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Wednesday
Mar182015

CEI Today: Sunshine Week, chemical ban, Human Achievement Hour, and more  

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
In the News Today

 

GOV'T NON-TRANSPARENCY - LAWSON BADER

Human Events: The most transparent administration …. oh, wait…..

Hillary Clinton may or may not have violated certain rules and ethical expectations as Secretary of State. We will see. But the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency have been doing the same thing for years. That much we do know. 
> Read more


> Interview an expert 
 


CHEMICAL BAN - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

CPSC Proposal on Phthalates Likely to Do More Harm than Good


The Consumer Product Safety Commission is planning a new regulation related to chemicals used to make soft and pliable plastics. While they claim to do this in the name of children’s health, it’s not clear that the rule will do more good than harm.
> Read more

> Interview Angela Logomasini


 

LABOR UNION LAWSUIT - TREY KOVACS

Wisconsin Unions Sue to Maintain Coercive Power

Workers should find the union lawsuit against Wisconsin’s recently enacted right-to-work law (RTW) bizarre and, probably, offensive. The argument put forth by unions is that the new law is an unconstitutional taking of property. In other words, unions view a chunk of workers’ paychecks as their property even if that worker does not want union representation. 
> Read more

 

> Interview Trey Kovacs
 




You're invited! 


Please join the Competitive Enterprise Institute in our annual celebration of human progress and our advancements in various fields of industry, including technology, medical, energy, and more, during Human Achievement Hour on Saturday, March 28, 2014, between 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. in your respective time zone.



 

Saturday, 10am ET
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HUMAN
ACHIEVEMENT
HOUR

MARCH 28, 2015


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KING v BURWELL

3 Things 
You Should Know

 


 


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Annie Dwyer

Christine Hall
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Advancing Capitalism
Business & Gov't
Energy & Environment
Finance & Entrepreneurship
Health & Safety
Human Achievement Hour
Law & Constitution
Labor & Employment
Nanny State
Regulatory Reform
Risk & Consumer Freedom
Tech and Telecom
Trade and International
Transportation & Infrastructure





 

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Monday
Mar162015

CEI Today: Chemical ban, labor union lawsuit, and EPA's 100 years 

Monday, March 16, 2015
In the News Today

 


CHEMICAL BAN - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

CPSC Proposal on Phthalates Likely to Do More Harm than Good


On Monday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission will close the comment period for a proposed rule related to chemicals used to make soft and pliable plastics. While they claim to do this in the name of children’s health, it’s not clear that the rule will do more good than harm.
> Read more

> Interview Angela Logomasini


 

LABOR UNION LAWSUIT - TREY KOVACS

Wisconsin Unions Sue to Maintain Coercive Power

Workers should find the union lawsuit against Wisconsin’s recently enacted right-to-work law (RTW) bizarre and, probably, offensive. The argument put forth by unions is that the new law is an unconstitutional taking of property. In other words, unions view a chunk of workers’ paychecks as their property even if that worker does not want union representation. 
> Read more

 

> Interview Trey Kovacs
 

EPA'S 100 YEARS - CHRIS HORNER

CEI Files Suit over EPA’s Glacial “Richard Windsor” Production


The tortuous Richard Windsor saga took yet another twist [last week], when we filed suit to compel EPA to stop flouting the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
> Read more


> Interview Christopher Horner
 

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CEIis a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 


HUMAN
ACHIEVEMENT
HOUR

MARCH 28, 2015

 

 


KING v BURWELL

3 Things 
You Should Know

 


 


Media Contacts: 202-331-2277
Annie Dwyer

Christine Hall
Mary Beth Hutchins

Keara Vickers

CEI Issues:

Advancing Capitalism
Business & Gov't
Energy & Environment
Finance & Entrepreneurship
Health & Safety
Human Achievement Hour
Law & Constitution
Labor & Employment
Nanny State
Regulatory Reform
Risk & Consumer Freedom
Tech and Telecom
Trade and International
Transportation & Infrastructure





 

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Saturday
Mar142015

Cooler Heads Digest 13 March 2015 

13 March 2015

In the News

Green Energy Subsidies Double under Obama
Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller, 13 March 2015

