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Saturday
Apr122014

CEI Today: Nontransparency in gov't and the Paycheck Fairness Act

Thursday, April 10, 2014
In the News Today

GOV'T TRANSPARENCY - CHRIS HORNER

Administration’s Lack of Transparency Extends to States; The Independence Institute Reports New Findings


The use of non-official email accounts for work purposes circumvents federal-recordkeeping responsibilities. Since employees have chosen to not search them in response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests or congressional oversight requests, this allows government officials to avoid revealing their actions to taxpayers who finance their salaries. These corrupt practices are not isolated to the federal government. In requests the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), assisted Colorado’s Independence Institute with, we show the practice extends to activists employed in state government. > Read more

Related:
Transparency Questions Arise Over Hickenlooper Administration’s Use of Private Emails

 

Hickenlooper Administration Sought EPA Alibi on 2012 Water Bill


> Interview Chris Horner

FEDERAL REGULATIONS - WAYNE CREWS


Fox News: Critics say 'transparent' administration anything but open about federal regulations


Federal agencies are required to report all the regulatory actions they have under consideration in what's known as the Unified Agenda twice a year. In addition, the White House Office of Management and Budget is mandated to provide a cost-benefit analysis of federal regulations to Congress each year.

According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute and American Action Forum, that has not been happening. Wayne Crews, CEI's vice president for policy, says, "This is the administration that claims transparency but on the other hand, says it's going to use its pens and its phones and it's gonna work around Congress at every opportunity."
> Read the news story by Shannon Bream

> Interview Wayne Crews

PAYCHECK FAIRNESS ACT

CEI’s WorkplaceChoice.org Scores Paycheck Fairness Act

 

The Competitive Enterprise Institute scored Wednesday’s vote in the U.S. Senate on the passage of S. 3772, The Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that would fundamentally change the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which prohibits employers from paying women less than men for performing the same work in the same workplace.


The score will be incorporated into CEI’s Congressional Labor Scorecard that can be seen in full on CEI’s labor policy website, WorkplaceChoice.org. > Read more

> Interview an expert


Consumer’s Guide to
Chemical Risk


CEI‘s recently released booklet, A Consumer’s Guide to Chemical Risk: Deciphering the “Science” Behind Chemical Scares,” are tools designed reduce both the confusion and fear about chemicals. 
> Read more

CEI Podcast for April 9, 2014: A Consumer’s Guide to Chemical Risk

 

    

 

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, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 

ANNOUNCING
CEI’s Iain Murray Wins Second Place at
Brexit Prize Competition in London

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A Moral Defense of Capitalism
 
Interview with Devout humanist, Catholic priest, and social justice advocate Father Robert Sirico, president of the Acton Institute.

 




Friday
Mar282014

Innis For Congress - Help Stop Obama's Secrecy Agenda 

Barack Obama promised to have the most transparent administration in history. He failed.

Last week the Associated Press reported what many of us already know - government secrecy has increased dramatically under the Obama administration.

The Associated Press wrote, " More often than ever, the [Obama] administration censored government files or outright denied access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, cited more legal exceptions it said justified withholding materials and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy ."

President Obama's secrecy agenda is putting our American dream at risk.

But instead of holding the President accountable for his actions, Nancy Pelosi and Congresswoman Shea-Porter have stood idly by and let it happen.

I have a different plan. When I announced my campaign for Congress last fall I pledged to start holding President Obama accountable for his actions, stop the National Security Agency from spying on American citizens and end political witch hunts at the IRS.

But I need your support to do it.

Will you help me stop President Obama's secrecy agenda by donating to our campaign?

It's time to send common sense New Hampshire values to Washington and help secure the American dream for future generations. Please consider donating $5, $25, $50, or more to help defeat Congresswoman Shea-Porter and start holding President Obama accountable.

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Wednesday
Mar192014

CEI Today: Obama executive order, gov't secrecy, EPA vs the states, and more

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
In the News Today

OBAMA REGULATIONS

Forbes: 15,177 U.S. Executive Orders: President Barack Obama's Not The Only One With A Pen And Phone

 

It’s well known that President Obama pledges to use his “pen” and “phone” to implement a “year of action” with or without Congress.

There is some inexactness involved 
but the table I’ve assembled below reckons a total, overall, of 15,177 as of year-end 2013 (officially we’re at 13,659). Highlighting executive orders matters because decrees or fiats issued in a limited government context have different implications than executive orders in the activist government context that prevails now. > Read more


> Interview Wayne Crews

> Twitter.com/wayne_crews

> See also: CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

TODAY!
GOV'T TRANSPARENCY - CHRISTOPHER HORNER

DC Transparency Crisis: Big Government and Big Secrecy


Judicial Watch announced it will host a panel discussion: "DC Transparency Crisis: Big Government and Big Secrecy." Panelists include Mark Tapscott, Executive Editor of the Washington Examiner; Christopher C. Horner, Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute; and Daniel Epstein, Executive Director at Cause of Action.

Wednesday, March 19, Time: 2-3:30 pm ET
Washington, DC > Event info


> Interview Christopher Horner


> Twitter.com/chris_c_horner

EPA BUMPS THE STATES - WILLIAM YEATMAN

Globalwarming.org: Which Sovereign Merits Judicial Deference When State & Federal Governments Conflict under the Clean Air Act’s Cooperative Federalism Arrangement?


