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Slippery Slopes
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Slippery Slopes

In which theoretically minor bans and regulations lead to totally outlandish instances of government overreach and/or unintended consequences.  Today's example, courtesy of Techdirt:

04/14/2008
North Carolina FreedomWorks Takes on Annexation
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North Carolina FreedomWorks Takes on Annexation

Freedom Works activists from across North Carolina joined approximately 300 other North Carolinians at the General Assembly in Raleigh for a legislative committee hearing on forced annexation. Speakers were very passionate and spoke with great conviction about the failure of government to protect the property rights of citizens of NC.

04/14/2008
Key Vote "Yes" Sen. Coburn's Coconut Road Amendment
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Key Vote "Yes" Sen. Coburn's Coconut Road Amendment

On behalf of hundreds of thousands of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to VOTE YES on Sen. Coburn’s Coconut Road amendment to the bill making technical corrections to the 2005 transportation bill - H.R. 1195.  The amendment would form a joint committee to investigate the secret $10 million earmark for Florida’s Coconut Road.

04/14/2008
Stop The Ahoskie Bypass - North Carolina FreedomWorks Examines Issue
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Stop The Ahoskie Bypass - North Carolina FreedomWorks Examines Issue

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04/14/2008
FreedomWorks Organizes in Georgia's 10th Congressional District
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FreedomWorks Organizes in Georgia's 10th Congressional District

LAVONIA, GEORGIA.   On april 12, 2008, Georgia FreedomWorks held organizing meetings in Georgia's 10th District. Under the leadership of activist Delores Gresham, we had our first meeting on Saturday in Lavonia, with 4 counties represented and over 30 activists attending. The group set up a plan of organization and started selecting county leaders.

04/14/2008
Swain County North Carolina FreedomWorks Meets
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Swain County North Carolina FreedomWorks Meets

Bryson City, North Carolina.  On April 4th, over 50 FreedomWorks members from Swain County met to hear how their property rights were in danger.  From having water meters being put on their private wells to limiting where you can hunt, the state seems to be encroaching like never before. We also had a recap on the “Land Transfer Tax” from last year and what counties are pressing for it now. County Commissioner David Monteth (D) updated FreedomWorks on the efforts by county commissioners on taxes and property rights.

04/14/2008
Revenue Laws Study Committee Evaluates Success of Video Services Competition Act
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Revenue Laws Study Committee Evaluates Success of Video Services Competition Act

During North Carolina's legislative short session, FreedomWorks activists worked tirelessly in support of competition in the video services industry.  The general assembly passed H2047, Video Service Competition Act.  Pursuant to the legislation, a review of the statute's success took place on April 2, 2008. Of course, FreedomWorks activists and legislative liaison Kathy Hartkopf were in attendance. Legislative research staff reported that the the video programming act has more than achieved the first three stated goals:

04/14/2008
FreedomWorks Delivers "No Earmarks Pledges" to U.S. Senators
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FreedomWorks Delivers "No Earmarks Pledges" to U.S. Senators

FreedomWorks delivered the "No Earmarks Pledge" to a number of Senators last Wednesday, including Sens. McCain, Kyl, Cornyn, Sununu, Feingold and McCaskill.  

04/14/2008
Neutrality Isn't Neutral
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Neutrality Isn't Neutral

Since we're talking about net neutrality, I should point out that there are calls to extend net neutrality beyond the internet and onto things like wireless telephone networks. As I wrote last year, Columbia law prof Tim Wu has been on the forefront of this movement.

04/13/2008
Everybody Goes First!
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Everybody Goes First!

My old colleague Wayne Crews makes an important point about net neutrality:

04/13/2008

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