Barack Goes Berserk on Climate “Deniers”
James Rust, Master Resource, 13 March 2015

With New EPA Regulations, Obama Turns Back on Middle Class
Drew Johnson, Sun Prairie Star, 13 March 2015

CEI Files Suit over EPA’s Glacial “Richard Windsor” Production
Chris Horner, GlobalWarming.org, 12 March 2015

Investigation of Funding for Climate Skeptics Countered by “Warmist” Probe
Valerie Richardson, Washington Times, 12 March 2015

Researcher Punished for Exposing Climate Fraud Beats UCLA
Matt Lamb, The College Fix, 12 March 2015

Blowing More Tax Dollars on Wind Subsidies
Fred Lucas, The Blaze, 12 March 2015

EPA Thinks You Are Stupid
Alan Caruba, Warning Signs, 11 March 2015

EPA Is Racing against Time To Pummel the Private Sector
Seton Motley, Human Events, 10 March 2015

Climate Change: It’s Real Because of the Children
James Delingpole, Breitbart, 10 March 2015

Is Climate Policy Sustainable? Sobering Slides on the EU’s Climate Treaty Proposal
Marlo Lewis, GlobalWarming.org, 4 March 2015

News You Can Use
Marlo Lewis

Uneconomical Ethanol

At current prices, a typical motorist must spend an extra $900-$2,400 annually to run a flex-fuel vehicle on E85 (motor fuel made with 85% ethanol) than on regular gasoline, according to the EPA-DOE Web site FuelEconomy.Gov. The reason is that ethanol has one-third less energy by volume than gasoline. Thus, the higher the ethanol blend, the worse mileage your car gets, and the more you have to spend on fuel to travel a given distance. For further discussion, see Root Cause of Ethanol ‘Blend Wall’? Consumers Don’t Like Ripoffs.     

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

Secretary Kerry Gives Speech on “Road to Paris”

U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry gave a major speech in Washington, DC on 12th March as part of the Atlantic Council’s Road to Paris Climate series.  There was little that was new or interesting in the speech, although Kerry did give a different explanation of how the greenhouse effect works than the one he gave in Jakarta on 16th February 2014. Here is Kerry’s new explanation:

“And with added heat comes an altered environment. It’s not particularly complicated. I don’t mean to sound haughty, but think about it for a minute. Life on Earth would not exist without a greenhouse effect. That is what has kept the average temperature up, until recently, at 57 degrees Fahrenheit, because there is this greenhouse effect. And it was called the greenhouse effect because it does exactly what a greenhouse does. When the sun pours in and bounces off at a different angle, it goes back up at a different angle. That can’t escape, and that warms things – a very simple proposition.”

He is still clueless, but this is a big improvement on his moronic explanation in Jakarta last year

Secretary Kerry also claimed that, “A report that the Department of Energy released this morning actually projects that in the United States, wind power is going to be directly competitive with conventional energy technologies within the next 10 years.”  That will be news to wind industry boosters, who have claimed for several years that wind energy is already cheaper than conventional energy. 

Across the States
Myron Ebell

Nine Likely Republican Presidential Candidates Take Positions on Ethanol Mandate at Iowa Ag Summit

Ethanol tycoon Bruce Rastetter hosted most of the potential Republican presidential candidates at the Iowa Agricultural Summit on 7th March.  Naturally, one of the main questions was, Where do you stand on the federal corn ethanol mandate?  Naturally, most of the candidates pledged their sacred honor to defending the ethanol mandate: Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Lindsey Graham.  Most notably, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisc.) switched his position and said that he now supports the ethanol mandate.  Both Walker and Bush talked vaguely about phasing it out in the distant future.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and former Governors Rick Perry (R-Tex.) and George Pataki (R-NY) made it clear that they oppose the ethanol mandate.  If anyone doubted his refusal to pander to rural Iowans, Senator Cruz added that he also opposed the wind production tax credit.  Interestingly, Cruz drew big cheers from the crowd. Perry, who has also opposed the wind PTC in the past, said that repealing the ethanol mandate needed to be part of a larger examination of subsidies and mandates.  Perry and Pataki both grew up on farms.  Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) did not attend the summit.

