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May 17th, 2018 at 9:32 am
CFIF Applauds Senator Mike Lee’s Introduction of the SMARTER Act of 2018
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ALEXANDRIA, VA – This week, Senator Mike Lee (R – Utah) introduced the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules (SMARTER) Act in the United States Senate.  Among other advancements, the SMARTER Act will address concerns that parties to a proposed merger or acquisition endure different injunction standards in court challenges, as well as different processes, depending upon which federal antitrust agency happens to be reviewing the transaction.

In response, Center for Individual Freedom (”CFIF”) Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Affairs Timothy Lee issued the following statement:

The Center for Individual Freedom applauds Senator Mike Lee on the introduction of the SMARTER Act of 2018.  Among other improvements, this bill includes key reforms to the flawed Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) merger review process, including:  1) establishing a reasonable time limit for agency review to ensure fairer, more transparent and timely decisions, and 2) ending the ability to effectively kill transactions by designating them for hearing before Administrative Law Judges, instead requiring such cases to be litigated in federal court just as the Justice Department must when contesting proposed transactions.

CFIF urges quick Senate passage of the commonsense legislation.
April 23rd, 2018 at 3:58 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: Mimi Teixeira, Graduate Fellow in Welfare Policy at The Heritage Foundation: Welfare Reform and Food Stamps;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: Lee A. Casey, Partner at Baker & Hostetler: Trump’s Pardon of Scooter Libby;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Tzvi Kahn, Senior Analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies: Syria;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT: Steve DelBianco, President and CEO of NetChoice: Wayfair and Internet Taxation;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: William J. Conti, Partner at Baker & Hostetler: Comey, Cohen and Stormy; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT: Leslie Coleman, Public Relations Coordinator for Lifeguard Ambulance Service: Santa Rosa County Chamber of Commerce’s Excellence in Business and Leadership Conference.

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

April 12th, 2018 at 4:19 pm
Facebook Testifies Before Congress, but Where’s Google?
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Where’s Google?

That’s the question asked by Timothy Lee, CFIF’s Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Affairs, in an op-ed published by The Hill in the lead up to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s much-anticipated testimony before Congressional committees this week.

While Facebook understandably is dominating the news, Lee wrote, “Google’s data practices are perhaps even more troubling.”

Lee goes on to suggest that its time for all internet platforms, including Facebook, Google and others, to stop eschewing accountability:

As a threshold matter, platforms must accept that they play an important role in addressing the harms they enable. To date, their voluntary measures have fallen far short, largely consisting of asking outside groups like Wikipedia or Snopes.com to referee their problems. But non-profit encyclopedias and fact-checkers simply aren’t equipped to solve these problems, particularly those who might possess their own biases and motives. Platforms themselves can and should do far more to address illegal and illicit conduct they facilitate.

The internet has changed the way we communicate, conduct commerce and entertain ourselves. Growing concerns about the ease with which bad actors exploit it, however, undermines consumer confidence and erodes public trust. By eschewing accountability, dominant online platforms contribute to that downward spiral.
Read the entire op-ed here.

April 9th, 2018 at 2:30 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: Sam Kazman, General Counsel, Competitive Enterprise Institute: Fuel Economy Standards;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute: Split Up the Ninth Circuit;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Tori K. Whiting, Jay Van Andel Trade Economist at Heritage’s Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies: China Trade Wars;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT: David Keating, President of the Institute for Free Speech: Free Speech Index;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: David Williams, President of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance: Funding Cuts to WHO;

5:15 CDT/6:15pm EDT: Helen Raleigh, Successful Businesswoman, Chinese Immigrant and a Fellow at the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University: Dealing with North Korea; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT: Sam Parker, Santa Rosa County Commissioner: The Latest News and Commentary.

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

March 9th, 2018 at 9:40 am
Ramirez Cartoon: Dreamer
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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.

February 12th, 2018 at 2:52 pm
This Week’s “Your Turn” Radio 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: Ross Marchand, Director of Policy at the Taxpayers Protection Alliance: Sugar Subsidies;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: Robert Norton, Vice President and General Counsel of Hillsdale College: President Trump and Religious Freedom;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies and Editor-in-Chief, Cato Supreme Court Review: SCOTUS Half-time Report;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT: Alex Brill, Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute: Entitlement Reform and Tax Reform;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: Andrew Och, Award Winning Television Producer, “First Ladies Man” and Author of Unusual for their Time: On the Road with America’s First Ladies Volumes 1 and 2: Valentine’s Day and Romance in the White House;

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT: Timothy Lee, CFIF’s Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Affairs: Economic Growth in America; and

5:15 CDT/6:15 pm EDT: Cecily Welsh, Member of Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida: GLOW Fun Run/Walk5K.

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

January 29th, 2018 at 4:09 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: Tommy Binion, Director of Congressional and Executive Branch Relations at The Heritage Foundation: State of the Union Address;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: John P. Bailey, Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute: Artificial Intelligence and Job Skills;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Catherine Engelbrecht, Founder of True the Vote: IRS Lawsuit and Legislative Action;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT: Quin Hillyer, Contributing Editor of National Review magazine, Senior Editor for The American Spectator magazine, and Political Commentator: Bipartisanship and Divisiveness in America;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: Chris Hand, Speechwriter, Author, and Campaign Press Secretary and Senate Press Secretary for former Florida Governor and then-U.S. Senator Bob Graham: “American: The Owner’s Manual, You Can Fight City Hall-And Win”; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT: William J. Conti, Partner at Baker & Hostetler and Political Expert: Government Shutdown, Immigration Policy and President Trump’s relationship with Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller.


