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Neocons Hate the Founders

Neocons Hate the Founders

When confronted with the fact that the Founders were not in favor of massive military, surveillance, or other federal programs – neocons will often resort to one of two claims: The founders couldn’t have possibly understood what we face today, so times have changed.  This, mind you – is the same argument given by the…

Fallin Dismisses OCPA’s Budget Solutions

Fallin Dismisses OCPA’s Budget Solutions

Preston Doerflinger of the OMES said;”..the savings are mostly cost avoidance and would not generate revenue to pay for the next budget.”.​  The McCarville Report just published a response for Governor Mary Fallin and The OMES, regarding the ideas put forward by the conservative thinktank.   The most obvious weakness in the OMES response  is that they show that they aren’t interested in cutting spending. Inst […]

Minnesota Bills Would Legalize Marijuana; Nullify Unconstitutional Federal Prohibition

Minnesota Bills Would Legalize Marijuana; Nullify Unconstitutional Federal Prohibition

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Feb. 28, 2016) – Two Minnesota bills would legalize marijuana for recreational use in the state. Passage would also take a big step toward nullifying federal cannabis prohibition in practice in the state. House Bill 926 (HF926) was introduced by Rep. Jason Metsa (DFL-Virginia) and 12 co-sponsors, while House Bill 927 (HF927)…

Georgia Senate Passes Bill to Expand Health Freedom

Georgia Senate Passes Bill to Expand Health Freedom

ATLANTA, Ga. (Feb. 28, 2017) – Last week, the Georgia Senate unanimously passed a bill that would help facilitate healthcare freedom in the state. A coalition of six Republican senators sponsor Senate Bill 50 (SB50). Titled the “Direct Primary Care Act,” the legislation specifies that direct primary care agreements (sometimes called medical retainer agreements) do…

Washington State Committee Passes Bill to Restrict ALPR Use; Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

Washington State Committee Passes Bill to Restrict ALPR Use; Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Feb. 28, 2017) – A Washington state bill that would limit the use of automatic license plate readers (ALPRs), and restrict the retention and sharing of collected data, passed an important House committee last week. If given final approval, the bill would not only protect privacy in Washington state, but would also hinder…

Redefined: New Lingo for “Tax Hikes”

Redefined: New Lingo for “Tax Hikes”

With Governor Mary Fallin proposing $2.6 Billion in tax increases, we’re starting to see some new terminology regarding taxes coming from some in state government who are following the Governor’s lead. Let’s remember that as a self-proclaimed “con…

Fully-Informed Jury Bill Passes Utah House Committee

Fully-Informed Jury Bill Passes Utah House Committee

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Feb. 28, 2017) – A Utah bill that would require state courts to fully inform jurors of their right to use discretion in rendering verdicts passed an important House committee last week. Rep. Mark Roberts (R-67) introduced House Bill 332 (HB332) on Feb. 9. The legislation would require that a jury…

Michigan Bill Would Allow People to Opt Out of Smart Meters, Undermine Federal Program

Michigan Bill Would Allow People to Opt Out of Smart Meters, Undermine Federal Program

LANSING, Mich. (Feb. 28, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Michigan House would allow customers to opt out of installing “smart meter” technology on their homes and businesses. Passage of this bill would allow Michigan residents to protect their own privacy, and it would take a step toward blocking a federal program in effect.…