5 Ways Occupational Licensing Laws Hurt (Almost) Everyone

FEE- ccupational licensing is crippling the labor market. One of the worst examples I’ve seen comes from Gardendale, Alabama. Local news station ABC3340 reports that a lawn service threatened to report a teenager to the city because a city ordinance requires everyone who wants to do business in Gardendale to have a business license. As the ordinance is written, this apparently includes lawn-mowing teenagers.

Now, Gardendale is my wife’s hometown, where my grandmother and in-laws live, and where I can be found at the Cracker Barrel just off Fieldstown Road on the occasional Saturday. So this story got my attention immediately.

But stories like these can show everyone the serious problems with occupational licensing in general.

First, and most obviously, occupational licensing is a barrier to entry – it enriches some people at the expense of others.

People with licenses can raise their prices, produce less, and thereby earn higher profits because licensing requirements shield them from competition from people without licenses. So customers pay more and get less.

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Tea Party Patriots is asking supporters to wear red on June 14th

We are asking our supporters to wear red (like a Make America Great Again hat) as well as an American flag lapel pin on Flag Day (June 14th) which is also President Trump’s birthday. This is a simple way we can honor our country and stand up for President Trump as the intolerant left and mainstream media continue their assault on his presidency and his agenda.

Ontario Passes Law to Take Children From Parents Who Oppose “Gender Expression”

Is this garbage coming to the U.S.?

The New American – Canada’s Ontario province has passed a law empowering government to take children from parents who oppose the “gender identity” or “gender expression” of their child. The Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act of 2017 (Bill 89), which passed June 1 by a vote of 63 to 23 in Ontario’s legislature, requires courts, social workers, and adoption services to consider “race, ancestry, place of origin, color, ethnic origin, citizenship, family diversity, disability, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression” when making decisions concerning a child’s welfare. That would include removing children from homes where parents oppose a child’s embrace of homosexuality or “gender” choice.

Michael Coteau, Ontario’s Minister of Child and Family Services, who introduced the bill, said that he considered it “a form of abuse, when a child identifies one way and a caregiver is saying no, you need to do this differently. If it’s abuse, and if it’s within the definition, a child can be removed from that environment and placed into protection where the abuse stops.”

Irwin Elman, Ontario’s provincial advocate for children and youth, added approvingly that the new law “represents a paradigm shift for the province with its commitment to the participation of children and youth in every decision that affects them, the creation of a child-centered system of service, and commitment to anti-racism and children’s rights.”

Bill 89 replaces the previous Child and Family Services Act, or Bill 28, which stipulated that a parent has the right to direct a child’s “education and religious upbringing.” The new law deletes faith considerations, requiring that parents direct a child “in accordance with the child’s or young person’s creed, community identity, and cultural identity.” The change means that a parent may not step in to challenge a child’s same-sex attraction, or his notion that he identifies with the opposite sex rather than the one with which he was born.

Opponents called the measure oppressive and a violation of religious liberties. “With the passage of Bill 89, we’ve entered an era of totalitarian power by the state, such as never witnessed before in Canada’s history,” said Jack Fonseca of Canada’s Campaign Life Coalition. “Make no mistake, Bill 89 is a grave threat to Christians and all people of faith who have children, or who hope to grow their family through adoption.”

Fonseca warned that the new law gives government bureaucrats “a type of police power to bust down your door, and seize your biological children if you are known to oppose LGBT ideology and the fraudulent theory of ‘gender identity’, if for instance, some claim is made that your child may be same-sex attracted or confused about their ‘gender.’”

Tanya Granic Allen of Canada’s Parents As First Educators said that “disappointed as I am with this result, I am not surprised,” adding that Ontario’s social liberals “have for years been pursuing their anti-parent and anti-family agenda and Bill 89 is the latest installment.”

Fonseca also targeted Christian leaders, particularly Canada’s Catholic bishops, for not stepping up to challenge the measure. “Why has the most powerful spiritual body in this province, the Catholic hierarchy, not lifted a finger nor raised a voice to oppose this tyranny against Christian families, and those from other faiths?” he challenged. “The lack of spiritual leadership is killing us. Every single time that Liberals, either federally or provincially, roll out the LGBT juggernaut to take away our rights, or to demonize us as bigots, we hear nothing but silence from the Church. This has to stop.” Source: http://goo.gl/iRMWbr

Moore County residents worry about solar’s long-term environmental impacts

Carolina Journal – Julie Morgan saw the environmental hazard in her Moore County hometown created by yesteryear’s textile mill technology, and she saw the industrial materials that supported it.

