Lawmakers pass arts department, firefighter benefits bills in special session

The legislation included measures to create a new arts department and to make increased death benefits for firefighters killed in the line of duty retroactive to Jan. 1. Gov. Jim Justice wanted to create a new arts department after signing a bill that eliminated the Department of Education and the Arts, sending some of its duties to other state agencies. “The arts has a strong presence in his administration.

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Oakland mayor inspires new bill which could lock up officials like her

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a recent op-ed for the Washington Post that she originally ran for office because she wanted to change the way things operate. She may be changing things more than she thought and in ways she never imagined. Following calls to investigate her decision to alert illegal aliens in her community to an impending ICE raid, Iowa Congressman Steve King (R) has introduced legislation which could lock up public officials obstructing justice in this fashion for as much as five years. (Washington Times)

Tipping illegal immigrants off to a looming immigration sweep could net sanctuary city leaders jail time, under a bill announced Monday by Rep. Steve King.

The Iowa Republican dubbed the bill the Mayor Libby Schaaf Act, after the Oakland mayor who alerted California’s Bay Area to an impending sweep this year, a move that immigration officials said helped hundreds of people escape detection.

At the time, the chief of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Ms. Schaaf was essentially acting as a “gang lookout” tipping off lawbreakers when police came through their neighborhood.

Mr. King’s bill would include a penalty of up to five years in prison for any state or local official who obstructs enforcement of federal laws.

“I want lawless, Sanctuary City politicians to hear this message clearly: If you obstruct ICE, you are going to end up in the cooler,” Mr. King said in announcing his bill.

I somehow doubt that King is expecting much support from his Democratic colleagues on this one and the bill may be nothing more than an effort to make a point in this debate. I’m also not sure there’s really a need for such a law. As we’ve discussed here previously, we already have laws on the books which cover this. Under Title 8, Chapter 12, anyone can be charged with harboring or shielding from detection any illegal aliens, leaving them subject to a fine and/or not more than 10 years in prison. I see no reason why an elected official such as a mayor wouldn’t be subject to that law.

Then again, when it’s a public official doing it, that’s a special sort of violation in some ways because they’re violating their oath of office and undermining the laws they are sworn to uphold. In that sense, perhaps a special law specifically covering elected officials might be in order.

Of course, even if this gets signed into law it won’t apply to Mayor Schaaf, so she doesn’t have much to worry about. You can’t prosecute someone for a law passed after they commit the act, so unless Schaaf plans to do any additional gang signaling when ICE is coming to town she should be in the clear.

I do hope that this bill at least earns time for an open debate on the floor of the House. If nothing else, it will be entertaining to see if any Democrats are willing to take to the podium and argue against holding elected officials accountable when they flout the law. How does one even begin to structure such an argument? If you’re going to start making exceptions under the law for people in public office that could lead to all manner of uncomfortable conversations in the current climate of Washington.

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Sex Workers & Community Protest to Oppose FOSTA/SESTA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 18th, 2018 CONTACT: Maxine Holloway & Arabelle Raphael BAPSinfo [at] protonmail.com Sex Workers & Community Protest to Oppose FOSTA/SESTA Harmful legislation does nothing to support sex workers or survivors of trafficking OAKLAND, CA: On June 2, International Sex Worker’s Day, communities from all over the country will gather to advocate for the health, safety, and protection of sex workers in the wake of FOSTA / SESTA legislation. Bay Area Pros Support and St. James Infirmary along with other community organizations and supporters will gather at Oscar Grant Plaza in Downtown Oakland, CA to support Bay Area residents who deserve respect and safety during this heightened political time.

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Steve King Introduces Act to Imprison Politicians Who Help Illegal Aliens Evade Deportation

Big Government: Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has introduced legislation named after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf — who infamously helped criminal illegal aliens evade deportation — that would imprison sanctuary city [Read More]

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AFP Urges House to Pass Dodd-Frank Reform

Arlington, Va. – Americans for Prosperity today called on House lawmakers to pass the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (S.2155), providing relief to regional and community banks suffering under the burdensome regulations of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (H.R. 4173). Ahead of an expected vote Tuesday, AFP is announcing it will be scoring the legislation on its congressional scorecard and is urging House lawmakers to vote “Yes”.

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In a key vote letter sent to lawmakers Monday, AFP called on the House to pass the bipartisan bill crafted by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID) easing federal restrictions on community banks and reducing the cost of regulatory compliance.

AFP Chief Government Affairs Officer Brent Gardner issued the following statement:

“Businesses and communities have suffered too long under harmful and counterproductive Obama-era financial restrictions. The consequences can be seen on Main Streets across the country as Dodd-Frank created barriers to the American Dream for millions of families and businesses.

“Thanks to the efforts of Chairman Crapo, House leadership and House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling, Republicans and Democrats now have an opportunity to work together to provide relief for the hardworking men and women who are the foundation of their vibrant communities.

“We urge House members to vote ‘yes’ on Dodd-Frank repeal and look forward to supporting Chairman Hensarling in his effort to advance additional House-passed financial reforms through the Senate.”

