Cassie Carvajal

Tickets and auto insurance rates: what’s fact or fiction regarding moving violations

From Huffington Post: “The difference [in premium increases] between states is driven largely by difference in regulatory environments between states,” says Eli Lehrer, insurance expert and president of the …

GOP leaders on flood insurance bill see bipartisan measure

From Roll Call: But NFIP policyholders are those who must get flood insurance because they live in a flood plain and face at least a 1 percent annual chance …

Controversial consumer protection bill is abandoned by sponsor

From Northern California Record: Thomas Struble, the tech policy manager for the D.C.–based R Street Institute, told the Northern California Record that despite any potential shortcomings, the bill has …

US House panel contemplates private insurance to help control NFIP costs

From BestWire: "Shifting flood insurance to the private sector would mean bringing powerful catastrophe models to bear to create more accurately priced property values and risks," said R.J. Lehmann, …

Throwdown Thursday: Comey’s legacy day — Trump leaves hole in schedule during hearing — The RNC’s talking points and ‘suggested tweets’ for today’s big event — spotted at Trump Int’l hotel — B’day: Barbara Bush

From Politico: THE INNOVATION ISSUE: In a month long Special Report, POLITICO’s The Agenda takes a deep look at the surprising new politics of innovation, and ideas for how …

Small beer makers say bill creates “extortion fee” as they seek Abbott’s veto

From Texas Tribune: “There’s definitely a disconnect between how Texas views itself as a free-market state and some of these alcohol regulations that basically turn distributors into rent collectors,” …

Supreme Court upholds consumer rights in printer toner case

From Bigger Law Firm: Public Knowledge filed an amicus brief together with Electronic Frontier Foundation, R Street Institute, the AARP Foundation and Mozilla, arguing that a long tradition of …

Growing cadre of lawmakers want to sunset FISA

From Personal Liberty: Arthur Rizer, a national security director at the R Street Institute, a libertarian-leaning conservative think tank, said the mood on Capitol Hill “has shifted dramatically,” especially …

Report: taxpayer-funded broadband a resounding failure

From The American Spectator: That’s a point echoed by Tom Struble, tech policy manager for R-Street Institute. He said his home internet clocks in at 150 megabits per second …

Republicans worried about leaks consider cutting back surveillance authority

From The Tribune: Arthur Rizer, a national security director at the R Street Institute, a libertarian-leaning conservative think tank, said the mood on Capitol Hill “has shifted dramatically,” especially …

What are memes – and how do they get kids in trouble?

From USA Today: By 1994, online observer and lawyer Mike Godwin wrote in Wired magazine about the ways the Internet was especially conducive to spreading these viral ideas. Godwin …

Closure of baseload power plants does not equal less reliable grid, study says

From SNL Energy: The reliability of the electric grid will not necessarily suffer with the increasing retirements of traditional baseload power plants, according to a new policy study from …

Flood insurance reform: a taxpayer’s perspective

Rayburn HOB

Constitutional conventions are still a terrible idea

From Bloomberg: C. Jarrett Dieterle on a new paper by Matt Glassman explaining why Congress is failing to hold its own in the fight of separated institutions sharing powers. …

No free market in Maryland crab picking

From The Washington Examiner: Alan Smith for the R Street Institute: Purdue University President Mitch Daniels has accomplished a number of significant milestones, including a six-year tuition freeze. There …

Why California should re-think the e-cigarette flavour ban

From Vaping Post: In an article published yesterday on The Hill, Harm Reduction Policy Director of nonprofit R Street Institute and former drug-abuse researcher at the University of Minnesota …

COMMENTARY: Why a border adjustment tax could cost Texans

From The Monitor: A new report from the Texas Public Policy Foundation and the R Street Institute helps illustrate how BAT may negatively affect consumers, especially in Texas. According …

Conservatives supporting Elizabeth Warren?

