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RLC Opposes Dem Sponsored H.R. 4710 Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Bill

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The Republican Liberty Caucus has issued a statement in opposition to H.R. 4710 “Pharmaceutical Independence Long-Term Readiness Readiness Reform Act” by Representative John Garamendi, D-CA-3.

Forcibly localizing this supply chain would be a substantial undertaking which would require finding new sourcing in the U.S. If there is no existing alternative, it would be a long process to set up an alternative and lead to higher prices and reduced access.

This legislation, if passed, would place unnecessary sourcing requirements on medicines and medical inputs purchased with federal dollars and will disrupt existing supply chains, invite retaliatory actions from trading partners, and threaten timely access to medicines.

During this unprecedented health crisis, a Buy American policy could even threaten our ability to adequately respond to those in medical need because of the pandemic.

We urge Congress to reject any Buy American policy on medicines. This protectionist proposal has no place in our healthcare system and will upend complex and efficient supply chains, leading to higher prices, threatening access to medicines, and opening the U.S. to retaliatory measures from other countries. Increasing diversity in the supply chain should be encouraged. However, mandating production in America is the wrong way to do this.

Instead, Congress should pass legislation to attract more advanced domestic manufacturing by offering competitive incentives. Offering more incentives would help firms construct advanced manufacturing facilities in the USA and encourage the use of new technologies.

RLC Issues Statement of Support for Amash’s Ending Qualified Immunity Act

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MELBOURNE, FL – The death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minnesota police officer last week is another in a series of horrific examples where unarmed citizens – of all races and ethnicities – have died at the hands of police even after being subdued or while complying with their orders.

While race may play a troubling role in some of these incidents, this pattern of behavior is rooted in a lack of accountability. We believe the doctrine created by the Supreme Court known as “qualified immunity” is a root cause of the rise in police misconduct and incidents like the death of Mr. Floyd.

Under qualified immunity, which began in 1967, police are immune from liability unless the person whose rights they violated can show there is a previous case in the same jurisdiction, involving the exact same facts, in which a court deemed the actions to be a constitutional violation.

This is a perverse and, except in the rarest of cases, unattainable bar. By effectively immunizing police officers from liability, even when their actions are clearly unconstitutional – and in the case of Mr. Floyd, just plain heinous – qualified immunity insulates police from the consequences of violating the rights of the citizens they have sworn to serve.

We support the brave police officers who protect our communities, and we believe action is required to restore the relationship between the police and the citizens. We implore members of the US House and Senate to support the Ending Qualified Immunity Act sponsored by Rep. Justin Amash so we can enact the reforms necessary to prevent tragedies like the cruel and senseless death of George Floyd.

Barbershop in Alabama defies cease & desist order; receives $500 fine

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Joel Edwards, a barber in Mobile, Alabama decided to say “enough is enough” and safely reopened his shop in defiance of the State’s “Stay-at-Home” order.After weeks of being shutdown, he could no longer afford to obey the tyrannical orders.

He and his partners thoroughly sanitized the shop and took appropriate measures to ensure the health and safety of their customers.

And of course, the customers who came in did so voluntarily – they chose to accept whatever risk there may be and patronize Mr. Edward’s business.

So what happened?

The City of Mobile’s Public Safety Director James Barber walked into the store and threatened to arrest Mr. Edwards and charge him with violating the governor’s order… for giving haircuts!

Mr. Edwards was forced with an impossible choice: face economic ruin or go to jail.

That is the same choice countless Americans are faced with right now.

If we don’t act now, we may never recover. That’s why the Republican Liberty Caucus is asking you to do the following:

  • Sign our petition to governors across the country demanding they End the ‘Emergency’ Power Grabs and #ReOpenAmerica.
  • Share this post with other patriots who want to fight this tyranny.
  • Call your elected officials and demand they reopen our country!

Please join us as we fight to #ReOpenAmerica and End the ‘Emergency’ Power Grabs by doing the three things above.

And once you have done those things, please chip in $50 or $25 to the Republican Liberty Caucus so we can mobilize as many patriots as possible to get our country back to work.

Republican Liberty Caucus of Florida Announces Gun Rights Preservation Tour Across Florida

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Bob White

Bob White, Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Florida, has announced a state-wide schedule of “Gun Rights Preservation Forums” to be convened between now and through January, to coincide with the opening month of the Florida legislative session.

The Florida Legislature is considering gun control legislation, such as Universal Background Checks and an expansion of the recently enacted Red Flag Law. Other assaults on the right to keep and bear arms in Florida are coming from organizations like BAWN (Ban Assault Weapons Now) that are collecting signatures to get an amendment to the Florida Constitution on the ballot next November that would ban semi-automatic firearms that they erroneously refer to as “assault weapons”.