She hopes the contaminated remnants of the crumbled Robbins Silk Mill lead to preventive studies on what advocates hail as an industry of tomorrow — the solar installation boom.

North Carolina now ranks behind only California for installed solar electric capacity.

Like others, Morgan is worried whether sufficient research has been done on possible harmful materials, substances, and impacts — known or yet to be learned — on the land and water. She decries the lack of state regulations to govern decommissioning of the facilities and the safe disposal of the solar panels after they wear out.

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Is Your College Major Worthless?

FEE – A lot of people assume that any degree increases your income over the course of your life, but it actually seriously depends on what major you choose and what career you go into. This week on Words & Numbers, Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan break down the numbers on what your college degree is actually worth.

Watch the episode below or on YouTube, or subscribe to the podcast on SoundCloud. Click here to read article and WATCH video.

Farmer Fined $2.8 Million for Plowing His Own Land

the New American – It’s a case that involves property rights, due process of law, constitutionally protected rights, and rule by bureaucratic fiat.

A farmer in California’s Tehama County will undergo a trial this August in an attempt by the federal government and the state of California to fine him $2.8 million for failing to get a permit to plow his own field and plant wheat.

John Duarte, owner of Duarte Nursery, purchased 450 acres near Modesto in 2012 with the intention of growing wheat. But the property included land designated “wetlands” by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Because of this, Duarte employed a consulting firm to determine which areas provided drainage for some creeks, making them “waters of the United States.” This information would enable him to avoid plowing areas that could cause conflict with governmental authorities.

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When the government can tell you what you can and can not do with your “Private Property” it is no longer private property.

GREAT NEWS for Ground Troops! A-10 lives!

CNN – Washington (CNN)Retirement rumors have swirled around the US military’s venerable close-air support aircraft for years, but the battle-tested, 1970’s-era airplane will live to fight for at least the foreseeable future, according to the Air Force.

President Donald Trump’s first full budget, which was released on Tuesday, outlines plans for the Air Force to maintain its fleet of A-10 Thunderbolts — commonly known by their nickname the “Warthog” — along with “Dragon Lady” U-2 spy aircraft despite previous plans to replace both aging platforms in coming years.

“There is not a retirement date for the U-2 in this budget,” Maj. Gen. James Martin, the Air Force’s deputy assistant secretary for budget, said during a budget briefing at the Pentagon on Tuesday. “We plan to keep that platform well into the future.”

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The CBO’s Forecasts Are Bogus

FEE – Today the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will announce the score of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Trump administration’s plan to replace Obamacare. The House of Representatives has already voted on and passed the AHCA, despite not having a score from CBO, an element that has added more controversy to an already controversial bill.

The House’s actions underscore a deeper problem within the process of legislating – CBO does not disclose its methods for scoring bills to the public, leaving policy makers and legislators at the mercy of their timing and expertise. AEI budget expert Matt Jensen is available to comment.

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Subject: Politically Correct History: Making Slavery the Cause of the Un-Civil War, part 1 of 2. by Mike Scruggs, the Tribune Papers, NC

Legends grow around U.S. presidents, creating a gap between reality and the legend. The gap between Lincoln the man and Lincoln the legendary president is by far the greatest of all U.S. presidents.. Lincoln’s first biographer was his long-time friend and law partner, William Herndon. Following Herndon, as Herndon himself lamented, the real Lincoln, who Herndon loved and admired as a friend, was lost to various political agendas of the day, including the need to justify a war that cost at least 700,000 lives and destroyed much of the South and many principles of the U.S. Constitution, Modern political agendas have distorted the history of the war and tried to bury the record of Reconstruction. Truth is now bound by the iron chains of political correctness that pervades academia, the media, and many other cultural institutions. But burying the truth is never a road to peace and prosperity. It only corrupts and divides. See my book: The Un-Civil War: Shattering the Historical Myths. .

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Open Letter to Republican Lawmakers (in NC) on Voter ID

May 25, 2017.