The Supreme Court now has an opportunity to resolve a dispute involving a Clean Air Act regulation known as Regional Haze. Its purpose is to improve visibility at national parks and federal wilderness areas. Because it is an aesthetic regulation—and not a public health regulation—Congress delegated an unusually high degree of authority to the States relative to the EPA. But EPA since 2009 has taken over 11 visibility programs from the States. The plight of one of these States — Oklahoma - is at issue in this legal dispute. > Read more


> Interview William Yeatman

 

CAR DEALERSHIP PUNKS UNION - TREY KOVACS

Workplacechoice.org: Car Dealership Takes Advantage of Union Tactics


In Kansas, a car dealership has been able to capitalize on the bad public relations Big Labor has thrown its way. According to The Wichita Eagle:

 

the United Brotherhood Of Carpenters And Joiners Of America Local 201 began a standard protest outside Subaru of Wichita last week with a “Shame on Subaru of Wichita” sign legally placed on the highway right-of-way in front of the dealership.

Interestingly, the dealership turned the unwanted attention into advertising ploy. Next to the union sign reading, “Shame on Subaru of Wichita,” the dealership erected a sign exclaiming, “For Having Unbeatable Prices.”. > Read more

> Interview Trey Kovacs

 

    

 

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, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 

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Zac Bookman, Co-founder and CEO of OpenGov, explains how his citizen-friendly web platform is making government budgets, tax, and spending data accessible online, and why politicians and municipal managers are taking to it eagerly.

CEI Podcast for March 12, 2014: CEI Turns 30

The Competitive Enterprise Institute celebrates its 30th anniversary this month. Founder and Chairman Fred Smith reflects on CEI’s accomplishments and what the next 30 years will hold.

 

 




Friday
Mar142014

CEI Today: EPA carbon pollution, Bitcoin, and gov't transparency 

Friday, March 14, 2014
In the News Today

BITCOIN - IAIN MURRAY

Openmarket.org: Bureaucrats Line Up to Regulate Bitcoin


The regulators are tasting blood around bitcoin, and like sharks they are positioning for the kill. First up was FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, which issued a warning to investors about possible fraud in “bitcoin-related companies” on March 11. > Read more

> Interview Iain Murray

> Twitter.com/ismurray

EPA CARBON POLLUTION - MARLO LEWIS

Globalwarming.org: EPA: Artless Dodging on ‘C
arbon Pollution’ Rule

 

A top EPA official testified before Congress this week on the agency's massive carbon pollution rule. But instead of providing technical information addressing the concerns raised during the previous panel, she said, in effect, ‘Trust us, we’re the experts.’ > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

GOV'T TRANSPARENCY - CHRISTOPHER HORNER

DC Transparency Crisis: Big Government and Big Secrecy


Judicial Watch announced it will host a panel discussion: "DC Transparency Crisis: Big Government and Big Secrecy." Panelists include Mark Tapscott, Executive Editor of the Washington Examiner; Christopher C. Horner, Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute; and Daniel Epstein, Executive Director at Cause of Action.

Wednesday, March 19, Time: 2-3:30 pm ET
Washington, DC > Event info


> Interview Christopher Horner


> Twitter.com/chris_c_horner

 

    

 

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, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 

CEI Podcast for March 12, 2014: CEI Turns 30

The Competitive Enterprise Institute celebrates its 30th anniversary this month. Founder and Chairman Fred Smith reflects on CEI’s accomplishments and what the next 30 years will hold.

 


CEI President Lawson Bader
Regulations:
the tax you don’t see

 

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Have we moved beyond consensus to embrace true media diversity?

Mike Gonzalez, vice president of communications for the Heritage Foundation and author of the study, “The New Contras: Understanding the Left's Grip On Media,” responds to recommendations, such as those in the Brookings study, to restore control of the media to editorial elites.

 




Friday
Mar142014

NH Senate Bill Will Improve Transparency in Health Insurance Options

Requires Insurance Department to hold public hearings and

receive comment on health insurance exchange products

Concord, NH – The State Senate today passed legislation designed to ensure New Hampshire residents are better informed and given the opportunity to provide feedback on the insurance products offered to them on the federal insurance exchange created by ObamaCare.  The bill’s prime sponsor, Sen. Sam Cataldo, R-Farmington, filed the legislation following the confusion and disappointment created last year by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield’s limited network exchange offering. 

“My constituents and our community hospital were left in the dark last year when the decision was made to implement the narrow provider network that restricted access to nearly half of the state’s hospitals,” said Sen. Cataldo.  “New Hampshire residents were told they could keep their doctor under the federal health care law.  Then, overnight and without warning or the chance to comment, thousands of our residents found out that was not true based on decisions made behind closed doors.  This legislation seeks to prevent these kinds of network blackouts in the future by offering ample opportunity for public comment in order to ensure our insurance regulators understand full-well the implications of these decisions on our citizen’s health care.”

As adopted, Senate Bill 340 will require the Insurance Department to hold two public information sessions in different regions of the state prior to approving products for sale on the federal health care exchange.  The bill will also allow insurance carriers additional time to amend their product offerings to address issues raised during the public hearings.

SB340 passed the Senate on a voice vote and now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.