From The Daily Caller: I was surprised to see two free-market think tanks come out in support of the “Over The Counter Hearing Aid Act.” The Niskanen Center and …

Republican ‘climate caucus’ offered little support for Paris deal

From Climate Change News: Most Republicans “don’t think this is a top priority,” Catrina Rorke, senior energy policy fellow with free-market think tank R Street Institute, said of the …

The Right shouldn’t let the Left’s hysteria keep us from stewarding nature

From The Federalist: The R Street Institute has already sought to promote such an attitude to environmental policy, suggesting ways in which we can encourage the free market to …

Sempra backtracks on VP’s “100 percent renewable” comments

From inewsource: Devin Hartman, electric policy manager at the free market R Street Institute, said California frequently has to ratchet back on solar entering the system, effectively wasting that …

Research & commentary: The return of the Marketplace Fairness Act

From The Heartland Institute: Critics argue the proposal has not improved over time. “This was a bad bill in the last Congress and it’s still a bad bill now,” …

Why I can’t take a shine to moonshine

From Wine Enthusiast: “Much of the current demand for legally produced moonshine has been filled by small distilleries, who are often new to the booze business,” says Kevin Kosar …

Re:Create Recap – June 1, 2017

From Re:Create: Op-Ed: Register Of Copyrights Act Is A “Feeble” Attempt To Modernize The Copyright Office. In a recent op-ed published in Techdirt, R Street’s Sasha Moss explained how …

Trump quitting Paris climate deal is about ideology, not business

From The Huffington Post: “I see this as mostly an exercise in honesty,” said Josiah Neeley, director of energy policy at the conservative think tank R Street Institute. “It …

Making this dysfunctional Congress work

NYU Skirball Center

Border tax could decrease supply of international reinsurance capital

From Reinsurance News: Think tank R Street Institute scholars analysed the impact that a decrease in the supply of international reinsurance would have on property insurance premiums, highlighting the …

R Street: ‘No credible … evidence’ renewables threaten grid

From ClimateWire: Recent criticism that a surge in renewable and distributed energy threatens U.S. baseload power and grid performance is shortsighted and fails to account for the dynamics of …

The conservative case for sweeping criminal justice reform

From 90.5 WESA: This week on 90.5 WESA’s Criminal Injustice podcast, host and University of Pittsburgh law professor David Harris talks to R Street policy director Arthur Rizer, who …

H. Rept. 115-142 – Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2017

From the House Judiciary Committee: As referenced in a letter sent to members of the Judiciary Committee, "studies found that, regardless of the severity of the sex offense, 97 …

Gianforte gets the win in Mont. — Meet Dems’ new hell-no caucus — Senate GOP gets gloomy over Obamacare repeal — Trump gets first lower-court judicial nod

From Politico: Casey Burgat’s last day as a Congressional Research Service analyst is today. He is moving to the R Street Institute to work on its Legislative Branch Capacity …

Harambe one year on: How the gorilla became an internet meme

From The Independent: Johnson is Professor of Law and Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law at Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa, and has made a …

Crime and punishment roundup

From Overlawyered: Citation nation: abuse of fees and fines erodes legitimacy and accountability in local government [C. Jarrett Dieterle, City Journal] …

President Trump should encourage growth by cutting government

From Investor's Business Daily: As an example of the cost of the BAT, the Texas Public Policy Foundation and the R Street Institute commissioned a study that found the BAT could …

Can we discard ‘exploitative capitalism’ for a ‘regenerative economy’?

From Inside Sources: “Alternatives have emerged in recent years that allow some businesses to access capital through nontraditional means, such as new Internet-based platforms that match those seeking capital …

Podcast: Important Changes For Farm Subsidies, Working Families, And Education

From The Federalist: On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Lori Sanders, associate vice president of federal affairs at the R Street Institute, joins Gracy Olmstead, associate managing …

Trump’s BLM Budget Proposal Signals An ‘American Energy Renaissance’

From The Daily Caller: In large part, the cuts are made to functions of the agency related to protection of federal land and conservation of resources, Lori Sanders told …

Godwin’s Law in the age of Trump: the conversation starts with Nazis

From Vice: Mike Godwin compares his internet adage to gravity: Just because you want to change it doesn't mean you can. "Godwin's Law,"—as he called it way back in …

Acceptable in Amsterdam

From Philosophy Now: Since we’re discussing intolerable evil, it’s inevitable that Godwin’s Law will apply and the Nazis will appear (Mike Godwin claims that the probability of this approaches …

Trump attacked the Paris accord as the worst kind of globalism — can he walk it back?