“The time is now to push back hard against the Gun Grabbers in Tallahassee and the BAWN (ban assault weapons now) crowd” said White. “We have six of these local forums on the books already with at least six more in the planning stages. Each local forum will have multiple co-sponsors including our local RLC chapters, other local patriot organizations, and local gun shops, ranges and manufacturers. We’re thankful to have Florida Gun Rights as a co-sponsor of the statewide tour.”

The purpose of these forums it to:

  • To push back against the narrative being pushed by the left for more gun control.
  • To make the case for more gun freedom and rolling back the onerous provisions of SB 7026.
  • To communicate the threats emanating from the Florida Senate and the Constitutional Amendment ballot initiative being pushed by BAWN (Ban Assault Weapons Now).
  • To send attendees home with action items and talking points for phone calls and emails to their legislators.

Any statewide gun rights organizations or local patriot groups or other organizations interested in being part of the tour are encouraged to email White directly at rwhite345@hotmail.com.  “Join us and our legislative and legal experts to learn how we can fight back to protect our gun rights”.

Washington State’s first LEO to stand against i1639

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October 12, Washington State’s first LEO to stand against i1639, a broad gun grab, caught Sheriff Mack’s attention. Chief Loren Culp, will receive the Chief of Police of the year award at Sheriff Mack’s CSPOA.org event, ‘Fighting for Liberty and our Constitution’.
Sheriff Bob Songer, Kilickitat County, WA, will receive the Sheriff of the Year award. Sheriff Songer was the first sheriff in WA State to take the same stand, refusing to enforce this egregious attack on our Constitution(s).

RLC of Colorado Planning Legislative Session and Scorecard

The Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado held a charter meeting on September 24th to begin organizing the 2020 Liberty Scorecard.  The RLCCO will be reviewing and rating bills as they make their way through the Colorado State Legislature.  At the end of the 2020 session, the RLCCO will compare their ratings with the votes of each legislator based on the principles of Personal Liberty, Free Markets and Limited Government.  The Liberty Scorecard will be posted in late May.  If you’re interested in helping us rate bills, contact Sue Moore at suemoore303@gmail.com or 303-349-6185. Training is provided. No experience necessary and  this can be done from the comfort of your own home. Help us hold our elected officials accountable.

Liberty Rising – 2019 RLC Florida Convention and Constitution Day Dinner a Huge Success!

Melbourne, Florida – September 14th.  Approximately 60 delegates from around the state came together in Melbourne for the 2019 biennial convention of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Florida. Officers and directors were elected during the business meeting that morning followed by lunch with noted Constitutional writer and lecturer KrisAnne Hall as the speaker. Three panel discussions in the afternoon featured Florida Legislators Anthony Sabatini, David Smith, Byron Donalds and former house member and Agriculture Commissioner candidate Matt Caldwell. Erika Donalds, founder of the School Choice Movement was also a panelist, as were Liberty Lobbyist John Hallman and US Term Limits Executive Director Nick Tomboulides. National Chairman Matt Nye was also a presenter at the convention. Clearly this was the most successful convention ever for the RLC Florida!
Many of the convention delegates joined with 250 local Republicans later that day for the 11th Annual Constitution Day Dinner presented by the Republican Liberty Caucus of Central East Florida. Keynote speakers Byron and Erika Donalds, along with featured guest speaker KrisAnne Hall provided stirring and inspiring remarks to a very receptive audience. Other highlights of the evening included a very successful gun raffle along with the presentation of the Jefferson Cup to Pat and Dave Pasley, and the Chairman’s Leadership Award to John and Barbara Weiler.

Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado Organizes for the 2020 Liberty Scorecard

Encouraged by the positive feedback from the 2019 Liberty Scorecard, the RLC of Colorado will be expanding the number of bills reviewed and compiling more comprehensive results for the 2020 Liberty Scorecard.

The Liberty Scorecard is closely modeled after Principles of Liberty’s State Legislator Ratings from 2011 – 2018.  A committee reviews bills that are going through the State Legislature on a weekly basis, then assigns a “support” or “oppose” rating based on the principles of personal liberty, free markets and limited government.  Ratings are then compared with each legislator’s vote on those bills and results are compiled at the end of the legislative session. Grades are assigned to each member of the Colorado Legislature.

“When Principles of Liberty’s founders Rich & Laurie Bratten moved out of state, they certainly left a void. Other than the Colorado Union of Taxpayers (CUT), no one was measuring how our elected officials were voting on bills based on conservative ideals. While CUT measures fiscal responsibility, the Liberty Scorecard is more comprehensive and measures votes based on the principles of personal liberty, free enterprise and limited government. The Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado was always aligned with POL’s vision, so continuing their work was a natural fit for us,” said RLCCO State Chair Sue Moore.

Organizational meetings will begin in late September.  Dates and locations will be posted to the website rlcco.organd facebook page www.facebook.com/rlcco/.  If you are interested in joining this effort, please contact Sue Moore at 303-349-6185 or suemoore303@gmail.com.

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.”