A couple of weeks ago, the Senate began debating the Marketplace Fairness Act. Today, it is expected the Senate will put the legislation up for a final vote. We urge you to call your Senators and tell them to vote NO on this bill. Click to call your Senators now!
Tea Party Patriots has examined the Act on several occasions in recent weeks, and is opposing passage of the legislation. Yesterday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) outlined why all supporters of free markets and low taxes should oppose this bill. Among other reasons:
Naturally, state and local governments are salivating at the prospect of getting a purported $23 billion in new revenue from the private economy. Especially when the out-of-state consumers paying those taxes and the out-of-state businesses owners who collect them can’t vote them out of office.
Last but not least, this bill doesn’t pass constitutional muster. The MFA overturns the fundamental idea that states’ taxing authority ends at their borders. The Supreme Court has said that an out-of-state business could subject itself to a state’s taxing power if due-process concerns are satisfied, namely that the business purposefully targets its activities in that state. But because pure Internet sales by their nature don’t target any one state, this legislation presents a serious constitutional problem.
In addition to the Senator’s reasons cited above, the bill would make bad law because it would be a bureaucratic nightmare. Again, from the Senator:
Senators who vote for it are voting to impose audits, compliance costs, lost wages, and inefficiency on small businesses in every state. And they are potentially crippling an engine of new job creation at a time of economic struggle. This bill will not create jobs; it will not create new opportunities; and it will not create the economic growth our country needs and our people deserve.
This bill would make for extremely bad law. It’s time to put the quash to it today, and not risk its passage in the House. Tell your Senators to vote NO on the Marketplace Fairness Act.
APRIL 26. 2013: North Carolina: Critical Right-to-Carry Reform Bill Advances to House Floor
Contact your state Representative in support of House Bill 937!
Yesterday, the NC House Judiciary Subcommittee A passed House Bill 937 on a voice vote, after first making a number of improvements that made this pro-gun bill even stronger. This legislation seeks to make a number of important pro-gun reforms including, but not limited to:
• Allowing Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) holders to lawfully carry their personal protection firearm into a restaurant that serves alcohol.
• Removing the prohibition on CHP holders from carrying into a place where tickets are sold for admission and would fix the problem of anti-gun localities overstepping their authority regarding restricting CHP holders from carrying firearms into locally controlled parks.
• Addressing some issues regarding firearms in a vehicle, as well as certain firearm issues on campus grounds.
In addition, this subcommittee added language that would bring North Carolina in compliance with the requirements set forth in the federal NICS Improvement Amendments Act (NIAA) of 2007. This legislation does not expand or create new categories of prohibited persons. MORE INFO!
APRIL 22, 2013: ACTION REQUEST--PHOTO VOTER IDENTIFICATION ACT TODAY!
If you concur with those talking points, please help the cause by taking these specific action steps before 1 PM Tuesday if at all possible.
1. Call Speaker Thom Tillis at 919-733-3451 AND send email to Thom.Tillis@ncleg.net
2. Call and email your local Representative. (They say that 20 calls to a local Rep from his/her local constituents can rattle their cage. We need them so concerned that they will go to Tillis and ask for amendments.
3. Forward this to as many like-minded friends as you can by early Tuesday, 4/23. We need calls and emails to be received Monday afternoon and evening and Tuesday all day (preferably before the House meets at 1 PM).
TALKING POINTS - READ BEFORE CALLING OR CONTACTING REPRESENTATIVES!
The problem with using expired licenses is discussed in detail in the document that follows these points:
1. Homeland Security regulations require an unexpired ID for financial transactions and for air travel. The ballot box deserves the same level of security.
2. Proof of US citizenship is required for all NCDLs issued after February 2006, but any license that expired before then and was not renewed is probably tied to an undocumented alien who has no right to vote in this country. The law should prevent that type of voter. This law would encourage them to return to NC and to vote.
3. While we could support expired licenses for elderly people who never intend to drive again, granting the same exception to every person invites fraud.
