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Tuesday
Apr152014

ALG - Internet Stewardship Act would require Congressional authority to turn over Internet

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April 14, 2014, Fairfax, VA Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement urging passage of H.R. 4367, the "Internet Stewardship Act" offered by Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Penn.) that would require Congressional authorization for any federal turnover of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) to any other entity:

"President Obama should not be giving the Internet away to anyone without a vote in Congress. Rep. Kelly's legislation will reaffirm Congressional authority over any Internet transition taking place, guaranteeing that our elected representatives have a say in keeping the World Wide Web free and open from censorship. But, with the current Commerce Department contract with ICANN coming to an end in September 2015, the House will need to move decisively to enact it and then work with Senate colleagues to force a vote there, too.

"The Administration has yet to produce a legal analysis justifying turning over key Internet names and numbers authorities without Congressional authority to some as of yet unconstituted international body. It has also failed to show how current First Amendment protections of free speech afforded under the current regime of Internet stewardship will be safeguarded once the Commerce Department's arrangement with ICANN ends. The House should take immediate action to move the Internet Stewardship Act to the floor for passage."

To view online: http://getliberty.org/internet-stewardship-act-would-require-congressional-authority-to-turn-over-internet/

Attachments:

"FOIA requests Commerce Dept. legal authority to turn over Internet," March 27, 2014 at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/DOC-NTIA-FOIA-re-ICANN-03-27-14.pdf

"Can Obama turn over the Internet without Congress?" By ALG senior editor Robert Romano, April 1, 2014 at http://netrightdaily.com/2014/04/can-obama-give-away-internet-without-congress/

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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.

Friday
Apr112014

ALG - Sebelius resignation is 'far overdue' 

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April 10, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement commenting on the resignation Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius:

"Secretary Sebelius' resignation is far overdue.  She has failed to play it straight with the American public or Congress wasting untold sums of money on a website that will probably never work failing her most basic managerial responsibilities.  Under her tenure millions of hard-working Americans have lost their health insurance coverage, in many cases due to regulations promulgated at her direction, and she has stonewalled attempts by Congress to provide adequate oversight over her Department.

"As the failures of Obamacare have become more and more evident, this is but the first step that needs to occur. Next, Obamacare must be fully repealed."

To view online: http://getliberty.org/sebelius-resignation-is-far-overdue/

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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.

Thursday
Apr032014

ALG - Aggregate donation limits overturned step in the right direction 

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April 2, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement praising a Supreme Court decision to strike down aggregate donation limits that in 2012 disallowed more than $117,000 in donations to candidates and party committees every two years: 

"While the court's ruling did not strike down the base donation limits, it is a step in the right direction to removing restrictions on campaign donations that strike at the heart of First Amendment protections of political speech. The maximum gift total has in the past denied late blooming candidates from access to the finances necessary to maximize their chances of victory because donors were already maxed out. But more importantly, aggregate limits most certainly restrict how much speech occurs in federal election campaigns and thus cannot be squared with First Amendment protections."

To view online: http://getliberty.org/aggregate-donation-limits-overturned-step-in-the-right-direction/

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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
Apr022014

ALG's Daily Grind - Can Obama give away the Internet without Congress? 

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April 1, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

Can Obama give away the Internet without Congress?
Wall Street Journal's L. Gordon Crovitz: "The Property Clause of the Constitution says Congress must pass legislation to effect a transfer of government property. Arguably the president could no more transfer the valuable control over the naming and domains of the Internet than he could give Alaska back to Russia."

Cartoon: Sham Wow

Clouds on the solar horizon
Solar panel buyers beware.

Ace of Spades: Less than one-quarter of Obamacare enrollees were previously uninsured; Three quarters were people thrown off their existing insurance
Rand Corporation study: "[O]f the people who have paid their first month's premium on the Obamacare exchanges, and are thereby enrolled in coverage, 76 percent were previously insured, and 24 percent were previously uninsured."

Friday
Mar282014

ALG - FOIA requests Commerce Dept. legal authority to turn over Internet 

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March 27, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government today filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) requesting the legal basis for its plans to transition control over the Internet to some as of yet unnamed international body.

The FOIA request includes "All records relating to legal and policy analysis developed by or provided to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) that support its decision to 'transition key internet domain name functions,' including any analysis showing whether the NTIA has the legal authority to perform the transition."

On March 23, L. Gordon Crovitz reported in the Wall Street Journal that "a spokesman for the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration said the agency reviewed this legal issue and concluded the administration can act without Congress but refused to share a copy of the legal analysis [emphasis added]."

"The American people have a right to know why and on what legal basis, if any, the Commerce Department believes it has the power to transition control over key Internet domain name functions to an international body or to anyone else without a vote in Congress," Americans for Limited Government Nathan Mehrens stated.

To view online: http://getliberty.org/foia-requests-commerce-dept-legal-authority-to-turn-over-internet/

Attachments:

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request to National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), March 27, 2014 at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/DOC-NTIA-FOIA-re-ICANN-03-27-14.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.