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Spangle: News Roundup 1-13-13

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News Roundup 1-13-13

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Spangle: Reason and Cato Videos on Gun Debate

Reason and Cato have released two excellent (per usual) videos on the current gun discussion.

First up, Reason.TV presents 5 Facts About Guns, Schools, & Violence:

Next is Cato with The Second Amendment in 2013:

News Roundup for 1-12-13

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Spangle: Why Does Jeff Sessions Hate Jack Lew?

Sen. Jeff Sessions has been very clear: Jack Lew (and his funny handwriting) will NOT be our next Treasury Secretary. Usually, the good-ole boys club lets whomever through. The Republicans understand that a Democrat is just going to choose an American-hating Socialist, and the Republican administrations will just appoint someone who only cares about abortion and giant flag pins. They don’t want to experience payback when their team starts nominating people. So it is interesting that Sessions is so adamant. Here is why:

Spangle: The Problem With Sandy Relief Aid

One of the insider-political discussions in Indiana has been a discussion on Rep. Todd Rokita and Rep. Marlin Stutzman’s vote against Sandy Relief. For Rokita’s part, here was his explanation. The conventional wisdom is this, “What cold heartless scumbags! Wait until a tornado hits their district!” These were just from the Republicans!

The bigger problem for the 80-some Republicans is the view that this is a goodie-bag for their districts. New spending always helps your re-election efforts.

I especially would like to point out this line: “Additionally, there are billions of dollars in the Senate’s emergency spending bill that are not for relief and repairs directly related to Sandy, but rather for future projects spread across several federal agencies. These types of requests do not belong in an emergency bill and should be handled through the normal budgeting process, where we can have  a discussion about spending priorities.”

If you’d like an accurate and entertaining view of the type of scams that these bills produce, then take a look at season 2 and 3 of Treme on HBO.

Reason.TV recently produced a concise view of the problem with this type of relief, and they go in to the philosophical issues with these types of bills.

Spangle: News Roundup for Jan. 11, 2013

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News from Jan. 11, 2013.

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How Great Is Our God by Louie Giglio

Louie Giglio is in the news. I’ve heard his name for years, but I had never actually seen him preach. I stumbled on this on YouTube. Wow. Nothing strengthens my faith more than contemplating the immense size and expanse of our universe.

Spangle: Pay Attention to Your Legislatures

Often, it is very easy to focus on national politics solely. There is a wealth of accessible and entertaining information on the Federal government and national politics. The focus of our site is mostly focused on national politics? Why? We want to have as broad of an audience as we can so we can educate as many people as possible about a libertarian point of view on the issues.

The problem is that we as Libertarians can exercise real power. Over the last eight years, I have seen countless groups of people pass or kill bills and ordinances by protesting, blogging, online organizing, letter writing, phone banking, and in some cases, just SHOWING UP to a meeting. So few people pay attention to state and local governments that libertarians have a great opportunity to explain and influence policy if they’d just show up. It would mean better government, better press and better candidates for libertarians.

Two years ago, I launched the Libertarian Legislative Think Tank on facebook. I figured if we had 10 people join and help me find some good or bad legislation for blog content on LPIN.org and press releases, it would be a success. It’s now going in to its third session with over 200 Hoosier libertarians that have supported and killed bad legislation. Several State House and Senate lawmakers are in the group and appreciate the feedback. I believe it has moved those legislators in a libertarian direction based on their proposed bills in 2013.

If you are in a state other than Indiana, STEAL THIS IDEA. PLEASE.

Evan McMahon, the Executive Director of the LNCC, shared this in there tonight. (He also recently launched a new page, Indiana Drone Watch):

“Here are 11 Senate bills that have been introduced in the General Assembly that I thought the group would like to keep up on. These are bills that we may want to focus on.”

SB 0037 — Precinct Committeemen
Author — Sen. Banks
Bill Status – http://bit.ly/VlzL3c 
Full Text – http://bit.ly/Wh0Ym0

SB 0020 — Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Author — Sen. Tomes
Bill Status – http://bit.ly/XnY19O 
Full Text – http://bit.ly/VyltP3 
Facebook Page – http://on.fb.me/Xoof8D 

SB 0035 — Recording Law Enforcement Officer Activities
Author — Sen. Banks
Bill Status – http://bit.ly/10VuDsv 
Full Text – http://bit.ly/VymLJF 

SB 0051 — Straight Ticket Voting
Author — Sen. Delph
Bill Status – http://bit.ly/Un0mMb 
Full Text – http://bit.ly/RvnZVJ 

SB 0156 — Downloading of Cell Phone Information by Police
Author — Sen. Waltz
Bill Status – http://bit.ly/VFH0lH 
Full Text – http://bit.ly/YZJUD7 

SB 0054 – Redistricting
Author — Sen. Delph
Bill Status – http://bit.ly/131Wd6R 
Full Text – http://bit.ly/WopguU 

SB 0097 — Possession of Firearms on State Property
Author — Sen. Banks and Tomes
Bill Status – http://bit.ly/YZLZ26 
Full Text – http://bit.ly/136Pibs

SB 0130 — Indiana Firearms Freedom Act
Author — Sen. Kruse
Bill Status – http://bit.ly/Rvqibf 
Full Text – http://bit.ly/ZhxIT6 

Bills to oppose?

SB 0151– Passenger restraint systems for children
Author – Sen. Skinner
Bill Status – http://bit.ly/ZhzuDJ 
Full Text – http://bit.ly/ZhzDXG 

SB 0137 — Independent sales representative commissions
Author — Sen. Hume
Bill Status – http://bit.ly/TzFrIr 
Full Text – http://bit.ly/131ZZNE 

SB 0023 — School prayer
Author — Sen. Kruse
Bill Status – http://bit.ly/TLu7rE 
Full Text – http://bit.ly/Ur6nJl

Spangle: Penn & Teller: Bull—t! on Gun Control

If you can’t reach me, I will probably be watching this guy’s YouTube Channel for the next two weeks.

Check out the new We Are Libertarians Site

We launched the We Are Libertarians in March of 2012 as a podcast. Since the beginning of the year, we have launched the website with several updates a day. We write about things that will interest political observers, political commentary from Creighton Harrington, Joe Ruiz, Greg Lenz, and Chris Gault and once we are back in to political season, political analysis. We are also adding in ways for listeners to participate in the podcast.

Please do me a favor: Book mark it, put it in your RSS reader, and share it with your friends. Thank you! - http://wearelibertarians.com/

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