From the LA Times: “Even if you don’t like the accord’s implications, it has very few teeth,” said Eli Lehrer, president of the R Street Institute, a right-leaning energy …

Future Tense Newsletter: Expect more massive cyberattacks

From Slate: Shift on neutral: Despite plans to roll back Obama-era regulations, Mike Godwin and Tom Struble argue that the FCC’s new approach to net neutrality doesn’t necessarily mean …

Health departments lobbying against e-cigs are robbing taxpayers, harming public health

From Inside Sources: Legislation has recently been introduced to amend FDA’s deeming regulations to exclude e-cigarettes, and it has bipartisan support in Congress and support from many public policy …

Does Congress have the capacity it needs to conduct oversight?

Envisioned by the founders as the "first" branch of government, Congress has the responsibility of overseeing and managing the other two arms of our constitutional system. And yet, …

Lack of transparency in public contract negotiations would lead to higher taxpayer costs

From Fox & Hounds: Seven years ago, Steven Greenhut, then director of the Pacific Research Institute’s journalism center, wrote a book entitled “Plunder! How Public Employ Unions Are Raiding …

North Dakota enacts online sales tax as it awaits Supreme Court ruling

From The Heartland Institute: Andrew Moylan, executive director and senior fellow of the R Street Institute, says the fight over Quill is not about fairness between online and physical …

Guest editorial: Jerry Brown thinks you are a freeloader

From Orange County Breeze: When speaking to the OC Register regarding opponents of his massive tax hike, Brown said, “the freeloaders — I’ve had enough of them”. The entire insulting …

How would corporate tax reform benefit workers?

From Forbes: However, in the debate over the current tax reform, few people have discussed the impact that a lower corporate tax rate would have on the labor market. …

How to break the political logjam on climate change

From GreenBiz: Catrina Rorke of R Street Institute said, "For years, the tax reform debate has been stymied by disagreement over how to raise revenue and how much revenue …

Alex Pollock moderates: Is it time to reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act?

American Enterprise Institute, Auditorium

Other important developments

From Communications Daily: “This bill would increase privacy protections above the current status quo,” said R Street Policy Institute analyst Tom Struble, citing its elevation of web browsing data …

Taking politics out of climate change

From NOVA Next: Many liberals haven’t recognized the importance of getting conservatives on board, says Josiah Neeley, energy policy director for R Street Institute, a nonpartisan think tank that …

Moonbeams, unicorns, and voluntary taxes

From The American Spectator: Regarding criticism of California’s new $52 billion tax hike, Brown said, “The freeloaders — I’ve had enough of them. They have a president that doesn’t …

Moonshine: A Global History

From Distillery Age: “Despite its reputation as a product of ramshackle stills hidden away in the Appalachian Mountains, moonshine has a long and storied global history,” Kosar writes. “No …

Using houses as ATMs helped cause the crash

From The Washington Examiner: No red scare Ian Adams for the R Street Institute: The Cold War ended decades ago, but vestiges of the conflict still surround us. In the …

Addiction advocates blast Trump’s inaction on combating epidemic as ‘an absolute betrayal’

From The Daily Caller: “It was promising to hear President Trump talk about his commitment to the opioid epidemic during the campaign, and we certainly expect him to follow …

Death & taxes: what effect could President Trump’s proposed elimination of the federal estate tax have on state-level estate taxes?

From Bloomberg BNA: But this bill has not been without opposition. Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, called the proposed legislation “‘[a] foolish, unnecessary tax’” and …

Science explained: viral memes for Boar reading teens

From The Boar: Mike Godwin first coined the ‘internet meme’ in 1994 to characterise the rapid spread of ideas online. He noticed unpopular posters on online forums were often …

As Trump cabinet stumps for coal, expert ponders fuel diversity, reliability

From SNL Energy: A new report from a free-market think tank suggests that Pruitt and Perry's emphasis on fuel diversity as a reliability guarantee is misguided. "Fuel diversity is not …

Trade groups worry over reimbursement cap in NFIP draft bill

From BestWire: And, the draft measure would require the use of reinsurance, catastrophe bonds, collateralized reinsurance, resilience bonds or alternatives to diversify risk. Implementing broader reinsurance strategies is a …

Is fuel diversity a false god?

