Monday, June 29, 2015

[LPVA Announce] Hammer Time!


Greetings, fellow Libertarians!

I am Will Hammer and I am running for Virginia House of Delegates in the 20th District. I have just ordered an 8 foot vinyl banner and 1000 business cards to hand out at parades and events -- which brings me to my LEAST favorite part of campaigning: asking for money.

I am not a wealthy man and cannot self-finance my entire campaign, so I need YOUR HELP. Please consider donating today to help my campaign. I have a modest campaign budget goal of $5,000. I spent less than that last year in my federal race, so just image what I can do with $5,000 in my state delegate race this year.

I am looking to purchase regular yard signs, large yard signs, pay for booths at festivals and fairs, bumper stickers, and shirts.

If everyone who likes this page would donate $15, I would surpass my goal for the whole year.

ALSO, I will be walking in the Staunton 4th of July parade, so if you are interested in walking, please contact me! We will line up by 9:30am on Thornrose, just beside the park. Thank you so much!


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Friday, June 26, 2015

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

FW Newsletter:Supreme Court shouldn't save ObamaCare


King v. Burwell Could Free Millions from Government Mandates
- by Logan Albright

With the King v. Burwell decision expected to drop in only a couple of weeks, many in the media are whipping themselves into a frenzy over the consequences of vanishing subsidies. Depending on who you believe, between 6 and 7 million people could be affected if the Supreme Court rules that words mean what they mean, and Republicans have proposed several plans to bridge these people gently away from ObamaCare.

But there is another side to a ruling in favor of King that is largely being ignored. In addition to eliminating insurance subsidies from the IRS, the ruling would also clarify that the individual mandate that demands individuals purchase health insurance would no longer apply to the 34 states that declined to set up their own insurance exchanges. Read more here...

2015 Activist Boot Camp a Major Success!
- by Remso Martinez

This past weekend, fifty-five of FreedomWorks top activist were flown out to our Washington D.C headquarters for an exclusive “Activist Boot Camp” in order to help arm them with the resources, connections, and knowledge to engage in their communities.

The issues discussed ranged from criminal justice reform in terms of civil asset forfeiture and mandatory minimum sentencing, to the effort to eliminate Common Core, to how the grassroots can help put an end to ObamaCare once and for all. Read more here...

FreedomWorks Activist Fly-in 2015 
- by Anthony Kang

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Justice Department Responds to FreedomWorks on Bulk Spying 
- by Logan Albright

With the passage of the USA Freedom Act, many hoped that we had seen the last of bulk collection of Americans’ telephone data, but government never gives up its power without a fight. So when the Obama administration asked the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to continue collecting data during the 180 day transition period authorized by USA Freedom, we were ready with a legal response.

On June 5, FreedomWorks and former Attorney General of Virginia Ken Cuccinelli filed a motion to stop this data collection on the grounds that it violates the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and that a federal court has already ruled that the program was illegal under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.  Read more here...

A handful of states could set up ACA Exchanges after King v. Burwell 
- by Nate Russell 

It’s been difficult not to notice that a lot of states are having terrible experiences with their ObamaCare exchanges. In fact, a recent Washington Post article reports that “Nearly half of the 17 insurance marketplaces set up by the states and the District under President Obama’s health law are struggling financially.”

In a previous post, we mentioned that this fact should hinder attempts from state officials to establish a state exchange in the event that King v. Burwell eliminates the federal subsidies.

Regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision, nothing will change for the 16 states already running their own exchange. Also, Arizona recently passed legislation prohibiting the establishment of an exchange, so that 17 states will not be directly affected by King. Read more here...



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Grassroots Spotlight: Civil Rights Activist Clarence Henderson
- by Kathy Hartkopf

Clarence Henderson is a FreedomWorks activist who participated in the Woolworth Sit-In in Greensboro, N.C. in 1960 and is a United States Army Veteran and retired entrepreneur. I was pleased to be able to sit down with him and talk about his experiences and views on empowerment.

**What was the first political cause you rallied for? **

Two years ago, I volunteered with the GOP in Greensboro. I was involved in the Woolworth Lunch Counter Sit-In. On February 1, 1960, Ezell Blair, Jr. (now Jibreel Khazan) was in a group of three black men who sat at the Woolworth lunch counter and asked to be served. On February 2, Ezell came to find me in the library of A&T University. He told me what had happened the day before and asked me to participate. I agreed to sit with them at the lunch counter. Read more here...

Empower: Michigan to Baltimore
- by Trey Grover


A Former federal law enforcement officials to Congress: Get big government out of the courtroom 
- by Jason Pye

With members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, under the watchful eye of Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), working on long overdue sentencing reforms, a group of 130 former federal prosecutors, judges, and other law enforcement officials sent a letter urging action on the Smarter Sentencing Act.

The Smarter Sentencing Act (S. 502/H.R. 920) would not eliminate any mandatory minimum sentences, but it would reduce them for low-level, nonviolent offenders by half. The bill would also expand the "safety valve" exception to these sentences for eligible offenders. This would give a judge discretion to consider an offender's circumstances before handing down a punishment, rather than taking sentencing orders from big government in Washington. Read more here...

Kelo v. New London: Central Planning Does Not Work, Ruins Lives 
- by Michael Greibrok

Last Thursday, the Cato Institute held an event foreshadowing the tenth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Kelo v. City of New London decision and celebrating the release of Ilya Somin’s new book, The Grasping Hand: “Kelo v. City of New London” & the Limits of Eminent Domain. There was an impressive cast of presenters with welcoming remarks by Richard Epstein, keynote delivered by Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) and panelists which included attorneys that represented both sides in oral arguments before the Supreme Court.

