Local Media Fuels Anti-Sequestration Cuts Hysteria

The media’s harboring of a pro-government spending bias isn’t exactly news. But an article in Politico is notable because it illustrates the tendency for local newsrooms to push human interest stories that emphasize the pain of spending cuts.

According to the article, it’s pervasive:

Journalists from Florida to Washington state told POLITICO that their editors are hungry for stories that turn bureaucratic doublespeak about automatic cuts into a human story of real-world pain—from layoffs to cutbacks in treasured hometown programs.

Ask Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, who got hit with a question about the Blue Angels during a Jacksonville TV station segment of locals upset that the famed flying aerobatic team may be grounded and 30 air shows canceled if sequester takes effect. The Democrat insisted the cuts won’t happen as long as “reasonable people” figure out a solution. “It’s a Navy town,” he later told POLITICO. “I knew a question was coming up, so I didn’t wait for it.”

The appetite in local newsrooms for that kind of story is widespread, local reporters say.

Not surprisingly, special interests have been more than willing to assist reporters in spreading the doom and gloom:

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Resolution to Ban Compliance with NDAA “Indefinite Detention” introduced in San Francisco

Though 15 states are currently entertaining condemnations of the NDAA kidnapping provisions, the effort has included city and county governments as well. On Tuesday, February 12 San Francisco became the latest when Board of Supervisors President David Chiu introduced a non-binding resolution instructing local agencies to not comply with federal enforcement of their indefinite detention.

“I thought we had left behind the dark days of World War II,” Chiu told a crowd outside the City Hall before the formal introduction to the Supervisors, alluding to the mass incarceration of Japanese-Americans by President Roosevelt 71 years ago. Indeed, history is repeating itself for three families with victims of that disgraceful era and the resolution includes a clause reminding people of that fact:

WHEREAS, The families of Fred Korematsu, Minoru Yasui, and Gordon Hirabayashi, Japanese Americans incarcerated in World War II, filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Hedges v. Obama, a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of the NDAA’s detentions provisions, citing that, under the pretense of national security, the NDAA essentially repeats the decisions in the discredited World War IIlegal cases of Korematsu, Yasui, and Hirabaryashi, and allows the government to imprison people without any due process rights for an indefinite time

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors is expected to vote in favor since five out of its 11 members are already co-sponsors. Nadia Kayyali, legal fellow with the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, says, ”If this resolution is to pass, San Francisco will be part of a national movement, as the 18th city to pass a resolution opposing the NDAA.” Kayyali is looking forward to the day a Liberty Preservation Act-type bill is introduced in Sacramento.

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Pennsylvania Bill Would Reject Medicaid Expansion

Representative Saylor has introduced HB 269, an Act prohibiting the expansion of Medicaid. This bill is currently in the House Committee on Health. This bill has 37 co-sponsors

HB 269 says, “Notwithstanding any other law, eligibility criteria for voluntary populations to receive medical assistance approved under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act may not be expanded.”

Representative Saylor compared the promises of the federal government’s bribes of expanding Medicaid to previous bribes for special education in a press conference.Bribes from the federal government are costing Pennsylvania taxpayers an immense amount in property tax due to the special education requirements. The federal government had promised to fund 40% of special education but only lived up to fund 8%. In the video, Representative Saylor said, “The current cost, here in Pennsylvania is expected to rise to about 400 million dollars in the upcoming fiscal budget the governor will unveil tomorrow (02/05/2013). Well, it’s an important program. Most definitely. We all want to see those in great need to be taken care of. But, at some point, as you heard today, this program is truly outpacing the ability of Pennsylvania taxpayers to pay for it. One in every four, as you heard, Pennsylvanians under this program is being proposed to expand, would be enrolled under free health care pay, in this state. And the published reports the federal government had put that they will put in 100%. This goes back to promises. Promises made. Promises not kept by the federal government. This will in the end cost Pennsylvania taxpayers, well over a billion dollars a year. Starting off in the first year with a 200 million dollar increase.”

He later continued, “The problem is the hearts are blocked by the fat regulations and rules the federal government puts on the Pennsylvania government and all governments and states responding to it. They are getting close to causing Pennsylvania and many states to have a heart attack. At some point and time, we have got to understand that the federal government is not going to live up to their promises. And more importantly, they continue to pass more and more regulations and passing the buck onto the states to pay for programs they want to see done.”

