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May 26th, 2016 at 1:20 pm
Ramirez Cartoon: TSA Lines
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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.

May 17th, 2016 at 2:34 pm
Coalition Urges Congress to Reject Department of Labor Overtime Rule
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In a letter sent to Congress today, the Center for Individual Freedom (”CFIF”) joined a coalition of 17 organizations to express “strong support for S. 2707 and H.R. 4773, the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act (PWAOA), and all efforts to defund, block, and otherwise nullify the Obama Administration’s effort to change our nation’s overtime rules.”

The letter, which was organized by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, reads in part, “The bills, sponsored by Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Congressman Tim Walberg (R-Mich.), respectively, would nullify the Department of Labor’s proposed overtime regulation. Specifically, the legislation requires the U.S. Secretary of Labor to conduct a thorough economic analysis on how updating overtime rules would affect small businesses and take into consideration cost-of-living differences across the country, among other research before proposing another overtime rule.”

Read the entire letter here.

May 13th, 2016 at 7:09 am
The Suppression of Conservative Speech
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In an interview with CFIF, Mario Lopez, President of the Hispanic Leadership Fund, discusses the concerted, cross-country campaign to force private organizations to hand over to the government their donor lists, a recent federal court ruling in California that vindicates donor privacy and the allegations of suppressed conservative speech by Facebook.

Listen to the interview here.

May 10th, 2016 at 1:13 pm
CFIF Joins Massive Coalition Opposing EPA Ozone Standard
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The Center for Individual Freedom this week joined with a coalition of 60 conservative organizations, led by Americans for Prosperity, on a letter to the chairmen of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, urging them to take action against the Environmental Protection Agency’s Ozone Standard and change the rulemaking process under which it was adopted.

The coalition specifically endorsed the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2016 (H.R. 4775, S. 2882), legislation that would force the EPA to consider the costs of tightening ozone standards when it proposes such rules and will soften the burden on states to comply with new standards now and moving forward, among other things.

The coalition letter reads in part:

On behalf of the 60 organizations listed below and the millions of Americans represented, we urge you to take action on the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for Ozone and to reform the rulemaking process for ozone and other pollutants regulated under NAAQS. Without changes to the ozone regulation and reform of the rulemaking process, economic activity could be brought to a standstill in many areas across the country.

Read the entire letter here.

May 9th, 2016 at 4:27 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: Timothy Lee, CFIF’s Senior Vice President for Legal and Public Affairs; President Obama, the Economy, and Free Enterprise;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Rachel Greszler, Senior Policy Analyst at The Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation: Puerto Rico;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: Mario Lopez, President of the Hispanic Leadership Fund: First Amendment Victory in California Case, Disclosure Laws, and Partisan Criticism;

5:20 CDT/6:20 pm EDT: Sarah Westwood, Watchdog Reporter for the Washington Examiner: Inside the Beltway News; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT: Robert L. Johnson, Founder of Black Entertainment Television, Founder of The RLJ Companies, and Chairman of Caribbean CAGE Gaming Company: A Call to Eliminate Illegal Gambling and Generate Taxable Revenue in Puerto Rico.

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

May 4th, 2016 at 2:35 pm
“Climate Hustle”
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In an interview with CFIF, Bonner R. Cohen, Ph.D., Senior Policy Analyst at the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, discusses ”Climate Hustle,” a movie released this week that reveals the history of climate scares, explores the question of whether there is a genuine scientific consensus on the issue and examines the science on both sides of the debate.

Listen to the interview here.

April 28th, 2016 at 3:36 pm
Coalition Supports Vote to Block Obama Labor Department Fiduciary Rule
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In a letter sent to Congress today, the Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) joined a coalition 30 organizations and individuals in urging a vote in support of H.J. Res. 88, which uses the Congressional Review Act to disapprove of the Department of Labor’s so-called fiduciary rule and prevent it from going into effect.

The letter, which was organized by the Competitive Enterprise Insitute (CEI), can be read here.

April 25th, 2016 at 3:47 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: Katharine Stevens, Research Fellow in Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute: Does Pre-K Work?;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: Hans von Spakovsky, Senior Legal Fellow at There Heritage Foundation’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and Former FEC Commissioner: Electoral College;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Bonner R. Cohen, Ph.D., Senior Policy Analyst with Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow: “Climate Hustle”;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT: W. James Antle, III, Washington Examiner’s Politics Editor: 54 Delegates Who Could Pick the GOP Nominee;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: Tom Schatz, President of Citizens Against Government Waste: 2016 Congressional Pig Book; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT: Lawrence Schonbrun, Nationally Acclaimed Class Action Legal Reformer: Excessive Attorneys’ Fees.

