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No charges filed in more than a third of Oklahoma civil asset forfeiture cases

The presumption of innocence is a basic principle of the American legal system. Americans are presumed innocent of any allegations of illicit activity until proven guilty by the government in court. But this principle does not apply to civil asset forfeiture in most states, including Oklahoma.

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Press Release

FreedomWorks and Rep. Rod Blum to Host Iowa Presidential Summit

FreedomWorks and Congressman Rod Blum (IA-1) announced the Rising Tide Summit for grassroots activists to engage with presidential candidates on December 5th, 2015. Invitations are going out to every major party candidate polling above one percent nationally in August.

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The case for justice reform in Alaska

BY Jason Pye and Jorge Marin

For 30 years, America’s correctional policies put more people in prison and kept them there longer. This practice made our country the world’s most enthusiastic jailer by far. We have roughly 2.3 million people behind bars today, or nearly one in every 100 American adults.

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FreedomWorks' Congressman of the Month - Tim Huelskamp

This month’s spotlight falls on Rep. Tim Huelskamp, who has represented Kansas’ 1st District since 2011, and who has one of the most impressive voting records of any member of Congress, amassing a lifetime grade of 97 percent on Freedom Works’ Congressional Scorecard. He is also a proud member of the House Freedom Caucus, the group of 40 or so representatives dedicated to supporting a liberty agenda in Congress.

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Sugar subsidies hurt consumers and cost the United States jobs

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) made an unusual case for sugar subsidies at a recent event. He argued that ending price supports for the United States' sugar industry, thereby ending a market distorting policy, will put our national security in jeopardy due to the availability of cheaper sugar from other countries that grow the crop.

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How the Cadillac Tax Will Reduce Your Health Care Options

There’s a lot not to like about the Affordable Care Act – from the “if you like your plan you can keep it” lie, to rising premiums and deductibles, to the dysfunctional insurance exchanges collapsing all around the country, the law has been a great big mess from the start. But one of the most damaging features of the law has yet you show its full effect. The high-cost plan tax, often referred to as the Cadillac Tax, is scheduled to hit employers in 2018, and it’s already affecting calculations as businesses plan for the future.

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The Over-criminalization Epidemic: The Need for a Guilty Mind Requirement in Federal Criminal Law

Justice reform is a topic that has received a lot of attention from members of Congress. Front-end sentencing and back-end reentry reforms have dominated the discussion on Capitol Hill, as well as out outside of Washington. Over-criminalization of federal criminal law, however, has not received nearly enough attention.

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Preserving the Fifth Amendment is the key to civil asset forfeiture reform in Oklahoma

On Tuesday, Oklahoma state Sen. Kyle Loveless (R-Oklahoma City) hosted a panel of national experts to discuss the Sooner State's civil asset forfeiture laws. State Sen. Loveless invited me to speak via Skype, and my prepared remarks can be read below. Other panelists included John Malcolm of the Heritage Foundation and Adam Bates of the Cato Institute.

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Press Release

Media Briefing: A Game Plan to Restore 4% Growth

WHAT: FreedomWorks, in conjunction with the Committee to Unleash Prosperity, will be hosting a media briefing on how the U.S. Economy can return to 4% growth. With the stock market in turmoil and economic growth continuing at a snails pace, it is more important than ever to find a way back to rapid growth. Many including president Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, say that 4% Growth is pie in the sky. FreedomWorks Senior economic consultant Steve Moore will be joined by top economists to explain how tax, monetary and regulatory changes could be made to restore growth in U.S. Economy and make the pie in the sky a reality.

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Oklahoma Panel on Civil Asset Forfeiture

At 9:00am CT today, Oklahoma State Senator Kyle Loveless will host a panel discussion on Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform. Jason Pye of FreedomWorks will speak at 9:25am CT via Skype.

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