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Tuesday
Aug192014

CEI Today: Obamacare in court, deputizing America, and water scarcity

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
In the News Today

 


OBAMACARE IN COURT - SAM KAZMAN

Supreme Court Best to Quickly Resolve Obamacare Cases, Plaintiffs Argue in Monday Filing

Plaintiffs in a major Obamacare lawsuit filed their opposition today to the federal government’s request for en banc reconsideration in Halbig v. Burwell. They argue the U.S. Supreme Court is the only court that can quickly resolve the insurance exchange issue, over which two circuit courts split last month.
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> Interview Sam Kazman

> Daily Caller: Lawyers: Send Obamacare Subsidies Case Straight To Supreme Court
 

WORKING FOR THE STATE - IAIN MURRAY

The Freeman: Deputizing America; Sooner or later, we’ll all work for the State—unless we do something about it


Government is deputizing people all over the country to do its law-enforcement work. Under a campaign known as Operation Choke Point, banking regulators have been telling banks that if they don’t investigate their customers for “high-risk” activity, they will be subject to subpoenas and everything that implies.
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> Interview Iain Murray

 

WATER SCARCITY - WAYNE CREWS

 

Forbes: Fountains Of Solutions: Western Water And California Drought

 

The Washington Post now proclaims “nervousness over the state’s epic drought has given way to alarm.” Today’s water supply and access issues in the West and notably in Central Valley California are the result of yesterday’s broader infrastructure, property rights and economic growth policies. Water policy seems like an old issue, but it’s also a high-tech one. > Read more


> Interview Wayne Crews

 

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

75 new regulations, from tax delinquents to spectrum auctions.

 

 

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Monday
Aug042014

National Empowerment Center - Please Provide Feedback, Free Webinars, and Alternatives Conference 

Request for Comment on Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Strategic Plan
Feedback Deadline: Monday, August 18, 2014
SAMHSA is the agency within Health and Human Services (HHS) that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the Nation. Their mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.   This strategic plan outlines work to increase the awareness and improve understanding about mental and substance use disorders; promote emotional health and wellness, and the prevention of substance abuse and mental illness; increase access to effective treatment; and support recovery. An important component of the plan is to prioritize six Strategic Initiatives and the linkages between these initiatives and SAMHSA's policy, programmatic, and financial planning. At its core, this plan offers a framework for common categories of initiatives that enables cross-collaboration and organization of SAMHSA's work.
Download Leading Change 2.0 [PDF - 737 KB]
Provide Feedback on the Strategic Plan
  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *   FREE WEBINARS
Title:  Diverse Promising Practices for Engaging Youth Before and During Times of Emotional Distress: Youth, Family, and School Perspectives
Date: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 Time: 3 – 4:30 pm ET Presenters: Letty Elenes, Stephany Bryan, Wendell Waukau, M.A., Ed.S.
Description:  How do we create safe and supportive communities that engage youth? How can young people, their parents, and school districts support student well-being? These questions and others will be explored as we hear diverse perspectives on creating communities where youth feel safe and accepted. Our presenters will share their successes in creating opportunities for youth to learn how to maintain their wellness; take good care of themselves; make good decisions; and feel connected to their family, peers, and larger community.
Our presenters include Letty Elenes, the youngest national Advanced Level Facilitator in the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) and the first WRAP facilitator to run youth-to-youth groups in the Nation and School Superintendent Wendell Waukau, who in 2012, was one of 12 educators nationwide honored at the White House by President Obama as a “Champion of Change,” or what the White House calls a “school turnaround leader.”   For more information or to register for the August 6 webinar, click here.     STAR CENTER WEBINAR
Title: Lessons of Lived Experience with Recovery: Engaging Asian and South Asian American Communities
Date: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Time: 2 – 3:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Chacku Mathai, CPRP, Director, STAR Center; Gayathri Ramprasad, MBA, CPS, Founder & President, ASHA International; and Can Truong, Consultant, Can Consulting
Register now   *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *   Alternatives 2014 Plenary Session Speakers Are Announced!
The deadline for Early Bird registration ($375) for Alternatives 2014 has been extended to August 15!
The 28th annual Alternatives conference will be held at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, Florida, October 22-26, 2014. To register, click here.
Rep. Patrick Kennedy, who served 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, and was the lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, will keynote the conference at the opening session on Wednesday evening. The recipient of numerous awards, Rep. Kennedy is the founder of the Kennedy Forum on Community Mental Health, and authored and co-sponsored dozens of bills to increase the understanding and treatment of neurological and psychiatric conditions.
Kana Enomoto, principal deputy administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), will also address the conference on Wednesday evening.  Ms. Enomoto serves as the principal advisor to the administrator on SAMHSA policies and programmatic activities. For her research emphasis on minority populations and her work in promoting diversity and reducing disparities, she was honored in 2009 with ACMHA’s inaugural King Davis Award.
And something new: Alternatives 2014 is launching AlternaTalks – lively and inspiring 18-minute presentations from the speakers during the morning plenary sessions. These speakers, all of whom have lived experience, and have national and international reputations in the mental health advocacy arena, are listed (alphabetically): --Khatera Aslami-Templen, executive director of Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services (PEERS), an organization operated by people with lived experience. --Gina Calhoun, national director for wellness and recovery education at the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery. --Leah Harris, director of the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery. --Erme Maula, RN, MSN, CPS, program manager of the Consumer Recovery Investment Funds Self Directed Care Program at the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and an expert on self-directed care. --Harvey Rosenthal, executive director of the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, who has nearly four decades of experience working to promote public mental health services and policies that advance the recovery, rehabilitation, rights and community inclusion of individuals with psychiatric disabilities. --Sharon Wise, an artist-in-residence at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C., who performs around the world at major conferences that support mental health recovery. She recently completed a documentary entitled Leaving the Door Open, about alternatives to seclusion and restraint.
There will also be a youth plenary, which will highlight the great work being done by the nation’s youth advocates to improve systems, reduce prejudice and discrimination, and help other young people experiencing mental health challenges. 
To register for the conference, click here. For the Registration Form in Spanish, click here.
Suggestions for seeking funding are available on the conference website if you click here. (In addition, SAMHSA will be awarding some scholarships, and the application process will be announced soon.)
The deadline to apply for a caucus is August 15: click here.
The deadline to sign up for an exhibit table is September 15: click here
For more information about the conference, please visit the Alternatives 2014 website: http://alternatives2014.mhasp.org.

