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RLC Welcomes New & Returning Board Members

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The Republican Liberty Caucus held it’s Biennial Convention over the weekend of May 17th-18th in Redondo Beach California. At the convention the elections for the RLC National Board were held.

We would like to welcome or new board members and returning board members. We look forward to their leadership for this new term.

Elections Results

Chair: Matt Nye (Returning)

Vice Chair: John Dennis (Former Secretary)

Secretary: Col. Rob Maness (New)

Treasurer: Jeff Larson (Returning)

At-Large 1: Luis Vargas (Former Regional Director)

At-Large 2: Dave Nalle (Returning)

At-Large 3: Adiel Mora (New)

Atlantic Regional Director: Robert Kenyon (New)

Southwest Regional Director: Melissa Hamilton (Returning)

South Central Regional Director: Lee Neher (Returning)

Northeast Regional Director: Russ Hryzan (Returning)

Great Plains Regional Director: Camelia Plosser (New)

Southeast Regional Director: Erik Wilson (Returning)

Central Regional Director: Zavior Bicott (Returning)

Northwest Regional Director: Cornel Rassor (Returning)

Peter Buxtun given RLC Liberty Valor Award

The Republican Liberty Caucus has awarded the first annual Liberty Valor Award to Peter Buxtun of San Francisco, California. The Liberty Valor Award (LVA) is presented to those who represent the spirit of individual liberty in the face of government overreach, incompetence and tyranny.

In the 1960’s Peter worked as an epidemiologist at the former US federal Department of Health, Education and Welfare when he learned of the Tuskegee Syphilis experiment. The experiment, begun in 1932, infected black men in Macon county Alabama with the syphilis bacterium and recorded its effects over the decades that followed. None of the experiment’s subjects knew they had been infected.

Despite having penicillin confirmed as a cure in 1952, the subjects of the experiment were never treated.

In a chance encounter in a coffee room in 1966, Buxtun became aware of the experiment. He filed a complaint with his superior, questioning the experiment’s ethics.

Despite continuing complaints through the chain of command, the experiment continued until 1972 when Buxtun leaked information to a reporter at the Washington Star. Within 24 hours, the story was on the front page of the New York Times.

Senator Edward Kennedy held congressional hearings at which Peter testified. At those hearings Peter said “I felt what was being done was very close to … an institutional form of murder … it had become an accepted thing within the Public Health Service … not subject to review.”

Peter Buxtun’s whistleblowing led to both new laws governing human research, and Medical Ethics Committees with non-physician members.

Republican Liberty Caucus chairman Matt Nye said “In an era when retribution against whistleblowers encourages government abuses, Peter’s story is both poignant and, at the same time, a beacon. Governments have awesome power. Whistleblowers help prevent that power from running amok.”

Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado Releases 2019 Liberty Scorecard

The Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado has just released their 2019 Liberty Scorecard for the 2019 Colorado State Legislative Session. The only A’s were awarded to House Republicans Steve Humphrey, Patrick Neville and Lori Saine. Complete results can be found at rlcco.org/liberty-scorecard.

The legislative review committee of the RLCCO looked at over 300 bills, finally selecting 72 that illustrated the RLC’s principles of personal freedom, free markets and limited government. The committee applied a position of “support” or “oppose”, then rated each member of the House and Senate according to whether or not they agreed with the RLC’s position.

For more information, please contact Sue Moore at 303-349-6185 or suemoore303@gmail.com.

Republican Liberty Caucus of Arizona Publishes Second Annual Legislative Scorecard

The 2019 Liberty Index is the second annual legislative scorecard published by the Arizona chapter of the Republican Liberty Caucus. The Liberty Index scores legislators on 20 pivotal bills selected by the RLCAZ that either advance liberty or diminish liberty.

See how your legislators scored! View the scorecard here: https://www.scribd.com/document/412675104/Liberty-Index-2019

The Republican Liberty Caucus is a 527 voluntary grassroots membership organization dedicated to working within the Republican Party to advance the principles of individual liberty, limited government and free markets. Founded in 1991, it is the oldest continuously-operating organization within the Liberty Republican movement. The Arizona Republican Liberty Caucus chapter was launched in January 2018.

Follow us at facebook.com/RLCArizona.

Visit RLC.org to learn more about the Republican Liberty Caucus.

U.S. Supreme Court blocks Trump’s census citizenship …

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By Lawrence Hurley and Andrew Chung

WASHINGTON, June 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court handed President Donald Trump a significant defeat on Thursday, ruling that his administration did not give an adequate explanation for its plan to include a contentious citizenship question on the 2020 census and preventing its addition to the decennial survey for now.

The justices – in a 5-4 decision with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the court’s four liberals in the majority and writing the ruling – upheld part of a federal judge’s ruling barring the question in a victory for a group of states including New York and immigrant rights organizations that had challenged the plan.

