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September 24th, 2018 at 11:50 am
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: Michael Rubin, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute: 40 Years After Camp David Accords;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: Phil Kerpen, President of American Commitment: Canada and NAFTA Negotiations;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Timothy Lee, CFIF’s Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Affairs: Expansion of the Leftist War;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT: Bradley A. Smith, Chairman and Founder of Institute for Free Speech: Maine’s Crowdfunding Campaign and the Kavanaugh Hearings;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: Edward Fleming, Founding Partner of McDonald Fleming Moorhead in Pensacola, Florida: Capitalism,  Socialism and Communism; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT: Mayor Ashton Hayward, Mayor of Pensacola, and Luke Goodrich, Vice President and Senior Counsel at Becket: Pensacola’s Memorial Cross Cert Petition to SCOTUS.

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

August 30th, 2018 at 11:10 am
Ramirez Cartoon: Google Bias
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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.

August 22nd, 2018 at 3:30 pm
ALERT: Urge Your Member of Congress Not to Become Pelosi’s Next Puppet on Internet Regulation
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Democrats in the House of Representatives – led by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) – are pushing to reinstate Obama-era, big-government Title II regulations on the internet through a legislative procedure known as a Congressional Review Act (CRA). Now they are pressuring some Republicans to help them get to the 218 signatures needed to force a vote on the CRA.

The Pelosi-Doyle CRA is not about sound internet policy; it is a politically motived, partisan effort to restore a stifling “Mother-May-I” regulatory framework on the internet that has already proven to slow private investment in internet network infrastructure and cost well-paying jobs.

Call your representative in Congress now.  Tell her/him to not become Pelosi’s next puppet on internet regulation.  Ask her/him to oppose the Pelosi-Doyle CRA.

Make no mistake, Title II regulation is NOT “net neutrality.” Indeed, there is widespread agreement and support – Republicans, Democrats and stakeholders alike – for the core principles of “net neutrality.”

But instead of working on commonsense, bipartisan legislation that will truly protect those principles while at the same time enabling the internet to thrive, Pelosi, Doyle and others want to politicize the issue and are pushing for the internet to be regulated like a public utility under a bureaucratic framework that was crafted way back in the 1930s, well before the internet was ever invented.

Adding insult to injury, the Pelosi-Doyle CRA gives a free pass to big tech companies, like Facebook and others, for how they treat consumer privacy and data online – what most consumers really care about when using the internet.

Unfortunately, Pelosi and Doyle have managed to convince one Republican congressman thus far – Representative Mike Coffman (R – Colorado) – to sign their discharge petition and support the CRA.  And right now, they’re using Coffman’s support to pressure other Republicans to join their effort.

Call your representative in Congress now.  Tell her/him to not become Pelosi’s next puppet on internet regulation.  Ask her/him to oppose the Pelosi-Doyle CRA.

Congress has a golden opportunity to come together on commonsense legislation that holds all internet companies to the same standards and preserves the core principles of “net neutrality” without the hyper-regulatory approach of the CRA and Title II.

The Pelosi-Doyle CRA must be rejected. Please call your representative in Congress now.

August 17th, 2018 at 9:41 am
Ramirez Cartoon: Cuomo
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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.

August 13th, 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: Thomas Jipping, Deputy Director of the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and Senior Legal Fellow: What Kind of Justice Will Judge Brett Kavanaugh Be?;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: John Shu, Attorney and Legal Commentator: The Senate’s Unprecedented Obstruction;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Tim Wyrosdick, Santa Rosa County School District Superintendent: Start of a New School Year;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT: Matthew Hennessey, Associate Editorial Features Editor at The Wall Street Journal: “Zero Hour for Gen X: How the Last Adult Generation Can Save America from Millenials”;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: Sally C. Pipes, President and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute: Single Payer;

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT: Pete Sepp, National Taxpayers Union President: Republican Tax Reform 2.0; and

5:45 CDT/6:45 pm EDT: Ryan Mauro, Clarion Project’s Shillman Fellow and National Security Analyst: Radical Compound Found in New Mexico.

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

July 23rd, 2018 at 3:48 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: Rachel del Guidice, Reporter for The Daily Signal: Trump/Putin and Haley/UN;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: Cleta Mitchell, Parker and Political Law Attorney at Foley & Lardner: IRS and Schedule B Disclosure;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Phil Kerpen, President of American Commitment: Soda Tax;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT: Bryan Riley, Director of National Taxpayer’s Union’s Free Trade Initiative: Tariffs and NAFTA;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: Roslyn Layton, Visiting Scholar with American Enterprise Institute: Net Neutrality, CRA and Privacy Concerns; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT: William J. Conti, Partner with Baker & Hostetler: Judge Kavanaugh and Midterm Elections.

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

July 17th, 2018 at 11:28 am
CFIF Praises IRS Decision to Eliminate “Schedule B” Donor Information Filing Requirement
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ALEXANDRIA, VA – In welcome news, the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) announced yesterday evening that the IRS will finally cease requiring certain nonprofit organizations to file “Schedule B” forms that list sensitive personal information like the names, addresses and other identifying information about private citizens who donate to those organizations.

In response, Center for Individual Freedom (“CFIF”) President Jeffrey Mazzella issued the following statement:

“As many Americans are all too aware, recent years have witnessed an increase in assaults against our First Amendment freedoms of speech and association.  In some cases, the IRS has collected and leaked private information on contributors to 501(c) nonprofit organizations contained in mandatory Schedule B forms that by law were to remain confidential.  And across America, hyper-partisan government state-level officials have demanded Schedule B forms and confidential donor information contained therein as part of their campaign to harass organizations and donors with whom they disagree politically.

“With this announcement, the IRS and Treasury are acting on the acknowledgment that Schedule B information is irrelevant to its handling of tax filings, and serves no substantive purpose. In this era of persecution of private citizens for their political beliefs, together with the IRS’s admission that it can’t guarantee the confidentiality of the information contained on the Schedule B, this decision is welcome news.

“We at CFIF applaud the Trump Administration Treasury Department and IRS for their leadership and doing the right thing by eliminating the Schedule B form filing requirement for many nonprofit 501(c) organizations.”

CFIF has spearheaded the broad conservative and libertarian coalition to eliminate the Schedule B from filing requirement, including, among other efforts, coordinating a letter to President Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin earlier this year signed by more than 60 influential organizations and individuals urging executive action to accomplish that end.

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July 12th, 2018 at 9:37 am
Ramirez Cartoon: The Left’s Meltdown
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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.

June 25th, 2018 at 4:18 pm
This Week’s 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: Peter Murphy, Vice President for Policy at the Invest in Education Foundation:

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: Michael Tanner, Cato Institute Senior Fellow: America’s Growing Entitlement Crisis;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Quin Hillyer, Contributing Editor of National Review Magazine, Senior Editor for The American Spectator Magazine, and Nationally Recognized Authority on the American Political Process: Conservatism Just Ain’t What It Used to Be;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: Andrew Moylan, Executive Vice President of the National Taxpayers Union Foundation: SCOTUS and Internet Taxation;

5:15 CDT/6:15 pm EDT: Ryan Radi, Research Fellow and Regulatory Counsel: AT&T/Time Warner Merger; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT: William J. Conti, Partner at Baker & Hostetler: Immigration and FBI IG Report.

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

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.