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

January 11th, 2018 at 10:02 am
Ramirez Cartoon: Seriously?
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View more of Michael Ramirez’s cartoons on CFIF’s website here.

January 8th, 2018 at 3:59 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: Marc Scribner, Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute: Infrastructure Spending and Drones;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: Dr. Susan MacManus, Professor in Political Science at the University of South Florida: 2018 Legislative Session and Business Incentives;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Tzvi Kahn, Senior Iran Analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies: Iran;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT: Pete Sepp, President of National Taxpayers Union: The Days Following Tax Reform;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: Michelle Minton, Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute: Trump Marijuana Policy;

5:15 CDT/6:15 pm EDT: Jarrett Stepman, Editor for the Daily Signal at The Heritage Foundation: Fake News; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT: Raheel Raza, President of the Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow and Clarion Project Advisory Board Member: Trump’s Decision on Jerusalem.

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

December 27th, 2017 at 5:37 pm
Ramirez Cartoon: National Disgrace
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Below is one of the latest cartoons from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Ramirez.

December 19th, 2017 at 3:38 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: Ryan Mauro, Clarion Project’s Shillman Fellow and National Security Analyst: NYC Terror Attacks/ISIS;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: Hadley Heath Manning, Director of Policy at the Independent Women’s Forum: Individual Mandate;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: William J. Conti, Partner at Baker & Hostetler and Political Analyst: Tax Reform and Alabama and the Effect on 2018;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: Andrew Och, Award Winning TV Producer, The First Ladies Man and Author: Unusual For Their Time: On the Road with America’s First Ladies, Volume Two; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT: Timothy Lee, CFIF’s Senior Vice President for Legal and Public Affairs, and Mike Bates, Radio Show Host at WEBY 1330AM: Debate on Net Neutrality.

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

December 13th, 2017 at 10:33 am
The Jerusalem Recognition: Before and After
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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.

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December 11th, 2017 at 4:42 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, Washington Legal Foundation Legal Studies Division: Food-Labeling Class Action Lawsuits and FDA’s Return to National Regulation of Consumer Products;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: Peter Cove, Advocate for Private Solutions to Welfare Dependency and Author of “Poor No More”: Why Entitlement Programs Should Have a Work Component;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Representative Francis Rooney (R-FL): Offshore Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico Not a Fit for Florida;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT: Robert J. Smith, Distinguished Fellow, Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute: Federal Land Use and the Antiquities Act;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: James Phillips, Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs at The Heritage Foundation: Trump’s Decision on Jerusalem;

5:15 CDT/6:15 pm EDT: Cleta Mitchell, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP: Donor Privacy from Government Abuse; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT: Sally Pipes, President and CEO, Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy at the Pacific Research Institute: HHS Nominee Alex Azar.

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

November 27th, 2017 at 2:20 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: Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Spokesman for Right on Crime: Criminal Justice Reform;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: Jessica Melugin, Adjunct Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute: Net Neutrality and the FCC;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Quin Hillyer, Contributing Editor of National Review Magazine, a Senior Editor for The American Spectator magazine and Author: “Mad Jones, Heretic”;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT: Andrew Moylan, Executive Vice President of National Taxpayers Union Foundation: Tax Reform;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: Phil Kerpen, President of American Commitment: Senator Bob Melendez Corruption Trial Update;

5:15 CDT/6:15 pm EDT: Travis Korson, Director of Communications at the Frontiers of Freedom: EPA Reforms; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT: Timothy Lee, CFIF’s Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Affairs: Donor Privacy.

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

November 13th, 2017 at 4:04 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: John Berlau, Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute: Mortgage Bailouts;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: Edward Whalen, President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center: The Constitution, The Courts and The Culture;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Emily Ekins, Research Fellow and Direct of Polling at the Cato Institute: Cato’s 2017 Free Speech & Tolerance Survey;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT: Karlyn Bowman, Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute: The American Family in the Age of Trump;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: Quin Hillyer, Contributing Editor of National Review Magazine, a Senior Editor for The American Spectator magazine and Political Analyst: Fallout from Roy Moore Controversy;

5:15 CDT/6:15 pm EDT: Robert B. Bluey, Senior Vice President Communications and Editor in Chief, The Daily Signal at The Heritage Foundation: Government Regulation and Social Media; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT: William J. Conti, Partner at Baker & Hostetler: Recent Elections and Implications for 2018 and 2020.

Listen live on the Internet here. Call in to share your comments or ask questions of today’s guests at (850) 623-1330.
November 8th, 2017 at 4:44 pm
The Highest State Income Tax In The Nation
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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 30th, 2017 at 11:24 am
Iran Nightstand
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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 23rd, 2017 at 4:48 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: Michelle Minton, Senior Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute: Regulation of Sports Gambling;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: Bradley Smith, Chairman and Founder of the Center for Competitive Politics and Former FEC Chairman: “Honest Ads Act”;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Rachel Greszler, Research Fellow in Economics, Budget and Entitlements: Tax Reform;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT: Tzvi Kahn, Senior Iran Analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies: Iran’s Nuclear Program;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: Lisa De Pasquale, Author, Columnist and Frequent Guest on Fox News and Fox Business: “The Social Justice Warrior Handbook: A Practical Survival Guide for Snowflakes, Millennials, and Generation Z”;

5:15 CDT/6:15 pm EDT: Sally Pipes, Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute: President Trump’s Changes to the ACA; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT: Tim Lee, CFIF’s Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Affairs: The Sky is Not Falling: Citizens United and Net Neutrality.

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

October 18th, 2017 at 10:39 am
Ramirez Cartoon: Stand Up Comedy In Iran
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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.

September 26th, 2017 at 1:12 pm
A Sanctuary State
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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.