Opponents of the question have called it a Republican ploy to scare immigrants into not taking part in the population count.”

Republican Liberty Caucus of Missouri Hosts Hemp Association’s, Eapen Thampy

On March 16th, MO RLC held a statewide meeting in Columbia, MO. Eapen Thampy of the Missouri Hemp Association gave us an update on the promising potential of medical and agricultural hemp and related legislation in the state.

Former presidential and senate candidate Austin Petersen spoke about the rise of white national socialism in the US. He also updated us on his new upcoming radio show on KWOS in Jefferson City, and how we can work together to grow liberty and the RLC in Missouri.

The Mid-Missouri chapter is forming, and we had several visitors and signed up new members!

In the coming weeks, we will be scheduling a joint meeting with the Missouri House and Senate Conservative Caucuses. Details will be posted to the state Facebook page.

RLC of Colorado Hosts Mayoral Candidate Forum

RLC Colorado was a sponsor of the Denver Mayoral Candidate Forum on Monday March 25th.  It was a great event that had close to 250 people in attendance.

The Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado will not be endorsing in this race, but follow us at rlcco.org for a recap of the forum.

The April meeting of the RLC of Colorado will be announced soon and Kathleen Chandler of the Independence Institute will be the speaker for that event.

Ms. Chandler will be discussing the Local Government Project and letting us know how to get involved in local boards and commissions in our communities.  These unelected positions often go unfilled, so even if you don’t have a lot of time to be involved, this is where you can have a lot of influence.  Stay tuned.

Republican Liberty Caucus Welcomes New Massachusetts State Charter

On February 28, The Massachusetts Chapter ratified its bylaws and elected its board. The executive board members are Dave Collins- Chairman, Steve Tougas, Vice Chair and acting clerk, and Steve Fruzzetti- Treasurer. The National board of directors in turn approved charter status for the chapter.
These are indeed exciting times for Massachusetts Republicans. In addition to the establishment of the new RLC state charter, the state Republican Party recently elected Jim Lyons as their new Chairman. Jim Lyons has a solid history of working with the grassroots during his time in the legislature.
We look forward to working with him to promote liberty and free market principles.

Republican Liberty Caucus Announces Support for Federal Reserve Transparency Act (H.R. 24)

The “Audit the Fed” bill has been reintroduced to both chambers of Congress in a joint effort to prevent the Federal Reserve from masking important operating information from Congress. The bill would allow the nonpartisan, independent Government Accountability Office (GOA) to conduct a complete audit of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and reserve banks within one year of passage and to report to Congress within 90 days of completion.

“The Republican Liberty Caucus believes in free markets for currency and credit, and that no institution should wield the monopoly power of the Federal Reserve,” said Nye. “We strongly support efforts to audit the Federal Reserve in the short term and advocate an end to this institution in the long term.”

“Audit the Fed” would amend section 714b of Title 31 of the US Code and give the GOA the untethered ability to audit; transactions for or with a foreign central bank, government of a foreign country, or non private international financing organization; deliberations, decisions, or actions on monetary policy matters; transactions made under the direction of the Federal Open Market Committee; or a part of a discussion or communication among or between members of the Board and officers and employees of the Federal Reserve System related to clauses (1)-(3) of this subsection according to a report from Sen. Paul.

“The modern-day boom-bust business cycle is caused by the Federal Reserve’s arbitrary manipulation of the credit markets,” said Matt Nye, Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus. “In the wake of the 2008 TARP bailouts, the Federal Reserve added trillions to its balance sheet at a rate never before seen in history, while simultaneously holding interest rates at all time lows, thus causing the misallocation of trillions of dollars in capital. This misallocation of capital is commonly referred to as a ‘bubble’, and this latest bubble – the largest ever – is now one of the greatest threats to American economic prosperity we face.”

The Republican Liberty Caucus recommends strong support for H.R. 24 and S. 148 “Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2019” and recommends supporters relay their support to the sponsors of the bill.

RLC of Florida 2019 Liberty Lobby Days A Tremendous Success!

Thirty plus RLC members from all corners of Florida descended on Tallahassee March 11th and 12th for what many are describing as our best “Liberty Lobby Days” trip ever. These members enthusiastically supported our 2019 Legislative Agenda in one on one meetings with legislators from their home districts, in large group meetings with various members of the Florida House and Senate, and in House and Senate committee hearings where bills in our agenda we’re being considered. A highlight of the trip was the Monday evening legislative reception held at the James Madison Institute headquarters. The reception was well attended by members of both the House and Senate.

A special thank you to Legislative Affairs Chairman John Hallman for his efforts scheduling and coordinating this trip. Given the enthusiastic response of our members participating this year, we expect and even larger contingent for next year’s trip!