From Power Mag: The paper by Devin Hartman, formerly an economic analyst at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and staffer at the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, notes that policymakers …

Broadband Consultant Double-Dipping In Taxpayer Money

From The Daily Caller: Tom Struble, technology policy manager at the free-market oriented R Street Institute in Washington, D.C., told TPAF that he doesn’t think the practice of hiring …

Corporate America leads clean energy push in coal-reliant Mo.

From E&E News: Among the group who traveled to Missouri to lobby for Kidd's bill this spring was Josiah Neeley, a senior fellow at the right-leaning R Street Institute, …

Does Congress have the capacity it needs to conduct oversight?

Dirksen Senate Office Building – Room SD-106

PragerU Video: What’s Wrong With E-Cigarettes?

From The Daily Wire: The R Street Institute's Caroline Kitchens explains in PragerU's latest video that those who are opposed to e-cigarettes draw a false equivalency between them and tobacco cigarettes. …

Sacramento Meet and Greet

Il Fornaio

R Street hosts Justice for Work coalition panel

The R Street Institute hosted an April 17 launch party for the Justice for Work Coalition. Justice for Work is a coalition of organizations spanning the ideological spectrum …

Energy, security and climate solutions: moral, military and business perspectives

Hart Senate Office Building – Room 902 Washington, DC

Seizing today: the present and future impact of autonomous vehicles on the insurance industry

As Washington cracks down on e-cigarettes, a new study is showing their health benefit

From CNBC: "As a harm-reduction tool, e-cigarettes should be available, even promoted, to current smokers as an alternative to traditional cigarettes," said Carrie Wade in an opinion piece published …

The history of moonshine distilled

From The Free Beacon: So who on earth would drink this stuff? As Kevin Kosar writes in Moonshine: A Global History, it turns out lots of people do and …

Puerto Rican bankruptcy: better late than never

From The Hill: Alex Pollock, a former colleague of mine, never tires of repeating his dictum that if a debt cannot be repaid, it will not be repaid. Wednesday's …

Kevin Kosar on Fox 5 DC ‘On The Hill’

Vice president of policy at the R Street Institute Kevin Kosar appeared on Fox 5 DC's "On The Hill" to discuss President Donald Trump's first 100 days in …

Kosar testifies to House Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee on CRS reports

On May 3, 2017, R Street's vice president of policy Kevin Kosar testifies before the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee in support of making Congressional Research Service reports available …

United States: House Financial Services Committee holds hearing on the Financial CHOICE Act Of 2017

In Mondaq: The Committee heard testimony from the following witnesses: Mr. Peter J. Wallison, Senior Fellow and Arthur F. Burns Fellow, Financial Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute Dr. Norbert …

Buckle up, it’s a health care vote

From Politico: R Street Institute: A border adjustment would cause real problems for Louisiana. …

Trump administration approves delay in FDA e-cigs guidelines

From Winston-Salem Journal: Brad Rodu, a professor of medicine at the University of Louisville and an anti-smoking advocate, said the announcement “has been falsely portrayed as a public health …

GOP poised to pass health care bill … What insiders have learned from the process — Tuesday Group might oust leader over deal — Lewandowski inks CITGO contract — B’day: Polson Kanneth

From Politico: SPOTTED last night at an evening tech expo at Entertainment Software Association headquarters featuring demos of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mixed Reality products from industry leaders: …

New call for public access to Secret Congressional Reports

From Roll Call: “Why keep CRS reports officially unavailable to the public, yet easily findable to folks within the Beltway who are in the know?” said Kevin Kosar, a …

Rod Dreher’s monastic vision

From The New Yorker: “Everybody’s feeling a bit of a spiritual earthquake,” Jonathan Coppage, a onetime colleague of Dreher’s at The American Conservative, said. “He’s a seeker. He’s a …

Letter to Congress: Support the AFFIRM Act’s sensible taxpayer protections

Dear Member of Congress, On behalf of the millions of Americans represented by the undersigned organizations, we encourage you to support the recently reintroduced bipartisan Assisting Family Farmers through …

NetGain, criminal justice, and Maura Marx

From District Dispatch: In a rather different substantive direction, I also attended the launch of a new initiative on justice, work and opportunity by the R Street Institute here …

José Carrión III encabeza hoy un foro en grupo de estudio conservador

From El Nuevo Dia: Otros panelistas son Antonio Weiss, ex consejero del secretario del Tesoro y uno de los arquitectos desde el Ejecutivo federal de la ley PROMESA; el …

Think there aren’t qualified women in tech? Here are 1,000 names. No more excuses.