Dear Sir or Ma’am,

By now, I presume y’all have already made up your minds on voter ID and will be rolling out a new version any day now. I’ve been busy and couldn’t get down there as much as I’d like. But, just in case, here are my two cents–based on observed voter behavior–for what should be included in such legislation:

DMV Matters. First, we’d still prefer the DMV being the only outlet for valid ID cards, but given the (IMO) deliberate sabotage last time, by employees who knew exactly what they were doing, I’d still urge y’all to keep it there, but cut the DMV manning and replace them with trained BOE registrars to oversee DMV’s voter registration duties. While some employees lost voter registrations others simply refused to issue free voter ID cards. The key moving forward… is accountability. So just training DMV workers to be more consistent next time is not a good long-term remedy. We’ve already seen where this leads us. California’s DMV used their power and secrecy to issue non-citz driver licenses and then Gov Brown pushed AB-1461 to automatically register all licensed drivers. (See Ch 4.5 of this Calif code.) Our ground-zero counterparts in California, Election Integrity Project, fought the bill, but with a veto-proof majority, California Democrats get whatever they want, and right now, they want non-citizens voting in elections. No surprise here: NPR ignored the danger of this law, but Fox News did not. We need to design in some accountability at North Carolina’s DMV before they can corrupt the voter rolls here, as they have in California.

Voter ID. I assume the reports I’ve gotten are true and y’all will be pushing through a voter ID law before you go home. This is good, but I just ask that you please not create a fake-ID law as was passed in Virginia.

If you’d like a free bumper sticker, please fill out the linked form.

Instead, do a clean South Carolina-type law (with mandatory retention and authentication of any RID documentation). Please leave side issues off of this legislation. The most helpful way y’all could pass those ancillary bills is to do them as stand-alone bills that would clearly smoke out Progressive darlings who fight hard (and dirty) against honest elections. While big media says otherwise, election integrity is still a popular issue outside the beltline. If you guys can give us a clean picture of fraud-friendly lawmakers, it would help us brand them before one of them becomes another AG or Governor.

Ancillary Election Integrity Laws. We’ve offered several laws over the past five years and always hit the same brick wall: “We don’t want to pass any laws that might make us lose the voter ID lawsuit.” I would be honored to brief you (or your leadership) on which ones would be most helpful to add into legislation at this late date, but a few topics we’ve covered extensively in the past include last session’s H1088, H115 and this session’s H696, H697, H698, and H29 (which passed the House and awaits death in the Senate Rules Committee). If anybody is interested, I can explain why we need each and every one of them… based on facts.

Same-Day Registration. I don’t work for Civitas, but they do great work and Susan Myrick shows pure genius on the issue of election law reform. She posted a very realistic reform proposal for SDR, but I have no idea whether or not anybody took her up on the idea. It would enable lots of legit voters to use SDR while it would slow down the efforts of organized groups exploiting SDR’s inherent vulnerabilities. Here is the link to Susan’s suggested reform. I have no need to add anything to her ideas. They’re brilliant.

Constitutional Amendment for Voter ID. I hope I’m not the first person to point out that even if you do get the Feds to allow NC to have honest elections, the State Supreme Court will copy the Pennsylvania state courts and find an excuse to block it under the state constitution. If you really want to see NC voter ID in time for the 2020 election, you might preempt judicial nullification with a constitutional amendment.

Bottom Line: In 2008, ACORN was busted all over the country for committing voter registration fraud. It aroused public fears over Chicago-style vote fraud going nationwide. Starting in 2010 and out of concern for election integrity, several members of your caucus first won their jobs. When Gov Purdue vetoed NC’s first voter ID law, the public responded by giving Republicans a veto-proof majority. Thanks to a paralyzing strategy of Progressives (and a lot of money from Soros), you guys are seven years into a 10-year cycle and have only passed a tiny amount of integrity reforms. If we don’t see something pretty soon, a lot of your party’s most faithful supporters are going to question your intent. The Left already assigns an unfair motive to election integrity reforms. Now, I only hope that your caucus’ future actions can help prevent the Right from assigning a more cynical motive.


Jay DeLancy

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BCBS wants 22.9% rate hike on ACA plans in 2018

Newsobserver.com – Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the state’s largest health insurer, is proposing a 22.9 percent rate increase on Affordable Care Act plans in 2018, in what will be the fifth year of the federal health insurance mandate.

