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January 31st, 2023 at 10:41 am
Climate Activists Can’t Be Allowed to Politicize FERC
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In an op-ed published today by the Washington Times, CFIF Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Affairs writes:

In our relentlessly expanding regulatory state, where administrative agencies regularly succumb to pressure from hyperpartisan activists, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has historically remained a rare exception above the fray. Unlike such flashpoint agencies as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Environmental Protection Agency, for example, the FERC rarely receives popular focus. More recently, however, climate extremists have targeted the FERC and sought to poison the traditionally uncontroversial but vital federal commission. (emphasis added)

Read the entire op-ed here.

November 10th, 2022 at 12:16 pm
Government Should Not Dictate Which Channels Appear in Your Cable Package
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“Today’s thriving video content market offers consumers an endless array of options according to their own needs and tastes. So why do some in Congress seek to dictate which channels appear in your cable package?”

That is the question posed and addressed in a recent op-ed authored by CFIF’s Timothy Lee and published by The Daily Caller.

“Whether it’s discriminatory tax incentives for favored programming, preferential treatment for rural-themed channels, or partisan attempts to de-platform conservative news stations, lawmakers from both parties seem under the illusion that our almost unfathomably competitive video marketplace needs the meddling hand of Congress to fix what isn’t broken,” writes Lee.

As a current example, Lee notes that “some lawmakers openly promote RFD-TV – a pay-TV channel owned by Rural Media Group that mixes agribusiness news content with rural-themed entertainment programming. In previous years, Rural Media Group pushed legislation that would effectively require pay-TV companies to carry RFD on their basic tiers – and to pay for the privilege, ultimately increasing costs for consumers. Although those efforts failed, the company is now back pushing a resolution to artificially impose more rural programming.”

That resolution should be rejected.

Lee goes on to offer a simple solution: “[L]et the free market decide, and get the government out of the discussion altogether.”

Read the entire op-ed here.

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November 8th, 2022 at 10:47 am
Vote
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The right to vote is one of the most sacred rights we have as Americans. It is critical to our representative form of government and must not be taken for granted.

January 28th, 2022 at 2:08 pm
Here We Go Again: Some In Congress Seek to Further Demonize Oil and Gas Industry
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Here we go again.  House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members want to once again summon oil and gas companies to Capitol Hill. After making a show with energy CEO’s last October, they now want to fill the stage with company Board members, including activist Exxon Mobil Board Member Andy Karsner. Committee leaders are adding to the partisanship by preemptively threatening to subpoena Board members if they don’t show up.

This is just the latest round of political theater from Committee Democrats. The last “Big Oil” hearing featured the same four energy producers for a 6-hour marathon that was more political grandstanding than it was oversight. Their playbook is clear: demonize American energy producers, silence industry input and play to their political base.

We’ve seen this movie before, here’s the trailer:

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August 11th, 2021 at 11:22 am
Webinar: Debunking Patent & Antitrust Myths — Watch Now
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On August 5, CFIF teamed up with IPWatchdog, Inc. to offer a free webinar conversation to debunk several myths associated with patent thickets and pejorative terms used to denigrate innovators and patent owners.

Watch the full video of the event below.

August 3rd, 2021 at 10:07 am
Free Webinar: Debunking Patent & Antitrust Myths — Register Now
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Throughout its history, the United States has led the world in protecting intellectual property (IP) rights. On that foundation, we’ve also led the world in artistic, commercial and scientific innovation, particularly with lifesaving medicines and vaccines.

Yet patent rights are under increasing assault, with anti-patent activists charging pharmaceutical makers with “antitrust” violations for utilizing and building upon their patents for the greater good. Their rhetoric and false critiques under the guise of “antitrust” typically rely upon an array of misleading and pejorative labels, to the point where they take on a meaning that bears no resemblance to reality.

The Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) and IPWatchdog, Inc., have partnered up to offer a free webinar conversation that will debunk the myths associated with patent thickets and pejorative terms used to denigrate innovators and patent owners.

Join us on Thursday, August 5 at 12pm ET.  Register now by clicking here

Gene Quinn, President and CEO of IPWatchdog, Inc., will be moderating the discussion. Joining Gene will be…

  • Timothy Lee, SVP of Legal and Public Affairs, Center for Individual Freedom
  • Chris Israel, Executive Director, The Alliance of U.S. Startups for Inventors and Jobs
  • Andrew Spiegel, Executive Director, Global Colon Cancer Association
  • Adam Mossoff, Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University and Senior Fellow and Chair of the Forum for IP, Hudson Institute

During the webinar the panel will discuss:

  • The important role innovators play in the technology economy;
  • Why so-called “patent thickets” actually increase innovation;
  • Why claims of “product hopping” are not about pharmaceutical coercion but instead are about preventing follow-on pharmaceutical innovation so generics can compete with the drug being sold by brand name pharma companies;
  • Why courts have ruled “pay-for-delay settlements” are a valid by-product of a patent holder’s exclusionary rights.

Register here!

 

July 29th, 2021 at 10:02 am
Ramirez Cartoon: China IP Theft
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Below is one of the latest cartoons from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Ramirez…

July 6th, 2021 at 11:30 am
Ramirez Cartoon: Turning Your Back to Make a Point
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Below is one of the latest cartoons from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Ramirez…

December 17th, 2020 at 10:43 am
Remote Learning
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Below is one of the latest cartoons from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Ramirez…

December 4th, 2020 at 8:40 am
Podcast: Post-Election Scorecard and the Politics of a Pandemic
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In an interview with CFIF, William J. Conti, a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Baker & Hostetler, discusses pandemic politics, what the Biden Administration might look like, and a post-election scorecard of the candidates beyond just the races — who helped themselves and who hurt themselves.

