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How Over-Regulation Kills Opportunity

Much of the Bill of Rights is dedicated to protecting accused persons, an action integral to our society. Expanding upon the Sixth Amendment’s granted right to legal counsel, states have put legislation in place that strictly dictates who can practice law. While such regulations aim to protect citizens, they have adverse effects and actually abridge the freedoms we hold dear.

4 days ago
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Virginia Senate fails to protect innocent people from civil asset forfeiture abuse

Innocent Virginia residents are still at risk of having their property wrongfully taken through civil asset forfeiture after the Virginia Senate, on Wednesday, tabled a common sense bill that would have required a criminal conviction property believed to be connected to a crime could be forfeited to the government.

04/16/2015
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Time is running out to protect innocent Virginia property owners from civil asset forfeiture

On Wednesday, the Virginia General Assembly will meet in Richmond for its annual veto session, in which lawmakers will weigh nearly 70 pieces of legislation vetoed or amended by the Governor. Among the bills that will be considered is SB 721, to which an amendment has been offered to require a criminal conviction before the government can take property believed to be used in an illicit activity.

04/15/2015
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Why won't Virginia's top Republican stand with principled conservatives like Rand Paul and Mike Lee?

While some Republicans on the national level -- such as Rand Paul and Mike Lee -- are working diligently to reform the nation's civil asset forfeiture laws, Virginia Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment (R-James City) has failed to protect innocent people and their property from this pernicious form of government overreach.

04/08/2015
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Unlikely alliance in Virginia could lead to strong reforms to protect property

Members of the Virginia General Assembly will have a second chance to limit civil asset forfeiture when they reconvene in Richmond on Wednesday, April 15, rekindling a "weird alliance" that features the Commonwealth's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and Tea Party groups.

04/07/2015
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Bratonomics: Inside David Brat’s Economic Worldview

This week, an economics professor from a small liberal arts college in Virginia did something no one else has ever done: He handily defeated the sitting House Majority Leader in a primary election.

06/14/2014
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Matt Kibbe on Dave Brat's Win

06/12/2014
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Medicaid Expansion Is Obamacare

Obamacare proponents would like you to believe that Medicaid expansion is "free" to the states and "free" to the people who go on the program. But like everything else, it has costs. While the federal government promises to cover most of the cost of the expansion, they've already made 17 trillion other promises.

03/21/2014
Yard Signs Encroaching on Your Property Rights
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Yard Signs Encroaching on Your Property Rights

The yearly and very American tradition of yard sales is under attack.  An article in the Potomac Local mentions a Virginia state law making it illegal to “place signs in the right-of-way of all public roads.

04/26/2013
Buy Me Some Peanuts and Crackerjacks… And a Stadium
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Buy Me Some Peanuts and Crackerjacks… And a Stadium

Corporate handouts are easily seen when it comes to national politics and legislation with huge subsidies going to large corporations such as Solyndra, General Electric and General Motors.  In the case of General Motors the government actually nationalized it!   But the handouts are more difficult to see at the local level.

03/28/2013

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