4. A simple solution would be to eliminate all forms of ID other than an unexpired NCDMV product, a US passport or a military ID card and let all other voters file an affidavit with a biometric (photo or fingerprint) just as larger banks already require.
5. Could we at least set a standard as high as that of Mexico and every other developed nation when it comes to "real" voter ID?
6. House Leadership is out of touch with the voters if they are not willing to fix this bill.
Thanks again for supporting this vital issue. Other than our 2nd Amendment rights, we cannot think of anything more fundamental to our state's freedom, so the time to apply pressure is upon us.
=========================This is an important message from Jay DeLancy, the head of Voter Integrity Project of North Carolina.
Thank you for your continued support and encouragement of this issue, that is so near and dear to our organization.
By now, you've probably heard news that the NC House is on the verge of passing a voter ID bill (HB 589), but we've been watching the bill and it has severe problems that need the right kind of pressure on Legislators in order to motivate corrective behavior. For example, the current voter ID bill has provisions that will facilitate fraudulent voting in two major ways.
We first need to have our State House amend the legislation to deny use of expired NCDMV products of any ID cards produced beyond DMV or the Federal government.
Specifically, the law says:
"§ 163-166.13. (e) As used in this section, "photo identification" means any of the following that contain a photograph of the registered voter:
(1) An identification card that bears either a date of expiration or a date of issuance and that is not more than 10 years beyond the date of expiration or issuance, whichever is later, issued by a branch, department, agency, or entity of the United States, this State, or any other state, such as any of the following:
a. A North Carolina drivers license issued under Article 2 of Chapter 20 of the General Statutes, including a learner's permit or a provisional license.
b. A special identification card for nonoperators issued under G.S. 20-37.7."
c. A United States passport.
d. An employee identification card.
e. A United States military identification card.
f. An identification card issued by The University of North Carolina or its constituent institutions.
g. An identification card issued by a North Carolina community college.
h. An identification card issued to a fireman, EMS, hospital employee, or law enforcement officer.
i. An identification card issued by a unit of local government, public authority, or special district, all as defined in G.S.159-7.
j. An identification card issued for a government program of public assistance.
Jay N. DeLancy, LtCol, USAF (Ret)
Voter Integrity Project of NC
VIP-NC is a trans-partisan, volunteer organization that works for "free and fair elections" by bringing more transparency to the process in order to ensure that no voters are disenfranchised. The group uses database analysis to detect irregularities in the voting records that could suggest patterns of fraud. Their research has included embarrassing the NC State Board of Elections with a discovery of almost 30,000 deceased persons still on the voter rolls; more than a hundred people who voted in the 2008 election and then later proved to the Wake County Clerk of Courts that they were not US citizens; and (most recently) 33 people who appeared to have voted in both Florida and NC for the 2012 November election-five of whom were identified by election officials for prosecution.
MORE CONTACT INFO:
Governor Pat McCrory, (919) 733-4240, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lt. Governor Dan Forest, (980)-395-5184, Dan@DanForest.com
House Speaker Pro Tem Paul "Skip" Stam, (919) 733-2962, Paul.Stam@ncleg.net
House Speaker Thom Tillis, (919) 733-3451, Thom.Tillis@ncleg.net
NC Rep. John Bell, Dist. 10, (919-715-3017) email@example.com
NC Rep. Michael Speciale, Dist. 3, (919) 733-5853 firstname.lastname@example.org
and his Legal Assistant, Hazel Speciale, email@example.com
NC Rep. Susan Martin, (919) 733-3023, Susan.Martin@ncleg.net
NC Rep.Brian Brown, (919) 733-5757, Brian.Brown@ncleg.net
NC Senator Norman Sanderson, (919) 733-5706, Norman.Sanderson@ncleg.net
NC Senator Bill Cook, (919) 715-8293, Bill.Cook@ncleg.net
NC Senator Don Davis (D), (919) 715-8363, Don.Davis@ncleg.net
NC Senator Louis Pate, (919) 733 - 5621, Louis.Pate@ncleg.net
Senate Majority Leader Phil Berger, (919) 733-5708, Phil.Berger@ncleg.net