The Wall Street Journal put it best in an editorial: “Political cynics will say we’re, well, tilting at windmills by expecting politicians to swear off energy subsidies, but that merely proves our point about the Iowa caucuses. If they were thinking bigger, Republicans would understand that they’ll have more credibility to reform social welfare if they oppose corporate welfare.”

Around the World
Myron Ebell

Cuba’s Pristine Environment under Threat

The National Press Club held a Newsmaker press conference on 10th March at which marine biologist David Guggenheim discussed the threats to Cuba’s marine environment if it rejoins the modern world.  Dr. Guggenheim, president of Ocean Doctor, showed clips from his film, “Frozen in Time: Cuba’s Pristine Coral Reefs and Their Future After the Embargo.”     

The entire documentary will be screened at the 23rd Environmental Film Festival, which will be held from 17th to  29th March in Washington, DC.   

I did not attend the press conference, but according to the press release Dr. Guggenheim believes that dire poverty and political oppression, which he refers to as “Cuba’s relative isolation” have “actually been good for its environment.”  And therefore he is concerned that ending the embargo could increase economic activity and thereby harm the environment.  

The Cooler Heads Digest is the weekly e-mail publication of the Cooler Heads Coalition. For the latest news and commentary, check out the Coalition’s website, www.GlobalWarming.org.

Tuesday
Mar102015

NH Charter School News and Updates 

In this issue

Dear charter school parents and supporters,

 

This is an important week for the future of charter schools in New Hampshire. Tomorrow morning March 10th, voters from the Monadnock Regional School District will decide the fate of the Gilsum STEAM Academy (GSA). Teachers & parents are fighting to keep their public school open by converting it to a public charter school. Learn more

 

On Wednesday March 11th, the New Hampshire House of Representatives will vote on the charter school funding bill, HB563. HB563 as amended would increase charter school funding at a time when the schools desperately need it. Learn more

 

There are so many amazing things happening in our public schools that we couldn't possibly include them all in one newsletter but we have included some highlights below. If you have any questions about NH public charters or want to learn more, we would encourage you to contact us or a charter school in your area.


Matt Southerton

Director, NH Center for Innovative Schools

matt@nhcharterschools.org 

Office: 603-224-0366

Cell: 603-303-8070  

For up to the minute news on everything charter, please visit us on Facebook and Twitter

FUNDING BILL HEADED TO FLOOR VOTE

 

Charter school supporters celebrated a small but important victory this week as the charter school funding bill (HB563 as amended) was voted out of committee with a recommendation of "ought to pass". HB563 will go up for a vote before the full House of Representatives on March 11th. If passed and signed into law, HB563 as amended would increase charter school funding by $36 per pupil next year and $1,036 after that. hb563 

 

 
Background
New Hampshire charter schools are currently the lowest funded charter schools in the nation receiving about $5,500 per pupil or about 38% of the state average cost per pupil. When SB539 overhauled the education funding formula in 2009-10, charter schools were included. The legislative intent of SB539 was to provide NH public charter schools with permanent sustainable funding. NH charter schools were woven into the fabric of public education funding receiving $3,450 in adequacy plus a $2,000 stipend to represent disparity aid because NH public charters do not currently benefit directly from local tax dollars. Since that time, charter school funding has remained flat.
PARENTS & TEACHERS FIGHT TO SAVE  PUBLIC SCHOOL

  

Tomorrow morning March 10th, voters of the Monadnock Regional School District will decide the fate of the Gilsum STEAM Academy (GSA). Teachers & administrators are urging voters to keep their public school open by voting, NO on article 9 .... YES on article 10. The group hopes to then convert GSA into a public charter school which would save taxpayer money.gilsum 

 

As a STEAM school, GSA's mission focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. 

  

For voter information please visit: http://www.mrsd.org/news.cfm?story=99314&school=0

 

To learn more about the movement to save GSA please visit: PTA Facebook page

ASD WINS REGIONAL SCIENCE BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP

 

This week a team from the Academy for Science and Design Charter School (ASD) won the 2015 Northern New England Science Bowl Regional Championship. The team will be competing at the National Science Bowl in Washington DC in April.

 

Our hats are off to the teachers and students of this public charter that continues to excel to new heights!

