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CPAC Chicago will be held on Friday, June 8 at The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. The Heartland Institute is partnering with the American Conservative Union and United to Restore Freedom to bring national and regional leaders together with local grassroots activists for a day of blockbuster speeches, policy discussions, and networking opportunities — all celebrating the shared principles of smaller government, a strong national defense, and traditional values.
There is an incredible lineup of speakers including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, U.S. Representative Michelle Bachman, Representative Peter Roskam, Ohio Governor John Kasich, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and many others. This is going to be a fantastic event that shouldn’t be missed. Because you are a donor to The Heartland Institute, we would like to offer you a complimentary ticket to CPAC Chicago.
Tickets are limited, please respond by 12 noon Monday. To order your tickets, please contact Malk Sulkin or Gwendalyn Carver at 312/377-4000. More details are available (Here).
Prominent Alarmist: Humans Do Not Deserve to Exist , James M. Taylor, The Heartland Institute
Global warming alarmist David Appell posted an item on his blog showing just how anti-human and out-of-touch global warming alarmists are. According to Appell, if people do not side with global warming alarmists in the global warming debate and take drastic action according to alarmist prescriptions, humans are too stupid to deserve to exist.
Writes Appell, “If humans are really so stupid as to not take some drastic action by at least 2050, when total warming would be
3.0 degrees [Celsius] – if even after that we continue to burn fossil fuels at an ever-increasing rate, well then we are clearly too stupid to deserve to continue as a species, and the Universe would best be rid of us.” (read more)
Consumer Power Report: If You Like Your Plan You Can Keep it, Less than Half the Time, Benjamin Domenech, The Heartland Institute
The study analyzed individual and group insurance data from 2010 for more than 2,000 public and private employers in five states: California, Pennsylvania, Florida, Utah, and Michigan. These states make up about 31 percent of enrollment in the U.S. insurance market. (read more)
Earned Income Credit Better for Working Poor than Minimum Wage, Ian Mason, The Heartland Institute
New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-NY) is leading a push to raise that state’s minimum wage from the federally mandated $7.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour, with future annual increases tied to the Consumer Price Index.
“It has a moral imperative, and it has a practical imperative. People who work 35 hours a week should not be poor,” Silver said in announcing his bill. (read more)
Utah’s Student Funding a Model for Colorado and Other States, Lindsey M. Burke, The Heritage Foundation
As state leaders across the country consider how to increase student access to online learning, a new report by the Independence Institute outlines several important steps Colorado should take to ensure digital education can flourish.
The most fundamental change recommended in “Online Course-Level Funding: Toward Colorado Self-Blended Secondary Learning Options,” authored by senior education policy analyst Ben DeGrow, is restructuring state school funding systems. (read more)
Texas Conflicts with Obama Administration Over Funding Contraception Programs, Kenneth Artz, The Heartland Institute
Although Texas has long favored an abstinence-focused approach to sex education, under President Obama’s administration the focus and funding have shifted toward contraception-focused programs. Now, more than a quarter of the school districts in the state teach “abstinence-plus” lessons, according to a new study by the Texas Freedom Network.
Just three years earlier, a similar study found only 3.6 percent of Texas school districts were teaching abstinence-plus in health education or physical education courses. Now, seven of the 10 largest districts in the state are using abstinence-plus curricula for sex education, including Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, and Houston. (read more)
Michigan AG Shuts Down Internet Gambling Cafes, Tom Gantert, Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette reached an agreement in May with eight Internet Sweepstakes Cafes to shut them down. If they reopen, Schuette said, he will shut them down through criminal or civil court suits.
Leon Drolet, chairman of the Michigan Taxpayers Alliance, says he doubts the Attorney General is making the best use of resources by going after Internet Sweepstakes Cafes. Drolet says the state has incentives to crack down on any competition to the state’s own lottery, and casinos have powerful lobbying groups that contribute to political causes. (read more)
The Heartland Institute’s Seventh International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-7) took place in Chicago, Illinois from Monday, May 21 to Wednesday, May 23, 2012. It was an unqualified success.
Approximately fifty speakers addressed nearly 300 audience members eager to learn the truth about the causes and consequences of climate change. Especially noteworthy speakers included Vaclav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic, Congressman James Sensenbrenner, European Parliament member Roger Helmer, and former astronauts Harrison “Jack” Schmitt and Walter Cunningham.
The conference ended on a high note, with speakers and attendees agreeing that realists have taken the lead in the ongoing scientific debate, that the public is now strongly on their side, and that the coming elections are likely to cause the reversal of the anti-energy and anti-science policies of the recent past.
If you weren’t able to attend this exciting event, please view the videos of the presentations (Here). Watch, listen, and learn for yourself what the real science of climate is revealing, and what choices we all must make as citizens and consumers.
Lawsuit Abuse Fortnightly: Lies, Damn Lies, and Perjury, Maureen Martin, The Heartland Institute
Ten years ago, high school football star Brian Banks was 16 years old and about to ink a football scholarship to the University of Southern California, when a childhood friend accused him of raping her on the campus of Long Beach Polytechnic High School. (read more)
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