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Wednesday
Jul292015

ALG - House Republicans request hearing on H.R. 1995 to prohibit Obama HUD neighborhood rezoning rule 

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July 28, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government board member Bill Wilson today issued the following statement joining 18 House Republicans who in a letter urged the House Judiciary Committee to commence hearings on H.R. 1995, "The Local Zoning and Property Rights Protection Act of 2015," which would prohibit the Department of Housing and Urban Development from implementing a rule, "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing":

 

"The radical HUD plan to condition federal funding on rezoning neighborhoods to achieve a subjective and punitive set of quotas is a utopian pipe dream, and a federal attempt to usurp local zoning authority. We urge the House Judiciary Committee to take up H.R. 1995, and to require political partisans at HUD to justify this raw power grab. This has nothing to do with individual cases of housing discrimination, which have been illegal for over 40 years. Like the IRS abuse of power targeting people who disagree with them, the Obama appointees are using the power of government to harm communities that do not vote or act as Obama and his allies think they should. It is social engineering, nothing more."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/house-republicans-request-hearing-on-h-r-1995-to-prohibit-obama-hud-neighborhood-rezoning-rule/

 

Attachments:

 

Hearing Request Letter, July 28, 2015, sent by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and 17 House Republicans at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/07-28-15-hearing-request-letter-on-H-R-1995.pdf

 

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

Wednesday
Jul292015

CEI Today: REINS Act veto threat, highway bill, EPA's Clean Power Plan, labor union subsidies, and more 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
In the News Today

 

OBAMA VETO THREAT - WAYNE CREWS

 

The Problem With The White House Threat To Veto The REINS Act

The claims about the regulatory enterprise made by the administration in objecting to this bill need to be set straight. Over 3,000 rules and regulations are issued each year, and what does the administration know about their overall cost-effectiveness? Not much. > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews

 

HIGHWAY BILL - MARC SCRIBNER

 

Highway Bill Bailout and Spending Schemes Put America’s Roads and Bridges at Risk

 

Senate leaders said Tuesday they would take up a stop-gap three-month extension of a highway bill passed by the House. CEI's Marc Scribner CEI transportation policy expert Marc Scribner warns against increasing the regressive federal fuel tax or merely shifting the highway cost burden.  > Read more


> Interview Marc Scribner

 

REPORT: EPA'S CLEAN POWER PLAN OVERREACH - WILLIAM YEATMAN


Agency Does Not Merit Chevron Deference to Implement Burdensome Rule

 

The EPA took the unusual step of preemptively seeking Chevron deference from federal courts, even though the Clean Power Plan will not undergo judicial review until after the final rule is published in the Federal Register later this summer. A new report from CEI explains why the agency’s request for judicial deference lacks merit. > Read more 
 

> Interview William Yeatman
 

TAXPAYER SUBSIDIZED UNION ACTIVISM - TREY KOVACS

Missouri tax dollars subsidize union activism

 

Taxpayers expect their government to spend tax dollars only on activities that benefit the public. But in Missouri, public employers at nearly every level of government routinely use tax dollars to finance government unions, often including their political activities. > Read the commentary by Sen. Bob Onder & Trey Kovacs

 

> Interview Trey Kovacs
 

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Tuesday
Jul282015

CEI Today: Ex-Im Bank, highway bill, Dodd-Frank lawsuit, social cost of carbon, and more 

Monday, July 27, 2015
In the News Today

 

EXPORT-IMPORT BANK - RYAN YOUNG


Senate Advances Ex-Im Bank
 

Reauthorization votes are typically dull affairs. But this year’s fight over the Export-Import Bank’s reauthorization is anything but. On Sunday, the Senate voted 67-26 to advance a plan to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, expired since the end of June. For most of its history, the Export-Import Bank has directed most of its benefits to a handful of large, politically connected firms. In other words, its main function is to dispense corporate welfare. > Read more about the Ex-Im Bank


> Interview Ryan Young
 

HIGHWAY BILL - MARC SCRIBNER


Highway Bill Bailout and Spending Schemes Put America’s Roads and Bridges at Risk

 

With the federal highway bill set to expire at the end of July and the highway fund itself projected to run multi-billion dollar deficits in the years ahead, CEI transportation policy expert Marc Scribner warns against ill-considered plans to increase the regressive federal fuel tax or else shift the highway cost burden away from people who actually use the roadways. > Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner

 

DODD-FRANK LAWSUIT - JOHN BERLAU

Democratic Judges Green-Light CEI’s Challenge to Dodd-Frank

 

Friday, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court ruled unanimously that State National Bank of Big Spring, Texas, had standing to challenge the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the massive bureaucracy created by Dodd-Frank with virtually no accountability to Congress. > Read more 

> Interview John Berlau
 

SOCIAL COST OF CARBON - MARLO LEWIS


Hearing Shines Light on Social Cost of Carbon Sophistry

 

Agencies have an incentive to periodically increase social cost of carbon estimates to make their regulations look more valuable.  > Read more 
 

> Interview Marlo Lewis
 

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Tuesday
Jul282015

NRSC - ICYMI: NH Gov Hassan Led a Beach Club Accused of Anti-Semitism 

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In Case You Missed It...

