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January 13th, 2017 at 2:37 pm
ObamaCare: Repeal and Replace, Not Repeal and Delay
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In an interview with CFIF, Sally Pipes, President and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute, discusses the fate of ObamaCare, why Congress should not delay ObamaCare’s repeal and different options for its replacement.

Listen to the interview here.

January 10th, 2017 at 5:04 pm
CFIF Submits FOIA Requests on Dakota Access Pipeline Decision
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Tribal Chairman’s sister previously worked at the White House and Department of Interior

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Over recent days, the Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) has sent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to five government agencies seeking information on communications between officials at those agencies and Jodi Gillette, the sister of the Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Dave Archambault.

“There have been a lot of rumors about the backroom dealings that led to the Administration’s decision to not issue the final easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline,” said Timothy Lee, CFIF’s Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Affairs.  “We would hope that the self-purported ‘most transparent Administration in history’ would provide the American people with the background and information that went into this important decision to halt an infrastructure project that had already been approved and was more than 90 percent complete.”

From the FOIA requests:

There is growing concern about the relationship between Dave Archambault II’s sister, Jodi Gillette, and the Obama Administration.  Mr. Archambault is the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (SRST) and a critic of the project.  Ms. Gillette is a former senior advisor to the President and Secretary of the Interior, and is currently a lobbyist on behalf of the Standing Rock Sioux with Sonosky, Chambers, Chambers, Endreson & Perry, LLP.  We seek to ensure that Mr. Archambault and Ms. Gillette haven’t wielded improper influence over the Administration’s policies that have resulted in delays in the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline project

I request access to and copies of all records since February 1, 2016, related in any way to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and Jodi Gillette. This request includes, but is not limited to, all emails, other correspondence, correspondence logs, records of meetings, records of appointments and visitor logs.

CFIF sent the FOIA requests to the Departments of Interior, Justice and Energy, as well as the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Army Corps of Engineers.

“Due to the scope of the project and the consequences of the Administration’s decision, we are currently reviewing other potential FOIA requests on the matter,” Mr. Lee added.

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December 27th, 2016 at 9:02 am
NY Gov. Cuomo Administration Remains Unable to Defend Energy Boondoggle
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In an op-ed published last week at The Daily Caller, CFIF Sr. Vice President Timothy Lee explains how New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Administration remains unable to defend its crony capitalist Clean Energy Standard (CES) against burgeoning bipartisan public opposition.

According to Mr. Lee:

Conspicuously, Cuomo Administration officials remain unable to defend the plan against burgeoning public opposition.  In a recent local television appearance, Cuomo’s Public Service Commission Chair Audrey Zibelman couldn’t justify the decision to provide billions of dollars in subsidies to upstate plants while simultaneously closing downstate plants, and she stubbornly refused to acknowledge the plan’s high costs.

Nuclear power remains a reliable domestic energy source that the United States can cleanly and safely utilize to a far greater extent.

Governor Cuomo’s crony capitalist CES scheme isn’t the way to go about it.  The growing bipartisan opposition movement is an encouraging sign, one that should confirm for New Yorkers of all political leanings that the plan should be rejected.

Read the entire op-ed here.

December 25th, 2016 at 10:11 am
Ramirez Cartoon: Obama’s Gift
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Below is one of the latest cartoons from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Ramirez.

View more of Michael Ramirez’s cartoons on CFIF’s website here.

December 13th, 2016 at 11:30 am
Withdrawing From Obama’s Climate Treaty
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In an interview with CFIF, Phil Kerpen, President of American Commitment, discusses why Donald Trump should allow the Senate to kill President Obama’s controversial global warming treaty, when a treaty is not a treaty and whether Obama may be his own worst enemy when it comes to regulations.

Listen to the interview here.