From Mic: Sasha Moss -  Technology policy manager, R Street Institute …

Pai rallies conservative forces for net neutrality fight

From Politico Pro: The chairman hired Nathan Leamer in March from R Street Institute to work as a policy adviser and help with outreach to conservatives. Leamer is working …

People in the news

From Communications Daily: R Street Institute retains Tom Struble, ex-TechFreedom, as technology policy manager …

There is a conservative approach to climate change

From Huffington Post: The free-market think tank R Street advocates for a tax swap that sets a fee on emissions in exchange for cutting taxes in other areas. R Street …

The net neutrality debate chugs on

From Politico: TRANSITIONS — Brian Hart, Sen. Roy Blunt’s communications director, is now FCC's director of the Office of Media Relations. … Julie Brill, a former FTC commissioner, is …

Eli Lehrer at the New American Jobs Summit

Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill

Pending hail legislation has Texas insurance industry on edge

From Claims Journal: According to The R Street Institute’s Southwest Region Director Josiah Neeley, the legislation will preserve the right of a homeowner to sue while removing incentives for …

Corporate Law: California and Van Gorkom [Smith v. Van Gorkom]

From National Law Review: Professor Stephen Bainbridge has called it “one of the most important corporate law decisions of the 20th century” and Bernard Sharfman has described it as ” possibly …

Glennon: How about an Illinois march for math?

From Illinois News Network: The impact of ignoring math won’t mean that planet Earth dissolves in a giant fireball, as some global-warming activists claim, but it will mean that …

Discussion: Puerto Rico’s ongoing economic crisis

American Enterprise Institute

Retailers gather in Washington to save debit reform

From National Association of Convenience Stores: The Financial Service Committee’s hearing examined Chairman Jeb Hensarling’s (R-TX) legislation, the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017. Witnesses included: Mr. Peter J. Wallison, …

House panel turns to Dodd-Frank repeal; enactment seen unlikely

From Congressional Quarterly News: Alex Pollock, senior fellow at the free market think tank R Street Institute, who supports Hensarling's bill and says that banks that don't raise their …

House Committee sets hearing on revised Financial CHOICE Act

From ACA International: Witnesses for the hearing include: John Allison, former president and CEO, Cato Institute Norbert J. Michel, senior research fellow, Financial Regulations and Monetary Policy Institute for …

Today’s events in Washington

From Bulletin News Network: 10:00 AM House Financial Services Committee hearing on the Financial CHOICE Act - Hearing on 'A Legislative Proposal to Create Hope and Opportunity for Investors, …

Florida House advances bill targeting claims abuse, but Senate battle looms

From Insurance Journal: R Street, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization, also encouraged the Florida Senate to act and spoke in favor of the House bill. “This is a …

Trump pitches plan to cut taxes for corporations, individuals

From Las Vegas Review-Journal: “It’s one page. It has about as much detail as you can get in one page,” said Eli Lehrer of the free market think tank …

Democrats bid to slow Dodd-Frank reform

From Financial Regulation News: Also testifying in favor of the bill were Hester Peirce, senior research fellow at the conservative Mercatus Center at George Mason University; and Alex Pollock, …

Witnesses announced for April 26 House CHOICE Act hearing

From JD Supra: The House Financial Services Committee has released the witness list for the hearing it will hold this Wednesday, April 26, 2017, to discuss the Financial CHOICE …

‘CHOICE Act’ mark-up eyed May 2

From National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions: As released last week, the revised "CHOICE Act" retains language sought by NAFCU to repeal the Durbin interchange amendment. It would also …

Trump’s corporate tax cut: a supply-side shot in the arm

From Investor's Business Daily: A study last year by The R Street Institute noted that "some studies suggest that as much as three-fourths of direct corporate income-tax costs are …

