By Andy Blom, TES Contributor
While Congress tries to decide if they need to come back from vacation…oops, recess…for a special session to not do anything about gun control, President Trump floats the idea of buying Greenland. Wow! Washington at work! Still, free market conservatives continue advancing ideas and legislation to move America forward. Here’s a roundup of last week’s activity in Washington…
- DOL Proposes New Rule to Protect Civil Rights of Religious Organizations. The separation of Church and State can be a pretty tricky area. Now, the U.S. Department of Labor is proposing a new rule that would clarify the Civil Rights protections of religious organizations. The proposed rule ensures that conscience and religious freedom are given the broadest protection permitted by law. The proposed rule has been published in the Federal Register, and you can read the Dept. of Labor’s release at www.dol.gov.
- It’s Complicated – Trump/Carson Take on Zoning to Reduce Housing Costs. President Trump and HUD Secretary Ben Carson are tracking the confusing, interconnected area of state, federal and local zoning laws in order to find ways to create more affordable housing solutions. Proposed revisions to Obama era regulations would target restrictive zoning rules that enable residential segregation. If enabled, Carson’s plan could reduce barriers to new housing construction and allow for more economically and racially diverse housing in communities across America than the Obama administration approach. But zoning is not necessarily a federal issue and the web of laws and regulations may take some sorting. Get started here and here.
- Republicans Support A Carbon Tax? NO! A recent grandstanding poll showing Republican voters supporting a carbon tax is completely full of holes. Conservative voters, conservative legislators and the conservative movement all strongly oppose it, in spite of a recent effort to paint things otherwise. Learn the truth about the misleading effort to claim conservative support at the Washington Examiner.
- Are Tariffs on China Really Taxes on Americans? There are sound reasons behind President Trump’s trade war with China — or at least he thinks so: protecting intellectual property, gaining fair trade for American goods, stopping piratical practices by China. But there are real costs, too. Cost being burdened by America’s businesses and individuals. Riley Walters gets into the details writing for The Heritage Foundation. Read up at the Daily Signal.
- The Immigration Mess: Should Judges Have Contempt Authority? With all the concerns and controversy surrounding the current immigration crisis, one that goes unnoticed is happening every day in the courts. Judges in immigration courts lack Contempt Authority. That makes controlling courts in an already chaotic situation nearly impossible. 22 Years ago, Congress passed a statute giving Immigration judges contempt authority, but a succession of U.S. Attorneys General have failed to create and implement the necessary regulations. Charles Stinson and GianCarlo Canaparo have written a thorough Legal Memorandum for The Heritage Foundation. Read it at https://report.heritage.org/lm249.
- Speaking of the Law…Rogue Feminist Professors Support Due Process on Campus. They’re fighting a trend…a small group of feminist Harvard Law Professors have raised questions about the impact that #MeToo and an Obama Dept. of Education ‘Dear Colleague’ letter have had on due process in campus law. Calling the guidelines “so unfair as to be truly shocking”, the law professors call for the return of due process in campus rape and sexual assault cases. Read about it here.
- Brazil Breaking Free…Will Bolsonaro Succeed? He’s been called Brazil’s Trump and President Jair Bolsonaro has gone all in on turning Brazil’s economy around with free market innovations. Seeking new U.S. trade agreements and opening up markets, the new President is attempting to reverse years of failed left wing economic policy. Lorenzo Montanari had taken a close look at his progress in Forbes.
- Good News from Ohio, Bad News for Red Tape. Citizens, and businesses in Ohio have something to look forward to: the recent budget deal signed by Governor Mike DeWine will cut income taxes by 4% and increase education spending…but more importantly it included a regulatory relief provision. Now Ohio’s Government will begin cataloging and cutting its hundreds of thousands of regulations. That loud noise you just heard was the people of Ohio giving a gigantic sigh of relief. James Broughel tells us all about it at WSJ.
- Americans for Tax Reform is Hiring Fall Interns. ATR, one of the most powerful organizations in the conservative movement, is hiring fall interns. For yourself, your child, or that friend who is always asking…ATR Interns work on projects such as the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and tax battles across the country. Many ATR interns have had their work showcased in The Drudge Report, The Daily Caller, The Washington Times and other political publications. To apply go to https://www.atr.org/internapply.
Upcoming events: Washington is still on Recess Break, but plan ahead…
- HOW TO BECOME A FEDERAL CRIMINAL. The Competitive Enterprise Institute presents a Reception introducing Mike Chase and his new book (and instruction manual?). Thursday, August 22, 5-7 PM. CEI, 1310 L St., NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC. RSVP email@example.com, or 202-331-2764.
- COSM, A National Technology Summit Presented by Discovery Institute. October 23-25, Seattle, WA. Info at cosm.technology.
- DAILY CALLER NEWS FOUNDATION Annual Gala. Courage Under Fire Award: The Honorable Lindsey Graham. October 30, The Mayflower Hotel, Washington. Cocktails 6 PM, Dinner 7 PM, Dancing 8:30 PM. Info: haley@DailyCallerNewsFoundation.org.
Getting Closer, Make Plans, Don’t Forget:
- NATIONAL FEDERATION OF REPUBLICAN WOMEN is holding their 40th Biennial Convention, September 26 – 29 in Indianapolis. The NFRW Convention will bring together nearly 1,300 women who are political and business leaders in their communities and states. For Exhibitor Opportunities and/or Program Advertising, contact Lucy Powers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Austrian Economics Center, Hayek Institut, and Fundacion Internacional Bases, are organizing a conference with top tier intellectual contributors on the subject, Austrian School of Economics in the 21st Century, November 13-14, Vienna, Austria. Web site.
Andy Blom is a senior policy and political writer, strategist, analyst and activist.