The speakers discussed the ruling of the Court, how the Court should have ruled, the public’s response to the ruling and what obstacles to full property rights we still face today. Perhaps the most disheartening topic discussed was what has happened to the property since the Court’s decision. Read more here...

President Obama: Stay out of Entrepreneurship
- by Daisy Belden

As Ronald Reagan famously said, “the nine most terrifying words in the English language are ‘I'm from the government, and I'm here to help.’” While champions of limited government are in favor of entrepreneurship, do we really want the federal government to decide on which companies to invest in? After President Obama’s announcement that the White House plans to invest in entrepreneurs in the United States and abroad, what should we expect? The Spark Global Entrepreneurship coalition plans to raise $1 billion in private funding for entrepreneurs in the United States and abroad by 2017. At face value, this may seem like a fine idea – but this is actually very bad news. Read more here...

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Friday, June 19, 2015

ATP Member Running for Delegate, New on Web, More

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Obamacare Exemption Protesters - Thank You!
ATP Member Anna Urman Running for Delegate in the 43rd
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Obamacare Exemption Protesters - Thank You!  

A small contingent of Alexandria Tea Party members was on Capitol Hill Wednesday to protest the special treatment Congress gave itself under Obamacare. The protest was one of 500 across 300 Congressional Districts around the country organized by Tea Party Patriots. ATP thanks all who participated, as well as Virginians for Quality Healthcare for joining us. Read news coverage of our protest here -




ATP Member Anna Urman Running for Delegate in the 43rd


Anna helped us with our school lunch activism project earlier this year. Now she is running for the Virginia House of Delegates as a Republican in the 43rd District. ATP does not endorse candidates but does support those who align with our core values - limited government, free markets, fiscal responsibility - as Anna does. We greatly appreciate her help in our effort to reach the nation's youth with our message and wish her the best of luck in her race.  


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Freedom Leadership Conference (an "Across the Boards" conservative conference) to resume meetings in Fairfax on June 24 on the issue of the VA Neglect of Veterans scandal.

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Delegate Taylor's article in The Blaze entitled, "It Is Past Time For America's Virtual 'Big Stick'"

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Delegate Taylor thought you might be interested in his article in The Blaze entitled, 


It Is Past Time For America's Virtual 'Big Stick'



 In 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt sent 16 U.S. Navy battle ships on a voyage to circumnavigate the globe. The hulls of the ships were painted white, an indication of peace. The fleet showcased American power and offered friendship to all ports of call.


It was a "big stick" move to deal with a rapidly changing global political environment. It both addressed our national security and illustrated our ability to project power in protecting our interests around the world.

It is time for the United States to take a "big stick" approach to the current rapidly changing global political environment, in a virtual way. We must control our narrative, as the differences in virtual and physical realities become ever blurred. If we do not do so, whether it is to combat the Islamic State or to illustrate our generosity in foreign aid, our competitors will. Russia is spending millions of dollars to shape international opinion and takes aim at America.


The Islamic State has shown a pervasive ability to use social media to spread its message and recruit followers worldwide. The same technology that allowed the pop singer Justin Bieber to upload a YouTube video and become famous worldwide or prompted President Barack Obama to meet with YouTube sensation Glozell gives the most savage among us the same opportunities.


The Islamic State has been able to find the needles in the haystacks out there who may either already agree with their extreme message or the supposedly disenfranchised who may sympathize and be converted to thier cause. It is not enough for the United States to simply track down the potential recruiters via the web, or for companies like Twitter to shut down bad acting accounts. There must be an offensive campaign to overwhelming their messaging.


Consider my failed Congressional primary in 2009. There were approximately 650,000 people in my district with fewer than 30,000 of them voting in the primary. Compare my $20,000 war chest to the eventual winner's $2 million account. He was able to control the narrative and overwhelm my messaging. I was not able to sift through his communications to touch the few who would be voting and I needed to hear my message.


This is one of the ways we must combat extremist like the Islamic State. At the same time we are targeting the online recruiting members of the Islamic State, we must overwhelm the group's messaging, so that their virus does not spread to those easily manipulated who could potentially be turned into "lone wolves" on our soil and elsewhere.


When Israel invaded Palestine in 2009, I was in Sana'a, Yemen. I turned the TV on, only to see Yemen's government and its state-run media exploit that crisis to improve its own image. Commercials showed American and Israeli leaders, then bombs, then dying citizens. Makeshift tents were set up in the middle of the city, where hundreds of chronically unemployed men (there is no shortage of them in Yemen) could sign up to fight against Israel; hundreds of them did. Meanwhile, we had spent hundreds of millions of dollars in aid money in  Yemen, over $100 billion in humanitarian aid alone.


Despite President Obama's claims that he has restored respect for the United States around the world, the reality is quite different.

Our foreign aid should form part of what Harvard Professor Joseph Nye calls soft power-and I'm sad to say that right now, we are not taking advantage of what we already give in aid. As a result, anti-American attitudes are probably more common there than they should be.


The U.S. is home to the best marketers on the planet-people wear Michael Jordan T-shirts in the Congo, drink Pepsi in Paraguay, and dance Hip Hop in Haiti. A bit of every aid package should include marketing to demonstrate to people abroad how we are helping them. It seems absurd that we give foreign aid packages to so many without making sure they know whom to thank. Let's use the talents of what is arguably the most American industry ever to let the world know where the help is coming from.


In a rapidly changing world where transnational extremist groups undermine and threaten nation states and America's generosity or perception of prestige has waned, it is time for America to use a virtual "big stick" and once again demonstrate projection of power, our desire for peace, and the ability to control our narrative.



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