Background:

Since the passage of the 2,300-page Dodd- Frank law in 2010, AFP has advocated for an end to harmful regulations that force small financial institutions out of business due to increased compliance and burden consumers with higher costs.

In 2017, AFP championed Chairman Jeb Hensarling’s Financial Choice Act 2.0 and in 2018 worked with lawmakers in the House and Senate to advance meaningful bipartisan reform.

AFP Praises House Resolve to Pass Dodd-Frank Reform (5/9/2018)

AFP Commends Chairman Hensarling for Commitment to Repealing Dodd-Frank’s Harmful Regulations Reform (5/2/2018)

AFP Commends Senate for Passing Dodd-Frank Relief Legislation (3/14/18)

AFP Issues Letter of Support for Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (3/5/2018)

AFP Issues Letter of Support for Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (3/5/2018)

AFP Pens Letter in Support of CHOICE Act (6/27/2017)

AFP Commends House Passage of Financial CHOICE Act 2.0 (6/9/2017)

AFP Talks Financial CHOICE Act with Rep. Jeb Hensarling (6/7/2017)

AFP Issues Coalition Letter of Support for the Financial CHOICE Act (4/26/2017)

Where Have All the Small Banks Gone? (8/25/2016)

For further information or to set up an interview, please send an email to [email protected].

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) exists to recruit, educate, and mobilize citizens in support of the policies and goals of a free society at the local, state, and federal level, helping every American live their dream – especially the least fortunate. AFP has more than 3.2 million activists across the nation, a local infrastructure that includes 36 state chapters, and has received financial support from more than 100,000 Americans in all 50 states. For more information, visit www.AmericansForProsperity.org

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AFP Calls on House to Pass Right to Try

Arlington, VA – Americans for Prosperity today called on House lawmakers to pass right-to-try legislation expected to be voted on early this week. AFP announced it will be scoring the Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017 (S. 204) on its congressional scorecard and is urging House members to vote “Yes.”

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In a key vote letter sent to Representatives Monday, AFP Chief Government Affairs Officer Brent Gardner highlighted the bipartisan support right-to-try has already earned, including from the forty state legislatures that have passed similar legislation of their own.

“When facing a life-threatening illness, many patients and their families are left with extremely limited options for treatment.  With a drug approval process that can take up to 15 years, and a restrictive and overly complicated Compassionate Use Program, the FDA forces millions of patients to spend precious time waiting for access to care they might need.  This Right to Try legislation, however, gives hope to those who need it most.

“Having already been approved in 40 states, Right to Try is a commonsense reform that eases the regulatory burden on terminally ill patients while giving them and their families hope.  Members should seize this opportunity to pass a federal reform by supporting this legislation.”

Background:

  • January: AFP and Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce launched a digital ad urging Congress to pass federal right-to-try legislation and issued a letter to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden calling for the committee to send the bill to the House floor for a full vote.
  • AFP and Freedom Partners also issued a memo on the need for federal right-to-try legislation.
  • February: The group called on activists to urge Rep. Walden and the House Energy and Commerce Committee to advance right-to-try legislation out of committee.
  • March: AFP thanked a bipartisan group of House lawmakers for supporting right-to-try.
  • April: AFP launched a six-figure TV and digital campaign calling on Congress to pass right-to-try legislation.

 

For further information or to set up an interview, please send an email to [email protected].

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) exists to recruit, educate, and mobilize citizens in support of the policies and goals of a free society at the local, state, and federal level, helping every American live their dream – especially the least fortunate. AFP has more than 3.2 million activists across the nation, a local infrastructure that includes 36 state chapters, and has received financial support from more than 100,000 Americans in all 50 states. For more information, visit www.AmericansForProsperity.org

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State Legislatures Heed the Obama White House’s “Call to…

State legislatures across the country have been active in recent years proposing and enacting legislation concerning employers’ use of restrictive covenants. These new laws alter the legal landscape in an area where compliance was already difficult due to the vast differences between states.

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Congress’ to-do list: 5 things to do (or try to do) by Memorial Day

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed cloture on the bill last Thursday. The House overwhelmingly passed the VA MISSION Act last week, and has support from the White House. Lawmakers are pushing to have the legislation on the President’s desk for …

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New Legislation Would Prohibit Abortion When Fetal Heartbeat Is Detected

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota could follow in the footsteps of Iowa and pass legislation that “prioritizes the right to life.”

State Rep. Tim Miller (R-Prinsburg) has introduced a bill that would prohibit an abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected. Similar legislation was recently passed in Iowa, inspiring Miller to take the framework and make it work for Minnesotans.

“As a strong right-to-life supporter, this is a topic I’ve been working on for two years, but questions over a potential court challenge slowed our progress,” Miller said. “Recently lawmakers in Iowa had the courage to pass a fetal heartbeat bill into law, and I have taken their language and adapted it so the proposal can work in Minnesota.”