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Action Alert: Bill to Nullify Federal Gun Laws in Tennessee Needs Your Support Right Now

Senate Bill 250 (SB0250), the 2nd Amendment Preservation Act, was introduced by Tennessee State Senator Mae Beavers to stop federal gun restrictions within the State.  It would nullify federal attempts to “ban, regulate, or restrict…ownership, transfer, possession, or manufacture of a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition” within the State of Tennessee.

The bill has been scheduled for a public hearing and potential vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, 02-19-13. (3pm, tentatively)  Your support and action is needed right now to help move this legislation forward.

ACTION STEPS

A phone call will hold a much higher value than an email.  But take whatever action you’re able to.  Or do both – CALL and EMAIL. It’s a good step to make calls over the weekend as well. Leave a message so their offices know first thing on Monday AM that a large number of people support SB0250. In your voicemail, make sure to ask that they call you back so that you can speak to the congressman or staff directly.

1. Please Contact the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee
Senator Kelsey: (615) 741-3036 or email: sen.brian.kelsey@capitol.tn.gov
Politely thank him for scheduling the hearing and allowing the bill to be debated and voted upon.  Encourage him to vote YES on SB0250 to move it to a full debate in the Tennessee Senate.

2. Please Contact the rest of the members of the Judiciary Committee

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Action Alert: Nullify Obamacare in Oklahoma. Calls Needed Now

The Federal Health Care Nullification Act to stop the Affordable Care Act ‘Obamacare’ in the State of Oklahoma has been introduced in the house.  HB1021 has been referred to committee and scheduled for a hearing on 02/19/2013. This is a hearing that was postponed from our previous update, 02/12/13. The bill needs your phone calls and emails to help it move forward – now.

ACTION ITEMS

Tenth Amendment Center requests your immediate help by contacting  committee members to express your support for this legislation.  We urge you to CALL.  Strongly, but respectfully, inform the committee members that you will accept nothing less than a YES vote, which will allow the full state house to vote on the bill.

Your calls are effective even if you’re leaving a message over the weekend. When they arrive Monday, they need to know that a large number of people want them to vote YES on HB1021.

HB1021, Committee on Public Health

1. Please contact the chair of the committee.
David Derby: (405) 557-7377

2. Please contact other members of the committee.
Glen Mulready: (405) 557-7340
Doug Cox: (405) 557-7415
Randy Grau: (405) 557-7360
Jeannie McDaniel: (405) 557-7334
Jon Echols: (405) 557-7354

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Kansas NDAA Nullification Held Up in Committee. Action Items, Full Analysis and Talking Points

Yesterday, the Kansas State House Corrections Committee held a hearing on HB2161, a bill to block the federal government from carrying out “Indefinite Detention” as passed into law under the NDAA, or any other such unconstitutional federal “law.” (get details on the bill here)

The committee was sharply divided on the bill, and no vote was held. But, chair John Rubin – the one person who has the power to decide the fate of the bill – told The Topeka Capital-Journal that “the bill will not likely move forward.”

Inside sources tell us that Rubin is willing to let the bill move forward and go through the process, but it’s going to take considerable grassroots outreach to him to make that happen.

If you are in Kansas and you support not only due process, but the basis of the Constitution itself, the time to act is now. Please take the following steps to support this bill. Additional information and talking points follow as well.

Note: It’s a good step to make calls over the weekend as well. Leave a message so their offices know first thing on Monday AM that a large number of people support HB2161. In your voicemail, make sure to ask that they call you back so that you can speak to the representative or staff directly.

ACTION ITEMS

1. Call John Rubin, committee chair. Very politely, but strongly, let Chairman Rubin know that you want him to allow this bill to have a vote. You want to see it get to the full house for discussion and debate. Let him know that a federal court has already struck down these federal “indefinite detention” provisions. And while the case is on a long appeal process, the state of Kansas has strong Constitutional and legal footing to pass HB2161. (more details below)

Phone: 785 296-7690
Email: john.rubin@house.ks.gov

2. Call the rest of the committee members. Let them know, respectfully, that you will accept nothing less than voting YES for Due Process, voting YES for the Constitution – that means voting YES on HB2161.

Ramon Gonzalez, vice-chair
Phone: 785 296-7500
Email:ramon.gonzalezjr@house.ks.gov

Gail Finney, ranking minority member
Phone: 785 296-7648
Email:gail.finney@house.ks.gov

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Action Alert: NDAA Nullification up for a vote in Colorado on 02-18

HB13-1045, to stop NDAA indefinite detention is up for a do-or-die committee vote in the Colorado State House on Monday.

On Wednesday 02-13, State, Veterans and Military Afffairs committee had a hearing on the bill and decided to “hold the bill over” (delay a vote) on it until Monday, February 18th. In order for the bill to be passed into law, it will first need to get approved by a majority of that committee in their vote on Monday – so it can move forward to a full state house debate and vote in the near future.