Financial CHOICE Act will result in economic growth, end bailouts

From Congressional Documents and Publications: "The most classic and still most important power of the legislature is the power of the purse. The CHOICE Act accordingly puts all the …

Trump-connected firm signs Gülenist group

From Politico: The R Street Institute has added Clark Packard as outreach manager. He was previously counsel and government affairs manager for the National Taxpayers Union. …

California’s proposed automated vehicle regulations under fire

From the Competitive Enterprise Institute: Today, the California Department of Motor Vehicles held a hearing on its proposed rules that would govern automated vehicle testing and public deployment in …

House Financial Services Committee – CHOICE Act Hearing

Rayburn HOB

Den totalen Godwin is bereikt

From Vrij Nederland: Door overmatig en veelvuldig onterecht gebruik heeft de wet van Godwin zijn waarde verloren. Het enige dat we nog kunnen doen is ‘bakkeleien over wie er hitlerder …

House Financial Services Committee hearing on the Financial CHOICE Act

From AP Planner: Hearing on 'A Legislative Proposal to Create Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers, and Entrepreneurs', with testimony from former Cato Institute President and CEO John Allison; …

House Financial Services Committee – hearing

From DC Daybook - Policy News & Events: WITNESSES: John Allison, former president and CEO of the Cato Institute; Norbert Michel, senior research fellow in the Heritage Foundation's Financial Regulations …

Coalition to Congress: Don’t let cotton producers preempt the farm bill

Dear Representative/Senator, On behalf of the millions of Americans represented by the undersigned organizations, we write urging you to oppose efforts to hijack the fiscal year 2017 appropriations process …

13 groups support Cole-Bishop Amendment to Tobacco Control Act

To the Members of the United States Congress: We, the undersigned organizations, urge you to provide regulatory relief from the Food and Drug Administration’s May 2016 “Deeming Rule” as …

Trump’s OIRA-nominee has questioned foundations of administrative state

From Inside U.S. Trade: Rao has advocated for policies similar to Trump's so called two-for-one executive order, namely a move toward regulatory budgeting, which the conservative R Street Institute defines …

Alex J. Pollock starts fourteenth year as CME Group Director 21 April 2017

From NewsBites Finance: Mr. Pollock has served as a member of our board since 2004. Mr. Pollock has served as the Distinguished Senior Fellow and Director of Financial Systems …

Those were the days… When was America ‘great’? And who has Steve Bannon reincarnated?

From the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies: Have you heard of “Godwin’s Law?” It asserts that: “If an online discussion (regardless of topic) goes on long enough, sooner …

Hitler geht immer

From Norddeutsche Neueste Nachrichten: Mike Godwin, ein 1956 geborener Amerikaner, der als Sachbuchautor und Anwalt tätig ist, stellte vor gut einem Vierteljahrhundert folgendes fest: „Mit zunehmender Länge einer Online-Diskussion nähert …

Texas House OKs raising to 18 Texas’ age for adult offenders

From Alive for Football: A major sticking point was fingerprint-based background checks required at the local level. This is about 27 plus million people of Texas and improving and …

Survey shows Texas voters in favor of criminal justice reform policies

From Marketwired: The Texas Smart-On-Crime Coalition is the largest statewide effort working to make Texas' criminal justice system smarter, safer, and more cost effective. The Coalition brings together businesses, …

Winning! Trump, GOP Congress are 0-4 on major campaign pledges

From Talking Points Memo: Trump’s other move on this front was an executive order requiring that two regulations be cut for every new one put forth. One regulatory expert cautioned that while that …

Two doctors on a mission to set the record straight about smokeless tobacco and its impact on public safety.

From The Huffington Post: Now Dr. Rodu and Dr. Nitzkin are trying to influence the public about Tobacco use by setting the record straight. Dr. Brad Rodu, who has …

Does Congress have the capacity it needs in foreign affairs?

