Author: Gemma Alexander


Gemma Alexander is a Seattle-based freelance writer specializing in technical topics for general readers. She holds a degree in Horticulture and has worked in a genetics lab and at a landfill. See other things she has written here.

Keeping Washington state net-neutral

Washington officials are not quietly accepting the repeal of net neutrality rules by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Washington’s attorney general, Bob Ferguson, has announced he’ll file a lawsuit against the FCC, but the rest of the Washington government has plans to stop it, too.

Phoenix may make lane splitting legal

Lane splitting, or filtering, is a practice used by motorcycle and scooter operators in heavy traffic, where they pass conventional vehicles within the same lane, or in the gap between rows of stopped or slow-moving cars. Though common in other countries, few states condone it, though there may be a shift of opinion underway.

Could there be a Miracle on 34th Street Today?

In the delightfully cynical 1947 movie Miracle on 34th Street, an attorney manipulates people’s self-interest to legally prove that a nice old man with whiskers is the real Santa Claus. Movies are notorious for ignoring real-life law. Would the attorney win his case today?

When SCOTUS makes a mistake

The Supreme Court of the United States, one third of the key foundation of government checks and balances, is only as perfect as the judges of which it consists. The group is fallible, as all people are, but it’s not easy to determine how the country handles it when they make a mistake – and multiple future opinions are based on that error.