December 12th, 2016 at 4:37 pm
This Week’s “Your Turn” Radio Show Lineup
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Join CFIF Corporate Counsel and Senior Vice President Renee Giachino today from 4:00 p.m. CDT to 6:00 p.m. CDT (that’s 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT) on Northwest Florida’s 1330 AM WEBY, as she hosts her radio show, “Your Turn: Meeting Nonsense with Commonsense.”   Today’s guest lineup includes:

4:00 CDT/5:00 pm EDT: Anthony Summers, NY Times Best-Selling Author: “A Matter of Honor Pearl Harbor: Betrayal, Blame and a Family’s Quest for Justice;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Brian Slattery, Policy Analyst, Defense and Security Studies at the Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at The Heritage Foundation: National Defense Authorization Act;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT: Tzvi Kahn, Senior Policy Analyst at the Foreign Policy Initiative: Russia and the Middle East;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: Vincent Vernuccio, Director of Labor Policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy: Labor Reform Wins Big on Election Day; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT: Timothy Lee, CFIF’s Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Affairs: “Fake News” and President Obama’s Legacy.

Listen live on the Internet here. Call in to share your comments or ask questions of today’s guests at (850) 623-1330.

December 5th, 2016 at 11:06 am
The Recount
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Below is one of the latest cartoons from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Ramirez.

View more of Michael Ramirez’s cartoons on CFIF’s website here.

November 29th, 2016 at 9:16 am
How ObamaCare is Severely Harming Americans Nationwide
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In an interview with CFIF, Jim Martin, Chairman of 60 Plus Association, discusses skyrocketing healthcare premiums, ObamaCare’s march toward full government control over our healthcare system, and the issue of physician and nursing shortages.

Listen to the interview here.

November 28th, 2016 at 3:35 pm
This Week’s “Your Turn” Radio Show Lineup
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Join CFIF Corporate Counsel and Senior Vice President Renee Giachino today from 4:00 p.m. CDT to 6:00 p.m. CDT (that’s 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT) on Northwest Florida’s 1330 AM WEBY, as she hosts her radio show, “Your Turn: Meeting Nonsense with Commonsense.”   Today’s guest lineup includes:

4:00 CDT/5:00 pm EDT: Andrew Grossman, Partner at Baker & Hostetler: Clean Air Power Plan and Executive Order;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: Phil Kerpen, President of American Commitment: President Obama’s Controversial Global Warming Treaty;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Rich Noyes, Research Director at the Media Research Center: Liberal Media’s Infatuation with Fidel Castro;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT: Dr. Eliot Cohen, Robert E. Osgood Professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, author, and former counselor of the Department of State: President-elect Trump and America’s Military Force;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: David Bozell, President of ForAmerica: The Controversy Surrounding President-elect Trump’s Pick for Secretary of State; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT: Wei Ueberschaeur, President of Gulf Breeze Will Do: Philanthropy in Your Community.

Listen live on the Internet here. Call in to share your comments or ask questions of today’s guests at (850) 623-1330.

November 16th, 2016 at 10:02 am
Ramirez Cartoon: Obama Legacy
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Below is one of the latest cartoons from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Ramirez.

View more of Michael Ramirez’s cartoons on CFIF’s website here.

November 4th, 2016 at 10:07 am
Ramirez Cartoon: Dakota Access Pipeline
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Below is one of the latest cartoons from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Ramirez.

View more of Michael Ramirez’s cartoons on CFIF’s website here.

October 31st, 2016 at 11:35 am
ObamaCare’s October Surprise
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In an interview with CFIF, Sally Pipes, President and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute, discusses the latest bad news regarding ObamaCare premiums and options, what the presidential candidates propose we do about ObamaCare, and Representative Warren Davidson’s (R-OH) “Lead by Example Act,” which proposes lawmakers sign up for medical care exclusively through the VA.

Listen to the interview here.

October 31st, 2016 at 11:01 am
Ramirez Cartoon: These Scare the Heck Out of Me
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Below is one of the latest cartoons from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Ramirez.

View more of Michael Ramirez’s cartoons on CFIF’s website here.

