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Civil Asset Forfeiture: Grading the States

Civil asset forfeiture is a unique area of law in which the government charges specific property of being guilty of wrongdoing, rather than a person. Perhaps because the property is accused of wrongdoing, and not the person, governments often place lower standards of proof needed to forfeit the property. The procedures used by the federal government and many state governments creates grave Fourth and Fifth Amendment concerns.

06/08/2015
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After the Supreme Court Ruling, Congress Must not Save ObamaCare from Itself

At the end of June, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on a case – King v. Burwell – that could shake ObamaCare to its foundations. If the case goes the way of the plaintiffs – upholding the plain text of the Affordable Care Act as passed by Congress – the health insurance subsidies flowing to millions of Americans in states which did not opt into ObamaCare would cease. Congress will have no choice but to reopen President Obama’s signature law to address this legal difficulty. How our legislative branch handles the situation will have a profound impact on the prospects for free-market health care reforms in the future.

06/05/2015
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Covered California Faces Enrollment Woes

California is now considering scrapping its state-run Exchange and moving over to the federal run health care exchange after spending $900 million in federal grant money on its Covered California ObamaCare exchange and running a deficit of $80 million in just the first four months of this year.

06/05/2015
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Hillary Opposed Ethanol...Until Run for President

Democracy and Power 107: Counting Votes Successful ... politicians are insecure and intimidated men. They advance politically only as they placate, appease, bribe, seduce, bamboozle or otherwise manage to manipulate the demanding and threatening elements in their constituencies. —Walter Lippmann (1889-1974), American Journalist and Author

06/05/2015
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New report reveals shocking abuse of Pennsylvania's civil asset forfeiture laws against innocent property owners

Pennsylvania’s long-awaited, all-encompassing civil asset forfeiture reform bill was introduced in the Senate in bipartisan fashion. Just before the bill was introduced, the Commonwealth's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union released a shocking study detailing the abuse of civil asset forfeiture by overzealous law enforcement and prosecutors in Philadelphia.

06/05/2015
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GOP-controlled Michigan House passes a comprehensive civil asset forfeiture reform package

On Thursday, the Michigan House of Representatives passed a bipartisan package of eight bills that would overhaul the state's civil asset forfeiture laws to offer more protections for innocent property owners. The Wolverine State is just the latest to advance reforms that curtail this pernicious brand of government overreach.

06/05/2015
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The Court Enforces Our Constitution

Texas v. United States

06/04/2015
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Empower Michigan: Harrison High School

06/04/2015
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Key Vote

Key Vote NO on the Ex-Im Bank Amendment to Defense Appropriations

As one of our over 6.9 million FreedomWorks activists nationwide, I urge you to contact your senators and ask them to vote NO on the Kirk amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, H.R 1735, that would reauthorize the U.S. Ex-Im Bank. FreedomWorks may score votes for this amendment in its 2015 Congressional Scorecard.

06/04/2015
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Pennsylvania lawmakers introduce legislation to protect innocent property owners from government overreach

Christo Sourovelis was surprised, in May 2014, to find out that his 22-year-old son, Yanni, was selling $40 worth of drugs out of the family's suburban Philadelphia home. His son, who had never been in trouble before, was arrested and sentenced to a diversion program because of his status as a first-time offender. One would think that justice was served, with the young offender learning a valuable lesson and, hopefully, spared from being caught up in the system.

06/04/2015

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