Your help is needed to get this bill passed!

1.  Please CALL all the members of the State, Veterans and Military Afffairs committee. Strongly, but politely let them know that you want them to PASS HB13-1045 so it can get a vote in the full House. It is important that you mention to the committee members that you want them to “Vote on Principle not Party.”

(note: a phone call at this late stage, will have far more impact than an email, but it’s recommended to do both. You can even call after hours or over the weekend, so when they check voice mail first thing on Monday, it’s full of messages in support.)

Su Ryden, Chair 303-866-2942
(please thank Su for allowing this bill a hearing!)
Joe Salazar, Vice-Chair 303-866-2918
Tim Dore 303-866-2398
Jeanne Labuda 303-866-2966
Dan Nordberg 303-866-2965
Mike Foote 303-866-2920
Jovan Melton 303-866-2919
Ray Scott 303-866-3068
Steve Humphrey 303-866-2943
Dominick Moreno  303-866-2964
Angela Williams 303-866-2909
EMAIL CONTACT FORMS HERE

2.  Make your voice heard AT the hearing.  

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Texas Anti-Drone Bill Includes Civil and Criminal Penalties

HB83, filed by Representative Gooden, will nullify drones being implemented in Texas. This bill has been co-sponsored by Representative Stephenson.

HB83, would make it a Class C misdemeanor to capture images with a drone without a warrant or probable cause of a felony, or imminent danger. “Illegal use of unmanned vehicle or aircraft to capture image. (a) A person commits an offense if the person uses or authorizes the use of an unmanned vehicle or aircraft to capture an image without the express consent of the person who owns or lawfully occupies the real property captured in the image… A civil penalty of $1,000, subject to adjustment of the dollar amount under for each image of the plaintiff or of the real property owned or legally occupied by the plaintiff that is captured, possessed, disclosed, displayed, distributed, or otherwise used;”

This bill is different the the FAA regulation that calls it fair play for drone surviellance within 100 miles of the border. HB83 limits using a drone surveillance, “of real property or a person on real property that
is within 25 miles of the United States border for the sole purpose of enforcing border laws.”

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Ohio Bill Would Prohibit Firearm Seizure, Forced Registration and Potential Ban

Ohio_Statehouse_columbusThe Buckeye State has joined the ever growing list of states that are willing to stand up to unconstitutional federal infringements on the 2nd Amendment.  Ohio Senator Kris Jordan has introduced a bill that would prohibit firearms seizures, registration and bans in Ohio.

SB 36 was introduced on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 with Senator Tim Schaffer listed as a Cosponsor.  In addition to prohibiting the seizure of any firearm from any person who is lawfully in possession or control of a firearm, the bill also  prohibits forced gun registration and includes first degree felony charges to any law enforcement officer (state or federal) or international agent who attempts to enforce a firearm registration or firearm ban.

“These law abiding Ohioans are not the ones to be scared of, rather it is the politicians who say it is their goal to disarm “Mr. and Mrs. America” that we should fear”, said Senator Jordan in reference to remarks made by US Senator Diane Feinstein in a 1995 interview on 60 Minutes.

SB 36 is expected to receive strong support in the Republican controlled Ohio General Assembly and eventually make its way to the desk of Republican Governor John Kasich.  A signature would certainly be expected at this point given Governor Kasich’s recent comments regarding the 2nd Amendment:

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Taking the Law into Our Own Hands?

In a recent CNN story, Linn County, Oregon Sheriff Tim Mueller said he will not enforce any federal regulation that President Barack Obama lays out in his package of gun control proposals. Sheriff Mueller joined other public officials across the nation who have decided to push back against the federal government’s trickle-down tyrannical efforts to strip law-abiding citizens of their right to bear arms without infringement.

But wait! “Local officials don’t get to make that call,” according to CNN’s Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin. This is the same legal eagle who, on a recent CNN program on guns, unholstered his Federal Arms one-shooter and blasted another upstart sheriff, Brad Rogers from Elkart County, Indiana, with his “supremacy clause” bullet. (This bullet serves as popular “ammunition” among “legal experts” in government, academia, and the media.)

But unlike Barney Fife, who had the good sense to keep his bullet in his shirt pocket, these cowboys are only too glad to produce theirs when the uppity rabble come into town. But we should excuse them, for they know not what they do—it’s all they learned about the Constitution in law school: The federal government rules! The words “in pursuance thereof” have been long banned from use in law schools across the land.

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