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Isanti Sheriff Dept. “Not Obligated” to Say Whether Employees Acted Lawfully

In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that asked to know whether the department had acted lawfully in accessing certain Department of Public Safety (DPS) records, the Isanti County Sheriff’s Department said through attorneys that it was “not obligated” to answer.
 
The April 13 response was signed by attorneys Margaret Skelton and Timothy Sullivan of the Minneapolis-based law offices of Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney, which the department contracted to respond to a FOIA request submitted on March 30.

Missouri House Passes Right-to-Work Legislation

I wrote this piece for theHeartland Institute.

In mid-February, the Missouri House of Representatives passed a bill allowing workers to opt out of mandatory union membership as a condition of working in a particular place of business.

The bill was approved by 92 out of 158 representatives, receiving the most support than any previous right-to-work (RTW) bill in the Missouri legislature. 

Workers’ Rights

Heritage Foundation Senior Policy Analyst in Labor Economics James Sherk says right-to-work laws defend workers’ rights.

Rep. Labrador: Obama ‘Absolutely’ Failing to Uphold the Constitution

I did this  interview  with Rep. Labrador earlier this month.

(CNSNews.com) -- When asked if President Obama is failing to uphold the Constitution by issuing work permits to individuals who are in the country illegally, Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) responded: "Absolutely."
Labrador’s remarks came after a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday on the lack of interior enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws.

CNSNews: “Do you believe that illegal immigration is a crime?”

Labrador: “You know, it’s illegal to be in the United States illegally.

White House Tells Reporters: Violent Extremists Also Come from United States

I wrote about this for CNSNews.

(CNSNews.com) -- Senior Obama administration officials said that the three-day “Countering Violent Extremism” (CVE) Summit being held at the White House this week will also focus on “violent extremists” from the U.S. in addition to Islamic terrorists abroad.

“ISIL is the near-term threat that we all are focused on, but we also recognize in the United States there has been violent extremists that come in all sorts of shapes and sizes,” an unnamed senior Obama administration official said during a background conference call with reporters on Monday.

FEC Urged to ‘Push the Limit’ in Expanding Oversight of YouTube, Facebook, Instagram

This contains more of my interview with FEC Commissioner Lee Goodman.

(CNSNews.com) -- A former elections official from California testified at a Federal Election Commission (FEC) hearing last week that the federal government should “push the limit” to increase federal oversight of political ads placed on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

“Disclosure on the Internet needs to move quickly,” said Karen Getman, a Democrat who served as chairman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) from 1999 to 2003.

Amash, Massie Talk About Conservatism in Congress

I wrote about Reps. Amash & Massie speaking over the weekend.

(CNSNews.com) – Though outnumbered, conservatives are becoming more influential in Congress, said Reps. Justin Amash (R-MI) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) during a weekend panel discussion about the need for more conservatives in government.

“I think that the number is growing,” Amash said at the 2015 International Students for Liberty Conference held in Washington, D.C. “We’re probably at 40 people we can count on – on a daily basis – who will at least listen to [conservative] ideas and consider them and probably vote that way.

Santorum: 'They Will Hate You and Persecute You Because You Stand for Him'

Part II of my interview with Rick Santorum.

(CNSNews.com) – Former Sen. Rick Santorum reminded his fellow Christians that “they will hate you and persecute you because you stand for Him.”

Santorum made the remark Wednesday after the Family Research Council (FRC) and EchoLight Studios, where Santorum is CEO, co-hosted a screening of the docudrama  One Generation Away” - a reference to the idea that Americans may only be one generation away from religious persecution

CNSNews: “Conservatives often get disillusioned because they feel they are fighting a losing battle.

Santorum: Religious Liberty is Slipping--But Media Doesn't Report It

Part I of my recent interview with Rick Santorum.

(CNSNews.com) -- Former senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum says that Americans’ First Amendment religious rights are in serious jeopardy.

“I think a lot of people just simply don’t know how much is happening, how things are slipping because the media simply doesn’t report it,” Santorum told CNSNews.com Wednesday.

Santorum made the remark after the Family Research Council (FRC) and EchoLight Studios, where Santorum is CEO, co-hosted a screening of the docudrama “One Generation Away.

Political Speech Under Attack

I authored this opinion piece for the  Minnesota Tea Party Magazine. It is available only here and in the print edition of the magazine:

(MN Tea Party Alliance) -- In the announcement that he would seek to take executive action on immigration, President Obama declared that he was drawing his authority, in part, from Americans who had chosen not to vote. “To everyone who voted, I want you to know that I hear you. To the two-thirds of voters who chose not to participate in the process… I hear you, too.

Hoyer Opposes Overturning D.C. Law That Forces Christian Organizations to Employ Abortion Advocates

I spoke with Rep. Hoyer for  CNSNews.

(CNSNews.com) – House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) stated that “freedom of religion is a constitutional guarantee,” but said he would not vote to overturn a D.C. law forcing Christian organizations to employ people who advocate abortion.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) recently co-signed a letter to members of Congress asking them to disapprove a D.C. law, titled the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act of 2014, they say is a violation of employers' First Amendment rights.
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