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Advocate Natalie Featured in Teen Vogue

Natalie Le Advocate Natalie Le was quoted and photographed in Teen Vogue at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on President Donald Trump’s first month in office:

“Personally, I do not like the executive orders he has issued, especially for the travel ban and building a wall. As a superpower, we do need to trade with other countries and we do need to accept immigrants into our country. It’s only by diversity that we can progress as a society. What I do like about Donald Trump is that he has the mentality to get things done. Although I don’t support the issues he advocates for, he has managed to make that happen through executive order.”

You can read the full feature here.

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Sessions Pulling Trump Toward Social Conservatism

There once was a time when Donald Trump looked like he was going to be the presidential candidate to finally move the Republican Party away from senseless obsessions over culture war issues. He seldom discussed LGBT issues or the drug war on the campaign trail; his campaign message was almost entirely protectionist economics and building a border wall.

Then along came Jeff Sessions.

Trump won the GOP nomination as a very moderate candidate, socially speaking. He said Caitlyn Jenner could use whatever bathroom she wanted in Trump Tower, he said he was “fine” with same-sex marriage and paid little attention to ramping up the war on drugs.

However, since taking office, it’s become clear that the social conservatives Trump has surrounded himself with are going to have a tremendous amount of pull with regard to where the administration goes on social issues.

Read the rest at The Libertarian Institute…

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Executive Director Casey Given Quoted in Vice on the Alt-right

Young Voices Executive Director Casey Given was quoted in Vice at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) about the relationship between conservatives and the alt-right:

“This is really kind of a battle that’s tearing apart the heart and soul of the conservative movement right now, especially in the age of President Trump,” said Casey Given, executive director of Young Voices, a group of millennial libertarians, who was at CPAC.

The article is available online here.

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LGBT Groups Should be Upset Over Trump’s Letter, but the Effect on Transgender Students Shouldn’t be Overstated

On Wednesday night, the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education issued a joint Dear Colleague letter withdrawing federal guidance promising transgender public school students access to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of the gender with which they identify. The Obama administration controversially extended such protection last year, warning that schools that failed to comply were at risk of losing federal funding for violating Title IX’s prohibition of discrimination based on sex.

Yesterday’s letter claimed the previous guidance did not “contain extensive legal analysis or explain how the position is consistent with the express language of Title IX, nor did they undergo any formal public process.” As a result, the Trump administration will give “due regard for the primary role of states and local school districts in establishing educational policy.”

Civil liberties and LGBT rights groups are understandably up in arms after the letter. However, the effect of the withdrawal should not be overstated. The effect of the letter will likely be marginal considering how divisive Obama-era guidance was from the outset.

Read the rest at Rare…

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Trump Should Deregulate Renewable Energy Instead of Subsidizing It

The Governor’s Wind & Solar Energy Coalition, a bipartisan group of governors dedicated to developing solar and wind energy, sent a letter to President Trump earlier this month urging him to increase federal funding to modernize local power grids and expand clean energy research. They argue that these industries, particularly solar and wind, are crucial economic engines for poor, rural regions of the United States, and they must be supported by the federal government.

In addition to federal funding, the governors requested “options to modernize and streamline state and federal regulatory processes.” If Trump wants to promote the energy industry, he should be encouraged by this bipartisan effort and begin removing the regulatory barriers to renewable energy. Right now, the technology exists for millions of Americans to access clean and affordable solar energy in their homes, but government regulations, many of which are interpreted by monopolistic utility companies, are holding back these cost-saving innovations.

Thanks to decreases in costs of solar technology, solar-based electricity is now cheaper than grid electricity in many parts of the country. Investment in solar technology makes sense for many businesses and wealthy homeowners, but for the average American, who moves more than 11 times in their lifetime, or the third who rent housing, an expensive long-term investment is not going to work.

A new technology known as plug-and-play solar systems may change the game. People can install them in a backyard with no training. These systems are affordable and portable, which is ideal for transient or renting individuals, and they tie into the electrical grid. They do not produce enough energy for an entire household, but the systems can greatly cut down on energy costs.

Unfortunately, government regulations at all levels of government are holding back the market for these innovative systems. These regulations take the form of price controls, licensing, zoning laws and other rules, all of which can be different at each level of government.

Read the rest at The Washington Examiner…