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In striking down the aggregate limits on contributions to candidates, PACs and political parties challenged in McCutcheon v. FEC, the Supreme Court delivered a victory not only to political donors seeking to support more challenges to incumbents, but to everyone who is affected by American politics and law. The reason is a key and often forgotten point about the First Amendment: it protects speech, not speakers.

Freedom of speech is often treated as a contemptible burden in American politics; something that must be endured but not respected. When hateful speech is heard, or a wealthy individual spends huge sums of money on speech we disagree with, we commonly ask why they ought to possess a right that we feel does more harm than good. This was the general reaction to the McCutcheon decision: why does anyone need the right to spend more than $123,000 (the limit declared unconstitutional) on political contributions?

This misses the point by focusing solely on the speaker and ignoring the broader social benefits that result from a free and uninhibited exchange of ideas. Speech is constitutionally protected and unlimited because society benefits from the increased knowledge that is generated by it, and because the government cannot be trusted to decide what speech is “good” and what speech is “bad”. Chief Justice Roberts writes in the McCutcheon decision that “The First Amendment does not protect the government, even when the government purports to act through legislation reflecting “collective speech.”"

The wisdom of this principle has been borne out by history, which teaches us that the power to censor is always used against those who criticize the powerful. This was true a century ago when the government prosecuted pacifists in World War I and communist sympathizers in the Red Scare. It is just as true today, when protestors at political conventions are put in caged “free speech zones”, such as at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, and when a majority of the nation’s universities maintain unconstitutional speech codes used to punish criticism, such as occurred in 2007 when Valdosta State University had a student “administratively withdrawn” (expelled) for criticizing the construction of a parking garage on campus.

Speech restrictions of all kinds exist to protect those in power from criticism. In the case of contribution limits, incumbents are protected from challengers. Despite its reputation as a tool of the establishment, money spent on political speech actually creates an opportunity to challenge entrenched political interests by increasing voter knowledge. This is especially valuable for outsider candidates running grassroots campaigns without the aid of connections to the ruling class or major media corporations. Pessimism about politics might lead us to think money spent on political advertising is wasted, but research shows that spending in campaigns is correlated with higher voter turnout and higher levels of public knowledge. This should not be surprising; the more advertisements you see about a candidate, the more likely you are to want to figure out what all the commotion is about and discuss the race with your friends.

This is how unlimited political speech comes to benefit everyone affected by American public policy: through producing a more informed, engaged electorate. Yet when cases like McCutcheon are discussed in the public sphere, they are presented as “wins” for large donors and “losses” for the rest of us.

This is nonsensical – speech is not a zero sum game. We all benefit from the exchange of ideas, regardless of their source. That is why cries of “corporations are not people!” are not an adequate response to the Citizens United decision which allowed corporations and unions to spend unlimited sums of money on political speech. The entity speaking does not matter, the speech itself does.

It is an unfortunate indication of our culture’s declining respect for the First Amendment that a ruling which removes an unnecessary restriction on the ability of citizens to participate in the political process is vilified. Perhaps that would begin to change if we recognized that more speech for Citizen A creates ripple effects increasing political participation throughout the system. He often speaks for thousands or millions of others who agree with him, and those who disagree may still be informed or motivated by his message. We must remember that voters are not robots who treat ads as orders, and in this social media age people can nearly instantly respond, rebut, subvert and lampoon the speech with others if the message is false or unpersuasive. And on Election Day, everyone still gets exactly one vote.

The answer to speech is more speech. The First Amendment should mean that the government does not get to say “you’ve said enough.” With McCutcheon v. FEC, the Supreme Court has brought us one big step closer to living up to that ideal.

Luke Wachob is the McWethy Fellow at the Center for Competitive Politics.

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Speaking at a book launch in the presence of President Emeritus Fenech Adami, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat stated that Freedom Day thirty-five years ago had been part of the plan which had been aborted in 1958 by the resignation of Dom Mintoffs first government. Independence and the Republic were stages along the way. All led to the life we live today.

The book which was officially launchedIL-ELSIEN: Il-mixja lejn il-31 ta Marzu tal-1979 (FREEDOM: The road leading to 31 March 1979)was researched and written by historian Mark Camilleri, and published by SKS (Sensiela Kotba Sojalisti).