 

 

About ASD

ASD is a public charter school specializing in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM). Its mission is to graduate well-rounded students with the capacity for high achievement and leadership in their colleges, careers, and society. To learn more about ASD please visit: http://www.asdnh.org/ 

NHPCSA CHILI COOK-OFF

The NH Public Charter School Association recently held its annual "chili cook-off" in Concord. Schools from around the state battled it out for the crown but in the end it was a tie! The Birches Academy Charter School from Salem and the North Country Academy Charter School from Littleton shared the title. The event gave New Hampshire state legislators an opportunity to learn more about these public schools and cast their vote for the best chili. More photos from the event are available at: www.facebook.com/NHCharterSchools 

 

(Senator Jeanie Forrester & Senator John Reagan visit with students from GBECS)

  

 

PARENT FEEDBACK - WHY CHOOSE A CHARTER?

 

The first charter school opened in New Hampshire about nine years ago. It hasn't been an easy journey for anyone but nothing worth fighting for ever is. The reflections below are from parents who have been kind enough to share their thoughts. While this is certainly not a scientific study, it does help one to understand why some parents have chosen a charter school and the benefits that it has made in their child's life.

 

We share this feedback with you not to diminish our traditional public schools but to celebrate the power of increased education options for all families.

 

Jennifer wrote: "The charter school has ignited our son's desire to learn. Alternatively our daughter loves her district school. More choice!"

 

Amanda wrote: "We chose the Charter School because of our daughters love of the Arts & this suited her perfectly. We could not be more happy"

 

Ruth wrote: "I have never seen him so excited about going to school...The school is always looking to achieve higher standards."

 

Kathy wrote: "As a parent of a special needs student attending a charter school I have been amazed... My son is in his second year at a charter school and is finally excelling. He is treated with respect and value."

 

If you would like to share some aspect of your journey in a public charter school we would like to hear from you. Please use our Parent Feedback form and specify whether or not we may share your thoughts.

 

Thank you! 

 

Matt

Tuesday
Mar102015

CEI Today: Hillary's emails, capitalism vs cronyism, gax tax hike, and more 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
In the News Today

 

HILLARY'S EMAILS - CHRISTOPHER HORNER

The Hill: GOP threatens EPA chief with subpoena for missing texts

 

The chairman of the House Science Committee is demanding that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) turn over records on deleted text messages.
 
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) told EPA chief Gina McCarthy in a letter that he is considering subpoenaing her for the documents if the agency does not produce them.
The conflict stems from a court case in which the EPA said it may have deleted or lost text messages that the Competitive Enterprise Institute sought as part of a public records request. > Read more


> Interview Chris Horner 
 


CAPITALISM vs CRONYISM - LAWSON BADER & FRED SMITH


Why capitalist virtue beats cronyist sin
 

There is a lot less rent-seeking than media stories suggest. Corporate welfare costs taxpayers about $100 billion per year, according to a 2012 Cato Institute study—a drop in the bucket in a $16.77 trillion economy. Therefore, it’s worth asking the question: “Why isn’t there more rent-seeking?” If lobbying for special favors is as profitable as it seems to be, why don’t firms fire their engineers and sales staff and hire only lawyers and lobbyists? > Read more

 

> Interview an expert

 

HIGHWAY NETWORK - VERGE OF COLLAPSE? - MARC SCRIBNER

How Not to Fix, and Fix, Federal Surface Transportation Policy


We are told our highway network is on the verge of collapse (false), that the federal role is the most critical component of government transportation infrastructure funding (false), and that things will only get worse unless we submit to massive federal gas tax increases (false). The infrastructure lobby does no one any favors by overstating the problem and supporting reckless and inefficient tax-and-spend policies.
> Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner

 

 

 

    

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 


KING v BURWELL

3 Things 
You Should Know

 


 

Saturday, 10am ET
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Christine Hall
Mary Beth Hutchins

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Business & Gov't
Energy & Environment
Finance & Entrepreneurship
Health & Safety
Human Achievement Hour
Law & Constitution
Labor & Employment
Nanny State
Regulatory Reform
Risk & Consumer Freedom
Tech and Telecom
Trade and International
Transportation & Infrastructure





 

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