. The appointment of the former Attorney General of Oklahoma has been mired in controversy. Since he was first nominated to the post by President Trump, critics have wondered how a man with a record of


Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Might Be Axed

Scarcely six years after its creation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is being walked to the gallows. A half-dozen bills have been presented to dismantle the Dodd-Frank Wall Street and Consumer Protection Act, which laid the foundations for the creation of the CFPB.  Republican lawmakers seem poised to the slash the agency’s budget by handing


Brooklyn Detainees Win Appeal Over “Awful” Conditions

Brooklyn detainees have succeeded in an appeal against the borough’s central pretrial booking center. The plaintiffs claimed that they had been forced into jail cells like sardines for up to twenty-four hours at a time. On Tuesday, a Circuit Court of Appeals panel in Manhattan struck down a ruling by a federal judge in Brooklyn.


New Charges Against MSU Gymnastics Doctor Nassar

Former Michigan State University gymnastics physician Larry Nassar has been hit with new charges stemming from allegations that arose in 2016. Nassar has been charged with 22 counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree. In December, prosecutors announced they’d uncovered video the doctor had made documenting his crimes. A search of his property


Supreme Court Hears Case on Boy Killed at the Border

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of a Mexican boy killed at the border near Ciudad Juarez and El Paso. A group of boys playing chicken along the U.S.-Mexico border had expected an adrenaline rush. Running, ducking, and diving into ditches, the teenagers’ antics caught the attention of a federal agent on