The book is packed with new historical information backed by documents freshly unearthed from the British national archives in London and the Labour Partys internal archives at amrun.

It reveals new facts about what made Mintoffs undertakings during the sixties and seventies at all possible.

During the event, Prof. Dominic Fenech stated that Freedom Day had been an independence beyond Independence itself.

He said that the new publication excellently provides the residential context of Maltas freedom from foreign rule.

The event was also attended by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and various Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries.

The new publication brings new historic material out in the light.

It discloses for the first time documents shedding new light on the legendary Labour meeting in Gozo of May 1961, on the extensive foreign connections forged by the Labour Party while in opposition during the sixties, Che Guevaras 1964 reference to Maltas anti-colonial struggle, Mintoffs correspondence with Bertrand Russel, and more.

It also features many photographs related to Freedom Day which have never been publisehd before.

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Fifty-five Years 8 and 9 Kerikeri High School students, aged 11 to 14, took part recently in the Bay of Islands first floating conservation classroom. ExploreNZ provided the vessel; Department of Conservation (DOC), the speaker and activities.

The students were chosen from those who had represented Kerikeri High School in the 2013 Top Energy Far North Regional Science and Technology Fair and produced outstanding science fair projects.

The inaugural 5-hour trip left from and returned to Doves Bay, Kerikeri.Various iconic sites around the Bay of Islands were visited: the Black Rocks; Motuarohia, Moturua, and Urupukapuka Islands finishing with a stop at Marsden Cross in Rangihoua Bay.

Helen Ough Dealy, Partnerships Ranger (DOC) says: “The trip wasnt simply a reward for the students who had taken part in the 2013 Science Fair, it had a very real educational component. The kids took part in a thorough biosecurity check of their gear on the mainland at the Doves Bay Marina; a practical way of helping keep the pest-free islands of Project Island Song rodent and Argentine ant-free. The impacts of eco-tourism, issues associated with dolphinwatching and ways the public can help protect archeaological sites were some of the other topics covered.”

Dave Rivington,Operations Manager for ExploreNZ said: “This is the first step. We hope to expand this joint Department of Conservation and ExploreNZ initiative in the future to get more Northland kids out experiencing the Bay for themselves.”

Fleur Corbett, Chair of the Guardians of the Bay of Islands (who coordinate Project Island Song in partnership with hapu from Te Rawhiti and DOC) said: “Its fantastic to see such exciting new initiatives that involve young people – the conservationists of the future. Working with ExploreNZ is a great example of the contribution business and conservation can make together, especially when it involves the education sector.”

Accompanying the students was Jess Gibbs (Kerikeri High School Science Teacher): “This trip was a wonderful opportunity for our students to gain a personal understanding of the conservation work that is carried out in the Bay of Islands and why it is so important. Meeting Helen and talking with her gave students a real insight into the work of DOC and possible future career paths available to them. We would be very keen to continue working with ExploreNZ and DOC to give our students such memorable experiences.”

Helen Ough Dealy, says: “It was wonderful for the Department to work with local kids on conservation projects right in their backyard. Many of these students had never been out on the water before. The main aim was to make conservation real for them and encourage them to see they can make a difference by getting involved themselves.”

Some of the conservation pledges made by the students included: “Just before going camping I will check my bags and tents for pests as the gear is in a place with pests.” “When I get home I will get rid of invasive plants in my garden.”

The floating classroom idea originated in the ExploreNZ-sponsored combined Bay of Islands schools planting trip to Urupukapuka Island during winter 2013.

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The Freedom Online Conference _ Promoting standard
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>>> focus groups described our party as narrow-minded, out of touch, and “stuffy old men.” the perception that we’re the party of the rich unfortunately continues to grow.

>> in the spotlight tonight, the republican party reveals it has learned absolutely nothing. that was republican party chair reince priebus 89 days ago after his party lost the presidency and seats in the house and in the senate. here is the chairman speaking at this weekend’s gathering of the conservative faith and freedom coalition.

>> i just want to let you know, i’m a christian. i’m a believer. god lives in my heart. and i’m for changing minds, not changing values. are you with me?

>> here is how priebus plans to change minds.