Miller’s bill would require a physician to first provide an ultrasound to determine if a fetal heartbeat is detectable before performing an abortion. With the exception of a medical emergency, a physician would be prohibited from performing an abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Physicians who violate the requirement could face up to a year in jail, or a $3,000 fine, or both

Meredith Campbell, Public Policy Director for Minnesota Family Council, praised Miller’s bill, calling it an “excellent piece of pro-life legislation.”

“This bill is common sense,” Campbell said. “We applaud the bill author and co-authors who are continuing to champion legislation that recognizes the sanctity of life at every age and stage. Every child’s life should be cherished and we’ll continue to work toward advancing pro-life policy like this to secure protections and affirm the dignity of children in the womb.”

With the 2018 legislative session wrapping up Sunday night, Miller’s bill will wait for next session. With the governor’s race heating up, Miller is hopeful the legislature will have a more pro-life governor to work with next session.

“This is an issue I will prioritize next year, and am hopeful that with a new governor we will make greater progress on all right-to-life issues than we have with Governor Dayton,” Miller said.

Gov. Mark Dayton, who is vocally pro-choice, has blocked previous attempts by Republicans to pass pro-life legislation. Most recently, Dayton vetoed a bill that would have ensured pregnant women the opportunity to see their ultrasound images prior to an abortion. Campbell called out Dayton’s for being “anti-woman,” saying his actions highlights the importance of voting for a  “pro-woman, pro-family” gubernatorial candidate this November.

“The Governor’s veto was anti-woman and limits women’s access to medical information and options during pregnancy,” Campbell said. “The Governor’s decision to prevent this piece of bipartisan legislation from becoming law highlights the need for Minnesotans get out to vote for a real pro-woman, pro-family candidate in the gubernatorial race this coming November. Elections have consequences and today, women and children are reaping those consequences.”

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Esquire Author Proves The Lie That No One Wants To Take Our Guns

Anti-gun zealots routinely claim that no one wants to take our guns. It’s a common refrain, one designed to make us look unhinged or something when we talk about how the endgame is total confiscation. They repeat it over and over, that no one wants our guns, they just want some “common sense” reforms.

And, of course, we know they’re either ignorant or lying.

We know this because there’s no way they don’t read the same articles we do. There’s no way they don’t see the same tweets, the same photos of protestors, all the same things we see. If they don’t, then it’s because they live with their head in the sand, in which case they don’t need to be opining on a topic they don’t understand.

The latest proof of this lie, however, comes from Esquire magazine.

Hey there, NRA:

Listen, I know the moments after a gunman opens fire in a school are hectic for you. You have to get your talking points together, you have to mentally prepare to debate a traumatized yet sensible child, you have to look at yourself in the mirror and practice saying that more guns would have made the situation less deadly. It’s a busy time! And since we are always either in the moments after or the moments before a mass shooting, you’re pretty much always busy, I have noticed!

Anyway, I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that I now actually do want to take your guns.

All of your guns.

Right now.

It wasn’t always this way. I have responsible gun owners in my family. I’ve never been a fan of shooting at things myself, but guns sure do seem to have brought joy into the lives of some people I love, and as long as they were stored properly, I never had a problem with them being around. I believed that we should place a hurdle or two between a psychopath and an AR-15, but that’s about as ardent as I got. Live and let live, that was my policy. Even with death machines.

That has all changed. And you changed it.

All along, as American life has gotten deadlier, as our kids have gotten less safe in their schools, you have had the opportunity to work with the vast majority of Americans who support the sensible reform of our gun laws. You have had the chance to preserve your own rights as we work together to keep our gun regulations in step with gun technology. You haven’t.

Of course, American life hasn’t gotten deadlier. In fact, violent crime has gone down in the last 25 years, and most of that was without an assault weapon ban in place. While countries like England have seen an increase in violent crime, we’re actually safer now than we were when I graduated high school in 1992.

But you don’t get a sense of that from the media.

Yes, there do seem to be a lot of mass shootings lately. Since October opened up with the Las Vegas massacre, there seems to have been an unending parade of tragic mass shootings prior to Friday’s shooting at Santa Fe High School. It’s awful.

During that time, though, there have been no legislative changes that could remotely account for this. No losing of gun laws either. It’s like people are just losing their minds at an increasing rate.

Yet despite that, there’s no legislation being discussed that would have stopped or even mitigated Friday’s events…

Which is why Esquire‘s Dave Holmes now thinks the only answer is to try and take all the guns away. Well, bring it.

Holmes is safe making this pronouncement because he knows damn good and well that he won’t be accountable for anything that follows such a change. It won’t be him coming for our guns. No, it’ll be people with…wait for it…guns.

Of course, like most anti-gun zealots, he’s pushing for a radical agenda without an understanding of what the Second Amendment actually means to those of us who support it. For many of us, it’s the amendment. It’s the insurance policy the Founding Fathers left in place. The moment you start coming after our guns is the exact moment when it may well be necessary to start using them.

But hey, this from a supposed men’s magazine that seems to cater to the least masculine men humanly possible these days, so what else should we expect?

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