Steep rate increases have been a consistent feature of Blue Cross’s ACA coverage in North Carolina, and Thursday’s announcement follows a 24.3 percent rate increase this year and a 32.5 percent increase in 2016. The company’s ACA rates have more than doubled since the law made health insurance mandatory for most Americans in 2014.

Cigna, which offers ACA plans in five counties in the Triangle, requested a 31.9 percent average rate increase Thursday.

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No Government belongs in the Health Insurance business. Health Insurance should be a TRUE free market, meaning the only government involvement is a State Insurance Commissioner to make sure the customer gets what they pay for – nothing more nothing less, and make sure that the Insurance Companies offer policies and do business in our state based upon their solvency and ability to pay claims. Only a true open free market otherwise known as competition will lower the cost of Health Insurance and Care. – Fremont V Brown III

So, in Portland you can NOT do what people world wide have been doing for years and years

Daily Mail – White women’s burrito shop is forced to close after being hounded with accusations it was ‘culturally appropriating Mexican food and jobs’

Explaining their trip, Connelly told the newspaper: ‘I picked the brains of every tortilla lady there in the worst broken Spanish ever, and they showed me a little of what they did.

‘In Puerto Nuevo, you can eat $5 lobster on the beach, which they give you with this bucket of tortillas. They are handmade flour tortillas that are stretchy and a little buttery, and best of all, unlimited.

‘They wouldn’t tell us too much about technique, but we were peeking into the windows of every kitchen, totally fascinated by how easy they made it look. We learned quickly it isn’t quite that easy.’

Those comments were latched onto by a food blog in the Portland Mercury, which accused Wilgus and Connelly of ‘preying’ on the women they met in Mexico.

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Here’s a list of the agencies and programs Trump’s budget would defund entirely

Bostonglobe.com – What follows is a list of the major programs, agencies, and initiatives that President Donald Trump’s budget proposal calls for eliminating funding for entirely, and how much those cuts are estimated to save.

In many cases, the proposal calls for ending these efforts because the Trump administration believes they are wasteful, outdated, duplicative, their impact is unproven, or they handle matters that should be funded by states or private sources.

Some of the cuts below are similar to ones outlined in a previous, less-detailed budget proposal the administration released in March.

That previous blueprint only included proposals related to what’s known as discretionary spending, the portion of the federal budget that Congress must approve every year by passing specific spending legislation.

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FreedomWorks hosting that fiery conservative talk show host and writer and star of the award winning documentary, Runaway Slave … Rev. CL Bryant

FreedomWorks hosting that fiery conservative talk show host and writer and star of the award winning documentary, Runaway Slave … Rev. CL Bryant.

Click here to visit page of Runaway Slave.

Where: The Chariot, 715 N Church St, Hendersonville, NC 28792 on Wednesday, June 28th from 11:30 AM – 2:30PM.

Topic: Regulatory Reform

Complimentary Lunch to guests. You must pre-register. Limited seating for 100. We need a head count for lunch.

Preferred RSVP on Facebook. Or contact Jane by Thursday, June 22, 2017.

Meet and Greet at 11:30AM. Lunch at Noon.

CL is a very special person who is a crucial voice to the conservative movement. Regulatory reform is critical to free market health. As activists, we must assure DC gets it right. Please join us.

A message on Voter ID from Senator Chuck Edwards

The Voter ID issue is far from over. The NC Legislature felt certain that our appeal to the US Supreme Court would yield us our desired outcome. Only a few days ago, and for reasons they state has nothing to do with the merits of our case- they have decided to not hear our arguments. We are confident that the reasons were related to confusion brought on by the illegal attempt by Governor Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein to go behind the backs of the Legislators to have the case dismissed.

The other Senate Republicans and I fully intend to pass legislation that will ensure that voters are eligible to vote and that they are in fact who they say they are. We have now enlisted a group of attorneys to dissect our previously unfavorable ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and to give us some recommendations on our next move. I know that may people want us to rush to action. However, due to the inevitable challenge of our next piece of legislation, our probable loss to our own state Supreme Court, and our continued losses to the Fourth Circuit, we must be very calculated with our next action.

Some will rightfully argue that other states have voter ID laws in place. Many of those states, however, are under jurisdictions other than the Fourth Circuit and therefore are not under the same level of scrutiny as are we.  I believe it is important for all Republicans to recognize the makeup of the judges in the Fourth Circuit (see below) and realize that while we disagree with many of their rulings and believe that they often tend to make law from their benches- it is the reality that we currently face. This situation requires us to take a more careful and thoughtful approach instead of hasty actions that might limit our options in the future.