Tuesday
Jul292014

ALG's Daily Grind - Why your government doesn't work: Inside the uncivil service 

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July 28, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted. 

Inside the uncivil service
How to fire a federal employee without ever succeeding. One former deputy assistant Labor secretary's journey through the Byzantine maze of Washington, D.C.'s bureaucracy.  

Barack Obama has border sovereignty problems
Does Obama believe in national sovereignty? A look at the U.S.-Mexico, Russia-Ukraine, and Israel-Palestinian territory borders.

WND.com: New Obama rule could force cities to house illegals
Americans for Limited Government research ties a Department of Housing and Urban Development regulation mandating racial and income housing quotas in local zoning to La Raza comments in favor of the rulemaking saying it would help those who "fear deportation".

  

July 28, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

Inside the uncivil service
How to fire a federal employee without ever succeeding. One former deputy assistant Labor secretary's journey through the Byzantine maze of Washington, D.C.'s bureaucracy.

Barack Obama has border sovereignty problems
Does Obama believe in national sovereignty? A look at the U.S.-Mexico, Russia-Ukraine, and Israel-Palestinian territory borders.

WND.com: New Obama rule could force cities to house illegals
Americans for Limited Government research ties a Department of Housing and Urban Development regulation mandating racial and income housing quotas in local zoning to La Raza comments in favor of the rulemaking saying it would help those who "fear deportation".

 

Wednesday
Jul232014

ALG's Daily Grind - Time for the government to stop picking winners and losers in the marketplace 

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July 22, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

Time for the government to stop picking winners and losers in the marketplace
Federal government rules are making it exceedingly difficult for local retailers to compete against Internet retailers.

Cartoon: Israel's Shoes

Australia shoots down climate lobby's scare mongering
It's time for the U.S. to learn from Australia's mistakes.

Tapscott: Do Republicans want to repeal Democrats' disastrous Big Government or surrender to it?
Washington Examiner executive editor Mark Tapscott quotes Americans for Limited Government vice president of public policy and communications taking on Republican columnist Michael Gerson of the Washington Post over the future of the Republican Party.

Wednesday
Jul232014

NHDP - Statement from the NH Democratic Party on Today's Circuit Court of Appeals Rulings 

Manchester, NH – New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley issued the following statement reacting to today’s two different and conflicting rulings on the Affordable Care Act:
 
“Partisan, frivolous lawsuits are trying to stop the people of New Hampshire from getting affordable health care. 
 
"Republicans like Scott Brown, Bob Smith, Jim Rubens, Walt Havenstein, Andrew Hemingway and others are cheering because they want to stop affordable health care too, because they think it’s good for their campaigns. Well, it’s not good for the people of New Hampshire and it’s shameful that New Hampshire Republicans cheered a court decision that could make insurance coverage less affordable for 30,000 people in New Hampshire."
 
“Today’s misguided and flawed decision is being challenged and three other courts have ruled in favor of the Affordable Care Act - one earlier today."
 
BACKGROUND
 
30,920 Granite Staters, or 77%, Receive Financial Assistance Through the Federal-Run Health Insurance Marketplace [HHS report, April 2014]
 
Repeal of ACA's Financial Assistance Would Result in Average Monthly Cost Increase of $290 in New Hampshire. “But if subsidies were repealed, people would not lose coverage, instead seeing premiums jump from loss of the tax credit. [...] In New Hampshire, 40,262 people are paying an average monthly premium of $100 — and repeal would result in an average monthly loss of subsidies/cost increase of $290.” [Washington Post, June 19, 2014]
 
4th Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Subsidies in Federal-Run Health Exchange: “Meanwhile, just an hour later, another three-judge panel on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., came to the opposite conclusion – upholding the federal subsidies.” [NPR, July 22, 2014]

 
 
Two Previous Court Rulings Sided In Favor Of The ACA On This Issue Specifically: "Today’s ruling goes against the two previous rulings on this issue so far, which both summarily dismissed the plaintiffs’ arguments. Both judges agreed that ‘there is no evidence in the legislative record that the House, the Senate, any relevant committee of either House, or any legislator ever entertained’ the idea of confining premium assistance to state exchanges.' Additionally, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to soon reject an identical challenge." [The New Republic, 4/6/14]