Hassan Led a Beach Club Accused of Anti-Semitism

The Washington Free Beacon
By Bill McMorris
July 27, 2015
http://bit.ly/1IATEjR

Veteran Rhode Island Democrat accused Hassan’s club of discrimination

Gov. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire held a leadership role at an exclusive beach club that has been accused of anti-Jewish discrimination.

Hassan, the presumed Democratic frontrunner in the race for the Senate seat currenly held by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R.), held several leadership roles at the Warren’s Point Beach Club in tony Little Compton, Rhode Island. From 1993 to 2000 she served as the club’s president and vice president. The club garnered headlines in 1995 when Richard Licht, the former lieutenant governor of Rhode Island, accused Warren’s Point of being anti-Semitic after his application to join the $280-per-week club was rejected.

Licht, a Democrat who now serves as a judge, did not return a request for comment from the Washington Free Beacon.

Hassan’s stance on Israel has become a focal point in recent weeks after her church overwhelmingly voted to join the Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions movement aimed at hurting Israel financially.

The Democrat tweeted out her disapproval of the BDS movement, which critics say is rooted in anti-Semitism, after the Washington Free Beacon reported on the issue. She has dodged questions over the recently announced Iranian nuclear deal, as she weighs a campaign challenge against Ayotte.

The New Hampshire GOP called the history of discrimination allegations “extremely troubling.”

“The allegations of anti-Semitism made by Democrat Lieutenant Governor Licht against Governor Hassan’s exclusive millionaire beach club are extremely troubling,” said Jennifer Horn, the party chairman.

The club did not return a request for comment.

Horn said in a statement that Hassan should confront the issue and address the accusations of anti-Jewish bias at the club.

“As a senior member of the organization’s leadership, Governor Hassan would have been in a position to investigate and address these concerns at the time they were raised. Governor Hassan should discuss what actions she took as the Vice President of this elite club to review the lieutenant governor’s complaint,” Horn said.

Hassan’s family has longstanding ties to the Little Compton community, maintaining a $2.7 million beachfront estate that was constructed by Hassan’s great grandfather. The home has seven bedrooms and more than 3,300 square feet with a wrap-around porch that provides an ocean view. Vacationers can rent out the estate for $25,000 per month in the summer, more than enough to cover the nearly $16,000 in property taxes on the home.

“Several hundred yards from one of Rhode Island’s prettiest beaches, the house has five premier double bedrooms and two attic bedrooms. The deck sweeps around the south and west sides of the house and expands into a 400 sq. ft. covered porch at the southwest corner,” a family advertisement on Homeaway.com says. “The kitchen and bathrooms are modernized, but the rest of the house retains the turn-of-the-(last)-century feeling, including a great dining room that seats up to 16 at one table. The house can accommodate up to 14 people.”

A spokesman for Hassan did not return a request for comment

Tuesday
Jul282015

NH GOP - NASHUA AND SALEM LAW ENFORCEMENT: HASSAN DRUG CZAR MIA 

Manchester, Concord, Nashua, Salem Police Haven't Heard From Hassan Drug Czar

 

Concord - The Union Leader today reported that Governor Maggie Hassan's embattled Drug Czar John Wozmak has failed to contact top law enforcement officials in Nashua and Salem during his six months on the job. Police Chiefs in Manchester and Concord have previously come forward to say that they have not heard from the drug czar and that their concerns about New Hampshire's heroin epidemic have fallen on "deaf ears" in Concord.

 

"After six months on the job, there is no excuse for the failure of Governor Hassan's drug czar to contact top law enforcement officials in Manchester, Nashua, Concord and Salem", said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Clearly, the state's response to New Hampshire's heroin epidemic has been mishandled, and Governor Hassan's drug czar has failed to coordinate with local law enforcement officials. It is long past due for Governor Hassan to put politics aside and take ownership of the issue instead of outsourcing her responsibilities to an incompetent bureaucrat."

 

Hassan's office also lost track of a $12 million federal grant to combat substance abuse. Governor Hassan also vetoed a budget that included a 75% increase in state funding to address the heroin epidemic. 

 

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