>> a permanent across the country coast to coast ground operation and focused in asian, hispanic, african-american, ander, evangelical, veterans. branding and marketing. digital and data. we need to control the moderators. we need to set the parameters of the debates. when we talk about moving the convention from the end of august to the end of june, it’s so that we can get to the general election money.

>> priebus did not make a single policy recommendation. but that’s what you do when you desperately want your audience to like you.

>> this is not an establishment takeover. this is using your brain. it’s not an establishment takeover. i’d rather win together than lose together. we’re all a part of together. i would just ask you that we come together. that’s what we have to do together. and together, let’s build it together, and let’s win together. god bless you.

>> not in attendance at the faith and freedom coalition event was the most popular republican in the country. governor chris christie was busy in chicago, receiving praise from arguably the most popular democrat in the country.

>> the enduring image most americans have of you is standing there in your jacket, grieving with your people, working with them and working with the president. and you’ve got both praise and damnation for ignoring the political differences that you had then and still have with the president and all of us who are in the other party to do something that was really important.

>> joining me now, washington bureau chief of the huffington post and an msnbc contributor, ryan grimm, and the ” washington post ‘s” nia malika-henderson. ryan , i go to you first on this. reince priebus has not hitched his wagon to a single substantive policy recommendation, except for this one. he said after the house — the republican autopsy came out, he said, “we are not a policy committee but among the steps republicans take in the hispanic dmunt and beyond we must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform .” today, ryan , the ” washington examiner ” reports that house speaker john boehner will not violate the so-called hastert rule on an immigration bill . “no way in hell” is how several described the chances of the speaker acting on such a proposal without the majority of a majority. it does not look to be the best strategy, if you will, ryan .

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The Government of Solomon Islands Supports WPNCL Full Membership of MSG

24th April 2013

During the meeting with Prime Minister of Solomon Island, Rt.Hon.Gordon Darcy Lilo MP on 24th April. It becomes apparent that the government of Solomon Islands will support to put West Papua on the agenda for the next MSG meeting in Noumea in June this year and Full Membership of the WPNCL to MSG.

West Papuan delegation consisted of Dr. Otto Ondawame, Vice Chairman of the WPNCL, Mr.Rex Rumakiek-Secretary General of the WPNCL and Mr. Andy Ayamiseba, Head WPNCL Mission to Vanuatu. But Mr. Barak T Sope Maautamate, the former Prime Minister of Vanuatu and adviser to the WPNCl could not come this time for technical reasons.

In his opening remarks, Dr Ondawame express his sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Government and people of Solomon Islands for their endless support given to the aspiration of Independence of the people of West Papua. And also their support for full membership of WPNCL in the MSG.

On 25th April, the delegation met Speaker of the Parliament, Sir Allen Kemakeza. The speaker expressed his full support for the plight of the people of West Papua and committed to raising the issue in the Solomon Islands Parliament. At the meting, the delegation asked for Solomon Islands Parliament to support the call for West Papua becomes Melanesian issue.

Prime Minister Of The Solomon Islands Assured Wpncl Of Support For MSG Membeship. Rt. Hon. Prime Minister. Gordon Dalcy Lilo met a delegation from the West Papua National Coalition for Liberation on 24 April 3013. The leaders of WPNCL were in the country to seek Solomon Islands support for their application to become member of the MSG. The delegation is consisted of Dr. John Otto Ondawame, Vice Chairman, Mr. Rex Rumakiek, Secretary General and Mr. Andy Ayamiseba, Head of WPNCL Mission to Vanuatu. Two other members of the delegation, Ms. Paula Makabory, human rights activist and Mr. Barak T. Sope Maautamate, former Prime Minister and adviser to WPNCL could not join the delegation due to technical problems. The delegation was, accompanied by Mr. Ian Ronnie, President of Solomons for West Papua Group.

PM Lilo assured the visiting Papuan leaders of his support for West Papua to become a member of the MSG. He further stated that he will request the inclusion of West Papua on the agenda of next MSG summit in Noumea. PM. LIlo ALSO stressed the need for Melanesian countries to assist fellow Melanesians of West Papua to achieve their right of self-determination peacefully. He reiterated the fact that the West Papuan struggle has taken 50 yeas; it is time to resolve it he said.