October 25th, 2016 at 4:50 pm
CFIF Statement on Lawsuit Challenging Nashville’s ‘One Touch Make Ready’ Ordinance
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Today, Comcast filed a federal lawsuit against Nashville’s “One Touch Make Ready” ordinance.  In response, Center for Individual Freedom (“CFIF”) President Jeffrey Mazzella released the following statement:
We strongly support this litigation and Comcast’s right to protect its property, its reputation and the continuity of service its customers expect against destructive government intervention. There is no doubt that the One Touch Make Ready ordinance passed by Metro Council runs afoul of established law and violates the most basic principles of fairness.  A judicial decision that blocks this ordinance cannot come soon enough.
CFIF has been a vocal opponent of so-called One Touch Make Ready laws, including the one passed last month by Nashville’s Metro Council.  For more information on CFIF’s opposition to the Nashville ordinance, read,  “Metro Council must reject Google Fiber ordinance,” which was published in The Tennessean on September 4, 2016.

October 24th, 2016 at 3:37 pm
This Week’s “Your Turn” Radio Show Lineup
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Join CFIF Corporate Counsel and Senior Vice President Renee Giachino today from 4:00 p.m. CDT to 6:00 p.m. CDT (that’s 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT) on Northwest Florida’s 1330 AM WEBY, as she hosts her radio show, “Your Turn: Meeting Nonsense with Commonsense.” Today’s guest lineup includes:

4:00 CDT/5:00 pm EDT: Brandon Wright, Editorial Director at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute: Florida’s School Accountability System;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: Pete Sepp, President of National Taxpayers Union: “Rates Congress”;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Andrew Och, Award Winning TV Producer and Author of “Unusual for Their Time: On the Road with America’s First Ladies”: Weighing the Strengths and Weaknesses of the First Gentleman or First Lady: Bill vs. Melania;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: Fred Campbell, Director of Tech Knowledge, Senior Policy Advisory with Wireless 20/20 and Adjunct Professor: FCC’s Sex Scandal; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT: Sally C. Pipes, President and CEO of Pacific Research Institute: VA as a Model Single Payor System and Who Has the Best Healthcare Plan for America?

Listen live on the Internet here. Call in to share your comments or ask questions of today’s guests at (850) 623-1330.

October 21st, 2016 at 10:20 am
Podcast: Prosecutorial and Government Abuses
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Timothy Lee, CFIF’s Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Affairs, discusses recent attacks by liberal opponents of free speech and CFIF’s victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Listen to the interview here.

October 21st, 2016 at 8:17 am
Ramirez Cartoon: Squid Pro Quo
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Below is one of the latest cartoons from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Ramirez.

View more of Michael Ramirez’s cartoons on CFIF’s website here.

October 14th, 2016 at 6:49 am
Podcast: The Role of Debate Moderators
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In an interview with CFIF, Karlyn Bowman, Senior Fellow and Research Coordinator at the American Enterprise Institute, discusses the 2016 election in terms of public opinion, the role of debate moderators and the impact of politics on friendships.

Listen to the interview here.

October 10th, 2016 at 5:50 pm
This Week’s “Your Turn” Radio Show Lineup
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Join CFIF Corporate Counsel and Senior Vice President Renee Giachino today from 4:00 p.m. CDT to 6:00 p.m. CDT (that’s 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT) on Northwest Florida’s 1330 AM WEBY, as she hosts her radio show, “Your Turn: Meeting Nonsense with Commonsense.” Today’s guest lineup includes:

4:00 CDT/5:00 pm EDT: Glenn Lammi, Chief Counsel, Legal Studies Division for Washington Legal Foundation: Eating Away Our Freedoms;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: David Bozell, President of ForAmerica: Social Media and Public Policy Debates;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: Carrie Severino, Chief Counsel and Policy Director of the Judicial Crisis Network: SCOTUS October 2016 Term;

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT: Karlyn Bowman, Senior Fellow and Research Coordinator: 2016 Election, Friendships, Politics and Polls; and

5:45 CDT/6:45pm EDT: Timothy Lee, CFIF’s Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Affairs: Free Speech on Trial.

Listen live on the Internet here.   Call in to share your comments or ask questions of today’s guests at (850) 623-1330

October 7th, 2016 at 8:54 am
Ramirez Cartoon: The VP Debate
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Below is one of the latest cartoons from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Ramirez.

View more of Michael Ramirez’s cartoons on CFIF’s website here.