The Constitution assigns Congress the power to declare war, fund the military, approve treaties and regulate commerce with other nations. Yet, over the past century, presidents have taken …

The pitched battle over Airbnb regulation intensifies

From Economics21: According to an analysis from the R Street Institute, 32 of the 59 cities in their sample imposed some form of restriction on short-term rentals. Regulations in Atlanta, Denver …

Panel: Automated Vehicles Policy Series

American Institute of Architects

CDC study confirms that most smokers turn to vaping to quit

From Vaping Post: Professor of medicine at the University of Louisville and renowned anti-smoking advocate, Brad Rodu said, “The CDC has finally acknowledged the popularity of vaping. This study …

Carbon taxes gain conservative followers

From Bloomberg: Conservative climate activists say the city’s government-imposed solution is wrong and that the market-based forces of a carbon tax are more efficient in reducing greenhouse emissions. “The …

The lobbyists who gave to the transition

From Politico: SPOTTED: At Glen Echo Group’s fundraiser for Techdirt on Tuesday evening, according to two PI tipsters: Mike Masnick, Techdirt’s founder; Josh Lamel of BGR Group; Laurent Crenshaw …

Fla Insider Poll: Sen. Artiles should resign or be booted from office

From Tampa Bay Times: We allow Florida Insider Poll participants to comment and vote anonymously to encourage sincere answers from people who don't want to antagonize a client or …

Trump administration should be wary of shifting carbon tax pitch

From Canada Free Press: An op-ed in The Hill from the R Street Institute showcases yet again the shifting goal posts in the carbon tax debate. Before Donald Trump …

Why ‘Moonshine’? Kevin Kosar explains

From The American Spectator: The American Spectator’s Great American Saloons & Spirits columnist Kevin Kosar just published a book about Moonshine for the Edible Series. For spirits aficionados, history …

CalExit secession movement dies the way it lived: stupidly

From Reason: Steven Greenhut wrote just last week that efforts to break up California probably aren't going to be going away anytime soon. And one of the leaders of …

Ron and Rand Paul: Now is the time to pass Audit the Fed

From Rare: In December, Alex J. Pollock, former CEO and president of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, estimated the Fed would fail if subjected to “a simple …

TAC and R Street Talk Energy on the Hill Tomorrow

From The American Conservative: Tomorrow at noon, the R Street Institute will host an event titled “Energy and Environmental Reform: Conservative Perspectives for the Trump Administration” in the Rayburn House …

S-3 Public Affairs adds Barrasso aide

From Politico: The Glen Echo Group is hosting a fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. today. for Techdirt to support the blog in its fight against a lawsuit. Among the hosts: …

CDC report shows more smokers try to quit with e-cigs than nicotine replacement products

From Winston-Salem Journal: “The CDC has finally acknowledged the popularity of vaping,” said Brad Rodu, a professor of medicine at the University of Louisville and an anti-smoking advocate. “This study …

Amid vehicle GHG debate, groups float ‘clean tax cuts’ as alternative

From InsideEPA/Climate: One proponent of CTCs for light-duty vehicles is the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank that supports steps to reduce GHGs. In a March white paper, the …

Five reasons Trump is right to cut NPR, PBS

From Breitbart: It has superb shows, such as Downton Abbey, Sherlock and Frontline. But as Sesame Street’s defection demonstrated, most of these programs could easily find a place on …

Delaware bill raises questions about auto insurance costs

From Auto Credit Express: There were also those who were opposed to House Bill 80, including Ian Adams of the R Street Institute and Eric Goldberg, the Vice President …

Moonshine: A Global History review: Drink up before your head explodes

From The Irish Times: Kosar, an authority on booze and a director of alcohol policy at the R Street Institute in Washington, DC, discusses this aspect of his subject …

Stakeholders urge caution on metrics language in NIST cybersecurity framework update

From Communications Daily: The R Street Institute urged NIST to address cyber insurance in v1.1 and consider further work on the topic in future framework updates. Cyber insurance is "an important …

Can we say the F word yet? On fascism and humor

From Pop Matters: American attorney Mike Godwin contemplated our predilection for going for the rhetorical jugular when introducing us to Godwin’s Law in 1990. His assertion was that at …

American lethargy

From The American Conservative: The welfare state is another potential culprit to which Cowen devotes little attention. Might it be encouraging complacency? Eli Lehrer and Lori Sanders of the …

Keller @ Large: Why Hitler comparisons don’t work

From CBS Boston: There’s even a dictionary term for when Hitler is invoked during online political debate, Godwin’s law, created by an attorney named Mike Godwin who observed “as …