On behalf of WPNCL and the people of West Papua Dr. John Otto Ondawame stated, I would like to express our gratitude and sincere appreciation to you and the people of the Solomon Islands for your continuing support to our struggle for self-determination and independence. Dr. Ondawame also stated that being a member with the support of MSG is crucial for WPNCL efforts to take the issue back to the United Nations.

PM Lilo agreed that the UN solution should be the ultimate agenda because self-determination for West Papua as stipulated in 1969 is incomplete. The International community must be made aware of this fact.

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BOSTON, April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Metropolitan Beaches Commission (MBC) has reconvened to assess the state of the Boston Harbor region’s public beaches and held its first public hearing, Monday, April 8, 2013. The Commission, originally established in 2006 by the Massachusetts Legislature, will examine the impacts of the reforms and recommendations made in its first report and make recommendations for further improvement under the leadership of co-chairs State Senator Tom McGee and State Representative Kathi-Anne Reinstein. There will be a second public hearing in May 2013, followed by a hearing in each of the nine communities from Nahant to Nantasket beginning in June 2013.

“These public hearings will give the region’s residents an opportunity to share their ideas about how to improve our region’s public beaches, and give the Commission the chance to assess where we are today and where we hope to go in the future,” said Commission Co-Chair Senator Tom McGee. “Working together, I am confident that we can protect what we have accomplished since 2007 and help move these beaches from good towards great.”

The Commission was created in 2006 to take an in-depth look at the Commonwealth’s public beaches managed by the DCR. This year the Commission will issue additional findings and recommendations to better leverage these resources for all the residents of the regions’ coastal communities in the future. As in 2006, the Commission will hold nine public hearings in the towns of Nahant, Lynn, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy, and Hull. The hearings and final report will further identify and showcase economic development opportunities for local communities made possible by public investment in clean water, better beaches and our waterfront neighborhoods and beachfront communities.

“We’ve made great strides on these beaches for all the region’s families,” said Commission Co-Chair Representative Reinstein. “They have truly benefited from public and private sector investments in our beaches and it’s important that we don’t lose the progress we have made.”

The Metropolitan Beaches Commission is comprised of elected officials and community, civic, nonprofit, and business leaders from across the region. The 2013 MBC Commissioners are:

Co-Chair Thomas McGee, State Senator, Third Essex

Co-Chair Kathi-Ann Reinstein, State Representative, Sixteenth Suffolk

Carlo Basile, State Representative, First Suffolk

Kip Becker, Boston University

Barbara Bishop, Speaker DeLeo’s Office

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Rick Wagner Part 2 Second Amendment Speaker
Rick spoke eloquantly about our right that comes from our Creator – not government!

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Maryland Liberty PAC SB281 Update 3-1-2013
General Transcript– with some differences: This is Patrick McGrady, the Chairman of the Maryland Liberty Political Action Committee. with an important message regarding the recent Gun Grab vote in the Senate. On Thursday, some complicated procedural actions took place in Annapolis on SB281, the O'Malley Gun Grab Bill, and I wanted to make sure that you understand. First, let's walk through the process of passing a Bill. In order to become law, a bill has to pass through both the House, the Senate, and then get signed by the governor– but there are other steps along the way. This is very general explanation, but important to understand Here we go: A bill is introduced by a sponsor. Then, the Senate President, or Speaker, assigns the bill to a committee. In the committee, with the other senators, public hearings are supposed to be held, and then the committee votes to send the bill before the entire Senate or to kill it.. If the bill passes with votes from the majority of the committee, the bill goes to the Senate Floor. On the Senate floor, the amendments from the committee get added to the bill. This is where the crucial part is. Now, in the Maryland Senate, a bill can be stopped by ⅗ of the senate members, by what is called a “filibuster.” With this, 19 State Senators can stop any bill if they choose to vote to not end debate. This is where it gets confusing. To stop a filibuster, a vote to end debate must take place. Bottom line is: any bad bill can be stopped by 19 …

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Breakthrough Experience Nadine Lajoie Motivational Speaker Award-Winning
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SAVE THE DATE – Oakdale Academy
Michelle Malkin will be the speaker for the Liberty Campaign Dinner for Oakdale Academy on March 7, 2014 – save the date!

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