I have been asked to participate in a work group tasked with developing our future strategy. Our first meeting is later today. I will keep you posted on regarding relevant developments.

The current 15 active Fourth Circuit Judges by their appointor:

Obama = 6

Clinton = 4

Bush = 4

Reagan = 1

Chuck Edwards

NC Senate

(919) 733-5745 Raleigh Office

(828) 785-4177 District Office



Team Trump-Pence Week 17: Safety And Security For All Americans

In tributes across the nation this week, we honored the heroic memory of the fallen men and women of law enforcement. We also vowed to honor their sacrifice by ensuring that those who protect and serve have the support, resources, and training that they deserve.

In order to make America safe again we must also restore the tradition of respect and honor that is owed to every member of the law enforcement community in America.

Read more about the President’s week below.

Congratulating The Coast Guard Class Of 2017

President Trump delivered a commencement speech at the US Coast Guard academy congratulating the men and women on all their hard work. These fine young cadets are about to take their rightful place on the front line of defense for the United States of America. They deserve not only the congratulations but the gratitude of each and every American. They chose the path of service. They chose hard work, high standards, and a very noble mission to save lives, defend the homeland, and protect America’s interests around the world. They chose the Coast Guard.

Make America Great Again

Standing With Our Men And Women In Blue

President Trump commemorated the hard work of peace officers in the United States. Each May, during Police Week, new names of fallen police officers are added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial.  This year, 394 brave souls join the over 20,000 men and women who gave up their lives in the line of duty to protect us. Words cannot express the depths of our gratitude, but President Trump hopes that our actions will show our brave men and women in blue how deeply we care and how strongly we feel about protecting those who protect us. President Trump will always stand strong with you.

Make America Great Again

Celebrating Women’s Health Week

Women’s Health Week started on Mother’s Day last Sunday. President Trump recognizes the importance of providing women access to the best health information and care. Our President is committed to working with Congress to help mothers—and fathers—have paid family leave so that childcare is accessible and affordable, and to invest in the comprehensive care that women receive at community health centers.

Make America Great Again

Completing The President’s Cabinet And Putting America First

This week, Robert Lighthizer was sworn in as the new United States trade representative. With this swearing in ceremony, President Donald Trump’s Cabinet is finally complete. President Trump made a promise to the American people — to fight for trade that puts America first. And in choosing Robert Lighthizer as the U.S. Trade Representative, President Trump is keeping his promise to put America first.

Make America Great Again

Strengthening The Asian American And Pacific Islander Communities

Vice President Pence welcomed an outstanding group to the White House to join in a celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. For the better part of our nation’s history, the people of Asia and the Pacific have come to America in search of a better life and a brighter future, and now our history books are literally filled with the names of trailblazers.  And today, Americans of Asian and Pacific Island descent are the fastest-growing group in America.  More than 20 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders now call the United States their home, and they make a difference in the life of our nation every single day.

Make America Great Again

President Trump is making his first trip abroad as President of the United States to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Rome, and finish in Sicily before returning home.

With the safety, security, and interests of the American people as his priority, he will strengthen old friendships and will seek new partners.

President Trump will ask them to unite for a future of peace and opposition opportunity for our peoples and the peoples of the world.

Thank you for your continued support

Team Trump-Pence

North Dakota Oil Production Jumps as Access Pipeline Nears Completion

The New American – The latest report from North Dakota’s state oil and gas division showed that crude oil production for March is back up over a million barrels a day, an increase of nearly nine percent since December and almost double what the state produced five years ago.

The boom is back.

In Bismarck there are hundreds more jobs being offered than takers, according to the Associated Press (AP), with “for hire” signs appearing once again in stores, shops, and restaurants downtown. In Williston there are 500 more job listings today than there were a year ago. Williston Republican state senator Brad Bekkedahl, whose district sits on top of the massive Bakken oil shale deposits, told the AP, “There is a long-term optimism that was not here a year ago.”

In the oil business, “long-term” is measured in months, not years or decades. In March 2012 there were 6,954 oil wells producing 580,000 barrels of crude every day. In March this year 13,632 wells produced 1.025 million barrels daily.

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