Criticism of Reclaim New York is an attempt to silence it

From Syracuse.com: Some may not like their message and may think everything is fine in our communities. The high taxes, people leaving and trail of corrupt politicians we read about suggest otherwise. People are entitled to their …

Conservative groups say it’s time for farmers to compete in marketplace

From Farm Futures: The 15 groups sent a letter to Capitol Hill on April 12, 2017, outlining their priorities for the next farm bill and pledging to be active …

Social media discourse fails to produce substantive results

From The Wellesley News: People, wrapped up in their intellectual egos, use turns of phrase reserved for the most emotional situations because subtlety has virtually gone out the window. …

Let the public be heard at meetings

From The Orange County Register: “Let’s say I want to address a specific agenda item that affects my property — maybe a road development project. Under the rules, I …

Sean Spicer’s Hitler flub proves Godwin’s Law is true even offline

From Big Think: Mike Godwin, an attorney and an author who came up with this idea in 1990, is a pioneer of Internet law who worked with Wikimedia and …

Stop the presses!

From Personal Liberty: The mass media confirms “Godwin’s law.” Coined by U.S. attorney Mike Godwin in 1990, it states: “If an online discussion (regardless of topic or scope) goes …

Hiking the gas tax drives out growth

From The Patriot Post: There’s simply no excuse for this. California’s newest $5 billion taxpayer siphon could easily have been negated had the state tried to retain the one …

Accessory dwelling units: a flexible, free-market housing solution

From Strong Towns: The R Street Institute (a public policy research organization) recently released a policy study about accessory dwelling units which is worth a read, especially if you're …

Revenue stream is no excuse for citation abuse

From The Patriot Post: For many municipalities, tickets and fines make up an alarming percentage of revenue — up to 90% in some instances. That’s the startling finding by …

Energy credits under microscope as Congress mulls tax reform

From Generation Markets Week: Last, R Street Institute's electricity policy manager Devin Hartman advocated a "full expensing approach to capital cost recovery," which he said would lead to improved growth and …

What’s next in the internet privacy fight

From National Journal: But this state of af­fairs may not last for long. Con­gres­sion­al Re­pub­lic­ans say they’re work­ing to amend FTC’s charter to bridge the reg­u­lat­ory gap between it …

Texas House Insurance Committee advances hailstorm lawsuit bill

From SE Texas Record: Companies and organizations supporting SB 10 and HB 1774 include: AGC Texas Building Branch Associated Builders and Contractors of Houston Bay Area Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse Bill Miller Bar-B-Q Boggus …

GOP climate rebels emerge from the shadows

From Climate Home: That the Republicans signed the resolution so publicly showed the fledgling “eco-Right” – a cluster of new policy groups including the Niskanen Center, RepublicEn and R Street …

Why an increasing number of Americans want to build a granny flat

From The Federalist: In the postwar period, the relatively simple and compact single-family zoning pattern—originally designed to protect residential neighborhoods from noxious industrial activity—was expanded and complicated, with explicit …

Lori Sanders of R Street Institute: When it comes to masculinity, men just can’t seem to win

From WMAL: The Internet is abuzz this week after this Washington Post profile of the second lady, Karen Pence, revealed that Vice President Mike Pence maintains a policy of …

Bad science guides California city’s anti-smoking laws

From The Daily Signal: The law targets lower-income people given that single-family homes are exempt in a city where the median single-home value is around $745,000. It acknowledges no …

House Energy and Commerce hearing

From The National Law Review: Mr. Devin Hartman ---  Devin Hartman is electricity policy manager and senior fellow for the R Street Institute, where he researches and promotes competitive …

The effects of energy tax policy on markets and the environment

From Our Energy Policy Foundation: The Federal government supports energy investment and production through the tax code and spending programs administered by the Department of Energy (DOE). In 2016, …

We’ve got issues: should we privatize the Soo Locks?

From Interlochen Public Radio: But Jarrett Dieterle, a fellow at the R Street Institute in Washington, D.C., says it should not be taxpayers footing the bill. He says either …

One auto insurance claim can cost you a lot

From TheStreet: "Medical inflation has been lower, but it may be that increasing numbers of people with insurance and in government programs are reducing hospital profits, which means insurers …

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