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

April 20th, 2016 at 4:41 pm
The USS No Repect
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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.

April 15th, 2016 at 8:22 am
Podcast: Corporate Inversions and Tax Reform
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In an interview with CFIF, Michi Iljazi, Communications and Policy Manager for the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), discusses so-called corporate inversions, what they are and why the outdated U.S. tax code must be reformed to cure the underlining problem, as well as TPA’s latest Tax Day video.

Listen to the interview here.

April 14th, 2016 at 2:56 pm
‘Dear Doctor Obama: Cure the disease instead of focusing on symptoms’
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In an op-ed published yesterday in The Hill, CFIF’s Timothy Lee explains why President Obama and the Treasury Department are wrong on corporate tax inversions and the only way to prevent them is to enact comprehensive tax reform now.

The simple reality is that our corporate tax rate of 35% – the highest among OECD nations – jeopardizes every domestic corporation’s very survival in an increasingly competitive global economy. Moreover, because public corporations remain under a legal fiduciary duty to their shareholders to run the most efficient operation possible, America’s unsustainably high tax rate leaves them with little choice but to explore inversion opportunities.

Tragically, even President Obama understands that reality. On several occasions, he has called for comprehensive tax reform that included lowering the corporate tax rate to a more globally competitive level. It defies logic and experience that the president called for lower tax rates out of some sentimental affection toward American corporations. Rather, he clearly understands that cutting America’s corporate tax rate allows domestic businesses a better chance of growing and competing on the international stage.

To remedy the situation, Congress must take concrete steps towards comprehensive tax reform now…There is still enough time in 2016 to achieve a deal.

Read the entire op-ed here.

April 13th, 2016 at 11:37 am
CFIF’s Response to House Natural Resources Committee re: PROMESA
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Linked here and below is a letter to House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop, which serves as our response to his invitation for CFIF’s Timothy Lee to testify at today’s legislative hearing regarding HR 4900, the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA).

Read the letter here (PDF).

April 8th, 2016 at 7:49 am
Video: FCC Parties Like It’s 1994
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In this week’s Freedom Minute, CFIF’s Renee Giachino discusses the absurdity of the Federal Communications Commission’s cable set-top box proposal.

April 5th, 2016 at 2:14 pm
Ramirez Cartoon: Hillary’s Dinner With James Comey
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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.


March 31st, 2016 at 5:13 pm
FCC Moves Forward With Unfair and Unnecessary New Broadband “Privacy” Rules
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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today voted to move forward with consideration of proposed new “privacy” regulations targeted at Internet Service Providers (ISPs).  What follows is a statement by Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) President Jeffrey Mazzella:

This latest effort by the FCC is nothing more than the Commission once again picking winners and losers in the marketplace. These regulations on ISPs do nothing to prevent the online data collection practices used profusely by others throughout the Internet economy, while constricting the development of new business practices and distorting the robust digital marketplace.

The prescriptive regulations voted on today also circumvent the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) expertise in this area. The FTC’s proven framework on privacy has worked to protect consumers for decades while encouraging the growth of the Internet we have today.

Rather than finding ways to cement the presence of FCC bureaucracy in our daily lives, the Commission should reconsider its regulations on so-called ‘privacy’ and instead focus on pro-growth solutions for a robust mobile marketplace.

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March 30th, 2016 at 4:21 pm
Coalition Urges Congress to Pass a Regulatory Budget
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In a letter sent today to Congress, the Center for Individual Freedom (”CFIF”) joined a coalition of more than a dozen national organizations in calling on Congress to “implement a regulatory budget to address the cost of federal regulations, which frequently have an effect similar to tax increases. Like federal spending, regulations and their costs should be capped, tracked and disclosed annually.”

The letter, which was organized by our friends at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, can be read by clicking here.

March 30th, 2016 at 12:45 pm
Ramirez Cartoon: Is ISIS a Threat to America?
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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.

March 23rd, 2016 at 11:10 am
Podcast: We Are a Nation at War
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In an interview with CFIF,  Ambassador Francis Rooney, Former U.S. Ambassador to The Holy See, Author and Foreign Policy Expert, discusses recent terror attacks and explains that the United States is a nation at war, what should be done to limit the ongoing threats posed by ISIS and Islamic extremism, and other foreign policy current events.

Listen to the interview here.

March 21st, 2016 at 8:44 am
March Madness and Sports Betting
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In an interview with CFIF, Jonathan Wood, Staff Attorney at Pacific Legal Foundation, discusses the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, as well as the constitutional questions surrounding the state by state discrimination in sports betting laws.

Listen to the interview here.


March 16th, 2016 at 7:54 am
Hear No Evil, See No Evil
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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.