Listen to the interview here.

November 11th, 2020 at 9:30 am
Thank You Veterans
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October 28th, 2020 at 6:21 pm
Ramirez Cartoon: Pelosi Negotiates
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Below is one of the latest cartoons from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Ramirez…

October 13th, 2020 at 11:16 am
Sen. Feinstein: ‘The Constitution Lives Loudly Within This One’
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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.

July 31st, 2019 at 5:26 pm
Regulations Need to Stabilize, Not Stifle, Cryptocurrency
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In an op-ed published last week in The Columbus Dispatch, CFIF’s Timothy Lee argues that regulatory clarity for the cryptocurrency industry is necessary to prevent the United States from losing our losing our leadership position in the technology.

Lee writes:

The growing implementation of digital assets to enable faster payments provides insight into cryptocurrencies and the advantages they offer. The technology holds a range of potential benefits — from speeding up the processing of global remittances to providing financial infrastructure for traditionally unbanked communities. Add to these applications of blockchain technologies the fact that U.S. exchanges handle about 29 percent of global Bitcoin trading, and it’s increasingly clear that the U.S. is poised to be an epicenter for innovation and investment in the cryptocurrency industry.

Before those effects can be fully realized, it’s critical that the U.S. develop a comprehensive regulatory approach to cryptocurrencies. Importantly, any such regulation must include guidance as to how these new digital assets are classified. Legislation is an important start, as are regulatory guidelines like the framework recently released by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Read the entire op-ed here.
July 15th, 2019 at 12:18 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/99.1FM 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: Phil Kerpen, President of American Commitment: Obamacare, Government Run Healthcare and Health Care Choices;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: Ilya Shapiro, Director, Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute: SCOTUS Wrap-Up;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Beth Akers, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute: June 2019 Jobs Report and Student Debt;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT: Rachel Greszler, Research Fellow in Economics, Budge and Entitlements at The Heritage Foundation: $15 Federal Minimum Wage and Salary Gaps in Soccer;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: John Strand, CEO of Strand Consult and Co-Creator of ChinaTechThreat.com: Trade Deal with China;

5:15 CDT/6:25 pm EDT: Lance Izumi, Senior Director of the Center for Education at the Pacific Research Institute: Breaking the Liberal Monopoly on College Faculties; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT: William J. Conti, Attorney at Baker & Hostetler in Washington, DC: Politics Today.

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

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June 24th, 2019 at 10:39 am
Speaking of Drones…
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Below is one of the latest cartoons from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Ramirez…

June 17th, 2019 at 12:45 pm
This Week’s “Your Turn” Radio Show Linup
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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/99.1FM 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: Kay S. Hymowitz, William E. Simon Fellow at the Manhattan Institute: An Epidemic of Loneliness;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: Ross Marchand, Director of Policy for Taxpayers Protection Alliance: Unwarranted Carcinogenic Classifications and How the US Government is About to Drive Up the Cost of Videogames;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Tom Schatz, President of Citizens Against Government Waste: 2019 Congressional Pig Book;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT: Marlo Lewis, Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute: Alarmists’ Agenda on Climate Change;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: James S. Burling, Vice President of Legal Affairs for Pacific Legal Foundation: End of Current SCOTUS Term;

5:15 CDT/6:15 pm EDT: Rachel Greszler, Research Fellow in Economics, Budget and Entitlements at The Heritage Foundation: Unions and VW; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT: William J. Conti, Partner at Baker & Hostetler: 2020 Presidential Candidates and Debates.

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

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June 6th, 2019 at 3:56 pm
Ramirez Cartoon: Voting by Phone
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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 3rd, 2019 at 12:57 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/99.1FM 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: Grant Duwe, Academic Adviser on Criminal Justice Reform at the American Enterprise Institute and Research Director of the Minnesota Department of Corrections: More Effective Prison Programs;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: Adam Michel, Senior Policy analyst, Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget: A Call for More Flexible Education Savings Accounts;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Phil Kerpen, President of American Commitment: CFPB and Small Dollar Loans;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT: Matthew Daniels, JD, PhD, Author and Founder of the Center for Law and Digital Culture: “Human Liberty 2.0”;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: Timpthy Lee, CFIF’s Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Affairs: British Prime Minister Theresa May;

5:15 CDT/6:15 pm EDT: Ian Rowe, CEO of Public Prep: College Board’s New Sociological Data Input; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT: Devin Watkins, Attorney at the Competitive Enterprise Institute: Waters of the United States Rule.

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

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May 20th, 2019 at 4:55 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/99.1FM 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: Mary clare Amselem, Policy Analyst at the Heritage Foundation: SAT Adversity Score;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: Aparna Mathur, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute: Mother’s Choice to Work;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Clark Packard, Trade Policy Council Team at R Street: China and Trade;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT: David Keating, President at Institute for Free Speech: South Dakota and First Amendment Law;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: Tzvi Kahn, Senior Iran Analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies: Iran;

5:15 CDT/6:15 pm EDT: Timothy Snowball, Attorney at Pacific Legal Foundation: Socialism; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT: Bill Conti, Attorney at Baker & Hostetler: Presidential 2020.

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

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